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RATINGS: 1302   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 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 (9829) - 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 (810) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Poured with a huge head, light brown. Nice lacing as the carbonation settles. The aroma was of spice, caramel/malt. Smooth tingly bubbles, slight fruit notes in the finish. Nice brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2343) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Yeast and lemon aroma. Champagne head. Taste is slightly oakey with yeast, citrus and an alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
thegreenrooster (3533) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Pours a deep read with a huge tan head. Aroma is earthy and smokey. Flavor is actually kind of bland. I did not get what most raters found in theirs. Its mostly just roasted malts that donít stand out. Maybe its b/c the beer is old, im having this in may. Possible re-rate, iíll give it a second chance next year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2004
Brown rum fire carried by fierce bubbling...Cloves nesting on dry tobacco leaves...Roasted malt is muddled, a green back bitterness tries to affirm itself...Thin and bland for a Belgian Christmas ale...The recipe has been altered or this is just severely overrated...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2004
Appearance proposes a huge off-white head over a dark brown body. Aroma is quite rich, very spicy with tons of cinnamon, cardomom, thyme, sage, ginger, nuts, caramel, tobacco, chocolate and a mild alcohol touch. Quite complex and appealing. It's another story on the palate though where we have another sad case of beer whose aroma doesn't match the aroma's promises. The flavors are just not so well blended together and the balance lacks where it's just some vaguely thrown spices to stop the sweetness. Not to help anything, it's very effervescent on the tongue, almost fizzy. Finish is malty sweet and a bit unclean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2004
(sampled from a 3 l bottle) Dark brown with a huge tan coloured thick head. Wonderful aroma of spices, lemon, smoke, nuts, choclate, toffee and vanilla. Complex flacour of hazelnuts, chocolate, vanilla, oranges and raisin. Quite smooth mouthfeel. Long warming finish of roasted malt, chocolate and sweetened/sour oranges. Wonderful stuff!!!

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