Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Reviews: 569
Hads: 1,074
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 53
Gots: 120 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of RoninTK3
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Corsendonk tulip glass.

A - Very nice looking beer. Dark brown, fig color with a heavy head. The head melts down to an impressive half finger head that sticks around.

S - Malty, figs, nuts, alcohol. Nothing amazing but not bad either.

T - Very complex flavor with hints of figs, raisins, nuts, and a bit of chocolate. Malty and a tad boozy, but still pretty mellow. Couldn't ask for much more here.

M - Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.

O - This is a fantastic, complex beer that goes down a little too easily. Very mellow and a bit sweet, but the alcohol is definitely present. A great dubbel.

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Photo of KajII
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a muddy dark brown with a nice reddish hue around the edges and an average (1-2 finger) tan creamy head that had great retention pretty much lasting throughout, thus creating some excellent sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma starts with a roasted sweet bread malt and moves on with an earthy somewhat leathery yeast. In the back ground I sensed notes of milk chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, some dark fruit (raisons and figs), a hint of smoke and a mild winey alcohol presence.

The taste started with a nice malty sweetness and had hints of chocolate and brown sugar, progressing with a good bit of dark fruit and a slight alcohol finish. The flavor had a decent duration following the swallow with a sweet fruity taste fading as a mild creamy chocolate alcohol flavor settled on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a strong medium in body with an extremely smooth and creamy texture and an almost flat carbonation.

Overall this was an exquisite tasting brew, one that possessed a nice sweet malty taste with a really intense creamy feel. This hid the moderately high ABV extremely well and made a pleasure to consume...

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Photo of thagr81us
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep dark ruby red brown with a three finger very light tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, fruit, earth, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, bread, butter, earth, spice, and subtle alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. The aroma was pretty weak on this one if I am honest as I really had to work to get anything off of it. Almost to the point of having to put my nose physically in the beer. This was a little upsetting when I went to investigate it at first. The rest of the brew wasn’t too bad though with a good bit of complexity going on. The buttery aspect was interesting to say the least, but seemed to fit in well with everything else going on. Glad I got to try this one and I suggest you do the same at least once if you get the chance.

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Photo of pkalix
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark brown, with ruby peering through and around the lighter edges. incredible frothy head, medium and larger bubbles mixing with tight, smaller ones, diminishing to just a thin layer on the top.
the smell is . . . peat? smells like a peat-y dark brown i've had in the rare british or scottish ultra-darks and renegades....
the taste is of malts, some alcohol, and (maybe?) some dark fruit. i really like this taste compared to the dubble from La Trappe yesterday. the bottle lists raisins and 'black chocolate'.
mouthfeel- it is a nicely weighted brew, nice medium body, easy on the tongue. BA says it's a 7.5%, but my bottle says it's 6.5%.
overall- i really like this one. i've had the tripel, and i've had some varied experiences with the dubbels, but this one is a great one to come back to. so easy, so flavorful (even with the slight alcohol), i'd love to try this one on tap....?

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky brown body beneath the frothy tan head which dissolves to leave a thin lacing.

Aromas of Belgian yeasts and brown sugar float from the glass with hints of caramel malt and toffee.

The flavor also features brown sugar, malt, and toffee but also has just a hint of spice and perhaps some sweet nuttiness.

Lighter to medium in body with fair carbonation.

A very nice example of the style with plenty to offer the senses.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into NB globe.
Pours a crazy amount of head! Really had to wait to finish the pour on this...
Deep brown with amber hue under a thick thick tan foamy head.
Sweet malt and apple aromas, but very mild and lack luster.
Taste is very mild malty chocolate, dried fruit and fresh apple. Alcohol is upfront and at first, harsh, but mellows out.
Overall, its less than expected, but still good.

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

a - dark brown almost black with 1 finger head and good retention

s - kinda malty and dark fruits (raisins or figs?)

t - good complex flavors of dark fruits with some chocolaty and smoky flavors. Yeasty notes as well.

m - very nice body

o - a very nicely made dubel style ale from belgium

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with tantamount head of overcreamed coffee color. Sticky foam laces in coats. Looks like a beer float. 5.0

Dark fruits and coffee in the nose. Vanilla, prune, fig, and apple. Estery awesomeness. 4.0

Mocha, berries, apple, grape, and clove. Dusty cocoa and light cinnamon stick. Hint of booze and iron. 4.0

Low carbonation, wet body. Slight metallic feel. 3.5

One of my favorite dubbels. A fully-realized beer. 4.5

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed pilsner, the beer is a vibrant, rich, ruby coloring that is dark and deep, with a frothy, light, low profile, off-white head of about a half an inch. Aromas are light, with a semisweet candied sugar and toffee backbone with some light, earthy highlights. Flavors are darkly sweet, with a brown sugar and dark roasted caramel sweetness, as well as some nutty and old world fruit sweetness. Dates and figs layer throughout the flavors. The aftertaste is light and roasted sweet, with an effervescence that keeps everything light. Smooth, clean finish with a slightly sweet linger. Easy enough to drink, but the sweetness would get overpowering after a few.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Very dark ruby colour, thick 2 finger tanned head which disappeared fast. Had a malty, vanilla, citrus hop smell. Tasted a balanced sweetness, malty with notes of orange and the liquer Quarenta y Tres. Mouthfull is smooth but well carbonated. Overall a very good beer, but has the potential to be destructive as the booze is so well hidden.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 33 cl bottle marked 06/09/14. Sampled on April 21, 2012. It pours an extremely heady mahogany-red with a deep, light foamy on top. On the nose there is a complex array of yeast, dark malts, raisin, plum, a vague hop sprinkle, and a little puff of smoke. The body is about medium and creamy. The flavor is a marvelous Dubbel with rich toasted malts, dark fruit, and a bitter hop ending that is slightly dry. Enjoyable to the last drop.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy dark brown color with a medium tan head. The head has a moderate persistence but eventually fades to give some lacing.

Smell – The smell is bready and yeasty with strong dark fruit aromas. There are some lighter hints of banana, brown sugar and spice as well, mixing with the fruit and bread very nicely.

Taste- The taste is up front of brown sugar and dark malt; a nice brown bready flavor. There is a development of the dark fruit flavors mixed with some banana and spice more toward the middle of the taste. Theses linger on to the end where they mix with a yeast cake flavor which when mixed with the dark bread of the initial taste is very pleasurable.

Mouthfeel – The brew has a medium body with a slightly above average carbonation level. While the carbonation is a bit too high, as it takes a bit out of the smoothness, overall the mouthfeel is still not bad.

Overall – This is a good easy sipping dubbel. Good malty and fruity flavors make for a very pleasing experience.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown cloudy color forming a huge and very fluffy beige head. Medium retention, however, it never disappear totally and leaves some lacings

S: Quite spicy for a Dubbel. Smells Belgian yeasts, bready malts, coriander and brown sugar

T: Follows the nose: Belgian yeasts, brown sugar, brown bread, spices (coriander) and caramel malts. Very smooth and balanced Dubbel beer

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Milt earthy hoppy aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Excellent Dubbel

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a champagne glass. Sure seemed like a fancy beer, I reckoned.

A: Poured with a high tan head. Beer is coffee brown with lighter chestnut highlights.

S: Tart and fruity with hints of bread and roasted nuts.

T: Rich and tart with some blush wine characteristics that lead into nuttiness and a hint of sweet brown sugar. Toasted bread light on the tongue at the finish. Booziness is non-existent. You can not tell at all that this is a 7.5-ish ABV beer.

M: Light and bubbly with a dry finish. Carbonation is fizzy and champagne-like.

O: What the? A dubbel? Thought this was a brown ale. Not that I'm seriously complaining about that, it was just different than I expected. I like the occasional dubbel, but only as a rarity. Not bad, but not something that really fits my bill.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany color with khaki head

smell - chocolate, port wine, malt, dark fruit, spices

taste - early on in the bottle,flavors seem muted here, a bit of chocolate and malt, as I got further along in the bottle, i'm getting more flavors such as black licorice, plums, currants

mouthfeel - ample carbonation, medium bodied, smooth going down

overall - this bottle was past its best by date, so maybe thats the reason the flavors are really muted, given that fact, its still a decent brew. I would be willing to try a fresher bottle

Price Point - $7.99/750ML bottle

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Photo of zachary80
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml in a giftset consisting of two Corsendonk glasses, Agnus, and Pater. Cork "Lot: 2699". Bottle dated 13/4/12. Served around 50F and allowed to warm.

Large off-white head fades to a smooth 1cm, definitely better than normal. Bubbles are larger than average. There must be a nucleation point on the bottom of these glasses because the middle of the head shows activity and growth. Good but not great lacing. Body is far closer to black than expected, despite using their glassware in an arguably overly-bright room.

Great aroma - very fruity but not overly sweet. Good malt presence.

Flavor seems impeded by the carbonation. What does come through from the roasted malt lingers for a while. Dark fruits, almost a little grape quality.

Mouthfeel is very overly carbonated, doesn't feel right, and really detracts from the beer. Oddly enough the Tripel showed more signs of higher carbonation but ended up being much better.

Would also be very drinkable if it wasn't for the absurd carbonation. Overall this is brought down entirely by the carbonation.

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Photo of erosier
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice brown color with a tall and thick light brown colored head that fades slowly and laces the glass nicely as it fades.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of banana, darker fruits, mixes of spices and yeast aromas.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, dark fruits, sugar, yeast flavors, spices.
M: Medium bodied, a little heavier feeling, smooth, rich, lots of flavors, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable beer with a lot of flavors. Really nice mix of taste and feel and definitely worth it.

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

The bottle was a Christmas gift from my friends Pete and Christina. Decided to crack open the bottle since the Daytona 500 is under a rain delay. Mind as well drink and review some beer.

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass (goblet-style)

A - Pours a semi-translucent, dark golden brown color. Pours with a massive 3 finger, foamy, billowy head which I had to let subside to continue filling the glass. It slowly fades to a beige colored skim on top of the beer. Massive amounts of sticky lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - A sweet aroma with hints of banana.

T - The initial taste is of sweet, burnt sugar mixed with a banana-like aftertaste. The beer has a slight bitter hoppiness. Actually getting a slightly metallic taste as well. Rather smooth drinking. The alcohol is lurking in the background but isn't overpowering.

M - Medium carbonation. Medium to heavier consistancy.

O - As a gift, I liked it but probably wouldn't purchase on my own. This is usually not my "go-to" style but that being said, I still enjoyed this beer. I was able to finish the bomber with no problem. If you're a fan of Belgium-style Dubbels, this is a really good example.


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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle purchased during the Superbowl this beer was a brown color with some bronze highlights. The two fingers of khaki colored head quickly foamed up and then faded down, leaving little lacing as it went. The aroma was of Belgian yeast, caramel and chocolate malt, spices and booze. The flavors were similar led by the spices and yeast built on the caramel malt backbone. Some raisins and dried fruit notes appeared as it warmed along with some bready malt. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body was medium/full and the carbonation high. Not really a great Belgian beer and not my favorite of the style at all but I enjoyed trying something new.

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Photo of thehenbarris
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deeper brown than expected. Dark black/tan head that faded fairly quickly.

S- Light, sweet. Almost what I'd call perfect for a brown ale.

T- Deep spices, rum, fruits, and malts. Great complexity that isn't overwhelming. I'd run back to this brown again in no time.

S- Mild carb, different than I had expected. Went down real well.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark dark brown to black with tan head that slowly faded down, very little to no carbonation to be seen, nice appearance

Smell- malts, lots sweet fruit, caramel, rum and brown sugar, really like the nose

Taste- sweet and malty with lots of same flavors as smelt on the nose with brown sugar, raisins, theres just enough spice and dryness on the finish to keep everything balanced and in check, nice and complex and very enjoyable finish and flavor profile

Mouthfeel- surprisingly light bodied goes down very smooth, low carbonation

Drinkability/overall- the balance on this beer was superb and I overall truly did enjoy the flavor profile, very easy to drink and enjoy sip after sip, a Belgian brown at its finest, very enjoyable and i would well recommend to others

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark ruby red to brown with a big frothy head that is antique white and lasts a long time leaving slight lacing.

A Corsendonk Tulip glass accentuates the malty character of this beer. There are some spicy notes with clove and fig, but all are rather subdued.

This one opens with a light sweetness with nuts and black tea. Again, all rather muted, but well balanced.

A smooth texture and full body pair well with lively carbonation. There is no hint of alcohol. This brown ale becomes rather dry after the finish.

In my experience, this one goes well with food and I look forward to another.

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Photo of henskejk
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into goblet, reviewed from notes.

A - Dark brown with a very light, thin head

S - Dark fruity and floral aroma, not the strongest smell

T - Dark fruits with a little bit of roastiness. Flavor seems a little diluted, not as much flavor as I would have liked

M - light to medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

O - not the best dubbel I have had, but not terrible either

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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