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RATINGS: 1381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (4141) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle from box, courtesy of Shawn. Its 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 its 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. Its certainly oxidized and has the sweetend wet cardboard thing happening.

The flavor shows a little less oxidation than the aroma and whats there works reasonablly well with whats happening with the rest of the beer, its spicy and has a medium level of sweetness. Its 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBHansen (836) - Kge, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle @ DE. Appearance: pours cleat dark amber with ok off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: brown sugar, orange, alcohol, spices, (coriander?), dried fruits and cherry hints. palette: strong spicy and yesty aroma, average carbonation, full body, notable sugar sweetness, somewhat balanced by a medium bitterness, long duration and an oily texture. Overall: very good and complex Christmas beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeersweden (610) - SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2015
This year I got the big bottle Corsendonk, 750 ml.

The beer pours clear, dark maghogny with a deep red tone and a one finger high, beige head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Dried fruit, syrup, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, vanilla, caramel, red berries, apple and fudge.
Taste: A sweet taste, yet a little "sour" with a bitterness back at the tounge. Caramel malt, dried fruit, oak, plum, spice, yeast, red fruit and nutmeg.
Mouth: Medium to full body. High carbonation. Dry ending. Soft and smooth.

A GREAT Christmas Beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MGantzel (251) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2015
Denne belgiske julel har et klart mrkt udseende med et medium hvidt skum. llen har en sd maltet aroma og smager af lidt sd karamel og frugt, samt har en bitter afrunding. Medium karbonering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DerGantzel (382) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2015
Aroma of malt, toasty, caramel and fruits. Brown and clear with a fine white head. Medium sweet and medium bitter for the style. Medium carbonation, medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (1401) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle from 2013. Semi hazy amber brown beer with a large white head. Aroma is fruity with notes of caramel, red berries, vinous tones, chocolate, wood, vanilla and dried fruit. Flavor is fruity with notes of caramel, chocolate, dried fruit, red berries and spices. Well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DraftDodger (1226) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2015
Copenhagen 21/12 2015. 75 cl bottle from Føtex. Christmas tree, snow and a big yellow star on the label. Pours clear dark reddish brown with white head. Settles as thin creamy layer of foam. Lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, alcohol, fermentation, yeast and a little sourness. Suprisingly strong carbonation and sticky palate. Taste is quite sweet. Brown sugar, yeast, and alcohol. Something quite strong and spicy in there too. Light bitterness in the aftertaste. A bit too sweet to my taste. But a nicely decorated Christmas tree.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mikkellund42 (797) - DENMARK - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear cola dark brown with medium white head. Aroma is malt, vanilla, cocoa, Granny Smith apples and hints of sweet licorice. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter and light acidic. Body is oily with lively carbonation. Finish is long and balanced bitter and sweet with notes of malt, sugar, caramel, fudge, muscavado and syrup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (6483) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Cant believe I never ticked this yet but I used to drink this all the time in 06/07. Pours dark brown with small cafe head. Aromas and flavor are dark cherry, prune, wood, candy sugar, fig and grapes. Tons of nice malt and richness in this christmas. Medium to fuller body. The Belgians do a nice christmas beer for the most part.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (4398) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2015
0,3l on tap @ Harrys. Pours clear deep amber with a low head. Aroma is nutty malts with dark fruits and spices. Flavor is roasted malts, dark fruits, alcohol, spices and hops. Good stuff.

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