Corsendonk Christmas Ale is a bottle fermented dark Belgian ale. A rich treat for an evening in front of the fire.
Corsendonk is named after the Priory of Corsendonk in Oud-Turnhout in the north of Belgium but is not an actual functioning abbey. The beer is currently brewed by Brasserie du Bocq, who also brews St. Feuillien.
It pours with a white head of foam a finger thick that demonstrates the fizzy carbonation. It tastes malty, with notes of carmel, yeast, and candy sugar one might expect from dark Belgian ale. The finish is medium long with a little bit of dark fruitiness. It is a sweet, smooth beer with nothing detectible in the flavor to give away the 8.1% ABV. The bottom of the glass with a bit of yeast sediment.
You may find this beer in a variety of sizes – 330ml, 750ml, and even 3 liter. The label features a snow-covered Christmas tree decorated with ball ornaments, and a bright star of Bethlehem announcing the birth of Jesus.
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