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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

943 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 943
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 33
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001)
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aint_it_strange

Illinois

1/5  rDev -75.1%

05-07-2012 23:30:02 | More by aint_it_strange
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3bthero


1/5  rDev -75.1%

12-26-2012 02:28:24 | More by 3bthero
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johnny79

Pennsylvania

1.25/5  rDev -68.8%

02-17-2014 05:34:35 | More by johnny79
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thegerm87

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -50.1%

09-10-2012 22:05:59 | More by thegerm87
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BrewMaven

New York

2.08/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Maybe I got a bad (old) 4 pack? I was extremely disappointed in this stuff. Bought it for a fight night on HBO with high expectations after reading about it here..All the aformentioned appearance and mouthfeel opinions by other reviewers apply here, but the taste? YUCK! The best I can describe it would be fruit that went bad. It's not really TOO bad until the finish, which made me cringe after each swallow. Never again.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 02:00:08 | More by BrewMaven
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leffebrown84th

Georgia

2.19/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Corsendonk pater dubbel
Dark red/brown color with very little head.
Smells slight fruity bread. Sweet, caramel.
Tastes almost like slightly dark chocolate that hangs on the back of thr throat. Caramel ane slightly dark fruit. It tastes really good.
Low carbonation
6.5 % not detectable.

Update: this beer is inconsistent. Every bottle seems to taste different. First bottle is reviewed above. The other bottles smelled like wet dog and each bottlr tasted different.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 01:27:20 | More by leffebrown84th
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windigo32

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Dark brown with a thick white head that disappears. There was a lot of carbonation and the bottle foamed over when opened.

S: Slightly tannic and earthy. There is also a nutty, almost "iron" smell to it like dried blood has.

T: Again, "iron" and a nutty taste. No apparent alcohol and a slight taste of malt.

M: Felt very carbonated and fizzed on the tongue like Pepsi does.

D: Frankly, if I knew what this one would be like, I'd have just ordered the Pepsi that it felt like. I'm wondering if there was something wrong with the bottle I had.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 05:35:53 | More by windigo32
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

2.55/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From the experimental batch. Best by Nov 19, 2004, sampled well after that, lol. But at 7.5%, we'll see how it held up.

Appearance - pours a muddy cola color into a Duvel glass with a very frothy light brown head. It builds a cap of about 2 fingers and starts to bubble down fast before it kind of dries up and holds at a half-finger or so.Stays off the glass somehow and yields no lacing. 4.5

Aroma - some sweet, fruity kind of yeast with a light caramel undertone. It fades to more of a bready, crackery but still slightly sweet aroma. After drinking half of this, a scent hit me in the olfactory that takes me back about 30 years...plastic planes, tanks, and cars all held together with the heady-scented Testor's Model cement. Not every time, but the alcohol and the sourness and whatever, just now and then it was unmistakeable. 3.5

Taste - starts out with a sour, tart fruitiness, like a lambic. Rats, one of *those* beers, lol. Oh well, it's been a while and I need to keep my palate honest. I think I'll do well to try and pick up the flavors stated on the bottle text. Port and raisins, I can find those in the tartness after my mouth gets used to the initial flavor. The black chocolate I'm not so sure about. I detect a hint of *something* back there, could be chocolate, or maybe just the malty side fighting through the sour veil at times. Halfway through the first glass I can even accept that there is some sweetness here, also undetectable at first. Maybe I should have this with some sharply flavored cheese or something. By itself, I can see it is a well-made creation but it is not for me. 2.5

Mouthfeel - over the top carbonation, just about blew the cork out when I turned it. Average weight to the body, I would almost prefer a lower carbonation to try and pick out some of the more subtle flavors, but that's not often to style with these kinds of beer. 2.0

Drinkability - no, not one I would have again but I am grateful to the Van Steerberge staff for the opportunity to try their beer. 1.5

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 03:04:30 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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jlervine

Georgia

2.6/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy brown with ruby tinges at the bottom of the goblet. Rim-defying creamy biege head that ever so slowly recedes, but never disappears. Smell has a mustiness, almost metallic, and a hint of cider. Weird. Taste is cidery, with the same almost metallic cidery flavor. Hint of sourness to it. Not sure what is up with this beer. It fades as the beer warms, but it still tickles the sides of the tongue. Mouthfeel is very thin and one-sided - very carbonated. It's just off enough to make me think I got a bad bottle. I'll need to get another one to be sure on this. Certainly disappointing.

Addendum: Adding the yeast from the bottom of the bottle yielded a noticeable change in the aroma and taste. The aroma changed to a yeasty bready smell, and the cidery aspect was augmented. The metallic mustiness was obscured. The taste changed to allow notes of chocolate, maybe a hint of port and even less so of smoke. I'm going to leave my numbers unchanged, but this is certainly an improvement. When/if I get another bottle, I will re-review this beer. Something's gotta be off with this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 01:57:02 | More by jlervine
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beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

2.68/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I did not enjoy this beer much. It smelled of oranges and wheats. Tasted some of the bready orange/sugar flavor, but it seemed unbalanced. Too much going on and not enough good flavor to help it out. I enjoyed the feel of the beer and the appearance. This beer was below average in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 16:20:28 | More by beeroclock
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pbr85

New York

2.73/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I seem to have a different opinion of this beer than everyone else, but I'm sure I had a good bottle. Poured a cloudy, odd brown color with a small head that disappeared quickly. It has a sweet wine aroma, with some burnt caramel scents. The taste is very sweet, I mostly tasted caramel. It is really carbonated, which took alot away from the flavor. For a $4 bottle, I was expecting more.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 04:36:11 | More by pbr85
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.85/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a chimay glass. Pours a huge cream coco colored head, good sticky lacing to boot. The body is deep brown with ruby red edges when held to the light.

Cherries, figs, raisins, candy, light hops, (I suppose port but I don’t know that aroma too well)….this one takes on some Christmas like notes. I’m not sure what to say.

This one tastes like a barrel aged wine or liquor is mixed with a fruity beer. There’s some almost sour notes from the hops at the finish. There’s a lot of dark fruits. Surprisingly there is a bit too little sweetness for what I expected at least. The finish isn’t for me, too much yeast and hops without a good finish.

Lighter bodied for the Belgium beers and surprisingly light for the 7.5%. The carbonation is good giving a creamy body here, a touch too carbonated but very acceptable all things considered.

Apparently Abbey Brown Ale isn’t for me. I don’t get what the brewer wanted here but I hope they can work things out.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 00:34:23 | More by bobhits
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TPSReports

Alabama

2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rich brown color into a pint glass, unfortunately. This beer was served too cold and dimished the aromas and taste.

It was HIGHLY carbonated. The biting carbonation seemed to override the flavors, whatever they were. I will try this again just to see if my reaction remains the same.

At this point, I cannot recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 03:17:09 | More by TPSReports
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phisig137

Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cork pops out of bottle with great vigor, and pours a muddy looking brown, with a thick cappucino head that slowly disappates. Thick lacing left on glass.

Aroma is somewhat odd. The usual malt, caramel, and sugar has an odd backdrop of rotten fruit, basement must, and stale hops.

The flavor here is a bit of a let down as well, Slightly sweet, but with minimal body. Under-ripe figs, and a bit of caramel is all I can really pick out. Think mouthfeel.

When I smelled it, I figured this bottled had cork taint and was oxidized. Upon drinking it, I seem to think that this is not the case, but that this is simply the way the beer is. It's not a dubbel in my mind, like the label says. It's almost as if a dubbel had been mixed with a gueze. Odd to say the least. Not unenjoyable, just not correct for the style at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 00:49:07 | More by phisig137
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kegerator

Maryland

2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

was disappointed in this one. Its possible i got a goofed up bottle. I did notice that after uncaging it the cork almost popped itself off.
anywho, on to the tasting.
poured out a medium brown color with an off white head that was 4 inches, yes 4 inches. I had to decant 4 times to finish off the bottle. the head was high and lasted for a good while. not liking that so much
smell was faint. but mostly an average spiciness with some faint fruitiness.
taste was nothing to write home about. it was simple, clean and nothing really stood out to me.
mouthfeel is where it really lost ground because it was quite fizzy. soda like. the fizz actually had a slight burning sensation on the tongue. I did not enojy that so much. all in all not a bad beer but not really all that great either. I wouldn't shell out the 7 bucks again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 19:29:21 | More by kegerator
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crosenkrantz

Switzerland

3/5  rDev -25.2%

11-26-2012 14:37:57 | More by crosenkrantz
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ns_banker123

Russian Federation

3/5  rDev -25.2%

06-29-2014 20:56:22 | More by ns_banker123
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100200300

Georgia

3/5  rDev -25.2%

07-03-2013 03:09:49 | More by 100200300
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Harkrank

Sweden

3/5  rDev -25.2%

12-23-2011 21:50:47 | More by Harkrank
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goz

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy copper color, huge off-white head which slowly diminished to leave strong lace. Aroma is yeaty, doughy, bready. Flavor is quite sweet and fruity - raisin, cotton candy, and a slight bubblegum and banana in there. Very tingly mouthfeel. There are many Belgian ales that far surpass this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 07:16:08 | More by goz
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -25.2%

03-20-2013 22:26:03 | More by BGsWo22
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mntlover

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured nice hazy amber brown from 750ml with fizzy tanish head. Smelled wonderful fruity wine like. Then I tasted it, more like champagne then beer. Carbonation way over done for my taste. Wouldn't call it a brown ale at all, hell wouldn't even call it a beer. If I just had bad sample someone let me know and I will try it again. Should have let it sit overnight and gone flat probably would have been much more appealing.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 17:08:34 | More by mntlover
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john0721

California

3/5  rDev -25.2%

01-27-2014 03:20:29 | More by john0721
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jhu1995

Maryland

3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried this one for the first time and followed it up with a Moinette Brune for comparison. Pours a deep, rich, brown color with a tan head and lots of carbonation. Really enjoyed the tiny bubbles. Noticed a distinct, sweet smell, almost caramel-like with a touch of roasted maltiness. Had a sweet taste that followed through but thought it lacked any complexity beyond the sweetness and smokiness, although the balance between both was good. I am not a big fan of beers on the sweet side, so I would recommend one as a change of pace. Overall, a decent beer but thought the Moinette Brune was much better.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 01:49:27 | More by jhu1995
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PeetPP

Belgium

3/5  rDev -25.2%

11-16-2013 17:59:02 | More by PeetPP
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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
90 out of 100 based on 943 ratings.