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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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3.1
martin00sr (4042) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2016
Clear dark brown, airy offwhite head. Malty aroma with caramel, brown sugar and light spice. Flavour has malt and fruit, some light sourish notes. Apples and brown sugar. Some metallic notes as well. Not impressed.

2.8
HerrBierkoenig (1453) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 2, 2016
From 0,25l bottle, BBD: 21/10/17 Bought at Damian Bottle Shop, Bratislava. Pours dark brown liquid, huge frothy tan to brown head, Aroma: sweet, spicy, caramel sweets, jelly fruit sweets, herbal hopy, light candied fruit, Taste: medium to heavy sweet, light to medium bitter, medium sour, fruity, caramel, lemon like jelly sweets, some metallic off taste, some minor warming alcohol notes, Palate: medium body, average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, long lemon candy aftertaste, Overall: did not enjoyed.

3.6
janez (12) - - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle. Aroma is citrusy and malty. Apple. Apperance is light brown, medium white head. Taste is tart apple and malt. Mild carbonation. Alcohol well hidden, very smooth. A bit too cidery but overall decent

3.8
BRW (2781) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 30, 2015
On tap at biercab. Brown colour with beige head. Malt, caramel, nuts, fruit aroma. Sweet, malt, caramel, nuts, fruit, chocolate taste. Medium to full body.

4.4
Dacrza (980) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2015
DATE TASTED: December 28, 2015... GLASSWARE: Corsendonk tulip...OCCASION: enjoying each day of the Christmas break with a review... APPEARANCE: pours a dark, lustrous purple brown body; immense, three-finger brown head forms creamy, bubbly cork that retains its dignity for quite some time; when it acquiesces, what is left is equally majestic--a flurry of Brussels lace ... AROMA: plum and raisin, doughy, toasted malts and earthy hops mingle with less dominant citrus to provide a welcoming, complex aroma... PALATE: strong, commanding yet smooth sip; maltiness is apparent in its fortitude at the finish, while the early palate suggests some hop activity; lively during its middle passage, while dry at the end--full-bodied, thick, and not at all bitter... TASTE: first, the toasted sweetness of bread and chocolate converge; just as quickly, orange and licorice arrive to create a nuanced holiday flavor; malts are doughy, slightly smoky and formidable; plum and pear make the fruitiness even more apparent--quite a cocktail, but one that holds to its original mission of drinkability...OVERALL: I purchased this months ago in preparation for this season--yet so far from its end date of January 2017--and this old friend does not disappoint. Up to 8.5% ABV as per its label, this cream, full-bodied beer relentlessly pleases sip after sip, a perfect comrade for the freezing rain falling outside...not much to find fault with here--a great drinking experience...

3.8
MelvinKalksma (1536) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2015

Aroma:
Malts, caramel, yeast, spices.

Appearance:
Dark ruby/brown beer with a slight off-white head.

Taste/Palate:
Medium/heavy sweet and slightly bitter with everything mentioned in the aroma.

2.4
nybol (2201) - DENMARK - DEC 28, 2015
En stor smag af belgisk gær. Og der er lykkedes at gøre øllen mere julet uden brug af ekstra krydderier.

3.3
SimonBlok (601) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2015
25 cl bottle at home. Pours red-brown with low tan head. Aroma: bread, caramel, nuts, red fruits. Taste: medium sweetness with low to medium bitterness. Notes of coriander. Texture is oily. Carbonation is lively

3.9
Marcius (442) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - DEC 26, 2015
dark brown color and high head. Aroma with smoky spicy notes. Taste is sweet and complex. Palate with full body. Great beer!

3.2
CanIHave4Beers (4187) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle from box, courtesy of Shawn. It’s dated best before September of 2011, which puts this sucka at just over 9 years old unless Corsendonk is doing somethig other than the standard with their dating system. Either way it’s an old bottle.
Pours a deep mahogany color witha big fluffy tan head and lots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is nutty with some plum and some light clove like spice. It’s certainly oxidized and has the sweetend wet cardboard thing happening.

The flavor shows a little less oxidation than the aroma and what’s there works reasonablly well with what’s happening with the rest of the beer, its spicy and has a medium level of sweetness. It’s got some pear and citrus fruit and an earthy almost smoky character to it. There is a good bit of toasted malt and a little bit of papery oxidized character. The alcohol is nicely warming.

Thanks Kempter Brian!


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