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RATINGS: 1305   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.

Editor’s note: Sold as both Corsendonk Christmas Ale and as King’s Blue in Norway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8619) - 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 (6161) - 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!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
Dark, dark amber body with a nice and thick brown head. Aroma is malty, with some smokey and fruity hints. Taste is citrusy, and a tad smokey. Nice and smooth mouth feel, witha slight bitterness on the finish. Thanks goes out to Doug Shoemaker for hooking me up with this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1438) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Massive head. Candi-sweet, yeasty aroma. Musty, leathery. Fairly high carbonation. Caramel and slight bitter finish. Pleasant, but not too (sniff, snort) complex and a bit pricey for what it is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Dark browish appearance with good head that disappears slightly. It had a slight toast smell but, not much to speak of. Taste was malty with that toasted/roasted smell sneaking back in. The finish was slightly bitter but, mostly malty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3470) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Umber in color. Very slightly grey, initially thick head that diminishes to a lasting one eighth inch. I noticed some rather large and gross-looking brown chunks even on the first pour even though it definitely wasn't spoiled. Vaguely spicy nose is vinous with a note of chocolaty malt. Low carbonation, quite smooth but a bit watery. Loaded with dark malt flavor--raisin molasses. Lots of spicy esters with a hint of alcohol and bitterness in the finish. A top notch Belgian despite a few flaws.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3253) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Dark brown and murky look with a small frothy head which quickly disappears. A weak aroma of toasted marshmallows leads to the slightly bitter flavor profile. The aroma promised more than the flavor delivered. Somewhat over rated in my opinion, but not a bad beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11232) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Dark brown and hazy, with no head retnetion. Nose of caramelized candy sugar, porto, and alcool. Nice wonderful taste of sugars at first followed by torrefied malts in second, with a peak of alcool warmth and finishing with smooth hops in the end. Vanilla comes out near the end. Rich body which also varies in time, keeping the beer interesting. 8-4-8-5-16

Corsendonk Festivus 2004, on tap at Moan and Dove, Feb. 10, 2006.Dark reddish brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of prunes, candy sugar, apples and licorice. In mout, nice maderization of sugars, with nice raisin notes, light hops, sweet candi sugar, smooth and pleasant. 8-4-8-4-15

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1517) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2004
color is amber brown, head is tan and adequate and lasting. aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar and a touch of coriander. flavor is pretty fruity, not nearly as spicy with a metallic finish.

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