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RATINGS: 1290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2004
I enjoyed this beer. Nice dark mahogany color with a large off white head. Aroma is strong with yeast, anis and malt. Flavor has the alcohol well hidden. Slightly sweet and well balanced inthe finish. I would purchase this beer again and for me this is the acid test of palatibility. Check it out.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evinal (48) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Dark Amber in color. Aroma is a little horsey. malty , fruity not as sweet and fruity as the brown ale. Still good

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2004
8.5oz bottle from gift set. Dark brown, nutty, dark fruits, chewy, medium bodied. Smooth, not sweet but fruity.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2004
750 ml [corked, best before end 27 March 2003, drank 1/2004]: pours a burnt reddish brown, the dense, puffy head rises and falls with each pour, but never goes away and clumps into creamy patches between each sip . . . sticky aroma of licorice flavoured cotton candy, freshly baked dough, cedar, plums, granny smith apple flesh, bread pudding, and caramel. Soft, though thick on the tongue; makes the mouth water, and then finishes bone dry. Light alcohol is noticed right before sweet fruity malt flavours, yeast, gooey maple syrup and some nutty spices. Makes me want to do Christmas again . . .

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Terminus (3311) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 6, 2004
The aroma is not exactly what I wanted. Bitter smell and first taste. Spicey flavor takes hold making this not exactly what I want but it will grow on you.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ronny (100) - Arlöv, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2004
Sweet and sour aroma with hints of yeast, banana and spices, nice deep ruby colour. Complex spicey taste with orange and a light canesugar tune. Feels like a "Tripel" Suitable as a nightcap!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2004
A rich, deep, full-tasting holiday ale. Definitely one of the better X-mas ales. Pours with a good, solid, dark ruby-red color. Complex, aromatic nose. Tastes of nutmeg, all-spice and orange rinds with hints of cocoa and cinnamon. Overall, very good and filling.... can't wait until next year to have more!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Very atringent and spicey. Crisp and harsh on the palate. The flavors are good and well balanced. Light fruits with holiday spices. I think I'm just a bit more partial to smoothness of a dubble.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 3, 2004
A really great brew from Corsendonk. Pours a deep redish brown with a medium beige head. I don't understand why I dont live in Belgium

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3405) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Beer 33 Belgium trip. Looks like Coke, especially when pouring, as it gets a big head that rapidly fades away. Aroma of baking bread and tangy yeast. Flavor matches, along with a note of spiced carrot cake. Balanced by the malts, this wasn't overpowering. Well done.


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