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RATINGS: 1352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
r464 (2250) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Very malty with sone citrus and noticable alcohol. The flavor is distinctively Belgian. I did not detect much in the way of spice in the aroma or flavor, so it seemed less of a holiday style and more of a straight ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2004
Nice malty nose with some fruit and spices. Reddish colour with lively off-white head. Flavor is malty with some spices, hints of alcohol and yeast in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2004
75 cL bottle, chalice, bbe 22/09/06. Bread, grain and nutty malts; spruce and lemon hops; and earthy yeast are all in balance but overshadowed by date, smoke and primarily leather aromas. Small (for a Belgian) head is off white in color, frothy in texture and crowns a deep maroon beer. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderatley acidic, lightly bitter finish. The bitterness in the finish spruce-like, almost to the point of being metallic. A leathery taste lingers long after the beer is gone from the palate. Cinnamon, nutmeg and perhaps cardamon become aparent in the aftertaste once the beer warms a bit. I donít really feel any astringency in the beer, but there is a steady and building numbness on the middle of my tongue. Medium body, watery/slick texture, fizzy carbonation. The bottom line is: I was really hoping for more considering my attraction to the other two Corsendonk beers...This is an odd beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2004
This is a strange brew. I like it and it sucks. Old leather,crisp bad belgian brown with a weird almost creamy chocolate finish. I drank a whole cork top at 50 F and it still boggles the mind. Things that make ya go Hmmmmmm?!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jondr72 (11) - Wyckoff, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2004
This is a delicious ale. My bottle 75cl, 9.4% alc. Drinking it warm on christmas eve, it goes down big with a hint of spice at the back of the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 24, 2004
75cl corked and caged bottle. BB 16 09 04. Its past the BB date, but not sure how old that makes it. I grabbed the last bottle of the shelves of Johnís Grocery in IAC back in Oct...cork says Lot*020722 if that means anything. Dark brown/amber, Tan head drops to nothing. Strong bead. Earthy smell, slight oxidized wetness....orangey and peppery spices rising as it breathers. Thin beer. Murky, tangy spiciness, but it just thins out to nothing but weak alcoholic spice. Not very graceful or elegant. Clunky and old...leathery. Leaves a sweet alcoholic feeling in my mouth. I wonít grab this one again. This was worse than the Delerium Noel foru sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 23, 2004
smells like fruitcake with a little wet cardboard oxidation mixed in. I get a little pine in there also. Color is a clear bronze with a brownish/white head that dissapates into a frothy ring on top. Mouthfeel is a little thin and fizzy. Toffee and caramel hits the tip of the tongue while acidic cherries hits the back. I taste a little oxidation in there which takes away from the overall experience a little. The aftertaste leaves a strange clove-like numbing affect on the tongue. The flavors last for a while. I kind of didnít like it at first, but itís all starting to come together. Very nice and enjoyable and very easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6248) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Bottle: Very malty, spicey, and fruity aroma. Pours a transparent dark red with a real nice off-white head with very good retention. Excellent lacing. Real nice malt flavor up front. Kind of a creamy, caramel, and fruit combination. Finishes rather spicey with a little clove that continues to linger in aftertaste. Hops are only very subtle. A touch of metal keeps this from being an even better beer. One of the better Christmas brews Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Looked beautiful in a Corsendonk glass,large head, spicey malty cherry like taste with a tart berry sweet aftertaste. Very well blended. About the best non-hoppy holiday brew Iíve had(so far) this year

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 I like it. A lot. As the descrip says though, predominantly malty flavors. Iíd prefer a tripel for a more complex flavor though. It reminds me of tripel karmeliet on the palate, but just not as many different flavors. A nice, lingering aftertaste. Worth a try for sure. Preferential to Chimay bleu for my tastes, but about the same quality and complexity.

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