Brew Review-Corsendonk Christmas
It’s almost Christmas time, and I was finally done with work for the calendar year, so I stopped off for a beer (or 4) on my way home, and that included the Corsendonk Christmas. This dark Belgian, at 8.5%, definitely makes for some happy holidays.
It pours very dark and opaque, with a slight ruby colouring around the edge. A small head deteriorated pretty quickly. It gave off notes of honey, berry fruit, malt, and something for the life of me I can’t put my finger on.
This beer has a delicious mouthful. It starts very sweet, with a sweet, sweet pull of honey that quickly intermingles with some berry or plum fruit taste, and supplemented by a good nutty, roasted malt undertone. There is also some spice that ties this all together, but for the life of me I cannot put my finger on it. While there may be slight traces of cinnamon or nutmeg, it certainly isn’t that. For a while I thought it might be ginger, like the GL Christmas, but dismissed that by the second half of the glass. I asked Shintern for his opinion, and neither of us could pinpoint the taste, though it gives the berry a great spicy compliment to all the fruit and honey sweetness.
This is a great Christmas Ale that isn’t too complex or heavy, and has a great amount of flavour without being too sweet or too spicy. I didn’t tire of it for one sip through the entire glass. A 750 of this would make a great holiday treat for that special beer drinker on your Christmas list.