Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Brouwerij Corsendonk – Christmas Ale

Ahhh it’s that time of year again, a lot of people consider the fall season to be the best time of year for seasonal beer, but I consider the winter styles to be just as welcoming. For all you stout and porter fans, you know what I’m talkin about.

Corsendonk was brewed by a bunch of monks dating back to the late 1300’s, but was shut down by an Austrian Emperor in the 18th century because he didn’t like their beer, or that they taught Latin, but more likely because they were spreading religion. Most likely getting their followers drunk and really pushing god on them. I use this tactic when I want someone to stop talking to me at a bar, try it out, works like a charm. In 1982 it was reintroduced and has been a top Belgian in my eyes ever since.

I drank this one at the Sharp Edge in downtown Pittsburgh, on Light Up Night, so the theme really fit the bill. If you have a chance to go to a Sharp Edge location, there are a few around Pittsburgh, I highly recommend it. They have hundreds of beers to try and the staff is very knowledgeable. The price is high but there are beers there you won’t find anywhere else, plus each beer is served in its designated glass.

The ale itself is dark, smooth and malty, with a frothy head. I’m a big brown ale fan (not to be confused with brown eye) so this was right up my alley. The taste was a bit fruity, maybe some plum, raisin, and cherry, but with a spicy, nutty undertone and finish. This guy boasts an ABV of 8.5%, so perfect for the Holiday season when you wanna sit back relax and numb your mouth before shots come your way at the lube on Christmas night.

That said, this beer is a favorite for the holidays, but at 8 bucks a bottle, I don’t think I’ll be having many. Is Beast Ice still 8 bucks a case?

Drinkability: 8/10

Taste: 8/10
Value: 2/10
Curb Appeal: 7/10

Overall: 6.25/10

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