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RATINGS: 1197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilgrimoutlaw (766) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
On tap at Capone’s. Opaque brown pour with tan light tan head. Caramel, tart fruit, cardamom, cinnamon, soy sauce. Moderately weet. Body was light and smooth, maybe a bit watery. Not sure this was the best pour as the flavors were pretty subdued.


3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (11097) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Reddish brown, medium white head. Little aroma. Full mouth, very smooth vanilla flavor with a cocoa finish. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (1296) - BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
Christmas version of Corsendonck Pater, brewed by Du Bocq. Creamy, stable head, colour a dark reddish brown. Delicately sweet aroma, candied fruit, chocolate, candi syrup, caramel malts; taste likewise, candied dates in the onset, caramel malts, soft and rounded, bit of roasted bitterness in the end and in that sense again a Scotch-type beer ’in disguise’, like most stereotypical dark Belgian Christmas ales. In other words: cliché, but good.

1.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
mikske79 (1101) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 6, 2014
Ik ben een fan van kerstbieren, maar dit was echt niet mijn smaak. Een serieuze tegenvaller

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (203) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2014
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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1227) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 10, 2014
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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (978) - - MAY 18, 2014
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vipinvelp (2136) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2014
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)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3551) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen (1696) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2723) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
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.


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