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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale

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1,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,035
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 49
Gots: 94 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

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Photo of PiecefulToker
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I let this warm up for about 15 minutes after taking it out of the refrigerator.

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown, opaque, with a thick fluffy head that rose and stayed above the rim of my Maredsous tulip glass.

S: Very malty. Raisins, dark sugars, dark dried fruits, sweet caramel, slightly biscuity, with yeast fruitiness. This is a great beer to sniff on.

T: A lot like it smells: dark dried fruits, very malty, but surprisingly light and dry with some tartness and acidic aftertaste. Burnt sugar and roasted grains, but not stout or porter-like. Very complex, and highly enjoyable. Sweet from the maltiness, similar to a dopplebock, but with much thinner body and a definite Belgian-esque quality.

D: I wouldn't want more than one of these in a sitting, but it is very enjoyable and surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of kevd193213
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL Bottle. Light brown pour with a great looking thick tan head. Aroma of gingerbread, yeast and spices. Excellent lacing with a taste of yeast, caramel, coffee, thin chocolate and raisins. Great even finish that is lingering but ever so smooth. What a brew!!

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at The Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Brew pours a deep brown with a thick, creamy light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a fair amount of stick on the glass.

Smell is a bit subdued due to a rather cold serving temperature, but toffee-like notes come through along with slight notes of dark fruits.

Body is rather full, with a thick, rounded mouthfeel. Tastes mostly of caramel and a bit of chocolate, with clove-like yeast flavors dancing in between. Rather complex overall, but undoubtedly rather more so as the brew warms.

Alcohol content hinders drinkability, but overall this makes an excellent Belgian session beer, as the clove spiciness is rather subdued and it takes on a character more along the lines of an English brown or a Münchner Dunkel.

Photo of corby112
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a huge foamy beige head. Aroma of chocolate malt, alcohol, hazelnut, sugar and raisin. Very carbonated with a roasted malt flavor with chocolate, hazelnut and coffee notes as well as a dry hoppy finish.

Photo of tubaguy
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from a bottle. Coffee-like color with some dark orange hues when held in to the light. The creamy tan head quickly dissipates. Some, but not much lacing. Surprisingly, not a big nose on this one- some hints of malt, slight floral bouquet and something sweet. Taste is good but not at all complex, which is what I come to expect from a good Belgian dubbel. Nice hops level, with subtle maple, pepper and citrus taste. Unlike many other Belgian dubbels, the first sip was the same as the last. Alcohol content is disguised. This is a very drinkable, decent beer but kind of boring. Glad I had some nice Belgian cheese to compliment it.

Photo of johnd513
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this corked bottle into my Duvel glass. This beer pours a dark mahogany with a large frothy tan head that slowly disappears. Smells of Belgian fruit and yeast. The taste has a spicy sweetness with raisins, chocolate and port. I love the mouthfeel, crisp bubbly and feels great on the tongue.

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

Comes in a chalice mahogany colored with a large tan head. This retains almost nothing by the middle of the glass, not even a collar. Some lacing. Aromas of dark fruit and malted grain sweetness, pretty so-so for style. Sweet and full of flavor, pretty well balanced with the dark fruitiness and a touch of mild candi sugar. The mouthfeel is firm but a little light and over carbonated for the best of the style. Bottom line: a tasty beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before 6/26/2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. It smells like raisins, caramel, chocolate an dsome candy sugar. It's a very sweet and malty aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma with the addition of vanilla and an earthy, spicy and smoky taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating but also starts off with too much carbonation. The carbonation does gets softer as the beer warms and settles. Drinkability is good, it is smooth and easy to drink once the beer settles down a bit. It's not my favorite in the style, but it's still an overall good beer and I would pick this up again.

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

Attractive pour: deep brown with ruby highlights. Copious, fluffy head stays a finger nearly all the way down. Fruity aroma and hints of gingersnap and biscuits.

Great smooth taste. Some initial tartness makes way for a medium body, buttery mouthfeel, then malts. A bit of chocolate and coffee. The gingerbread aroma comes through ever so slightly in the taste as well. Delicious bitter aftertaste. Very carbonated, but not to the detriment of the beer. Some lacing. Extremely well disguised 7.5% abv; very easy to drink.

A delicious dubbel.

Photo of 7ways
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip.

A: Hearty, deep brown. Long lasting fuzzy creme head, minimal lace. It looks like it belongs in a painting.

S: Belgian yeast, dark malt, grape, apricot.

T: Earthy, oak, cola, nutmeg, muted raison. Conflict of vanilla vs. chocolate way down in there. Very complex, hard to discern the unifying theme, but I like a challenge. A little smoke on the finish. One of the most perfect combinations of flavors I've ever seen.

M: Wonderfully effervescent, smooth and creamy. Warming.

It doesn't get much better than this.

Photo of aubuc1
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a goblet.

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head.

Smell is malty yeast and a little fruit- not a lot of smell.

Nice full, malty and fruity balanced beer. There are some hops that make the taste sharp.

Very full mouthfeel explodes.

Very drinkable, balanced beer.

Photo of ism
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly opaque brown with amber highlights, topped with a generous 2-finger tan head. Subsiding very slowly, it left a tight lacing behind. Nose of sweet malt, raisins, dark fruit, caramel, swirling together. Sweet caramel with a bit of bready malt and dark fruit, crisp and slightly astringent in the finish, dry and a bit of metallic taste as it lingers. Complex yet refreshing.

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

aged since 7/06

a - poured a huge billowy four-fingers thick light coffee-colored head into a tulip glass. the head was long-lasting and coated the glass quite nicely and left thick sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a dark brown color.
s - raisins, molasses, sweet chocolate and bread.
t - spicey and sweet with an underlying smokiness.
m - crisp and bubbly.
d - great sipper.

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 KeefD
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 3L bottle of this with some co-workers. Poured a dark brown color with an enormous amount of foam. Aroma of cola, faint cherries, and sugary sweetness. Taste is all cola syrup up front, followed a minute chocolate flavor, hints of raisin and dark fruit. Overly sweet and undercarbonated for my personal taste.

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

12-ounce bottle poured into a goblet yields a clear dark brown body with amber highlights and plenty of floaties, capped with a creamy finger of light khaki foam. The cap retains stubbornly at a thick broken sheet and leaves a few small puffs and a hefty swatch of lacing sloped on the side of the glass.

The smell of the drink is fruity and malty with a dash of citrus.

The drink is fruity and a bit nutty with chocolatey dark fruit and dry, biscuity malt laced with a velvety touch of banana. As the drink progresses, a bit of yogurty sourness and spicy yeastiness achieves prominence, then dark wheat toast sprinkled with caramel and dried apple moves in to accent a dash of powdery dryness and a metallic mineral note in the finish.

A sudsy sizzle of carbonation disperses the drink quickly across the palate. The feel is otherwise extremely smooth, and the drink refreshing with a clean finish.

Photo of scottg
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a 2 finger creamy tan head made up of little bubbles with great retention, yeast floating around in the glass. Aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, and sweet malt. The sweetness of caramel, vanilla & chocolate mix with some mild hops for a very balanced flavor with each taking a leading role from sip to sip. Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation. Great drinkability, every taste makes you want another.

Photo of kinger
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first dubbel so I don't have anything to compare this too so I will rate it solely on the beer itself. Poured slowly into my glass this beer is an intensely rich brown color that produces a pillowey head. Crazy amounts of lacing stick to the glass and the foamy head never goes away. After this beer warmed up a thick aroma became present. Very earthy tones are present, the aroma is malty and slightly sweet and nutty. The longer I let this one sit the more intense the aroma becomes it is similar to the previous Belgium styles I have had and really wonderful. Robust flavor that is exceptionally crafted. Very malty indeed with some subtle roasted qualities. The flavor doesn't sway much from the nice aroma although it does seem to be a tad more mellow. The tinge of sweetness in the aroma is also present. Overall I was surprised how much I liked this dubbel, It only got better until it was gone.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour dark brown with a slight fizzy head.

Instant aroma of dark bread, dark fruits, chocolate, and brown sugar.

You taste what you smell, and then some. Alcohol is also present. Specific hits of the chocolate, raisin bread, dates, and burnt sugar.

Medium body to the point of thinness -- it is a surprise as your nose and tongue are hit with so many different smells and flavors that you expect this to be a chewy one -- it's not.

I gave the drinkability score the lowest of the lot in this review. The alcohol is a kicker here, and this is not in any way a session brew - 1 or 2 and you are done (and the 12 oz. bottle was $4.00). I like this alot.

Photo of santa109
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at L'autre-oeil in Gatineau, QC.

A: Poured a very dark mahogany with very little head into a chalice. Despite the small head, the head retention was very good.

S: A tad fruity with ripe apples and darker fruits. There was also something that reminded me of almonds in there. And a bit of candy sugar.

T: Complex and hard to define. Some fruits with a bit of smokiness and phenols. It got much better as it warmed.

M: Light to medium bodied with a nice low carbonation. Bit of a drying finish.

D: Goes down easily with absolutely no alcohol in the taste.

Overall, this beer really got better as it warmed. I was a bit disappointed initially but it grew on me.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick rich brown color. Small tannish head.

S: Lots of smells hitting the nose. Chocolate and caramel hints, with plums/raisins/dates and alcohol.

T: Creamy complex taste. Lots of caramel taste, with some wood undertones as well as raisins and plums. Despite the smell of alcohol, it could not be tasted.

M: A good medium body beer, leaves a nice dry finish on tongue and mouth.

D: 7.5 ABV which will not allow for drinking it as a session beer, but a very complex and robust beer worth drinking.

Photo of biegaman
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is a collection of notes taken over the last two years. It is a compilation that includes having the beer fresh, on-tap in Antwerp, a 330ml bottle at one year of age, and a 750ml bottle at two years of age. My score is averaged out from these three different experiences.

A withholding appearance, a dense, dark and concealing shade of brown, almost black off angle, which suppresses the beer's ruby and venetian red highlights that become apparent when held to the light. On level, the beer is adamantly dark but with some light behind it displays a brilliant clarity. The head is often an abundance of egg shell white, but not on every occasion.

A distinctly Belgian yeast releases what might be perceived as a kitchen rack full of spices along with notes of figs, raisins, faint caramel and increasing with warmth, gingerbread.

The yeast also adds a mild, complimenting tartness. A dominantly big malt presence produces a long, graceful, coating finish with the aftertaste of cinnamon and brown sugar. A very light roast from the malts and a certain degree of dryness from the yeast.

Like all good dubbels, there is a long range of flavours: very pronounced ginger bread and rye, hints of caramel and toffee, an oak like dimension, spice of cinnamon and chamomile, blanched almonds and plenty of dried fruit with resounding notes of raisin and figs. A dimension of flavours that are woven in an intricate - yet subtle - way.

My impressions of this beer have varied a lot, ranging from 'mildly enjoyed' to 'really frickin impressed'. Where I'd rank it among other dubbels, I suppose, depends on which experience I draw on. Suffice to say, Corsendonk is a fantastic brewery, who offers nothing but refined, artisanal ales - the very ones Belgium is renown for.

Photo of Phocion
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased just over two years ago, stored in my basement. Cellar-temperature 750ml poured into two tulips shared between myself and my new, equally-beer-geeky roommate. Dark ruby-brown with a very large, very resilient rocky dark beige head which fills the glass. Excellent thick lacing throughout.

Aroma is filled with dark fruits; figs, dates, etc. with a nice dose of Belgian yeastiness. Mildly spicy, cloves in particular, and some brown sugar.

Flavor is somewhat smoky, with all the aforementioned dark fruits and yeastiness. Slight hint of dark chocolate as well.

Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation somewhat weak, but that's probably a victim of the age. Overall, a very smooth, very tasty, easy drinker.

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

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle, beer is a pretty ruby-brown color with a huge, pillowy, cream colored head. The smell is very fruity, almost like spiked fruit punch. The flavor is actually quite mild, a slight fruitiness of dates and figs. I was expecting a bigger palate punch but it makes for a very drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is light in body with a nice but not overly agressive carbonation. I much prefer this to their tripel.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a light tanned head, great lacing as well as retention. Has a dark brown color with ruby at the edges.

Smells of fruits (raisins mostly), wood, yeast, spices, earth and toasted malts.

The taste has a Christmas cookie resemblance (IMO), but I am not sure what kind. Lots of toasted malts, raisins and yeast.

Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
90 out of 100 based on 1,035 ratings.