Corsendonk takes it name from the Priory of Corsendonk in Oud-Turnhout, which was founded in 1398 and until its closure (by Austrian Emperor Joseph II) in 1784 had been a considerable brewery and malt house.
The Priory itself was rebuilt in the 70s by owners the Keersmaekers family and in 1982 they introduced the Corsendonk brand however now a days the beers are brewed by Du Bocq in Namur.
Corsendonk Christmas pours a clear, deep, dark, reddy brown that's finished with a large fluffy off-white head that really lasts the duration of the beer.
Great aromas of dark fruits and molasses, caramelised sugars and ripe bananas (yes this beer has a sweet aroma) a slight anise and clove note provide that seasonal magic.
Taste is rich with malts and fruits....kind of like plum bread coupled with gentle warming spices, a pronounced toffee like sweetness fills the mouth - nothing overdone just perfectly balanced, the finish has a gentle hop bitterness mixed with cocoa and a mild tinge of alcohol.