First brewed in 1998, this Christmas release by Brouwerij Corsendonk (Oud, Belgium) was hit almost immediately. Christmas Ale has received a world class rating on BeerAdvocate.com, and is highly anticipated as soon as the weather turns cold. This dark Belgian ale is one of 5 offerings by Corsendonk, and is bottle conditioned.
Its aroma of chocolate malt and spices is reminiscent of the wonderful smells of holiday baking in Mom’s kitchen. 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. Round and well-balanced, it will be a welcome addition to holiday tables and parties.
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Taste Expectations: Big malty taste, with dark fruit notes (figs, grapes, raisins) from the malts/yeast. Spicy – w/ coriander notes. Some chocolate flavor.
Food Pairings: This ale pairs well with holiday meals. Duck/Goose/Ham/Turkey. Candied/sugar glazes pair nicely also.
Availability: Quite a few options. 11.2 oz/4 pks. 750ml corked/caged. 3 Liter “Party Bottles”. Party bottles are nicely priced – $70.
Cellar: Up to 3 yrs @ 55 Degrees. (dark, upright storage)