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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

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Reviews: 574 | Ratings: 1,102
Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown reddish color with a thin beige thick head with short retention, but leaving a constant plate and laces.
Elegant and nice aroma, not entirely on the common ground for Dubbels, with lots of tangerines, prunes and spices.
Great flavor with notes of chocolate, toasted malts, tangerines, cocoa powder, raisins, prunes, red grapes, earthy and citrus hops, caramels, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, mild white pepper, blackberries, red fruits, figs and yeast. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness and a nice light tartness.
Light body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 7% abv is simply not there.
Excellent beer, not a heavy Dubbel, actually felt quite modern to me, even like an American Brown Ale. Great balance on complexity and drinkability. Recommendable.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazelnut brown with a ginormous head. Had to be very gentle with it, just like a Swedish lady, in order to pour it without overflowing with head. But it is impressive. Very classic dubbel characteristics. Sweet beginnings with hints of plums and raisins, light caramel and brown sugar, and that classic Belgian yeast. Touches of spice and herbs, possibly cinnamon and clove? Maybe the slightest touch of cola as well. Spritzy on the palate, but smooth at the same time. Very nice.

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Photo of dar482
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a brown mahogany color.

The beer has lots of caramel and bready sweetness. However, there's also a raisin, plums, and figs along with lots of warm winter spices. There's also a heavy Belgian yeast note.

A medium minus mouthfeel, but with a good amount of flavor.

An interesting beer in the style. Don't expect a brown ale, but it has those sweet notes, but also with a Belgian fruits, yeast, and fruits.

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Photo of leffebrown84th
2.17/5  rDev -45.6%
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.

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Photo of Act25
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corsendonk Dubble Pater is Great Abbey beer.

A: It sports solid brown body with mahogany highlights and active carbonation. Forms an off white loosely knit head that lasts and laces, but not as much as the best Belgiques.
S: Creamy. Fruity and spicy to the nose.
T: Follows the nose with malty sweetness covered in caramel, and chocolate. Nice balance of sweet and tart to the taste. Fruits: plums, raspberries, dark grapes, figs, and dates.
Then tartness rounds the finish perfectly.

MF: Great balance that brings tingly spice to the dry finish.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Corsendonk Pater pours a dark mahogany color blanketed with a puffy cream colored foam. Lots of carbonation is present and the head retention is excellent around 1/2 inch.

The aroma smells of fresh plums, kiwi, and mixed berry esters. Raisins, sweet wine and a slight roasty aspect are also distinctively present.

The taste consists of more darker fruits, massive malty sugars, sweet brown bread, wheat and banana. Extremely soft mouth feel! Very earthy with Belgian yeast, especially in the finish.

Overall this classic is my crowd pleasing Belgian beer. Suitable for anyone.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chilled LaTrappe goblet.

Appearance 4.5: Poured a deep black. Completely opaque. Tan head followed with the pour and stayed at a lovely 1/4" the entire session. What was really remarkable to me is how the lower edges of the head have a serrated look due to the big, bottle conditioned bubbles rising from the beer. Just gorgeous.

Smell 4.5: Very unique and pleasing bouquet. There is an earthy scent to this beer and it is matched with dried fruit, toasted grains and a certain briny scent. There is also a light hint of noble hops and the requisite Belgian yeasty spice.

Taste 4.25: The front was slightly sweet, with a subtle undercurrent of toasted grains. This faded into the middle which was remarkably empty of anything other than dryness. The finish was where a the flavors popped back up and I detected the Belgian yeast, a brief hint of smoke and a delightful hit of barley and light woody rosins. Aftertaste was short and dry, but focused on the toasted grains and barley.

Mouthfeel 4.25: Smooth and dry, with a deceptive clean, clear and light feel.

Overall 4.25: An excellent beer, but not the best dubbel I have ever had. Which is like saying, "This bar of gold is somewhat less oblong than I usually prefer." This is a fantastic beer and its dryness would lend it to accompany almost any type of food you can think up. It is also fabulous for sessions and has no hint of: a.) alcohol or b.) "wet dog," both of which have the tendency to pop up in some dubbels. Recommended, but if you are put off by this beer, just keep trying dubbels...you'll find one that really knocks your socks off.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of rEBELlION
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first foray into the wide world of foreign dubbels. It was given to me by a friend with far to much beer in his basement who had it given to him as a gift so I am not sure when it was bottled... The appearance is beautiful with a thick soft head and a rich dark, copper-brown colored body. Taste has a hint of sour to it (could be the age?) and the mouthfeel was silky smooth. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer that I bought a few weeks back at Top Hops. I hadn't had anything from Corsendonk in a while and I was hoping that this would measure up to the Christmas Ale. While this wasn't as memorable, this was just as tasty and a great example of how a Dubbel doesn't have to be overly rich and complex to be enjoyable.

The pour to this was wonderful as the fluffy head, bright raisin hue, and lacing combined for a pleasing appearance. The foam filled up a significant portion of my point glass and the rings that were left after each sip slowly made their way down before I drank a bit more of the beer. There was just a hint of garnet around the edges and there certainly wasn't as dark or cloudy an appearance as other examples of this style that I've had before. Not a strong aroma to this but the fruit flavors that this had were apple and pear. Not what I expected but it led to a light taste and combined with the subtle carbonation and relative opacity of this, made this the most easygoing Dubbel that I've ever tasted.

The booze was spot on too, as it wasn't detectable and didn't detract from the yeast, slight funk and Kolsch-like taste to this beer. Didn't really get the warming effect from this and I couldn't tell that there was alcohol in this until I got down to the end. While there wasn't much to swirl out of the bottom of the bottle nor the dark fruit flavors that I had expected from this, this was a great take on the style that would also serve as a good introduction for those unaccustomed to Dubbels. This was certainly worth seeking out!

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Photo of spinrsx
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz Bottle from Dewitt NY Wegmans for $4

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, dark fruits, clove?

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and dark fruits.. grapes/cherries/blackberries? There is also a bit of a yeasty/clove spiciness.

Overall - A really enjoyable dubbel. Reminds me a bit of Unibroue Trois Pistoles witch I also really like. I'd be happy to drink this beer again anytime and would love to have it available locally to me so I could stock up.

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Photo of khmel
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle

A: Nice dark brown color, 90% opaque but translucent around edges with amber/mahogany color. Pours cream/off-white foamy head at 2 fingers with medium-low retention. 3.75

S: Bananas, dark bread, Belgian yeast, raisins.

T: Yeast up front, malt, caramel malt in the finish, slight alcohol taste.

M: Lots of carbonation, light/medium body, smooth, finish is dry yet mellow/warm.

O: Quite an enjoyable brew. I will be getting this again.

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Photo of SanDNigel
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of constantine_272
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark black with light tan foam. Nice heavy foam, with good retention.

S: Sweet dried dates and raisen. Rich leather and mahogany. Yeast and wheat.

T: Surprisingly mellow. Starts off slightly sweet and syrupy with dark caramel and cocoa. Oak and tannin flavors finish off.

M: Aftertaste lingers only a short while. Clean an refreshing from just the right amount of carbonation. Thinner and lighter than I expected.

O: I found the flavor interesting: It was mellow and rich at the same time. Lots of developed oak and leather notes and the sweetness blends with it seamlessly and doesn't feel out of place. Not as well rounded on the flavor profile as it could have been though. Not my favorite dubbel, but really easy drinking.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Dark chestnut brown color with hints of red. Creamy tan head eventually settles in the wide-mouthed goblet. A sticky collar of lacing cements itself onto the glass.

S: Bready, toffee, molasses, nutty. Caramel and bread pudding. Muffled hints of pepper and spice. Figgy fruitiness buried deeply, hints of blackberry too.

T: Cola, toffee, nutty. Suggestions of brown cocoa powder. Berry-like fruitiness. Yeast plays a supporting role, with vague spicy and earthy flavors coming through toward the back end. Spicy alcohol is well masked. Dry finish is rather abrupt and unexciting.

M: On the thicker side in body, tough not at all weighty. Very creamy and smooth. Moderate scrubbing carbonation.

O: A decent dubbel. Not a drink to turn your nose up at by any means, but if you have other quality Belgian imports at your fingertips there really isn't much reason to bother with it.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-chestnut brown with two fingers worth of light tan head

S-dark bready malt, dark fruits, caramel, and Belgian yeast

T-caramel malt, raisins, bit of spice, and Belgian yeast. There was a slight metallic taste in the first coupe of sips, but it disappeared quickly

M-medium body, good carbonation, slightly juicy

Overall a solid example of the style, very balanced and smooth, very enjoyable

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Photo of Minkybut
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. This is my third attempt at this beer in several years. Beautiful beer, pours a wonderful dark mahogany color and has an awesome dark tan head. Fine bubbles great lacing . Roasted nutty smell richly bleeds out of the glass. And then I tasted it. Same as all the other times. Sour Sour Sour. Yuk. Last time I ever buy this. I guess some people like sour beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a goblet.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a puffy off brown layer. It is a dark brown color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass. Looks very traditional for a dubbel.

Smell: Spicy, caramel, toffee, raisins, bananas, chocolate, and toasted malts.

Taste: Same as above. Extremely delicious and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and a little dry.

Overall: Goto love those Belgian dubbels. Will look for more of this in the future.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Such a delicious, smooth, well balanced beer. Can't tell it's a 7.5% at all. Goes down way too easily. Nice hints of fig, grape, but not too sweet. Just a hint of breadiness. Lots of complex flavors, but the basic point is this beer is so well balanced, smooth, tasty, not too heavy in alcohol. Very strong offerring in an extremely competitive field.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Corsendonk Pater Dubbel has a medium, cream colored head and a dark brown (ruby under light) appearance, with some light lacing left behind. The aroma is of spicy, sweet, bread, and the flavor is of peppery, spicy, sweet bread, coriander, a hint of banana, raisin, dark fruit, a touch of chocolate, and a mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Corsendonk finishes semi-dry, sweet, and carbonated. Overall, this is another great Belgian ale, and I score it most excellent.


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Photo of DenverLogan
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From corked bottle 22/05/15 A 11:02 - cork says lot 3911 and at the bottom D1213.
Big cork pop.
Medium dark brown with small amber head.
Aroma of light roasted dark malts, amber malts, slight caramel, vanilla and nuts.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
A nice balance on the taste buds with nothing overly influential. Flavors of roasted malts, brown malts, caramel, cola...there's a peat like flavor, weak coffee, black pepper, minerals and nuts. Overall I prefer a bit more body and a touch less carbonation and dryness...their Christmas beer fills that beer, but this is a fine dubbel.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with an off-white quickly dissipating head, which eventually settles to a few millimetres in thickness. Leaves nice lacing.

S: Pungent Coca Cola and coriander seeds.

T: Strewth, freshly roasted coriander seeds at the forefront. It's lacking a sturdy malt base and it's initially a bit watery or cola-like, with the cola flavour being assumed more than anything. It's sweet enough without actually being sweet. As for the fruit I'd say cooked rhubarb was the closest thing to it.

O: I'm pretty sure the coriander is meant to be the centrepiece here. It's well crafted but I'd prefer a sturdier malt base. A bit of an oddball and not my cup of tea but I can see other people liking it.

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Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a Corsendonk Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with amber highlights, and a thin, white, frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving no trail and ending in a semi-solid persistent lace.

S: Dark fruit and plum aroma with hints of sweet molasses and Belgian yeast.

T: Sweet tart flavor with a decent alcoholic middle with hints of raisins and finishes on the dry side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent dubbel – a classic worth savoring.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of argock
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml brown corked bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet. 24/2/13 best-by date on neck label and lot 626 on cork. Purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Muddy dark brown with 1-2 fingers of ecru off-white head with good retention and ample scraps of lacing down the glass.

S: Bubble gum and banana lead off but are quickly pushed to the back by raisin and prune aromas. There is some spicy, musty clove and nutmeg aromas as well. Whatever hoppiness is there is more or less herbal and earthy as it is in the background. There are some metallic overtones at first that thankfully fade with some "opening up" of this fine brew.

T: The flavor overachieves with dampening of the yeast character, which is still plenty spicy, especially in the finish, with clove, white pepper, and nutmeg flavors accenting the sweeter raisin and fig/date flavors. The white pepper lingers all the way through the finish and lends a hint of sharpness in the finish. The sweet banana and bubble gum of the aroma is much softer and seems to amp the sweetness oh so slightly. A really enjoyable, relatively low ABV dubbel (6.5% per the neck label).

M: The mouthfeel is luxurious with a light-medium body combining with solid medium-high Belgian carbonation to provide a very creamy brew overall. The pepper flavor continues all the way through to provide a little more edge to the finish.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, and I was surprised I had not reviewed this beer before. It is just like I remembered -- softly sweet with a prominent but not overbearing yeast character and superb mouthfeel. As far as Belgian's go, this is a great deal $$$-wise as well.

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
89 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.