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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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3.4
stouby (4666) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle, at home. Dark brown. Sweet and fruity aroma, yet well balanced. Long duration.

3.9
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2005
Ruby with a lasting beige head. Great aroma, some banana notes, caramel, spices. Sweetish yet balanced flavour. Banana showing up again, with toffee, plums and spices. Little bit thinner than i was hoping for in body, but still a really tasty beer.

3.7
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2005
A flavorful, somewhat typical warming Belgian with a healthy dose of brown sugar (or so it feels). Tasty, but not morish in the vein of real top Belgians. Still, I enjoyed it and will be back for more.

4
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Had this on Christsmas day 2004. This one packs quite a punch with the warming alcohol coming through quite nicely. A great beer for the season. The flavor is definately on the malty side with medium spiciness.

3.6
Sammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Thanks Doug Shoemaker for an extra from your Esprit order. Easy drink, hard to believe its 8.5%. Foamy initial pour. Lots of malt and some sugar.

2.6
skbohler (3) - USA - JAN 16, 2005 does not count
Pours a nice brown amber with good lace. Citrus and spice mixed with malty palate. Spicy hop finish. Faiint notes of smoke and nuts and raisins. A bit weak on the mouth-feel in my opinion. Had it last year and remembered that I’m usually unimpressed with it compared to Corsendon’s standard pale and brown ales.

3.4
PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2005
750 ml bottle - Habersham Beverage Warehouse, Savannah, Ga. Pours a deep, dark copper color with a thin, but long lasting spritzy off-white head. Aroma has notes of peppermint and tea, but overall, not very aromatic. Flavor is somewhat muted, but not unpleasant, faint nuttiness, some raisins and dates and a bit of fruit cake. Mouthfeel is not as thick as I would like, smooth though and finishes strong, just nothing really jumping out at me as being "Christmassy".

3.6
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Thanks to rater Snoot for sending me this beer back in early 2004.

Pours a dark brown with hints of amber body, and a fluffy tan head. The aroma is largely malty, note of chocolate, coconut, brown sugar and toffee. The flavor holds many of those same notions but it also adds a lightly tart note of citrus zest, yeast and dough. The is a nice syrupy sweetness, hints towards molasses with a touch of smoke and burned sugar. Yeahh… it’s a nicely crafted beer but it really doesn’t get me all fired up.

3.8
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Bottle, thick creamy off-white head, very dark amber/red in color, great molasses and sweet aroma, tastes as good as it smells, has a nice balance of malt with a hint of spice. i will drink again.

3.5
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Dark red-brown body. Heavy yeasty aroma. Spicy flavor; slightly sweet and yeasty as well. Bubbly texture, has plenty of carbonation. Lingering aftertaste of spice.


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