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RATINGS: 1305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CEZ (405) - Milano, ITALY - FEB 20, 2004
Deep amber/brown body, thin head, and a thin lace on the glass. Fruity aroma with apples and cherries, with a spicy touch (cinnamon). Sublime sweetness deliciously balanced by a slight acidity. Warm but not too earthy, sugary yet surprisingly fresh, with a long tarty finish. Medium to full body. A classy and refined ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1746) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Spiced apples with mild hops. Very alive. Very subtle cinnamon and floral tastes as well. Good, but didn't really wow me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Pours a clear ruby topped by a large rocky tan head. The aroma is sweet and spicy with loads of citrus and caramel. A very nice heady aroma. The flavor is sweet caramel, oranges, and a tiny bit of bitterness. The body is medium with lively carbonation. The finish is protracted with some smokiness coming in at the end. A nice belgian.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Smells just like Christmas, with fresh baked pie and spice cake. Felt a bit thin and watery in the mouth, and the flavor didn't live up to the wonderful aroma.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sphinx (11) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Beautiful dark Belgian ale with . Definately a winter ale - 8.5% leans towards a barley wine taste, but more of an ale - not as sweet, and prominent malty taste. Now I taste a spice flavor or some type - clove maybe, and slightly smoky flavor too. Excellent. Goes down smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2004
A very nice Belgian that reminds me of Rochefort 8 on many levels. Pours a clear red-brown with an initially thick light tan head that disappeared over time. Sweet candi sugar, apple, and vinous aroma characteristics. Flavor is pretty impressive: sweet fruit and vinous notes with a warming alcohol presence. A touch of apple peel yields to chocolate and yeasty bready flavors. Finish is somewhat dry. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 3, 2004
A fairly thin and light bodied, though quite alcoholic, fruity and slightly chocolaty brew with subdued malt flavor. Hints of fig, orange, dates, as well as copper, iron and zinc; finishes with a lingering bitterness. A little disappointing.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2473) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Pours a two-fingered, thick, light tan head leaving an even lace. Color is a dark, clear amber. Light-medium carbonation. Light malty/hoppy nose. Medium bodied. Starts smooth and malty, finishes with a warming touch. Excellent Christmas ale. $7.50 for a 750ml bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Roasted malt aroma with some nutmeg? or other spice in the aroma. Dark ruby brown color witha nice tan head. Roasted malt flavors with some nutmeg spice and some slight smoky falvor. The flavors hide the alcohol content, I would've never guessed this to be a 8.5% beer. A decent beer that was brewed very well.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2004
dark brown with medium brown head. Wheaty with some definate malts in the nose. Very wheaty and yeasty in the taste. Not bad overall, but I just dont like wheat


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