Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale

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1,059 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,059
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 51
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

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Reviews by ClavisAurea:
Photo of ClavisAurea
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle in a snifter glass.

Appearance: dark brown with a small khaki head

Nose: raisins, dark fruit, spices, yeast

Taste: spicy and effervescent, rich, fruity, yeasty bitterness, mellows as it warms

This is a great example of a classic Belgium double

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium brown color with medium head that left some real nice lacing,aroma of powdered sugar and dried fruit with a bood malt accent.A somewhat fruity taste with a deep malty background a little sweet with a somewhat thin mouthfeel.Was expecting a little more from this one but not to bad.

Photo of Popsinc
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottles pours a dark brown with an enormous tan, pancake head. plenty of lacing. the nose is similar to the Agnus with it's yeasty qualities however, the Pater tends to have more citrus and raisiny sweetness in the nose. taste wise this beer has good complexity. a little more sweetness in this beer. still some champagne yeast flavours and a drying quality. counterbalanced nicely with sweetness of raisin and grape. earthiness. taste lingers well and leaves a dry/sweet finish on the tongue. very lively mouthfeel. crisp & pleasant. again, a beer that doesn't have a HUGE flavour profile but one that is solid in its complexity & balance. simply a rock solid beer that is a perfect example of an Abbey Brown/Dark. thumbs up.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit light in body, color, and zest but otherwise solid. Raison malt base is matched well with plums, apples, and biting yeasties that seem almost grape like. Simpler and lighter than most dubbels but damn tasty none the less. Very drinkable but this doesn’t blow e away like most of it’s fellow Belgian dubbels.

Photo of Dmann
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one out of a 750ml bottle and finished every last drop. It poured a dark brownish color with a nice head that settled into a half inch pillow on top of the beer. This one had a berry-ish smell and kind of reminded me of champaigne. The flavor is also champaigne like with some nice spices and a very bubbily mouthfeel. This is not a beer that I could drink all the time for sure, but I can definantly respect the quality and the flavour of the style.

Photo of SanDNigel
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Tan head-translucent brown body
S- A certain 'abbey' sharpness that makes me think this is exactly what I should be drinking
T- I really like it. Surprisingly crisp and clean. Chocolatey in a sense, but not heavy chocolate.
M- Clean feeling. Perfect size bubbles to keep it light, yet allow the beer to touch your tongue
O- Outstanding beer. Solid 4+. Will buy it again to enjoy

Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown euro shaped bottle with a "best before end" date clearly notched on the neck label.

Appearance: Cloudy dark mahogany with a fluffy light tan head.

Smell: Fruity with ripe apples, grapes and pears ... with hints of grain.

Taste: Crisp with a textured mouth feel that seems to be on the smooth side. Warming and slightly spicy alcohol in the middle. Traces of red grapes, raisins and ripe apples in the fruitiness. Hint of carob and grain on the palate which leaves a ghost like smoke flavour. Touch of yeast in the finish with a little more carob.

Notes: Quite complex between the fruity, yeasty and malt chracters. An obvious cult classic.

Photo of merlin48
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz capped bottle served at cellar temperature into a large tulip glass. A careful pour produces 10% ale and 90% foam. After 10 minutes the enormous, frothy head settles down to reveal a mostly clear, red copper amber. The beige head has amazing retention and could have been ladled out of the glass. Pleasant aroma of bananas, oranges, toffee, and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is silky with medium carbonation. Taste is complex, with plenty of dark fruits like plums, figs, and raisins, cloves, coriander, biscuity malt, musty yeast, and some bitter hops. Overall, a very drinkable Dubbel, but not the best one out there. This one has a few contradictions. Its appearance suggests overcarbonation that is not present elsewhere. The taste is very different from the nose. Very interesting Belgian here.

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

large bottle, with the typical and allways appreciated Belgian cage and cork thing going on. Pours dark almond brown, fairly clear with a world class head that has amazing retention. Leaves loads of nice lacing. Nose is currants, chocolate and a hint of must. Notes of caramel, figs, brandy. Not sure if I get a slight sourness or an astringent note. Either way this one finishes fairly sweet. Not my favorite Dubbel, I sensed a few off flavors clashing a bit here.

Photo of nem2006
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer. Drank from a 750 ml corked bottle. Pours a deep brown with a nice, slightly tanned head.

Has a sweet nose of chocolate, stone fruit and maybe a slight hint of coffee. (Wife said she caught some molasses)

The taste is full, but not overpowering. Coming on smooth and finishing smooth. It starts sweet, malty, stone fruit, a little chocolate. Fades into a little fruitiness from the yeast before an ever so sudden hop bitterness at the end.

This beer is smooth from start to finish. A very balanced beer with full flavor and extremely drinkable.

Photo of badbeer
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some dark red coming through when held up to a light. Had a rich, creamy, tan head with a solid lacing. The aroma is of yeast, strawberries, and other fruit. The taste was quite pleasant, I found many various things inside. Started off with some nuts and fig, finished dry with some vanilla and spice. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a strong carbonation, was also nice and creamy mouthfeel. This beer hides alcohol like it isn't even there, serve cool and notice differences as it warms.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with screened graphics and best by date on paper ring around the neck.

Appearance: WARNING: Do not pour this beer quickly. Monster head after a slight pour with this one. Once it calmed down, I was able to s-l-o-w-l-y fill my glass. A brownish-amber color in appearance with a coffee-colored (did I mention BIG) head that quickly settles down and behaves itself...until you pour more in. Then it foams up big time again.

Smell: At first, I though it might be soured, but it's really almost all fruit. Green apples...and a tart sweetness that is really different.

Taste: Very fruity as well. Tart sweetness makes for a somewhat unpleasant flavor. Not much to balance this flavor out. The taste got a little better as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: Very active carbonation and the puckering tartness made for a different, though pleasing, mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I wasn't really fond of this one. It was OK, but something about it just didn't sit well with me. I didn't find myself wanting to drain the glass.

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper-brown with a fluffy off-white head. Not a lot of lacing. Malty, caramel aroma. Heavy phenol/medicinal scents with nutmeg and earthy bread. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected; the carbonation makes this much easier to drink than other, syrupy dubbels. Mostly dark dried fruits blended with candy and brown sugar in the taste. Again, the alcohol, while not very high, is noticeable. Sweet without cloying. Not what I expected, but a good beer, nonetheless.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. The beer was cellared for 2 years.The best by date was 12/07/08.
The beer was very cloudy,a sort of pale brown looked like apple cider.
An amazing head,off white a little towards tan or mocha.Extremely creamy,very retentive,clinging and lacing down the entire sides of the goblet.
The aroma was intense of raisins,fruity,winey,sweet,slightly burnt,chocolatly and alcoholic.A very complex,interesting aroma.
Tastes of raisins,chocolate,very fruity,a nice tartness,a slight hint of an alcohol presence.The aging of the diminished a lot of the yeast taste.
A very creamy texture,rich tasting,very dry.tart,a prickley tounge feeling,yet light and airy feeling also.
This beer would be great with some cheese.A fairly drinkable beer for a Belgium.A great drinking experiance. Discribing the beer,I couldn't find the word,untill I seen the back of the bottle "robust" a perfect word for this beer.
A must try Belgium.

Photo of pat61
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a big nose - traces of fruit, bubble gum. Pours brilliant deep dark brown under a mountanous 3" tant tinted foam cap. Has a big fruit palate with tastes that tend towards artificial that suggest it is somewhat over the hill. Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of ADR
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear cinnamon brown appearance with a big fuzzy head that rises to over 3/4 of an inch but calms down in a minute or so. Simple thick laces, widely spaced. Pretty nice aroma, cling peaches in syrup, partly caramelized. Flavor and mouthfeel go in a different direction -- not particularly yeasty at first but rather wine-like with a green astringent quality to it. Turns slightly more musty at the close bur ringing a strident grape skin bell in the aftertaste and with a slight fall-off in body. Leafy sense overall. Not bad, I like a thicker, sweeter example in the Dubbel style.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Says is best enjoyd before 5 -12-02 n the label, from a 12oz. non-corked bottle. It pours with a hazy deep reddish brown with a pink toned creamy head. The aroma is still delivers a smokey great nose of apple, fig, raisins, and possibly other fruits. Very sweet in the aroma not a lot of hop character there. The taste is a little stale, and I am going to get another bottle. It is still enjoyable, but the flavors are not present which usually are in this abbey ale. The fruity sweetess is all there with some spicy kick to it, but it has mellowed and become much smoother a very drinkable creamy robust mouthfeel is still here. However the drinkabiltiy of this beer unless you have it on tap is kind of low due to the fact that it's flavors are so complex. I love this beer, and the first time I had it was at Fuel and Fuddle where the bartender gaves us a free 750 ml corked bottle, and that day my friends and I learned what beer is capable of. A very smooth and creamy flavor that goes down much too easy for the alcohol in this somewhat aged beer. Not my favorite beer, but definitely one that I found full respect for due to the lesson it served to my palate of being so complex.

Photo of OStrungT
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark red with a very thick, fluffy tan head. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a spicy, yeasty aroma. It smells clovey. I can detect the alcohol in the aroma, but only just slightly.

This beer has an alcohol like taste. The alcohol is not masked well. It tastes spicy. I can taste a slight smokey taste. It has a very slight floral hoppy flavor.

This beer is very highly carbonated. It is slightly hard to drink due to that. It leaves an aftertaste slightly like alcohol.

I think this beer might not be a very good session beer. Itis slightly high in alcohol, and the flavor is not all that great IMHO. I doubt I will try this one again.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark brown with nice head. Mild lacing present around the glass.

Smell - Raisins, plums, pears and lots of dark candy sugars. Smells wonderful. Mild smokiness is, also, present.

Taste - I didn't smell the chocolate but I can taste it now. Otherwise, not much to add to the smell. Some subtle cinnamon and spice notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Nice carbonation which lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability - Bring on some more!

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Octane in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque dark mahogany color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich dark malts - toasted and nutty like an English Brown but with less bitterness as it's accompanied by Belgian yeast aromas. Dark fruit flavors - dried fruits more than anything, prunes and raisins - back everything up.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The malt flavors aren't quite as smooth as the nose would intimate however they're still there and kick things off. Midway through the sip muted fruit flavors work their way into things, prunes and raisins as with the aroma. All of these carry through to a crisp ending on the sweet side of things.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was very impressed by this beer - one of the smoother dubbels I remember having with a nice balance between the flavors. Well worth a shot.

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite nice, i thought it was more sweet and less bitter than the pale, but thats probably often the case when dark malts are involved (not that i'm saying that this is always the case), this like the plae has a lovely soft yeast flavour, plus they hap cool bottle designs.

Photo of pwoods
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml deep brown bottle from Jungle Jim's poured into an oversized wine glass. Best by 9/11/08.

A: Deep ruby with a distinct brown tint. 1 1/2 fingers of frothy white head that settles to a constant 1/8inch.

S: Citrus and alcohol phenolic. Sweet juicy fruits and cranberries.

T/M: Sweet malts dominate. Just a hint of chocolate at the very back that I more than likely wouldn't have picked up on if I hadn't read the back of the bottle. Plenty of sweet desert spices. Body and carbonation match champagne. Finishes nice and dry.

D: Much higher than I had expected. I don't normally like the Belgian strongs too much but this is alright. Still not my favor style so I probably won't get any more of this.

Photo of Brenden
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Still running through some old notes. They're good.

This brews pours the color of burnished bronze with a copper edge. Heavy carbonation pours a massive but quickly receding spritzy head with lots of action in the glass. When it's all said and done, the stiff head sits at just around one finger and remains. Lacing is light and thin, but fairly constant.
Grains and a variety of fruits are on the nose with a candied essence. There's a strong sweetness and a light to moderate malt presence with yeast underlying.
The taste follows suit, with the malt making for a strong presence but almost overshadowed by the toffee sweetness and the abundance of candied fruits. Combined, it's almost a bit too sweet, but it's tamed and fairly well balanced by that malt, the grains, the yeast, and something lightly bittering, particularly in the finish.
A well-balanced mouthfeel makes for good drinking, with a lingering crispness that blends into a smooth sip and ending in a lingering semi-dry finish. Carbonation evens out somewhat after the pour but remains a bit high. The body is medium.
Drinkability is lowered a little by the sweetness and carbonation, and then just slightly by a fairly high ABV.

Photo of SetarconeX
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hands down one of the best Dubbels I've ever had. Doesn't actually look like much, as Dubbels always have that odd dirty brown color for some reason, but it certainly smells lovely. Raisins, currants, malt, a nice complexity and depth.

The taste on the other hand is pure liquid raisin, which might not really do it for many people, but it tastes great to me. The malt perhaps pulls itself out a little on the finish, and the whole thing has a tiny bit of sweetness that keeps the raisin flavors from becoming too overwhelming.

Exceedingly drinkable, as tasty as can be....absolutely a wonderful brew. Highly recommended.

Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A-Deep murky brown with a thick creamy tan head.

S-Dark fruits, malts, yeast and spice. Very nice.

T-The nose carries through to the smell, with a slight bitterness, and a clean dry finish. Moderately sweet malts predominate mid palate. Very nicely done overall, but not one of my favorite Belgians.

M-Medium but on the lighter side compared to some other dubbells. Amped up carbonation per the style, but decent overall.

D-Very drinkable overall. Nicely accompanied a rare steak at BLT NY without being too filling. Pairs well with food, as it is neither overpoweringly sweet or heavy on the palate.

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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