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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Ratings: 982
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 37
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001)
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Photo of Strix
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle.

Looks like apple cider, cloudy and brown with a big head.

Fruity and floral notes in the smell. Banana, spices, apple.

Taste reminds me of apple cider in a way too. Tastes are a little mellow, banana, subtle malt, spices. I guess I was expecting some thing more complex.

Mouthfeel is kind of weird for me on this. Overly dense, again, very reminiscent of cider. Kind of flat.

This was not a bad beer, but not worth it given how expensive it was.

Strix, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of jwff
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz best by 2009.

Pours out a deep tawny with plenty of fine carbonation and a thick brownish white head. Notes of molasses and brown sugar ease in. Pepper and toasted grain and some banana also show up.

Rich brown sugar aided by cinnamon and orange rind followed by a quick hit of hops and some banana fruitiness. A little bit of chocolate and some mild pie crust in the finish. Medium body and incredibly smooth. Everything about this is agreeable and it's a shame we don't get it in Texas anymore.

jwff, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a very medieval looking 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a big snifter, a massive four finger solid tan head rises above a beer that looks black, but shows some crimson highlights when held to the light. The head gets nice and rocky as it slowly slides to about a finger over the course of a few minutes. Beautiful.

S - Deeply yeasty and obviously Belgian from the first sniff. I smell lots of doughy yeast along with black ripe banana, creamy milk chocolate, dried dates, brown sugar, and baby food. This has hints of banana baby food, but also other mashed up pureed fruit and a mashed sweet potato aroma too. Very complex, unique, and interesting. Toffee and caramel are apparent also. I like the mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows vibe!

T - Mashed ripe bananas, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. This reminds me of something my mom used to make called "lush" and consisted of cream cheese, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream on top of a graham cracker crust.

M - Full bodied, lush, and softly carbonated. Rich and silky with some obvious sugar on the palate. Sugary initially, the midpalate is silky, and the finish is extremely dry and steely. This beer pulls a complete 180 after starting ridiculously sweet and creamy, then getting yeasty, dusty, and dry as hell at the end. Awesome!

D - A little too sweet despite the dry finish. I had no problem finishing the 750ml bottle, but there is no way that I would session this beer. It's a good wintertime celebration or dessert beer, and the alcohol is completely transparent.

pmcadamis, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Jbino34
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer as a Christmas gift; a good Christmas gift I's say. Not a clue what it really was (blank bottle) at first but after reading the neck label, very happy to have.

Appearance is interesting, I'd say. Pours a beautiful chestnut brown which is impressive and a tall head (a bit thin though). The beer seemed a bit hazy though, and the head fell very quickly.

Smell is very sexy - pure Belgian goodness. Hints of fruity Belgian yeast and fresh; a glorious aroma. Roasted malt notes come through.

Taste is very good. I can't say that I have had many Belgian browns but a nice blend between an abbey ale and a nice english brown; fairly impressed with the style. The fruity esters of the yeast really come through in this beer. I'd say it is less roasty than I originally figured from the aroma.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. It isn't bad but it is not very exciting. However, the carb level is high and it does pop. It does not coat my mouth though, I would think it would with a high alcohol level and a good amount of roasted malt.

This beer is very drinkable. The 750 is easy to put down. Each sip is very nice as you get a great whif of that aroma. Belgian yeast is very impressive - the unique flavor qualities never get old; they are very subtle.

I'd have to recommend this one.

Jbino34, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of EvilPumpkin
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this exceptional beer at a comedy show and so drank it straight from the bottle. I have to say that the beer was the most enjoyable part of the show. Although I can't comment on the appearance, the brew tasted and smelled wonderful, with a strong malty flavor and some fruity hints. It was very drinkable, not too intense and very enjoyable to sip on. Overall I would recommend this beer.

EvilPumpkin, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle

Best By: 04/11/06

Pours a nice cloudy brown color, lots of carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, which leaves some nice creamy sticky lacing. The nose is malty, good tones of figs, raisins, and plums, chocolate, and slight yeasty/smoky. The taste is very nice, malty, dark fruit, slight chocolate, yeasty. Full body, a well rounded/complex brew. Very drinkable, really liking this one, pretty tasty.

Wasatch, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter, the liquid is quite good looking. The brew is brown with lots of good carbonation. The head is 2 full fingers of tan foam with a rocky surface that fades leaving good lace.

The smell is good, yeasty, caramel malt with a touch of alcohol.

The taste is good but nothing out standing. A sweet caramel malt with some notes of dark fruit is dominated by a yeasty flavor.

The mouthfeel is good, medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is ok, a fine brew but nothing outstanding to get me to want more. Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of Tilley4
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dangit, I just can't make myself like Belgians. I've tried quite a few now but the only one that I really truly enjoyed was the Chimay Blue.

This actually pours quite nicely. Darker than most other Belgians, nice fluffy head.

Smells very fruity and sweet, definitely note the raisin in this.

Tastes better than most Belgians. There is a hint of darkness here that is not found in the others I've tried.

Overall, it's probably a good example of a Dubbel, but just not for me. I guess I'm too much of a hophead. Either that or my tastes aren't sophisticated enough to enjoy the Belgians. Either way, I just can't dig them.

Tilley4, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very pricey brew in my area, with a four-pack going for nearly $13... was shrewd enough to pick up a single 12oz bottle which still ran me a hefty $3.50... Pours a beautiful, dark, mahogany-brown tan color that resulted in a fluffy white head that had some staying power... smell is malty, with a prunish aroma... taste is very complex with an almost root-beer, licorice flavor that tingled on my tongue for awhile after the first-sip... I really enjoyed this brew, put for the price, not sure I'd pay again unless I could find a single... definitely interested in the pale version from this brewery... the taste is sweet, but an alcohol presence is certainly noticeable.. a good brew, Definitely recommended....

dsa7783, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very dark brown color with a small head, smells like alot of belgians, yeasty with lots of roasted malt. tastes awesome, rich and full with lots of robusts flavors, yeasty and sweet, little distinct hop flavor but you know its there mouthfeel is full and rich very good beer

1fastz28, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of ablaze
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a nicely shaped Corsendonk tulip. Best before date of 24/05/07, so it must be pretty ripe.

Dark, nearly solid brown with some red hue. Thick, fluffy two-inch head, a bit tan and very long lasting. Frothy lacing that compliments nicely.

Scent is alcoholic and sweet. Pungent grape juice and dark prunes with a hint of spice.

Smooth and creamy on a medium-full body with appealing carbonation levels that don't overpower. Follows up with sooo much grape juice and blackberries, plenty of malt packed in and quite tasty with an earthy finish. Hops give a nice leafy edge. Wine-like...

Yeast and alcohol are well melded. This is incredibly rich and packed with flavour. However, it is a bit cloying and sticky. Agnus is terrific and this one is just as good. Very robust Belgian and well done, A+.

ablaze, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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.

nickfl, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany brown sugar colour with a creamy head that dies to nothing. You get a mild sweetnes in the nose along with dark fruit and fig and sense of sourness from the Belgian yeast. Very balanced in that you get the sour yeast, you get the sweet malt and you get the fruit but its all subtle and blends nicely. Medium in the mouth and very drinkable.

franksnbeans, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of MMAJYK
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This one pours a very dark brown that is transparent. It leaves 2 fingers of head after a semi conservative pour. No lacing in the glass really like most Belgians.

S- I smell molasses, sourwood, Belgian yeast, and a hint of vanilla.

T- The tastes I pick up are candy sugar, mild alcohol taste, and a touch of chocolate and caramel. It is somewhat woodsy or toasty too. The aftertaste of chocolate is very pleasant.

M- I think this one was a little bit overly carbonated. Other than that, it was nice.

D- Definitely a drinkable beer. I like this one, but it is maybe a notch down that my favorite Belgians. It is not as strong as the others which makes it maybe more drinkable.

This one was about what I expected. Very good taste and and very drinkable. A little more mild than the other Belgian brews which is definitely OK. More of a session beer than the others and lower alcohol which will make it easier to drink more!

MMAJYK, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last Corsendonk I have to try, and I hope this can stand up to the pale and the Christmas ale. The beer pours a nice brown with a thick malty head that never leaves. Aroma is chocolate covered raisins, brown sugar and that familiar Belgian yeast. The smell is sweet, but the taste is a little more restrained, some dark fruits in there and tart apples and raisins. Some metallic taste at at the beginning, but that quickly disappears.

Another fine Belgian offering, but nothing that really sets this brew apart from the pack.

saintwarrick, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It comes out of the bottle a rich transparent reddish-brown with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is nice and malty, not too strong. Flavor is strong and mouth-filling, malty, smoky, a little peaty with just a touch of sweetness, like molasses. Very smooth but with a little bit of a bite.

Cyberkedi, Nov 17, 2007
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.

Trueant1, Nov 16, 2007
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.

thierrynantes, Nov 11, 2007
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.

pwoods, Oct 26, 2007
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.

benmiliron, Oct 18, 2007
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.

Overlord, Oct 09, 2007
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.

emerge077, Oct 05, 2007
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.

jettjon, Oct 04, 2007
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.

blakesell, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of Kendo
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.

Kendo, Sep 21, 2007
Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
90 out of 100 based on 982 ratings.