Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
750mL corked and caged bottle, shared with the Mrs. Served in a Karmeleit Tulip glass. Best before 24/02/15
Appearance: Very dark brown - lets very little light through. Clear though - I did keep the yeast sediment left behind. Big thick rocky head, with lots of strands of persistent lacing.
Smell: Yeasty, musty, smoky. Some raisin smell came out towards the end of the glass when the beer was much warmer.
Taste: Wonderful combination of flavors: chocolate, dark fruits, smoky/woody, raisins - all rich and distinct, but all sort of showing up at the same time with the exception of the raisins and smokiness, which were towards the end of the swallow.
Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, approaching creamy. An initial airy carbonation, later dying back and becoming just barely noticeable.
Overall / Drinkability: Very tasty and very drinkable. I could easily pop open another bottle if I had it and share it again. Went fantastic with dinner tonight (corned beef brisket, sweet potatoes, green beans) and I think this would be a great dessert beer as well, but also wonderful by itself. A very well done beer and something I'll have to pick up again.
11-28-2013 23:37:52 | More by damndirtyape
More User Reviews:
3.7/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
05-28-2003 18:38:04 | More by oberon
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
01-02-2005 19:15:07 | More by Popsinc
3.55/5 rDev -11.5%
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 doesnt blow e away like most of its fellow Belgian dubbels.
04-10-2006 22:10:03 | More by DaPeculierDane
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
10-25-2003 05:14:41 | More by Dmann
4.05/5 rDev +1%
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
08-22-2013 07:15:47 | More by SanDNigel
4.05/5 rDev +1%
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.
09-19-2002 18:07:04 | More by Jason
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
02-20-2004 03:24:06 | More by merlin48
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
06-18-2005 20:06:22 | More by Billolick
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
08-11-2009 01:01:36 | More by nem2006
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
01-27-2006 01:25:06 | More by badbeer
3.5/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
05-21-2003 15:51:04 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
01-23-2009 17:56:35 | More by magictrokini
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
10-21-2006 04:56:27 | More by jcdiflorio
Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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