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RATINGS: 1352   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.

Melker's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Melker (247) - Göteborg, - NOV 16, 2012
Brown/reddish, white foamy head. Aroma is spicy.. dark fruits, chocolate, nuts. Malty, sweet and smokey. Some alcohol in the taste but it’s not overwhelming. Moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuedmaster (344) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2016
750 ml. bottle , marked best before Aug 17, 2018, from Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido for half off. Pour is dark ruby red with a decent tan head. Aroma of plum, sugar syrup, port, cherry, raisin, spices. You could call it plum holiday beer and it would be accurate. Malt forward but not too sweet, light bitter and slight sour. Medium body, sticky texture, lively carbonation, sweet/sour finish, slight smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bergstaden (2098) - Røros, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2016
Amber with off white head - Malt aroma with hints of caramel and spice - Malty body with some notes of caramel and hints of hop and olso spicy hints from yeast - The malt goes into the finish - This was nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schytte (47) - - MAR 28, 2016
Den dufter godt, fin skum/udseende & smagen er god - En glimrende belgisk øl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swaroga (1950) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2016
Freshly opened it had intense aromas of red fruits, red apples, anise, lots of caramel and some little chocolate. After a while it makes me think of cocacola. The same in the taste. Some earthy notes to it with alcohol that is quite well hidden. The beer is well balanced but suffers from watery body. Not bad but not interesting neither.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2529) - 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 (782) - 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 (4480) - 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 (292) - 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 (1775) - Seattle, Washington, 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.

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