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RATINGS: 1302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
Brown color, heavy sweet spicy aroma, light sweet fruity taste, medium body, dry light alcoholic finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Soester77 (4) - copenhagen, USA - NOV 8, 2004 does not count
Fantastic aroma, light brown head and deep brown body, lots of dark fruits, appearence was perfect in its own glass. Perfect "after dinner beer"

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2004
On draught at The Rover, Göteborg. Aubergine colour, longlasting light-brown head. A wonderful, spicy X-mas Ale with notes of grape, citrus and plum. Full-bodied with a smooth, almost velvetty mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2004
Pale brown head, thick and long-lasting on top of a very dark brown body, this is pretty promising. And the promises are delivered. This beer has character and is remembered. Strong, vigorous, and the aroma is very fragrant. A beer for any memorable event.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
The nose was full of dried grapes, sweet dark fruits, orange, clove and alcohol. A fantastic nose that hits you right away. Smelled totally delightful. The flavor was very complex and this was an extreamly tasty beer however, the flavor didn’t seem to overwhelm me. Flavors of dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, sugars and sweet cherry candies spoke well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004
Tasted a the Pub Italia in Ottawa. Light brown color with a medium white head. Appealing aroma of fruits and spices. Very festive flavor of fruits and spices with a spicy finish, it’s reminiscent of a spice cake. Light to medium body, soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2004
A Plum colored brew with a white head that lasts. Lots of dark fruit and spice in the aroma and taste. Malty with a medium body with a citrusy spice clove finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
A color that straddles eggplant and plum, underneath a lovely tan head. Intense aromatics: raisins, plums, port, cinnamon, ginger cloves. A generous buzz on the tongue fueled by a great array of hops,and held up by solid malt base. Overall, one gets a feel of holiday breads, cakes ginger cookies. Very tasty, warming, delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Reddish/brown with thin wispy tan lace. Aroma is earthy, dry and somewhat metallic. hard fruit, with spices. Flavors of smoke, apples, raisins and roasted malts. Acidic, citrus finish. This is an average belgian strong. Not as good as I wanted it to be. However, I still like this brewer and the awesome abbey pale ale they make.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2004
While my bottle was perhaps affected by the fact of its December age I think my review will stand. There is more sediment then I have ever seen and while it did not affect the taste it might scare some peole not in the know.It smelled pretty nice and had the crispness I have come to like in Belguim strongs. Yet it had a little bit too much dryness to me. I need it sweeter at this strenth and I could taste the alcohol. Not bad though and as it warmed there was more character. Still there are many beeter ones out there and I won’t buy it again even though I would drink it.


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