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RATINGS: 1302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
On the palate this silky smooth ale is predominantly malty, with smoky, spicy and citrusy notes, and a long, lingering finish that is lightly tart and malty.

Editor’s note: Sold as both Corsendonk Christmas Ale and as King’s Blue in Norway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2004
12/11/04: Bottle.
Fruity, complex, aroma with notes of alcohol. Rich, ruby-brown body with minimal lace. Very flavorful. Caramel malts, with raisin and plum. Light hop bite followed by a caramel finish. Caution: contents of bottle under high pressure. Opening a bottle can lead to a chipped stove (-1 point on appearance for this)! Lot n° 137250.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Draught. Pours smooth with a chestnut wood color. Lace clings to the tulip glass until finished. Aroma is yeasty with a hint ginger and spice (?). Finish is very long lasting...very worth your while! Enjoyed it immensely!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2004
On Tap At andy’s. Poured a deep red, with tan head.Aroma was sweet and spicy. Mid body with a smooth finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2004
On tap @ Andy’s Corner. Have had this in the past, but never on tap before. Dark, hazy amber color with a medium sized tan head. Sweet malty aroma with some unidentifiable spices. Smooth, rich malty flavor with some dark fruit and spices. Better than I remembered, and I remember it being pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5521) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 Corsendonk products are in my esteem a nice mid quality Belgian brews. Nothing to write home about but solid in their own right. Sampled this one from a 12 oz brown bottle. I was encouraged that it was a 12 oz as most Belgians come in 11.2 oz instead. The brew poured a dark mahogany color with a s large fluffy tan head. A rather pretty beer overall. The aroma was sour, sweet and mildly spicy. There was a nice dark malt element and a hint of maple syrup and molasses. The sharp hop presence is a bit surprising in a Belgian and I liked that quite a bit. There was a hint of ripe fruit on the finish. My only real complaint is that the beer is pretty fizzy and that is a texture issue that I do not much care for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Clear amber color with an almost tan head. Aroma is kindda florally with anise or fennel. Flavor is coffee and anise with a bitter finish. Also a bit yeasty. I would prefer a bit more maltiness in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2008 (Bottled) Dark amber color with a small, beige head. Sweet and malty aroma with mandarine and some anise hints. Sweet, caramely-malty flavor with plums, licorice and raisins. Medium to full-bodied palate with medium carbonation. Hides the ABV well. A brew with good potential, but it definitely needs more maturing. [Re-rate: forget about the maturing! At least a bottle with BBE 09/2004, stored in room temp for another year, was quite offensively flowery-herby. I suppose a fresh bottle is the way to go. Didn’t change the score as the bottle was old, though. A year old 0.75l bottle was ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Dark red with a light tan head. Aroma is sweet malt with just a hint of citrus/coriander. Smooth, medium body. Taste of malt, candy sugar and yeast. Malt finish interupted by a citrus twang. Alcohol well hidden. Complex yet very easy to drink. I will have to buy another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2004
Bottle. The colour is dark brown-red, the beige foam is finger thick and quite light. The liquid is clear.

The smell is very fruity with flavours of brown sugar, aroma hops and candy sugar. There is also a hint of acid candy.

The carbonation is nice - rather soft with small bubbles. Creamy!

The taste is soft yet complex: Lots of sweet notes of brown and candy sugar, dried fruits (apricots?), berries, some hints of yeast and a somewhat sour touch. The aftertaste is filled of pleasant sweet malt and a slowly growing bitterness to accomplish the sweetness. The high alcoholic level surprised me, as the smell and taste didn’t reveal it at all.

This must be an extraordinary after dinner-beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pi2za (18) - DENMARK - NOV 27, 2004
From tap in a Belgian bar in Copenhagen. Brown color and a spicy taste Among the best Christmas brews in my opinion

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