Corsendonk Christmas Ale – Brasserie du Bocq (Turnhout, Belgium)


  • My Rating: B-

Corsendonk Christmas Ale – Brasserie du Bocq, 8.1% ABV – 25cl., (Turnhout, Belgium)


“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.”

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: creamy -> alcohol/malt/brown sugar -> licorice/bittersweet finish
  • Where I got it : Hastings Liquor Store
  • How much: $20/6 x 250cl. + branded glass, December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, just once.

Visual: I bought mine as a 6-pack which included a free glass. As a collector of fine beerware, this was pretty much a no-brainer. Pours hazy medium-dark brown with a small lasting ultra-foamy micro CO2 head, lots of thick lacing, several moderate-speed streams.

Nose: initial reaction – burnt toast?!/charcoal, malts, molasses. (6/10)-aromatic strength.

Attack: super-creamy mouthfeel,

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, (7/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) malt, turbinado sugar, dark rum (HINT) cola

Finish: mild licorice, malty bittersweet fizzy finish.

Summary: It has a strange “burntness” up front but is alright once you get used to it. Good character, body, and balance.