bigmarty1980 (2) - - DEC 9, 2017 does not count crossovert (14006) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2017 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 you’d be feeling it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-19-2009 04:08:42
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2017 This is my all time favorite beer. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are ONLY for this beer. Sitting in your living room with only the faint light from the Christmas Tree lights to illuminate the room as the kids sleep. Watching a heavy snow storm outside. Cozied up with this beer. NiklasT (125) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2017 Dark red, almost black. Aroma very week. Taste also week, compared to other Belgium Christmas ales, or even to traditional doubles. Figs, dates and some coffe is detectable. Zlotta (3963) - Hagen / Düsseldorf, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2017
0.25 l bottle from 'Belgiuminabox.com', best before November 2019. Clear, dark reddish brown with a thin, frothy, almost stable, beige head. Sweetish, yeasty-spicy and slightly fruity aroma of caramel, coriander, toasted coconut, some raisins and a touch of chocolate. Moderately sweet, malty, yeasty-spicy and slightly fruity taste of caramel, raisins, coriander and a touch of chocolate, followed by a medium long, quite bitter, moderately yeasty-spicy and slightly roasty finish. Medium body, quite effervescent mouthfeel, average to lively carbonation. Pretty one-dimensional, far from complex, but well-balanced and not overy sweet. Quite okay. Tjeerd (630) - GERMANY - NOV 30, 2017
Warm, rond, zeer drinkbaar bier met prettige afdronk. Mist een beetje ecken und kanten. vinivini (3053) - Gomel, BELARUS - NOV 10, 2017
Bottle. Clear bronze pour with ruby highlights. Tall fluffy ivory-coloured head. Aroma: toasted malts, spices, figs, esters, burnt sugar. Medium to full body. Average to lively carbonation. Moderately sweet taste. Vinous. Caramel & toast. Dried fruit. Some hay / cardboard. Low to light bitterness. Generally good with little off-things.
alex_leit (5198) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 11, 2017
Bottle. Dark bronze color, rich creamy foam. Aroma: toffee, caramel, spices, esters and port wine. Taste: spicy, wine, slightly brandy, sweetness and slight bitterness. IslandHaole (1299) - Misawa, JAPAN - JUN 25, 2017
A clear, brown color, small head, has the scent of Rum and Coke with spiced Rum. Toss in a bit of dusty basement with Old Spice. Lively carbonation, sticky feel. Sweet malt and not a whole lot more. Not my cup of tea. Homer321 (5202) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Bottle to glass. Strong strong perfume nose. Light fruitiness. Some raisins. Cardamom? Brown pour small white head. Taste is less floral and perfume. Dried fruit and annoying carbonation dominate with a light candi sugar sweetness. Decent enough. nathanvc (740) - Brugge, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2017
Pours cloudy dark brown with a lasting, foamy, beige head. The aroma contains malt, caramel, raisins, dates and other fruits, some licorice and spices. It tastes medium sweet and - in the finish - light bitter and even light sour. The alcohol is well hidden. Creamy/oily texture, light, fizzy carbonation, long finish. Reminded me a bit of Rochefort 10, though not as complex and intense, of course. I find this very tasty. rferrey (162) - Huelva, SPAIN - MAR 3, 2017
Color marrom oscuro, aroma muy ligero que no se corresponde con el sabor, una belgian strong mas, con cuerpo medio, predominio maltoso, ligeramente acida y alcohol que se nota en garganta