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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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941 Ratings

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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 33
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Trueant1


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

Bevmo is where I bought this. They gave it one of thier highest ratings. I dissagree with that. This is a good belguim beer but not great.

Pours a medium brown color. Leaves a thick 3 finger foamy head. Great lacing that coats the glass in a thin layer before falling back to the beer.

Smells of Belgium yiests, bread pudding, nutmeg, and other spices. Smells very good.

Tastes of the Belguim yiests and flavors up front. Grainy tastes almost to corn in the middle pallet. A hint of toastiness.Some hop bitterness lingers. A very good Belgium ale!

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and dry to me.

Drinkibility is easy. I would want to session these if I want a night of belgium beers. Usually if I session, I would prefer a stout or west coast hop beer. I am glad I tried this.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 02:14:04 | More by Trueant1
Photo of thierrynantes


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

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance: mahogany color, limpid (on yeast), beige foam abundantly creamy appearance, stability average.
Smell: Smell rich and powerful, deep fruity malt, yeast and alcohol. Taste and mouthfeel: typed flovours, soft and raised, caramelized notes. Pleasant taste bodied sweet spices, and slight bitterness acridity average.
Drinkability: a very good beer dubbel

Review added 11-11-2007, translated from french 2-27-2008.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 11:15:26 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of pwoods


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

750ml deep brown bottle from Jungle Jim's poured into an oversized wine glass. Best by 9/11/08.

A: Deep ruby with a distinct brown tint. 1 1/2 fingers of frothy white head that settles to a constant 1/8inch.

S: Citrus and alcohol phenolic. Sweet juicy fruits and cranberries.

T/M: Sweet malts dominate. Just a hint of chocolate at the very back that I more than likely wouldn't have picked up on if I hadn't read the back of the bottle. Plenty of sweet desert spices. Body and carbonation match champagne. Finishes nice and dry.

D: Much higher than I had expected. I don't normally like the Belgian strongs too much but this is alright. Still not my favor style so I probably won't get any more of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 00:51:54 | More by pwoods
Photo of benmiliron


3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Birthday present from wife. $3.29/bottle. Pours fizzy chocolate brown with a dense coffee & cream colored head. Very foamy. Great look to this beer. Smell is clean belgian - fruity with a good hop presence. Taste is fruity, wood, some dirt, coffee, almonds, alcohol. There's a subtle smokiness that's a bit of a distraction.

This might be better cold. Mouthfeel is a bit hot from the alcohol and just a touch fizzy.

Maybe a bad or old bottle? I know I had this on draft when I was in Italy and I loved it.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 17:05:24 | More by benmiliron
Photo of Overlord


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

The Bevmo "98 point" rating suckered me into trying this brew, even though brown ales typically aren't my thing.

Pours an opaque brown, quite blackish, actually. Suprrising amount of carbonation. Taste is malt, some molasses/candy undertones, maybe a hint of fruit ... kind of flat, really. Not much going on, no real deep earthy or roasted flavoring, the malt was okay, but nothing sublime.

Somewhat disappointed, but a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 07:00:04 | More by Overlord
Photo of emerge077


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 01:47:43 | More by emerge077
Photo of jettjon


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

From the 12 oz brown bottle dated 22-11-08 into my crystal mug. Dark, nearly opaque brown with a thick, craggy brown-tan head. Moderate rate of fade down to a thick cap with good lacing. Nose of sweet malt and dark fruit with a faint alcohol aroma. Tastes of molasses, dark plums/raisins, sweetish malt, with a lightly bitter end. Slight alcohol presence. Mouth is semi-creamy of skim milk consistency, and light carbonation. Drinkability is good; it’s slightly malty sweet and creamy and definitely pleasant to drink. Not sure on ABV?

Overall: A capable dubble, tasty and enjoyable, good, but not particularly remarkable. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 03:18:53 | More by jettjon
Photo of blakesell


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

Poured from 750ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a large three finger head, pillowy, and fades to splotchy with a fine white film over the top. Hard to tell the lacing due to the glass style. Will have to try another glass next time on this one.

Smell- Sweet candy sugars and blueberry. There are light and dark fruits in this one. Slight alcoholic phenols. Plum and blackberry in the finish.

Taste- Candy and toasty dark malts. The hops balance the malt well. There is a hint of cocoa in the finish with sweetness and fruits, nutmeg, cloves, coriander and other spices.

Mouthfeel- Sticky, alcoholic and sweet. Carbonation levels are excellent.

Drinkability- The beer drinks nicely. It is high gravity, but smooth enough to enjoy more to the point of getting sloshed.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 23:01:56 | More by blakesell
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured, pretty gently, into an Augustijn chalice. Body is dark brown with ruby or mahogany hues. Lots of bubbles create a 1-finger khaki head. Some lacing.

S: All-around malty and fruity -- dark fruits and ripe apples come to mind, but there's a slightly nutty scent as well. Somewhat mild in the nose, however -- maybe a different glass would've captured it better.

T: Like the nose it's malty, fruity and somewhat nutty. Caramel malt, black cherries and dried fruit (raisins or maybe prunes) come to mind. The dried fruit flavor profile also reminds me of port wine. Also a hint of hazelnut in there and a dusting of spice -- cinnamon or maybe allspice. Not much in the way of hoppy flavor profiles, but it's not cloyingly sweet either.

M: Spritzy and dry on the mouth -- feels nice -- with a very clean, dry finish that leads me to believe those hops are in there somewhere.

D: Pretty good. Goes down feeling almost like a session-weight beer, though this is a 7.5% ABV brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 20:57:33 | More by Kendo
Photo of livingregret


3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Appearance: A dark red w/ a light foamy head that leaves behind a light rim around the glass

smell: Apples, grapes and a grainy smell is what I get on the nose. A bit tame

Taste: Light apple taste, light roasted hops/grainy taste. A little dry of a aftertaste that is still a touch sweet. Slight warming feel

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy feel w/ a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: i'd enjoy another

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 22:06:02 | More by livingregret
Photo of John_M


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

Hadn't seen this always solid beer in some time. It was on tap at Max's the other day, so I grabbed a glass.

The beer pours a dark brown color with decent head retention and good lacing. On the nose I get the unique, soapy cola aroma distinct to Corsendonk. As the beer sits in the glass a lot of the soapy aroma subsides, and one gets more caramel and chocolate. On the palate the beer is fairly simple, but with pleasant flavoros of chocolate and cola. The beer is not the least bit heavy, with a nice mouth filling mouthfeel. Abv. is well disguised, and the beer is quite drinkable.

Though nothing special, I always enjoy this beer from Corsendonk.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2007 15:18:31 | More by John_M
Photo of ralree


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep red, a bit cloudy, nice reddish-white head of a solid 2 fingers that holds up over time.

S: A nice fruity malt with mild hops. Banana?

T: Like roasted hops - this is a really delicious ale. Pretty alcoholic tasting, as expected. Has a nice sweet aftertaste that makes you want more.

M: Has a fairly heavy feel, but doesn't burn the tongue with carbonation. Isn't a dry drink. Doesn't leave a bad feeling on the taste buds.

D: Very drinkable. I'm on my second glass now :)

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 00:15:10 | More by ralree
Photo of gmcfarre


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

12 oz bottle poured into Corsendonk tulip glass

A - Yikes, even a careful pour into the narrow and tall Corsendonk tulip yielded a head that is at least two inches tall. Light tan colored head get rocky as it begins to fade. Body is a slightly ruby, dark chocolate color and mostly opaque. Lacing is very pretty.

S - Sweet, sugary malt with a slightly metallic scent. Roasted caramel with a touch of dark fruit.

t - Much like the smell, with a bit more dark fruit becoming evident as it warms. Slightly metallic sweetness is very expressive, with a touch of roasted caramel. Pleasing and tasty

M - High carbonation and a moderately heavy body. Aftertaste is not quite as expressive, with some residual sugars producing a mild cloying effect.

D - Tasty, not too filling, and rather quaffable for a dubbel. Alcohol is not a factor in taste nor much of one in effect. A looker of a beer that backs things up in the taste department. Worth a try.

A nice offering from Corsendonk. I must complement them on their two main offerings, as they are both very tasty representations of their styles.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 02:25:04 | More by gmcfarre
Photo of patelc75


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Strong caramel malt with classic Belgian candied sugared taste. Serves a big head if you're not careful. Musty aftertaste than sits on the tongue with lasting caramel malt and dark fruits (that are hard to figure out). Light hops, not too much but enough to balance the strong malt taste. Touches of fruit and chocolate. A smooth medium body with just the right amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 01:46:45 | More by patelc75
Photo of ojiikun


4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally reviewing the beer that got me introduced to 'real' beer, almost half a decade ago.

Poured from the classic 750ml bottle into my tulip. Dated over a year into the future, so clearly an expiry and not a birthday. Very dark, very clear, with light that shines thru a nice amber. Can be made foggy later on when you swirl up all that yummy yeast!

Smell is sweet and fruity. Clearly some esters coming out, since there is without a doubt something tropical like pineapple or maybe pear skins. Caramel malts, but not as much as you'd think from the colour. Lots of candi. Cripsp yeast, not too funky, but very fresh. Hints of light spice like corriander or cardamom. Touch of booze when warm.

Taste is heavier on the malt, with the molasses rather restrained. Mineral water and yeast come forth, less sweet than the smell. Not really too bitter - herbal at times if anything. Pecans.

Mouthfeel is really quite good. Light on the tongue, almost evaporating before you swallow. After a whole bottle, the lips can get coated a bit.

Simply legendary drinkability. Well balanced and even restrained, but very detailed nonetheless. Even pairs well with food, though it does seem a bit like a pity!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 04:34:04 | More by ojiikun
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 rallison


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

Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger semi-fizzy off-white head that recedes. Smells of dates, dark fruits and molasses.

Tastes good. Dark fruits, prunes and molasses. Some sharpness in the flavor. Spicy. Overall, a nice, spicy dubbel. I enjoy it.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and finishes relatively clean. Alcohol is well hidden.

Drinkability is good. A good dubbel that is pretty easy to drink.

Recommended. Nothing in particular really stands out, but it is still nice and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 04:08:44 | More by rallison
Photo of tempest


3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Stooge's in Allentown.

I'd call it a nice example of the style, though not stunning. It just doesn't have the deep, complex flavors of the greats. There is a notable dark chocolate/cocoa note that kicks the flavor off which is mainly smooth caramel malts. I'd say it's similar to Chimay Red. Worth a try if you find it decently priced. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 02:06:08 | More by tempest
Photo of tpd975


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Wonderful dark brown almost black color. Pours with a nice thick head that recedes to a rim around the glass.

S: Dark fruits, chocolate, molasses and spicy brown sugar.

T: Tastes just like it smells. raisins, brown sugar, and hints of chocolate, and a slight underlying sourness. Not much just enough to raise the complexity.

M: Medium bodied and bubbly.

D: Nice and smooth drinking beer.

Overall: a very nice offering by Corsendonk. Great tasting beer that is pretty easy drinking. There is no sign of the ABV and it has a perfect combination of fruity sweetness found in the best Belgian beers along with some sweetness. Seek this one and the pale out. Both are very solid offerings.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 20:24:21 | More by tpd975
Photo of enfield249


3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Foamy head with big bubbles that stick around. Dark brown, almost black.

S - Slightly musty scent, not awful. Slight roasty smell.

T - Roast, with some bitterness on the back of my tongue. The bitterness lingers.

M - Full, and a bit sharp due to the carbonation.

D - I like this beer, but at the price, I could pass in the future. Plenty of American CBs that are better then this.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 01:32:08 | More by enfield249
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy dark brown with copper highlights when held to the light. A finger of tan head upon the pour, that retains pretty well, especially for the ABV.

S- Intense and sweet, yet complex and inviting. Malt, alcohol, dark fruits, a hint of spice and pepper, some citrus, almond, yeast. Very good nose. mmmm.

T- At first, lots of metal. Let it warm. Tons of molasses and dark fruit, but also some currant, blackened bread crust, anise, rye, alcohol, sourdough, dried orange peel, brie rind, corn sugar, white pepper, grain husk, coriander... I have to stop, I'm almost out of beer. There's so much, every sip is a new flavor, you can delve into the depths of this beer for a long time, and still come up with new flavors.

M- Smooth, velvety, medium carbonation, long smooth finish, and slightly warming.

D- So complex, it's exhausting to drink, but if you were simply to swill it... it's not that amazing, because you have to delve to get the complexity. Still quite good. i recommend trying it.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 00:54:06 | More by khiasmus
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky mud puddle brown color with a dense tan head that dissipated into a nice cap. The smell is of brown bread, raisins, and carob. The taste is a touch of roasted malt, carob, sweet grapes, has kind of a metallic twang. Has a similar feel to champagne, tightly carbonated and crisp, though not a dry. Seems to be pretty balanced, a hint on the sweet side. A good dubbel, perhaps a bit too carbonated, would like to see a little more roasted flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 02:51:47 | More by Gmann
Photo of letsgopens


4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Dubbel pours a deep woody, cloudy brown with amber highlights. The tall. bubbly head holds well and recedes leaving virtually no head to speak of.

The aroma is sweet and fruity with a bit of nuttiness. Not as full on the nose as I would have imagined, but nice.

The flavor includes buttery grain and fruit, both light and dark. It certainly posses the expected Belgian characteristics but also some more nuttiness and a hint of sweet malt.

The mouthfeel is buttery and smooth, but cleans up in the finish because of the high degree of effervescent carbonation. Some warmth in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 22:30:28 | More by letsgopens
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a damn commercial when poured into a chalice.

Chunky, slowly fading, fluffy tan head atop a deep brown beer. Tough to see through the dark color, but there is mild-to-moderate carbonation rising through the center of the chalice. The smell is a pleasant Belgian abbey yeast with sour dough bread up front. Through the strong yeast presence there is a smooth caramel malty aroma. The flavor is a bit robbed by the more-present-than-I-thought carbonation. It fizzes up on the tongue a bit masking the flavor a bit. I need to let it warm up a bit.

+10 minutes...

Still just a bit more flavor...
Mild maltiness with crispy hop taste at the end. The alcohol leaves a slight tingling on the tip of the tongue after a few more drinks. I'm starting to taste some caramel/chocolate. Not overly sweet, which I like in a Belgian, but just a tad shy on flavor. Again, the mouthfeel is a bit fizzy detracting from the very mild flavor and drinkability. Overall, not bad, but I like a bit more complexity in my dubbels.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 22:25:09 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 23:43:13 | More by brentk56
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