Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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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
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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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Ratings: 1,059 | Reviews: 572
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very neutral, session ale. Mates liked it, though thought it sweeter than I did. Nice light brown colour abnd good retained head and lace. Balanced malt, carmel and orange and spot of chocolate and fig and spicy and tangy cherry, and raisin. Very drinkable. Soft spice, easy yeast. Medium mouthfeel. Good with fish.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form everywhere around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, fruit, and some herbal/spice/perfume aromas. Taste is much the same with a flavor on the finish that is very perfume-like. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some very interesting aromas and flavors with the herbal/spice/perfume quality I am getting from this one.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured very dark amber (near brown/black) into a goblet with a thin head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible and there is a good amount of head retention--a thin layer of bubbles covered the surface the entire time.
S: The aromas in the nose aren't that strong, but are rather complex with notes of dark fruits, malty sweetness and yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but a lot stronger and has notes of candi sugars and spices. The overall taste isn't very sweet.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and relatively smooth with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather drinkable, but the flavors seem to pick up as it starts to warm up.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown color with garnet highlights; the boistrous head retains well and sheets the chalice with lace

Smell: Malts and minerals on the nose, with a pronounced spice cake aroma

Taste: Starts out like liquid spice cake (raisins and fragrant spices) with a growing chalky metallic flavor; after the swallow, the yeast becomes more apparent, along with touches of milk chocolate, hazelnut and dried currant flavors; balsa wood tannins on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with bouyant carbonation

Drinkability: A very accessible example of the style; good introductory Belgian but with enough complexity to satisfy the experienced drinker as well

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good Abbey. Looks solid brown with mohogany highlights accompanied by active carbonation. Forms an off white head of loosely knit bubbles. Fruity and spicy to the nose. Nice malty sweetness is spread over barley, caramel, and chocolate malts. Sweet and tart to the taste. Sweet fruitness of plumbs, raspberries, dark grapes, figs, and dates. Aside from the sweetness, the tartness rounds out the beers flavors. Playful carbonation and sweet alcohols keeps the beer from tasting or feel cloying. Finishes mildly sweet and dry. This is a must drink beer, especially for the very reasonable price.

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a muddy looking brown color with a fizzy white head on top. The head doesn't do much in way of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer had some fruity aromas coming off of it as well as some Belgian Yeast aromas. The taste had little bit of an apple flavor to it. I wasn't expecting that at all from this brew. The mouthfeel was pretty good, had a softness to it kind of like a Dunkelweiss. This brew wasn't too bad. I would drink it again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: Just as I removed the metallic protection piece on top of the cork and went to get a glass, the cork popped out and beer started to poured from the bottle – this is already an exciting beer. Quickly poured a glass of dark and hazy brown beer with huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma is mostly comprised of spices with some subtle notes of malt and yeast. Taste is more spicy then what I’m used for an Abbey Dubbel but I still very much enjoyed that one, I would have appreciated a bit more roastiness though. Carbonation is perfect and body is above average.

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

Crazily carbonated ruddy bronze. This is one of those 'gentle pour' beers if one wishes to avoid disaster. The pour filled the glass with foam for a beat or two and then the beer made its appearance at the bottom edge. The stiff, unsticky head looks like a king's crown with the rounded dome of the king's head still in it. Each addition of beer to the glass shoots foam to the top edge where it threatens to overflow. Lively little sucker.

Belgian yeastiness overpowers all else in the nose, but I can still appreciate gently toasted malt and spice; specifically clove with a pinch of cinnamon for good measure. Have I gotten used to the sour, spicy smackdown that is Belgian yeast? Tough to say, but I might be getting there.

The flavor is sweet, sour and fruity. My hope is that the metallic character fades quickly (it does). The fruitiness is along the lines of fermented Granny Smith apples with a light dusting of ground clove. The mouthfeel is medium in heft, but feels lighter than air thanks to all the dissolved gas.

This is a tough call. Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale certainly wears its heart on its sleeve. It's unabashedly, unapologetically Belgian and will brook no fence sitters. All right, I just jumped off the fence to the 'like it' side. Does this mean that my card to the 'Ambivalent About Belgians Club' will be revoked?

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

This beer pours a ruddy brownish-orange hue, with a finger or so of soapy off-white head, which leaves sparkly, small-bubbled sheer lace around the glass. It smells of must orchard fruit, and mild yeast. The taste is brown sugar, some candy sugar, some dark fruit, and mild winter spices - cloves and cardamom mostly. The carbonation is fairly mild, the body solid and fruity, and it finishes sweet and malty.

A very nice dubbel, the fruitiness taking precedence over the yeast spice.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD:12/01/08
A gift from my bluegrass buddy, Allen in Lexington.

This was a surprise, one of the better Dubbels i've tried. Deep mahoghany brown pour, half an inch of foam with spotty lace. Not entirely opaque, a little light gets through, creating glints of red.

Earthy malt, licorice, aged hops, and a hint of sweetness in the aroma. It improves as it sits for a little while.

Malty, with some mild caramel and toastiness, working through herbal licorice notes and mellow aged hop finish. Some impression of wet stone as well, maybe from the yeast. All of the quality elements add up to a well balanced and fairly complex Dubbel.

Very smooth, medium mouthfeel. Well carbonated. One to savor, but two at a time isn't out of the question.

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 zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, dark brown color with a tan, foamy, bubbly, two-finger head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, mostly cherry. Also, some strong, sweet caramel notes.

T - It tasted of sweet maltiness, dried cherry and pear flavors. It had a nice roasted malt flavor.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a chewy mouthfeel.

D - This is a pretty solid dubbel. Nice flavors and fairly easy drinking.

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

Appearance: Dark brown body with a very creamy-looking off-white head.

Smell: Enticing malty aroma of chocolate, red grapes, spices, and a slight yeastiness.

Taste: Plenty of malt sweetness with rich, full flavors of chocolate fudge and toffee. Light floral bitterness. Smokiness and the fruity taste of port wine lurking in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Immensely smooth with a very soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Look, this beer had me jumping up and down and juggling bananas. Would a BAD BEER be able to do that?

Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 2.5 fingers of light brown head on top of a dark brown body. The head settles pretty quickly and leaves little lace. Decent clarity.

S - Buttery caramel and lots of yeasty spice. Some dark fruit and spicy hops as well.

T - Lots of caramel and malt with a bit of roasted grain as well. Dark, fruity flavors come out next; raisins, banana, and some pineapple with a chocolate background. Finishes a bit hot with lots of spicy yeast.

M - Smooth, fairly thick body with high carbonation. Finishes a bit sweet.

D - Reasonably drinkable. My only real complaint is that this beer could be just a bit dryer and the slight burn of higher alcohols in the finish. Not the most complex example of the style, but the malt character is quite nice, especially the chocolate notes.

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/25/2012 at Julian’s, in Providence, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and maple. Then bready flavors come in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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

Pours a dark brown with a creme head. Nose is like tea leaves! Amazing. That's a first. Flavor is tea as well. Wtf? Sweet, we. But man this is like drinking iced tea beer. And I hate iced tea. Smooth feel on both sides. Nice to drink, but this tea thing trips me out. Is it really like this, or is this a fluke, I wonder.

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 russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, lot#142217, BBD 01/09/09 had to break out the corkscrew to open this

pours chestnut going to mahogany with efferevesence & a 4 fingers+ sand colored head. Gianormous lacing superior head retention

Sweet rock candy taste & breadyness with choclate & a little nuttyness up front, fruttyness follows. A slight citrus hoppyness
& some sour notes emerges as it warms. Dryness, earthy hops& brown sugar emerge as it warms further.

S: Hints of breadyness

MF: Medium bodied, slick & very well balanced

Great drinkability, such a well crafted dubbel! This is one I could find all over france & belgium& never dissappointed. Although the lack of nose is a let down.

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 feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed amber/orange..certainly not the "brown" promised in the name, but dark, yet, and adorned with a big, creamy head, very attractive.
Nose is yeast, citric fruit, dark ones, too, spices, and overall a ginger cookie, feel, when it's all combined...
Taste:bold, bristling, brisk lemony bite, holds long into the flavor, dominates the taste...it's a lemony ginger cookie, that's what it is.
Yum. And nice. And good.
Drinks down ever do easily, and tastes so good all the way down...can't ask for better than that, eh?
Words fail me for further explorations, but are unnecessary...I've said it all...a delightful brew, among Belgium's finest.

Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a mid-level brown with a two-finger head and lots of fine lace.

The aroma is surprisingly light on the dark malt notes. (The taste is similarly missing the chocolate or crystal malt flavors.) There is some balancing hop, but this is primarly a light dark beer.

If I close my eyes, I taste a low-hop IPA or a high-hop ESB. As a result, this may be my favorite Belgian ale. Against the "look", this is a surprising beer. Excellent flavor with lots of hop elements, very full bodied with good carbonation.

This beer satisfies my hop cravings. It is perhaps the hoppiest Belgian. I like the fact that isn't too sweet. As a transition beer from English ales to Belgian, this may be the best.

Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottled poured into a tulip glass. Best before Aug. 24, 2008.

Pours dark ruby-brown with a fizzy head that quickly becomes a thin cover, and eventually a floating patch.

The smell is of lightly spiced bread, port, pepper and a touch of smokiness.

The taste is of lightly spiced dark fruit - esp. raisin, mild port. Lingering chocolate in the finish. Alcohol noticeable, in a spicy/peppery way, but not strong.

Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation giving it a soft airiness to it.

A tasty, classic brew. Good for a sweet dessert.

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 2/24/2015. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color wit ha 1-2 finger foamy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, pear, apple, fig, brown sugar, molasses, toast, floral, pepper, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark malt and yeast ester notes. Taste of raisin, pear, apple, date, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, light chocolate, toast, brown bread, pepper, light clove, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, light chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toast, brown bread, pepper, light clove, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malty flavors with fruity/spicy esters; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick, earthy, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian Dubbel style! Great balance and complexity of malt and fruity.spicy ester flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of WesWes
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a lacey white head. It looks likes a witches brew; not very enticing. The aroma is better. It's quite spicey and reminds me of a weak whiskey smell. The taste is good. Again, there are a bit of spices here. It tastes like a strong rootbeer or a really weak whiskey with fruity overtones. The mouthfeel is good. The carbonation is just right. This is a light/med. bodied beer. It drinks well despite it's appearance.

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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