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RATINGS: 1384   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.

Editors note: Sold as both Corsendonk Christmas Ale and as Kings Blue in Norway.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zarrach76 (163) - Grenoble, FRANCE - DEC 16, 2016
Superbe brune transparente avec des reflets rubis magnifiques, le tout avec une belle mousse beige bulles diverses. Dj, cette dgustation dmarre bien ! Nez impressionnant de gourmandise : odeur de galette des rois, de clafouti aux cerises, de gteaux bretons bien beurrs, de raisin sec, de chocolat et de caf, de pralin, dorange, de banane, de poire, de chanvre, de citron vert, damande, de vanille, de sirop drable, de caramel bien sr... Trs bons malts chocolats/fums, alcool prsent mais dans lquilibre. On est coup sr sur une vritable bire de Nol, aucune faute de got ! On dirait presque une Barley wine au nez tellement il est riche et capiteux. Jadore... La carbonatation est moyenne, la texture bien souple. Bouche dentre sur le malt avec ses saveurs de ptisserie et de chocolat, mais la fin est sur une belle amertume et des notes de caf et cacao amer. La bouche a moins de fioriture que le nez, moins de complexit, mais quelle est agrable ! Cest soyeux, doux, les 8.5% ne posent absolument aucun problme, bien au contraire. On se surprend dceler des armes de vin rouge avec des saveurs de bois et de cuir, voir de terre, la manire dun Bordeaux. La levure est impeccable, tout comme lapparence avec le demi-centimtre de cette mousse beige apptissante qui persiste. Final sur des saveurs poivres, un rgal. Que dire ? Et bien que cette bire mrite tous les loges et la note maximale. Point barre ! Bouteille 25cl, V&B Grenoble.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ysok02 (1264) - Mons, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2016
Robe brune, mousse abondante et crmeuse. Nez puissant sur des notes chocolates, maltes, un fond de caramel et une cot lact. Bouche lattaque la fois ample et frache, de lquilibre, une bulle fine, de la tension, et une finale quilibre. Une belle bire...de Nol....

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (906) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2016 Bottle. Nose is bread, candy sugar, licorice, malt, fennel, hint of almond. Taste is bread, yeast, malts, leading to brown sugar then fennel, licorice, hint of menthol, berry, grape, candy sugar, spice. The Mouthfeel is sticky. It?s a nice traditional Belgian Christmas beer, and perfectly cheerful, if a little short on the finish, but it?s a minor example.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erling1000 (650) - - NOV 24, 2016
A belgian, brown X-mas Ale with high, light brown head. Aroma is caramel, light roasted malt, light raisins, light spices. Taste is sweet and finishes bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocJitsu (1865) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2016
Pours a clear, dark, ruby-brown with a light tan, clingy head. Unique nose. Weeds, garden vine, sweet, pull candy, custard. Moderately viscous with a moderate crispness. The flavors follow the nose.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SirLimpsalot (3966) - SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2016
@ Basunen 16-11-19: riktig trkig l. Sm toner av kryddor och lite kola, annars inget.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rubin77 (1465) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 16, 2016
F: huge, brownish, good retention. C: dark brown, red against the light, opaque. A: malty, spicy, brown sugar, dark fruits, toffee, dark caramel, yeast. T: malty, toffee, hint of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, liquorice, spicy, medium to full body, good carbonation, good one, 25cl bottle from Carrefour in Etterbeek in Brussels.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nutjes (582) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - NOV 3, 2016
25cl-fles op Marios kersbierentasting in de tennisclub te Ieper. U: Helder kastanjebruin met lichtbruine schuimkraag. G: Karamel, gedroogd fruit, veel sinaasappelschil, kruidnagel en wat koriander. S: Zoet met een bittertje. Opnieuw domineren karamel en sinaasappelschil het pallet. Ook zeer alcoholisch. Er valt ook kruidnagel, gedroogde pruimen en chocolade waar te nemen. Is niet meteen in balans. M: Niet echt volmondig met een carbonatie aan de sterke kant.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiery_1 (584) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2016
250ml bottle @ home. Bottled 2003.08.29. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. Nose of caramel and some Christmas spices. Flavour is caramel, brown sugar, light chocolate. Overall this is a very smooth ale, a great sipper... thinking I should have kept this for a Christmas Day beverage. Thank you Alex for the bottle!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (1294) - Bled, SLOVENIA - OCT 6, 2016
Pours dark purple, slightly clear, with muddy yeasty bottom and with beige foamy head. Aroma: Toffee, hint of caramel, candy, dried fruits, leather...flavor: very similar to aroma, with spicy, floral note of hops. Finish is dry, slightly spicy bitter. Body is medium, texture soft, carbontion medium to full.


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