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RATINGS: 1195   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Cloudy dark reddish brown beer with a full tan head. Taste of toasted malt, banana, caramel, and winter spice. Dry tannic mouthfeel, sort of like spruce boughs had been used. Really enjoyable winter brew. Curious to see what it tastes like after aging for a year.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4462) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
(Bottle) Cloudy brown body with a medium, cream head. Roasted malt aroma with slight spice. Taste of sweet roasted malt and some spice undertones. Finishes with a malty bitterness. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2003
Pours with an opaque brown body topped by a thin to medium thick head that leaves a good amount of lace on the glass. Slightly sweet but mostly roasted and spicy malt aroma with an alcohol background. Slightly sweet and roasty malt flavor with a spicy background and a touch of alcohol. The finish is slightly sweet and malty with a slight bitterness. Full bodied, dry and warming.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Dark brown color with a nice frothy small head. A nice malty aroma with some yeast. Almost a bitter yeast flavor. Some strong alcohol flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2003
A nice burnt nut color on this one with a big snow cap head. Muchas malts, while cumquats sneak in here and there. Very nice belgian, one of the best I had all day. Made it feel like christmas again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2003
A superbargain at $ 2,- for 8 bottles and a glass. Huge frothy head. Malty aroma with chocolate, pepper and licorice. Sweet flavor with milk chocolate, hoppy and peppery. The alcohol is well hidden. Excellent beer that only lacks a bit of body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Nice shade of dark brown with a creamy off-white head. Nose is spicy with hints of citrus. It has a sweet and spicy flavor and a lasting finish. You really don't notice the 8.5% ABV. This is a very enjoyable season brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Brown shaded with a fairly active off white head. Little Belgian-funk, cooked orange rind, kind of spicy (clove), little banana, and even a touch of coffee/smoke. Lightly sweet that lasts, very smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a spicy kick (alcohol and coriander on the breath). Candi sugar and caramel notes come out on the taste. Nice stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2003
I'm surprised this is rated so highly. Very bitter and complex, but not to my liking. Still drinkable, but it really didn't do much for me. Maybe it's because I drink mostly U.S. stuff. Anyway, you won't see me rushing to the store during Christmas time to get this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2359) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Slight head from the pour. Great carbonation. Slight smoky/spice aroma. Awesome color of a dark brown/burgundy with great clarity. Smooth taste with a hint of black cherries, smoke and spices. Finish is slightly tart but creamy in the mouth. A very good quality winter brew. Not overly spicy like some of the other "christmas brews". A real winner.


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