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RATINGS: 1358   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, fruit, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, caramel, dark fruit, and spice; Nicely balanced; Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (800) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2016
250 ml bottle, best before Aug 2018. Hazy dark brown, lasting, tan head, nice lace.
Aroma is dark fruit, plum mostly, some raisin as well, citrus and spice.
Flavor is sweet and malty, fig, plum, spice, toffee.
Alcohol is hidden nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gurthnar (5031) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle from Drinkshop. Alcohol hidden well. Deep brown clear colour. Small head disappearing instantly. Very rich malty aroma and flavour, with dried fruits, toffee, caramel, plums, sherry. Very easy drinking with alcohol hidden completely. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
holdleder (329) - Kongerslev, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2016
75 cl. champagne-flaske. 8,5 %. Fantastisk mørk juleøl, tilpas bitterhed. Dejlig blødhed og ikke for sprittet. superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Xavalias (280) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark mahogany brown. with a thick, persistent beige head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, malty, ripe fruits, some coffee. The taste is light sweet, light bitter. Smooth sweet finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1995) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle thanks to Eugene and after-Christmas sales. Paired with cookies and Deadwood. Deep deep dark brown pour, nearly opaque, with big creamy head that flourishes but dissipates soon enough, leaving behind lacing. I should let this warm up, but I’m impatient. Aroma is plum, fruit cake, toffee. I pass it to Summer and she hits on it right away: "reminds me of Dr Pepper." Yep -- with all the fruit cake there’s plenty of cola, vanilla, and secret Dr Pepper spicing. Moderate+ sweetness, medium body, slick texture. Overall: fancy Dr Pepper for grown-ups (which I mean in the best possible way). Edited to add: oh yeah, don’t forget the tootsie roll. Tootsie roll Dr Pepper beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tekstr1der (389) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Good looking pour is clear, dark brown with lasting beige pillow on top. Aroma has some spices I’m not too fond of - anise and clove. I can smell the Belgian yeast and malt I enjoy beneath, but the spice is detracting. Flavor is better, with the spices more subdued, some ripened fruits and sweet malt. Slightly thin, but smooth mouthfeel. Not sure I’ll revisit this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
poech73 (370) - Braine, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2016
Bière de Noël classique: fort maltée aux arômes de chocolats, épicée aux notes citronnées (cardamone?), peu houblonnée et sur lie. La levure domine la bouche avec des saveurs épicées légèrement poivrées accompagnées de saveurs maltées chocolatées mais fort aqueuse. Peu d’amertume. Je note un bel équilibre en bouche avec une finale maltées très agréable au palais rendant cette bière assez moelleuse cependant restant bien dans la lignée du genre.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martin00sr (2789) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2016
Clear dark brown, airy offwhite head. Malty aroma with caramel, brown sugar and light spice. Flavour has malt and fruit, some light sourish notes. Apples and brown sugar. Some metallic notes as well. Not impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HerrBierkoenig (1181) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 2, 2016
From 0,25l bottle, BBD: 21/10/17 Bought at Damian Bottle Shop, Bratislava. Pours dark brown liquid, huge frothy tan to brown head, Aroma: sweet, spicy, caramel sweets, jelly fruit sweets, herbal hopy, light candied fruit, Taste: medium to heavy sweet, light to medium bitter, medium sour, fruity, caramel, lemon like jelly sweets, some metallic off taste, some minor warming alcohol notes, Palate: medium body, average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, long lemon candy aftertaste, Overall: did not enjoyed.

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