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RATINGS: 1355   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.

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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6322) - 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 I’ve 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 I’ve 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. I’d 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
(draft) Smelled better than it tasted, but it smelled fantastic. Nice and malty with some spice aroma that I couldn’t identify. Taste was very similar to the Great Lakes Christmas Ale - if you like that, you’ll like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2004
I was somewhat disappointed with this one. There is a degree of peatiness here that rounds out a good beer but verall it was one that failed to live up to my expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2004
The look of this was like soda. Pretty nice. The aroma was good too, like the saisons. Good malty aroma. The taste was good, but a bit sweet. Good beer. I’m glad I tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Surprisingly hoppy aroma is the first thing to strike you after this dark brown pour is unleashed. A substantial head lingers atop the malted goodness. The flavor is sour and spicy, with a touch of pineapple. The hops return in the finish - to round out a nice ride.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (8289) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2004
Dark brown. Big head. Aroma is sweet with different spices. Warming and sweet flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Tried at Christmas party a little smokey so could not detect any aromas. Ruby brown color, raisins hints of chocolate,finneshes slightly yeasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Bottle. Decent BSA. Color is deep brown, nearly black. When held up to light it becomes deep chestnut colored. Decent tan head. Moderate lacing. Sweet, fruity aroma. Well carbonated. Dry and fruity flavor. Decent.

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