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RATINGS: 1198   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Figgy and raisin notes with a whole lot of coriander and other spices. Thick middle with some woody and pear-like tastes. The spice stays evident throughout the caramelly sweet finish. Very easy to drink, smooth yet complex, spicy and, at times, sweet. Xmas in June at the Ratebeer Summer Gathering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
What a great beer! Nose of rich dark malt and bursting with esters. The esters blend well with the roasted malt character. Some pleasant alcohol heat without the flavour. Rich creamy viscous mouth feel. Very malty and a little sweet. Low hop biterness although there is a nice interplay in the background. The malt really stands out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2003
This christmas ale pours a dark, clear, reddish brown color with a small, diminishing, off-white head. The aroma is spicy and yeasty with hints of ginger and coriander. It has a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is spicy and malty with some peppery notes. The finish is long, sweet, and spicy. Very good, and nothing beats drinking a Belgian christmas ale in June.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2003
Small light brown head. Dark red-brown colour. Aroma; sweet, fruit, raisins, perfume, dough, little acidic, alcohol. Medium to full. Sweet taste w. little spice, little liqourice, overripe fruit, alcohol poorly disguised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2003 I am not sure if it is fair to rate this, because I had it on tap, and it must have gone bad, or they mixed it with water or something. There was little to no beer taste. Didnt finish it. It was like watered down French herbal liqueur(the name escapes me right now) way too much black licorice and no body trying to compensate for the high alcohol content Horribly disappointing. This was the 2002. I will have to try this again elsewhere and hopefully it will just turn out as a case of a bad barrel. RERATE. Ok, bought a bottle of the exact vintage I sampled in rating above (2002). Wow, much better. Rather watery for a belgian strong, I still must say, but not obviously a good bottle. Spicy, cinnamon, caramel, clove, some nice oak-like alcohol flavors. Low carbonation after it breathes a bit. Somewhat tart and acidic throughout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2003
All 3 bottles I had of this holiday beer were outstanding. Complex on the nose and palate with hint of figs, caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, nutmeg. Spices are noticeable but do not dominate, great balance of sweet and tart, the alcohol actually helps clean the palate leaving a smooth aftertaste. Can't wait to try next years offering. A fan of all Corsendonk beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Aroma is fruity, malty, dry spiced with clean minty notes. Sweet, light fruits and herbs at the front of the palate, dries and gains in subsatnce mid-way with a figgish like dryness. Alcohol forces its way through in the latter half.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (8113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Thanks to Darkover for the trade. 'Tisn't really the season but this beer would hit the spot no matter what time of year. Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a medium thick creamy beige head. Very little lacing. Aroma is well-spiced. Nice rich texture, with flavors of caramel, malt, alcohol, spices (pepper) and a little fruit. The finish is warm and earthy and just a little bitter. Overall this is a well-balanced yet complex seasonal that I will look for over the holidays.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Dark brown, Pours and maintains a good head. Aroma of malt, alcohol and spice, cinnamin or nutmeg pepper maybe. Sweet with a nice touch of spice and hop bitterness. Great Beer. One of the few I will finish from the bunch I rated.

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