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RATINGS: 1197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2003
i only had a small sample of this and boy was it sweet and tastes like ginger bread.yumm

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfm (1724) - Holbćk, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 [Draft]Deep brown color with a beautiful white head. The taste is a wellbalanced mix of malts fruits and spices. Finishes with a nice and complex pattern of spices. Very nice indeed.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Full body brown color with a bubbly pleasent palate. Strong, somewhat harsh alcohol taste with a smooth sweet aftertaste. I was hoping for more favors as the beer warmed up, however it didn't happen.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3055) - Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Dark, dull, cloudy brown body with a decent super-light tan foamy head. The aroma and flavor are brown sugar and very fruity, but the flavor is overall pretty mellow. The flavors are a little dull and this kidn of slides into the middle of the pack of my Belgian strong ale experience.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Pours a very dark brown with lots of head that leaves rather fast, no lace to speak of. A sweet nose full of raisins with alcohol. Malts, a little sweet, and grape juice are most prevelant in the flavors. Finishes smooth with some bitter fruit notes. Well done Belgian.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5305) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2003 Poured an opaque brown color with a small light tan head. Aroma of sweet fruits, apricot, grape juice, and alcohol. Malty taste also included hints of some fruit, plums, hops, and alittle alcohol in the back. Seems juicy and very refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2003
Dark cloudy amber colour, with decent sized head. Sweet alcoholic aroma, bit of raisins. Flavour was sweet malt, with noetes of black licorice in the back ground.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Aroma is complex with notes of wine, raisin, bread, yeast and hops. Alcohol is detectable, but not harsh, very mellow. This pours a clear ruby color with great head and desirable lacing for the style. The flavor is almost session, it's mild but with a ferocious hop bite with clean Belgian flavors rounding off the complexities. Finishes zesty and fruity. Overall this is a great Christmas beer and a really good Belgian Strong to boot, very nice complexities with an easy drinking body. I really liked this one.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2003
This one is a bit of a transformer. Appears to be very dark in the pour, but when held up to the light, it has a beautiful shade of ruby that I seldom see in a beer. Creamy, frothy head, with a great bold aroma, that just fills the room upon opening of the bottle. Big floral aroma, that is very medium - bodied but has big flavors and a bit of complex subtelty that tickles your tongue with lively carbonation. The flavor reveals a bit of toffee and caramel, but not in the same sense that a brown ale or amber would have. As you begin to get into the body of the beer the flavors begin to come out, and you begin to pick out raisins, and figs, with some fruity esthers, and slightly clovey. This is one of those Christmas ales that you wish they would serve all year round. This would go so good with dinner during the holidays, or even sitting out on the porch with family and friends to keep you warm on cold winter nights. I love this beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2003
Beer appears black, but is very dark brown held up to light - it can be seen through. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and molasses. The fully lasting head is substantial with large bubbles at first, giving way to very fine, leaving a cottony texture. Date on the bottle is 09-17-03. Tasting reveals toffee, licorice, and dates? A slight alcohol touch is barely noticable. A good, strong, dark corsendonk. Don't know whether I prefer this or the Corsendonk brown ale. Initial flavor is lightly sweet giving way to a more alcohol finish. Sampled at just above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.


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