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RATINGS: 1383   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Previously 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.

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3.7
JK (6161) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2006
This fine beer would benefit from more complexity. The pleasant aroma is simply malt. The beer is black, and retains a very thin head until the last sip. Flavor is simpler than I expect a 96th percentile beer to be; with sweet malt and light smoke. Very light dried fruit, and not really any citrus at all. Fairly sweet due to the dominance of the malt, and thick and heavy as well. This beer is a winner but needs more complexity; which might be brought on by ageing. It is overall very quad-like, or in this case, quad-light.

3.7
NosirIwont (2532) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2006
Bottle. Pours deep red/brown with a big beige/brown head. Aroma is sweetish, fruity and yeasty. Flavour is sweet and yeasty with notes of wood and plums. Nice, but it gets a bit cloying. Sweet finish with notes of licorice. 13-01-06.

3.8
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2006
[LCRBM] sweet nose, chocolate, toffee, some hazelnuts, also fruit, some cherry slightly spiced, cinnamon. good body finish is both sour and slightly bitter.

3.8
shadey (2135) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Black pour until you hold it up to the light, then there is some red/brown. Head was huge creme froth. Aroma is a little alcoholy. Flavor is very smooth. Dark fruit with a little alcohol as it warms.

3.6
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Ver dense, dark winter brew with nice malty taste with some vanillaish hints and a bit smoky finish, my bottle was lacking a head, but still very good.

2.6
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Rasins and other dried fruit. Centered with a slight sour note that did not sit well on the roasted malts. Not what I was expecting and not a re-try.

3.8
JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
12 oz bottle. Clean light brown beer with coppery highlights. Delicious candi sugar aroma, some toffee, light ginger, sweet plummy special B and a bit of orange zest. Falvour is less compelx than the aroma would have suggested. Sweet caramel, special B fruitiness but some farily astringent spiciness as well. Finishes quite bitter and hoppy. In back of the malts there is a nice sprucey flavour. As it warms the maltiness intensifies a bit, decent richness and a bit of honey flavour behind all the darker malts. Some spicy yeastiness.

3.5
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Pours deep brown with reddish hue, carbonation and medium tan, foaming, lacing head. Nutbread, sweet malty aroma. Sweet malty brown sugar flavor. Medium, non-descript palate.

3.6
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 pours a darker amber color with a nice sized off white head, aroma of malts, belgian style spices, and alcohol, the taste is similar to its aroma a nice mix, not a bad beer at all, nice body, worth a try.

1.8
mabjork (692) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 3, 2006
Bottled. Redbrown in colour with a tan head. An aroma that is fruity wih hints of caramel. The flavour is sweetish.


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