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RATINGS: 1387   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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4.5
crossovert (12614) - 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 you’d be feeling it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-19-2009 04:08:42


3.4
Homer321 (5003) - 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.

3.7
nathanvc (444) - 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.

3.4
rferrey (125) - 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

3.5
fombe89 (3266) - Asturias, SPAIN - FEB 26, 2017
Botella de @Vivalabirra, Oviedo 26/02/17 Color marron, sabor especiado, dulce, caramelo, cuerpo medio.

3.4
ruigo (2706) - PORTUGAL - FEB 20, 2017
25cl bottle. Dark brown with nice tan head. Spices, licorice, plums and candy sugar. Nice.

3.3
MMR (752) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2017
Enjoyable Christmas Ale. Pours a nice brown glass of ale with a malty aroma.

3.7
Niko100 (2889) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2017
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, fruit, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, caramel, dark fruit, and spice; Nicely balanced; Solid.

3.6
J_man (996) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 22, 2017
750 ml. bottle from 2016. Rich toasted malt and dark fruit aromas with a touch of molasses. Murky dark brown color but nice orange/red color under bright light. Dark cherries and dates with some nutmeg and allspice mixed in the flavor. The body is quite light for what I thought it would be with a creamy texture and the alcohol seems subdued for 8.5%. There’s a touch of vanilla and cream in there too. Finishes with a little heat and a lasting dark fruit and vanilla flavor. Although all the components were very good, for some reason the overall result was somewhat less than the sum of the parts. Still a very good Christmas ale.

4
klipper13 (9) - SPAIN - JAN 22, 2017 does not count
Bought from birrabox. Pours a dark brown color with a medium head that lasts for 1,5 min. Medium carbonation. Aroma has some alcohol and a hint of citrus, not very good for me. Great body. The taste is complex, spicy. The aftertaste has some bitterness and a bit of swetness. Very good beer overall.

3.8
g_georgiou (565) - 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.


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