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RATINGS: 1207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2003
This clearly is the greatest of all possible Corsendonks. It was amazing. I had it in the prerequisite Corsendonk goblet at a local bar in NB. Loads of spicy and fruity notes, this beer truly is silky smooth. Definitely one of the best Belgian Strong Ales I have had, especially in a while. It felt so good once it hit the lips. Yummy. Yes sir, I will have another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (4963) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Lot 020722. This brew poured a large head of light brown colored mostly lasting foamy finely sized bubbles that left behind a transparent carbonated brown colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was very mild with notes of caramel and malt. The mouthfeel was smooth, tingly and bubbly from start to finish. The flavor was very good with mild notes of caramel malt. I really enjoyed drinking this brew as it went down smoothly and was very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Nice clean palate. Good head retention. Good brew. Deep brown in color. Malty with some christmas beer spice. Enjoyable. Pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2003
This is one hellofa beer. Beautiful deep brown clear color, with a lasting tan head. Complex fruity aroma, with notes of raisin, apple, and orange. Big malt flavorwith a carmel apple finish. Maybe even some Christmas spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4229) - Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Lot#02/07/22-750ml. When poured into my glass, the head was large, tan and contained fine-small sized bubbles that completely dissipated. The body had soft carbonation, clear and the hue was reddish brown. The nose was lightly malty, spicy, citrusy, and some alcohol notes. The flavor reminded me of black licorice along with a sweet taste. The palate was very smooth and dry and medium bodied. If you enjoy drinking Belgian Strong Ales, I would recommend that you try this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Best before 09/01--Dark amber colour almost like a cola- had a huge head that stuck around for most of the glass leaving excellent lacing around the glass. Spicy nose that gave up hints of darker fruits: raisins, dates and plums. Flavours were very layered and complex almost too complex. I had some difficulty discerning one flavour from the next. A very enjoyable seasonal with a finish that lasts a lifetime. Very nice offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1520) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Attractive dark ruby color. Herbal, malty aroma did not open up until it warmed. Full-bodied mouthfeel developed into a dark fruit and spicy taste. Good head with decent lacing. Well carbonated. Finish had a hint of sourness that was not unpleasant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1608) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2003
Red, brownish colour, slightly brownish head. A veray spicy and also bit malty aroma. Dito, but very strong flavour. Malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
JorisPPattyn (8012) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2003
Very dark brown with dull red shine; dense creamy, dark cream-coloured head, slowly reducing to rim. Nose with chalk, brown bread, molasses, dark malt. Some sweet chocolate and mint, as After Eights. very bitter initial taste, burnt matter, sulphur, bakelite; sweet main taste that has also something definitely salty, resulting in a taste that has some unpleasant shrimplike connotations. Quite carbonated, at the edge of fizziness, gives a sourish edge. Well bodied, warming. A beer which has bitterness, sweetness, acidity AND salinity in it, ought to be THE complex beer of the month. Alas, it's so unbalanced I can hardly finish it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Bottle from 2000. Very dark deep reddish brown color. Aroma is yeasty and doughy with some fruity raisin notes. Taste is very mellow and balanced, but still flavourful. Slightly sweet, some raisin, fig like flavors. Very smooth and alcohol is not noticeable at all, this has aged well.

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