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RATINGS: 1308   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.

Editorís note: Sold as both Corsendonk Christmas Ale and as Kingís Blue in Norway.

   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 didnít seem to overwhelm me. Flavors of dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, sugars and sweet cherry candies spoke well.

   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, itís reminiscent of a spice cake. Light to medium body, soft carbonation.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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 wonít buy it again even though I would drink it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2004
750 ml bottle. Dark brown color with smallish, thin head. Aroma of malt, pepper and cinnamon. Taste had some plum, coriander and roasty toasty. Full bodied with a somewhat lively mouthfeel which was strange considering the appearance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
On tap (12/24/04). Poured a medium to dark brown color with an averaged sized, off white head. Spicy and malty aroma and tastes. A good X-Mas brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2004
piney citrus hop aroma, thin brown red body with a huge tan head, sweet fruit flavor, mostly apple, alcohol is well hidden, piney flavor, caramel, some lingering smoke, thereís nothing like a christmas ale in June.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Pours a dark brown amber color with some red hues. Pretty off-white head with very fine bubbles. Aroma is very spicy with malt and smoke in there as well. Flavor is caramel, dark fruit and spice. Body is a little thin but it had a nice long spicy finish. A good beer for sure.

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