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

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  • My Rating: B-

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

from ratebeer.com:

“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.

Corsendonk (Turnhout, Belgium)

Corsendonk (Turnhout, Belgium)

1) Pater / Abbey Brown Ale / Dubbel, 7.5% ABV – 75cl

  • Style: Abbey Dubbel
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Semi-sweet bright cola -> malts/bread/root beer -> slight watery/mild bitter finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: $9 (after 10%), Jan 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark cola brown with a nice creamy foamy head, good retention and lacing, lots of active CO streams. Mainly malts on the nose. Drinks with a very creamy bright almost cola-like start, medium sweetness (5/10), transitions into malts, bread, hints of root beer, finishing mildly sweet and light clean bitter, but on the watery side. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, excellent drinkability. A beer that drinks like a COLA/ROOT BEER but without the sugary sweetness!

2) Agnus / Abbey Tripel, 7.5% ABV – 75cl

  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: Med-high sweet/creaminess -> coriander/tangerine/cloves -> tart/hoppy/off-dry finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: $9 (after 10%), Jan 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours golden orangish/amber, nice large head, micro foamy CO2, lots of active CO2 streams. Bright orange/lemon citrus on the nose. Initial burst of med-high (8/10) sweetness mixed with creamy-fizzy mouthfeel, tastes of coriander, tangerine, cloves, transitions into a tart, hoppy, off-dry soft bitter finish. Med-high complexity, med-high depth, great transitions, good carry, great drinkability.