crossovert (6970) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 vintage. Came with a glass which I will use for this review.
Pours a deep dark brown with hints of ruby when held to light. The head fits perfectly in the Corsendonk branded glass and it is off white, semi quickly dissipating, with some spotty lacing.
Smell is typical belgian dark, but with an elevated level of fruitiness. In addition to the normal dark dried fruits, I sense some banana, citrus, and grapes. There is also a hint of spice.
The taste follows suit, but with a nice hit of spices. The sweetness is very balanced and the fruit flavors are vibrant and up front. There are also hints of caramel and a small amount of alcoholic bite. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a perfect amount of carbonation, though the bottle is far too small at 8.5 oz.
This is a fantastic brew, for lovers of Belgian Stong Dark ales. This one is highly drinkable, downing a whole gift pack of these would be feasible, though you’d be feeling it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-19-2009 04:08:42
adster (158) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Barnásvörös színű főzet fűszeres, sokat sejtető, selyemcukorkás, vattacukros illattal. Ízében is visszaköszönnek ezek a nyalánkságok - vagy legalábbis nem esik nehezünkre odaképzelni őket -, de korántsem eltúlzottan, mindent lehengerlően, hanem elegánsan, teret hagyva más ízeknek is, melyek krémesen, fűszeresen olvadnak össze a szánkban. Kitűnő ünnepi ital, így visszatekintve pedig azt kell, hogy mondjam, hogy számomra a karácsonyi felhozatal egyik eddig kóstolt legjobb darabja, ami viszont korántsem csak az ünnepi sörök között állja meg remekül a helyét.
ronaldtheriot (1195) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Corsendonk Christmas Ale has a thin, beige head, a brown, bubbly, opaque appearance, and pretty much no lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, sweet, spicy malt and fruit. Taste is of dark, sweet bread, rich, moist, fruit cake, dark fruit, sugars, and a fairly pronounced, balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Corsendonk Christmas Ale finishes semi-wet and dessert like. Very little of an alcohol pick-up, here. RJT
Darkmagus82 (490) - - MAY 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA reviewed 1-20-12 -
Poured from bottle into a Leffe goblet glass
Appearance - Pours a lighter brown which looks deep red upon holding up to light. The big (~ 2 finger) tan "dirty" looking head that forms upon pouring is quite persistent and lasts for about 1 min or more. The large carbonation bubbles pop slowly over time leaving a fair level of lacing.
Smell - A sweet breadiness is the first to be scented. It mixes with a yeasty dried fruit smell which eventually comes to include a bit of spiciness near the end. Right at the finish of the aroma is some alcohol, nothing too overpowering and actually quite soothing.
Taste - The taste profile follows the smell quite well. Some sweet maltiness is meet first with dried fruits mixed into the breadiness. The yeast, which is present along with the maltines,s fades toward the back end of the taste, where the alcohol and spiciness of nutmeg and cinnamon work their way in.
Mouthfeel - A good creaminess with a nice level of carbonation which tickles the tongue. This tickling is soon subdued with the lightest burn of alcohol. Very nice transitions.
Overall - A nice holiday brew to sit and sip in front of an open fireplace while relaxing and collecting your thoughts.
vipinvelp (2071) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark ruby, brown almost, with huge lacing, lasting light brown foam head. Aroma is muffled by foam head, but clearly malty caramel with some light smokey notes. Taste some wheatm little spciy,but mainly malty caramel again. (Velp 201405)
maxwelldeux (3496) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a very thick pillowy tan head on it. Nose is light, but present; I get some sweetness from what seems like caramel and raisin, and some slight earthy elements. Taste is pretty sweet, with just a hint of some sourness to the end of it. OK.
weihenweizen (1622) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Refrigerated 11.2 oz. brown bottle poured into a trappist glass. Pours dark brown with medium brown highlights and big beige head. Aroma is dark candy sugar, medium body, medium carbonation, and good small bubble lacing. Taste is dark candy sugar and some dark fruit. Good brown Belgian.
tom10101 (2644) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (250 ml). Dark brown with a small beige/brown head and little lacing. Aroma is of caramel, spices, Belgian yeast, light smokiness and nuts. Taste is slightly sweet and moderately spicy with toffee/caramel, light smoke and a lingering warming finish from spices/alcohol. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is surprisingly fluffy for a Belgian Strong Ale. I’m usually not fond of Christmas beers, but this one is pretty good. Well balanced and tasty. Just the right amount of spices, alcohol and body.
Maakun (509) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep mahogany with medium beige head. Lots of peach candy, caramel, fudge, think sweet malts, ligh gluhwein spices. Very sweet with some bitter in the finish. Medium to full bodied. Lovely stuff.
VictorStr (1230) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ja Belgian Strong Ale har aldrignvarit min favorit, sĺledes inte denna öl heller. Hel del sötma, del jäst. För mycket kolsyra tycker jag
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Backlog. A winter-seasonal that shows up every year, not really my cup of tea though, slightly too sweet for my tooth.