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RATINGS: 1346   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dacrza (737) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2015
DATE TASTED: December 28, 2015... GLASSWARE: Corsendonk tulip...OCCASION: enjoying each day of the Christmas break with a review... APPEARANCE: pours a dark, lustrous purple brown body; immense, three-finger brown head forms creamy, bubbly cork that retains its dignity for quite some time; when it acquiesces, what is left is equally majestic--a flurry of Brussels lace ... AROMA: plum and raisin, doughy, toasted malts and earthy hops mingle with less dominant citrus to provide a welcoming, complex aroma... PALATE: strong, commanding yet smooth sip; maltiness is apparent in its fortitude at the finish, while the early palate suggests some hop activity; lively during its middle passage, while dry at the end--full-bodied, thick, and not at all bitter... TASTE: first, the toasted sweetness of bread and chocolate converge; just as quickly, orange and licorice arrive to create a nuanced holiday flavor; malts are doughy, slightly smoky and formidable; plum and pear make the fruitiness even more apparent--quite a cocktail, but one that holds to its original mission of drinkability...OVERALL: I purchased this months ago in preparation for this season--yet so far from its end date of January 2017--and this old friend does not disappoint. Up to 8.5% ABV as per its label, this cream, full-bodied beer relentlessly pleases sip after sip, a perfect comrade for the freezing rain falling outside...not much to find fault with here--a great drinking experience...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (456) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2015

Aroma:
Malts, caramel, yeast, spices.

Appearance:
Dark ruby/brown beer with a slight off-white head.

Taste/Palate:
Medium/heavy sweet and slightly bitter with everything mentioned in the aroma.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nybol (497) - DENMARK - DEC 28, 2015
En stor smag af belgisk gær. Og der er lykkedes at gøre øllen mere julet uden brug af ekstra krydderier.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SimonBlok (103) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2015
25 cl bottle at home. Pours red-brown with low tan head. Aroma: bread, caramel, nuts, red fruits. Taste: medium sweetness with low to medium bitterness. Notes of coriander. Texture is oily. Carbonation is lively

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marcius (394) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - DEC 26, 2015
dark brown color and high head. Aroma with smoky spicy notes. Taste is sweet and complex. Palate with full body. Great beer!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (3790) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle from box, courtesy of Shawn. It’s dated best before September of 2011, which puts this sucka at just over 9 years old unless Corsendonk is doing somethig other than the standard with their dating system. Either way it’s an old bottle.
Pours a deep mahogany color witha big fluffy tan head and lots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is nutty with some plum and some light clove like spice. It’s certainly oxidized and has the sweetend wet cardboard thing happening.

The flavor shows a little less oxidation than the aroma and what’s there works reasonablly well with what’s happening with the rest of the beer, its spicy and has a medium level of sweetness. It’s got some pear and citrus fruit and an earthy almost smoky character to it. There is a good bit of toasted malt and a little bit of papery oxidized character. The alcohol is nicely warming.

Thanks Kempter Brian!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBHansen (572) - Køge, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle @ DØE. Appearance: pours cleat dark amber with ok off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: brown sugar, orange, alcohol, spices, (coriander?), dried fruits and cherry hints. palette: strong spicy and yesty aroma, average carbonation, full body, notable sugar sweetness, somewhat balanced by a medium bitterness, long duration and an oily texture. Overall: very good and complex Christmas beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeersweden (457) - SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2015
This year I got the big bottle Corsendonk, 750 ml.

The beer pours clear, dark maghogny with a deep red tone and a one finger high, beige head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Dried fruit, syrup, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, vanilla, caramel, red berries, apple and fudge.
Taste: A sweet taste, yet a little "sour" with a bitterness back at the tounge. Caramel malt, dried fruit, oak, plum, spice, yeast, red fruit and nutmeg.
Mouth: Medium to full body. High carbonation. Dry ending. Soft and smooth.

A GREAT Christmas Beer!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MGantzel (126) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2015
Denne belgiske juleøl har et klart mørkt udseende med et medium hvidt skum. Øllen har en sød maltet aroma og smager af lidt sød karamel og frugt, samt har en bitter afrunding. Medium karbonering.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DerGantzel (215) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2015
Aroma of malt, toasty, caramel and fruits. Brown and clear with a fine white head. Medium sweet and medium bitter for the style. Medium carbonation, medium body.


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