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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale

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899 Ratings

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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001)
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Photo of startle69

New York

5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew is the culmination of all things great in beer!

A - Pours dark crystal with a volcanic head - looks like it should be sitting in a museum display case

S - Raisins, chocolate, port, perfecly balanced sweet and sour notes that are so well blended yet independantly defined

T - All components of this beer are orchestrated so well together that it creates a taste that never leaves your tongue - never

M - Awesome carbonation with a little warmth from the alcohol

D - Keep em coming!

In my opinion this is what every beer should be. Simple yet complex, highly drinkable, and oh so satisfying! There is not much better out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 20:00:18 | More by startle69
Photo of hdofu


4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very drinkable belgian dubble, Smells like chocolate covered cherries. Has a dark brownish red color with a thick tan head. Taste is very strong of chocolate covered cherries. This beer is oh so smooth and thick. This beer is undeniably drinkable. 1 could pick up a bottle and drink it all evening while enjoying sitting in front of the fire or watching something on AMC or TCM

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 21:22:49 | More by hdofu
Photo of cheapxceptbeer


4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Again terrible review, port flavors, very grapy, a bunch of raisin, and a complexity that is unmatched, beautiful and amazingly delicious, next time I have something good to smoke this may be on the top of my list. Can't wait to make some money, this will be the first expensive 4-pack I'll go after, can not say enough. Best tasting brown ale that I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 04:25:29 | More by cheapxceptbeer
Photo of granger10


4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For some reason this one always seems to hit the spot for me. I love how all the ingredients mix so well to create this fabulous belgian beer. Quite sweet with various malts. Lots of plums, raisins and other fruit in it. Tarty apples are apparent. A slight alcohol comes in the middle providing me with a comfortable warming sensation. The Belgian yeast is noticeable throughout and really makes for an interesting, if not great, mouthfeel. This is my comfort beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 14:07:08 | More by granger10
Photo of alnanderson


4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear but dark brown in color, with a one-finger, foamy, brownish-white head, which settled reasonably quickly (but a bit too much carbonation?)

S: Complex, and fruity, and very (very) inviting.

T: Almost sweet, yet rounded out by a tinge of bitterness - a very balanced taste.

M: Medium to full-body.

D: Very enjoyable drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 13:27:42 | More by alnanderson
Photo of libbekat

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It is effervescent but has a nice full body. Very clean on the nose but finishes with subtle hints of chocolate . This is a sophisticated beer, one that a true dark beer lover would enjoy. It pairs well with most meats, maybe not so well with any blackened items.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 19:39:26 | More by libbekat
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say, I really dig this brew. It was a pretty beer with a pretty taste. The appearance was a no brainer 5 in my book. It was a cloudy brown color with a off white/tan head. The head was awesome! Some of the best head I've gotten on a beer. It started out very big, probably around 3 inches, then it "calmed" down to a fluffy/pillowy head. After that went down, it subsided to a pretty thick film-like head, ala Guinness. The smell was magnificent. Had elements of dark chocolate, dark fruits, a little bit of cinnamon, and a little bit of alcohol. The taste was truely amazing as well. I can honestly say that they couldn't make it any better. It was similar to the smell, but more in the area of the fruits and chocolates than anything else. The alcohol was "hidden" very well in the taste as well. Drinkability could have been a 5, but with a beer like this, you have to start getting full at some point, and it was a little bit rich. Although, I don't think I would change the body of this beer to make it too much drinkable. Highly reccommend this one to anyone who likes good beer. If you like bad beer, drink it anyways, it'll turn you into a good beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 03:47:38 | More by JISurfer
Photo of Dodo2step


4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

I have heard great things about this beer and it was 9.00 for this bottle so i have high aspirations.

A-A thick creamy dark roasted pour with a 5 finger head. I couldnt get it all into my pint glass and had to wait a minute. A light tan head takes minutes to go away. The head actually looks rocky/mountainy then level.

S- scents of roasted malts fill my nose. I can detect a bit of spices from the beer, maybe pine.

T- A nice creamy malt flavoring. roasted/wood caramel taste lingers around for a bit and i love it. Not too hoppy but i can def taste the malt.

M/D- very smooth yet thick and creamy as it goes down. Not a long aftertaste but good enough to hang around in the palate to let you know it was flavorful.

A phenomenal beer and i will def get another one.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 23:45:18 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of Hujak22


4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter glass.

A: Poured a deep, dark brown, close to cola black and had a thin tan head. Not much light gets through this drink, but appeared lightly carbonated.

S: Wow! Amazingly rich of roasted nuts and coffee, some hints of dark chocolate and caramel. Very malty, heavy nose.

T: Very complex flavor. Slightly chewey with a small hoppy bite up front. After that, a very warming to the tongue blend that's quite nutty and malty. Has some accents of oakiness and dark chocolate. The feeling of the alcohol comes and goes in each sip.

M: I was surprised at how light in body this beer is. Very smooth and warming, leaves a slightly dry finish.

D: Dangerously drinkable at 7.5 ABV, I could enjoy this for a long time. Don't drink too many at once though, you'll start to feel it. Highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 18:03:27 | More by Hujak22
Photo of beerindulger


4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First time trying the brown ale and I wasn't disappointed! Poured lusciously into my Corsendonk glass with a generous head. The smell was of sweetness like chocolate with some hop and malt overtures. The taste, yes the taste was silky smooth with the chocolate coming through but also a coffee taste! Most enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 01:14:36 | More by beerindulger
Photo of morimech


4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 25/05/09. Pours a dark reddish brown with a large tan head that has good retention. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Has a rich aroma of dried, dark fruit such as raisins, figs, and dates. Some spice notes as cloves and cinnamon. Overall it reminds me of a spiced fruit cake.

The flavor consists of a rich malty base. It is not overly sweet however. Has slight vinous qualities with the fruit notes that elevates this above other dubbels. Bit of a dry finish. I like this one because the flavors are not cloying. Alcohol is well hiddened with just a mild warming affect going down the throat.

Feels lighter than other dubbels. The carbonation could be just a bit overdone.

My favorite dubbel so far. I liked the flavor and a bit drier finish. Much more drinkable than others I have sampled.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 18:17:55 | More by morimech
Photo of chicagoabbot


4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into pint glasses, shared with my brewing partner...it's so hard not to just click 5s across the board and try to find some fault with this magical brew. Pours a dark brown with a massive head. Carbonation all through the beer. Awesome look. The nose is light, almost not there until I take a bigger draw...and there it is, the superlative aged hops. Wild method at its best in Belgium--why not add 6 times the hops but age them until the bitterness is mostly gone? Well, it works quite well in this case. Incredibly smooth on the tongue, with many layers of malt that emerge as it is consumed. An amazing beer, one of the finest dubbels I've ever had, certainly. My new favorite dubbel, a classic of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 04:53:20 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely interesting brew. Unlike anything I have ever had before. It poured a dark brown like a really strong tea. Not the reddish brown I was expecting. Beautiful, consistent two finger head that stayed put for some time. This stuff just looks like it should be in an advert or commercial or something. Beautiful pour. The smell is very close to cranberry juice. Yes, I said cranberry juice. Maybe a tiny bit of malt, perhaps a few other things are very slightly noticeable. Overall, however, this stuff smells to me, alot like cranberry juice. Very intersting. The taste is a bit dry; a bit woody; very satisfying (I seem to think so, anyway). There is a definate fruitiness hiding in there somewhere, but I can't quite pick it out. The mouth feel is nice. A bit on the carbonated side, but not too much so. Overall, this stuff is absolutely fantastic! Brilliant!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2004 03:51:46 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of stoutman


4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This concoction has a cloudy brown color with a yeasty, fruity bouquet and notes of port, raisins and black chocolate. Well balanced and easy to drink. In my opinion, one of the better belgians.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2002 14:43:17 | More by stoutman
Photo of Gehrig


4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Three bubbly fingers of off-white head cap this red grape-brown body--exquisite. The smell is loaded with fruit, most prominently grape, apricot, and apple. The taste combines these fruit beautifully with light caramel in a highly carbonated brew. A slight metallic aftertaste thankfully fades early, but detracts from what would otherwise be a five-star mouthfeel, with the carbonation unwavering.

This is really exceptional, very delicious and durable. Outstanding, one I'm wishing I had consumed earlier, and I won't wait nearly as long again to grab this.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 02:00:49 | More by Gehrig
Photo of choyhosoi


4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A-Pours a dark cola brown with a thick white head. Looks very inviting but looks like it has too much carbonation.

S-Sweet scents not to much really have to know your stuff to get more.

T/M/D-This is a velvety smooth ale that should be enjoyed and told about.I would highly recommend this one to anyone that comes across it. Words cannot describe.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 06:11:49 | More by choyhosoi
Photo of Reverand


4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this brew, abbey brown ales rule!! Corsendonk makes some serious beer. I can't wait to try the pale ale and their christmas ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2002 12:22:55 | More by Reverand
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep mahogany robe topped by a full, frothy & rocky head. The head holds extremely well, keeping a creamy 1/8" head throughout the glass. Unfortunately, it doesn't leave any lace. The aroma is quite nice; very rich with a vibrant sweet malt and a mellow combination of fruits. The body is light-medium with a very fine and highly effervescent carbonation giving a caress to the tongue and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor offers a candyish sweetness, with bright notes of ripe fruit. The alcohol is only lightly present, and can at times give the impression of fine brandy. The finish is surprisingly semi-dry with a light flourish of hops at the swallow, leaving a light, softly lingering sweet maltiness. Extremely well balanced; never allowing the sweetness to become cloying. An exceptional beer that is, in my opinion, one of the classics of the style. Absolutely enjoyable from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2002 16:34:20 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of AtrumAnimus


4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beauty pours a near perfect brown with deep hints of amber. The head is lively and tan with a loudly popping foam head that slows as it settles and becomes thicker, longer lived eventually settling out to a shaving cream like consistency. The Nose is wonderful; Hoppy sweet malt with hints of spice and pine, savor it.

The Taste is excellent as well with a dryer taste than the nose that is well balanced with mid level hoppiness that settles off and leaves a sweeter malt aftertaste. The taste is busy and complex with smooth transitions, very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 16:56:12 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of techdiver


4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dark mahogany with a tan two finger head that recedes slowly leaving a thin cap.

Sweet malt, chocolate and faint hops greet the nose.

Taste echoes the nose. A well balanced and wholly enjoyable brew.

Feels crisp and clean in the mouth, good carbonation.

A most drinkable Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 03:34:31 | More by techdiver
Photo of allboutbierge


4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A complete orgy of taste on your tongue. This brew is truly a work of art. Tastes of raisins are prominent while strong notes of cherries, spices, and about a million other flavors. My palate is not very experienced and I fear this review may not do it justice. This brew is that complex! 7.5 abv offers a nice mellow feeling to compliment its seemingly limitless number of flavors.
This is the favorite beer of my buddy who is a brew assistant at West Virginia Brewery and he gave me one to try one day. All I could say was WOW...
The mouthfeel is solid but nothing exceptional. Though its taste is its strongpoint they also detract from its drinkability somewhat.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 00:45:13 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of PBRstreetgang


4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The cork pops off the 750ml bottle like champagne and creates a head that almost immediatly fills the glass; probably due to bottle conditioning and a warm serving temp. A vanilla cream colored head finally settles, and a cloudy, copper mahogany beer forms leaving modest lacing. Sweet dark fruits, apple, pale malt, and hints of floral hops in the nose. The flavor is dominated by plum, raisin, and lightly toasted special B malt, followed by a citrus spice and a gentle, drying hop bitterness. Medium bodied and evenly carbonated. Finishes yeasty and mild, but a lingering residual sweetness reminds you this is for sipping, with a taste meant to savor, and a rare smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 05:55:30 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Riley's here in Madison for a mini Belgian Brown/Dark ale session - thanks expatsteve.

Pour: burgundy in the glass, tangerine-amber to the light under a big ol' eggshell white head.

Nose: citrus peel, cinnamon/nutmeg, musty yeast and herbal tea. Gives an amazing aromatic potpurri impression that I could inhale all afternoon.

Taste: dusty spices, lemon-pepper, cinnamon/nutmeg, dried citrus peel, raisin/date with a musty yeast finish. Bordering on Xmas-brew territory, but much more restrained and refined in execution.

Feel: light body with a yeasty grit and light, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: Insanely aromatic, close to Winter Warmer territory but has enough going on and is crafted well-enough to avoid that gimmicky style. A treat for the senses.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 19:51:17 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of 7ways


4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip.

A: Hearty, deep brown. Long lasting fuzzy creme head, minimal lace. It looks like it belongs in a painting.

S: Belgian yeast, dark malt, grape, apricot.

T: Earthy, oak, cola, nutmeg, muted raison. Conflict of vanilla vs. chocolate way down in there. Very complex, hard to discern the unifying theme, but I like a challenge. A little smoke on the finish. One of the most perfect combinations of flavors I've ever seen.

M: Wonderfully effervescent, smooth and creamy. Warming.

It doesn't get much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 02:52:03 | More by 7ways
Photo of carln26


4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a cloudy brown color with a thick tan colored head composed of huge bubbles. The head settled quickly back into the beer and left a light delicate lace on the side of the glass. The aroma has a great spicy character. Nutmeg, allspice backed by hints of bread dough. There is fruit their too. I catch some dates, but also a citrus character. The first taste brings the spice to the front. The flavor literally tickles your tongue. The doughy character is backed by a tartness. Kriek, possibly cranberries come out in this stage of the flavor. Citrus there too, I want to say orange rather than grapefruit you detect in some beer. Full, slick mouth feel leads to a great drinakbility.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 20:22:33 | More by carln26
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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
90 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.