Corsendonk Christmas Ale

I got into the Christmas beer thing a bit late this year, especially since I focused on pumpkin beers for awhile. I saw this one on tap and had to give it a shot.


ABV: 8.5%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to, “Brewed with Pale, Munich and Caramunich malts; Kent Goldings hops. This is a rich, dark, joyous brew with which to celebrate the holiday season. Its aroma of chocolate malt and spiciness is reminiscent of the wonderfull smells of holiday baking in Mom’s kitchen. Silky smooth on the palate, it’s predominantly malty, with smoky, spicy and citrusy notes and a long, lingering finish that is lightly tart and malty. Bottle conditioned for a fresh, lively taste. Round and well balanced, it’s a welcome addition for holiday tables and beyond.”

Random: The other half and I managed to buy each other 2 of the exact same gifts this year.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head. It was very slow to dissipated and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark brown color. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the color. The nose had notes of Belgian yeast and dark fruit with holiday spice too. The taste was teeming with spice and dark fruit, specifically raisins and currants and dates. There was yeast present too, but it didn’t take away from the dark fruit or spice. This had a thick body with light carbonation, making this a perfect holiday sipper. The booze was hidden with some warming on the long, spicy finish. I really enjoyed this beer, although it wasn’t mind-blowing and I can’t believe it has taken me so long to try this. If you can still get your hands on this one, make sure that you do.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Corsendonk Apple White

My Phils are not having a good season. After starting the season with everyone healthy (which was the excuse last year), they have just underperformed. As the trade deadline approaches, unless they improve (which may be on the horizon as they took 2 of 3 during the homestand against the Braves), I’m probably going to see some of my favorite players go to other teams. I’m just hoping they improve and at least make the playoffs.

ABV: 3.1%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “White beer with a twist of apple juice. Brewed with spices (coriander, orange zest, and licorice) with natural flavors. Deep golden in color and naturally cloudy, this bottle-conditioned white beer is fresh, crisp and exceptionally refreshing.”

Random: At least Brown and Lee made the All Star team.

This brew poured with a one finger, thick pure white head which was very frothy. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy light yellow color with limited carbonation visible throughout. The nose was tart, granny smith apples with a touch of cinnamon. The taste was reminiscent of freshly baked apple piece. There were notes of cinnamon, apple, and nutmeg with some bready pie crust notes as well. The flavors on this beer were just stellar. The body was light with light carbonation. The finish was quick with apples. I’ve never seen or heard of this beer prior to seeing it on the beer menu and it was amazing. It was light and really flavorful and could pair really well with a bunch of different things. If you see it, definitely give it a shot. You won’t regret it.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale

Today was absolutely exhausting. I’ve been dead tired all week for no real reason. I didn’t even get to the gym tonight. I seriously cannot wait for this weekend to come. My ever-so exciting plans include catching up on homework and going to dinner with my sis. So, tonight’s plan is watching a little It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia with tonight’s brew and hopefully going to bed early.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Corsendonk is a Belgian brand of abbey-style beers. The brandname refers to the Priory of Corsendonk in Oud-Turnhout, which was founded in 1398 and, until it was closed in 1784, had a significant brewery and malt house. In 1982 the Corsendonk brand was introduced by the Keersmaekers firm in Oud-Turnhout, a former brewery which had become a retailer even though it continued to call itself a brewery. The beers are made elsewhere.”

Random: I first had this beer at a bar in New Brunswick. I really don’t remember much about it, but since my Dad brought it for me, it’s definitely worth a try again.

When I opened this bottle, the cork came out with a huge pop and scared the hell out of the cat. Once I finally got to pouring the brew, it came out into the glass with a two finger, pure-white and fluffy head. Once it dissipated (after about five minutes), it left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear yellow color with lots of carbonation. The nose had a lot of lemon and citrus, coupled with some spice and a hint of funk. On the taste, there was definite crazy carbonation with the same Belgian yeast that was apparent in the nose. I also got a hint of spice and then some citrus followed up with a quick and clean finish. For a tripel, this is really light and clean and very enjoyable. It’s also a really easy drinker. I would definitely have it again, really solid brew.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0