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RATINGS: 1355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2005
12oz bottle - Poured very dark brown with a beautiful soap sud like tan head. Aroma is raisins, coffee, yeast, brown sugar. Flavor is almost the same with a touch of chocolate, some honey sweetness and also some caramel. Beautifully smooth and carbonated enough to make it feel delightful on the palate. Alcohol cannot be found in this one. My son spilled about a quarter of the tulip glass on me when he tried to climb on my lap while I was watching TV. I liked this one so much I wanted to suck the spillage out of my T-Shirt. A great brew! Christmas in July is great!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: APR 21, 2006 (Bottle 25 cl) Opaque, dark brown - close to black actually. An incredibly tall, creamy head. Extremely complex, I sense both dates, coffee and rum (!). Yeast and candi sugars is very evident, but it’s perfectly in balance and never gets cloying. The alcohol is perfectly hidden. A wonderful ale indeed. 140100

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Bottle shared by Blake. Hoppy anise flavor with a milk chocolatey background. Big cakey flavor - moist chocolate cake, licorice, nutmeg and tootsie roll sweetness. Roasty dry, spicy finish. A warming spicy brew. Reminds me of LB Holiday Spice with nicer chocolate notes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2005
pours mahogony in color w/ a tall frothy head and decent lacing. I smell eggnog nutmeg cinamon alcohol and malts. Palate is smooth lightly creamy ok coating Taste is a spice (cinamon and nutmeg) a light carmel malt and a small dry hop finish. Overall a solid beer. Thanks to Blake for sharing.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Celebrating Christmas in July... Poured from a 750 (Lot No. 137250). It pours to a thick white head that is rocky and foamy, decent lacing. The body is a really dark mahogany color. The aroma is hugely spicy, malty, sour fruit, smoke, green raisins, blueberries. The flavor is oak smoked black licorice. The palate is warming. There is some spicy nutmeg or mace in the flavor. The palate is rich, dry, and full.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2005
amberish brown color. roasty malty taste with some dark fruits, raisins, carmel, finish is dry and spicy. not sure why i am drinking this in june, but i need to empty my fridge before i graduate college.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Pours medium brown, with a tan head. Aromas are caramel, sweet malt, raisins, and some chocolate. Flavors are fruit, caramel, chocolate, and spices.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Pours a semi-dark amber with a white head. Smells sweet with caramel hints, kinda spicy. Taste is very syrupy and thick, with some light spiciness, bready. Fairly simple, not impressed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2005
Pours brown with good tan head. Aromas of caramel malt and plums or raisins and holiday spices. Flavors much of the same with a little bit of cocoa as well. A little bit thinner in the palate than I was hoping for with a Christmas Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2005
the rich, smoked ruby color of thick maple syrup, but clear-- and on top it bears a heavy, slurpy head that laces in parchment colored weaves and wobbles. it smells like a mandarin orange cake with creamed nutmeg meringue-- like a load of fresh juniper berries and coriander in an old wooden chest. full bodied and sweet with the same oily citrus bitters, backed with malts that resemble mild coffee and pumpkin bread. the carbonation wore itself out quickly, so as it warmed it flowed as easily as water over smooth stones, while the alcoholic component crept inconspicuously among the dark amber shadows. if grand marinier made a beer, it might be like this.


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