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RATINGS: 1380   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (11794) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
2009 vintage. Came with a glass which I will use for this review. Pours a deep dark brown with hints of ruby when held to light. The head fits perfectly in the Corsendonk branded glass and it is off white, semi quickly dissipating, with some spotty lacing. Smell is typical belgian dark, but with an elevated level of fruitiness. In addition to the normal dark dried fruits, I sense some banana, citrus, and grapes. There is also a hint of spice. The taste follows suit, but with a nice hit of spices. The sweetness is very balanced and the fruit flavors are vibrant and up front. There are also hints of caramel and a small amount of alcoholic bite. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a perfect amount of carbonation, though the bottle is far too small at 8.5 oz. This is a fantastic brew, for lovers of Belgian Stong Dark ales. This one is highly drinkable, downing a whole gift pack of these would be feasible, though youd be feeling it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-19-2009 04:08:42

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
g_georgiou (519) - CYPRUS - JAN 15, 2017
Slightly hazy brown body with a thin beige head. Aroma is pleasant dried fruit, some spice, orange peel. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyhallmanti (331) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2017
25cl bottle at home. Pours a dark brown colour with a big soapy beige head which slowly recedes to a thin layer on top and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Aroma of dark malts, spices, prunes, candy sugar, raisins, berries. Taste is fairly sweet, light bitter with a sweet and warming finish. Notes of spices, liquorice, thyme, rosemary, caramel, raisins, prunes, dark malts. Texture is creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSteveBrule (48) - - JAN 7, 2017
750 ml from Monastery Greetings (Belgian-Style Ales). Pours a dark brown with a lingering tan head. Aroma isn't pungent but still complex with spices, roasted grains, and yeast. Taste is surprisingly light for the color. Spicy with some roastiness. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent but has a long, spicy, toasty aftertaste that sticks around. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MattMex (9) - ITALY - JAN 7, 2017 does not count
One of the few Christmas Ale, I have found in Italy...Cereal malt and a spicy taste, are the principal caracteristics. Full body and a lightly brown color. Good!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
txspartan (1042) - Berchem, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2017
Sweet, licorice and sadly some metal aromas. Head lasts a while with large bubbles. Dark chocolate, sweet red fruits and metal flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drmet (881) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2016
L: -pours a hazy ruby red with a medium,foamy,beige head -low carbonation visible S: -Earthy,Plums,Rose Hip,Sweet,cooked Potatoes,Cherries T: -fruit Syrup.Earthy,Raisins,cooked Potatoes,Figs,Plums F: -medium to high carbonation -light to medium body -faint Alcohol noticeable O: A solid Winter Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2947) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2016
Deep brown with a tall head. Dark, non-roasted malts, dark fruits, a healthy dose of spice but not overwhelming, sweet crystal malt, rice fig/raisin/plum finish. Hearty and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RoyDeSmet (12) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2016
Medium to full bodied beer: light creamy texture, lively carbonation. Fresh, light-sour with hints of apple syrup. Well-balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Msdrbeat (572) - East Lansing, USA - DEC 24, 2016
On tap at Crown. Pours brown with white lacing. Very malty and smooth. Bit of grape taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtles (2283) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2016
750ml bottle from Systembolaget. Clear dark mahogany, small dense off-white head. Sweet malty aroma, dark dried fruit, toffee and mild alcohol. Medium carbonated, medium/full bodied, sweet mouthfeel. Sweet taste, dark sugar, raisins, figs, caramel, stone fruit and brandy.

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