‘Corsendonk Christmas Ale’ Craft Beer Review
Brewed by Brouwerij Corsendonk
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Serve at 45-50°
Enjoyed from a tulip glass
A: Pours a deep-brown, plum color with two fingers of creamy off-white head. The head diminishes quickly, leaving spotty lacing.
S: Dark, ripe fruits; prune, raisin, cherries, caramel, citrus rind, warming alcohol, Belgian yeast with a bready malt beneath.
T: Layers of dark, ripe fruits and roasted, bready malts. Dates, raisin, figs, candied dark fruits, orange rind, burned sugar; complex and surprising.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth and very creamy. Very little alcohol burn.
O: A surprising offering in the watered-down world of seasonal brews. Complexity isn’t the standard for most Christmas ales, but Corsendonk have raised the bar. It’s hard to summarize the shifting flavors in this ale, so I suggest you pick up some of your own.
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