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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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1,028 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,028
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 44
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 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
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
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
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
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
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as midnight, majestic crimson purple when held to the light--intimidating and full-bodied with a half-inch white head resting evenly... grape and raisin scents are strong... chocolate and coffee as well--complex and bold... effervescent, lively and smooth... moves quickly through the mouth, yet leaves easily... easy-drinking and dangerous... a confident yet well-mannered taste of light hops, soft smoke and fruitiness that plays on the tongue, with flirty sourness at its finish... I was pleased to pair my second glass with a cigar (quite versatile) and though the weather is on the chilly side, the backbone of this ale stiffens the will... impressive.

Photo of beerindulger
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First time trying the brown ale and I wasn't disappointed! Poured lusciously into my Corsendonk glass with a generous head. The smell was of sweetness like chocolate with some hop and malt overtures. The taste, yes the taste was silky smooth with the chocolate coming through but also a coffee taste! Most enjoyable!

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

I was very pleased to get this beer into my store because I have heard many good things about it. Had it slightly chilled in my Duvel chalice. Poured a nice hazed brown color. Nose had a sweet powdered sugar quality to it with some hints of chocolate and caramel. Taste was malty, confctioner sugar, caramel with a nice hop balance and smooth as butter. Very nice beer.

Photo of Atron67
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Brasserie V in madison tonight

A- arrived at the table in the corsendonk tulip glass with a big fluffy tan head and a dark brown cloudy body.

S- yeasty, slightly sweet probably from some dark candy sugar, near molasses but it might just be the yeast making it seem different. light fruit character to it. little hops, as i said slightly sweet finish

T- very good, a malty beer. caramel and crystal flavors, belgian candy charachter, has a very yeasty finish but it works well here and pretty much replaces any hop type finish. clean smooth and delicious especially for an ~8 % er.

M- pretty highly carbonated. medium body, lighter than expected.

D- went down smooth

Photo of Nesued
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Color was a reddish brown poured into a Corsendonk chalice. Ample head formation from a moderate pour, small frothy bubbles forming that remain long after the beer has settled Not much lacing as the head receeds.

Smell - Candy sweet nose with a malty presence. Grassy with a distinctive belgian yeasty aroma. This smell I remember from my sampling of other high-quality Belgians.

Taste - Spicy initial offering, a malty presence as well. A bit of a thinning as you go to the middle of the sample but the finish is fine and mellow. 7.5%? I can't tell at all.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation leaves little to detract from the taste. As mentioned above, there is a thinning during the middle, however I'm wondering if this is just my limted experience with the style, and trying to equate it with the bolder trippels or strong dark belgian styles.

Drinkability - Yummy. I have been focusing much of my tastings on the more robust belgians and this brings me back to the allure of the dubbels. Of the dubbels I've had, this ranks in the top two. Something that could be exceedingly habit-forming. To me, a nice light, yet deep in character beer that will make you want more.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Dark chestnut brown with a large off white head that slowly dissipates into a thin cover of foam on surface.

S = Fresh baked whole wheat bread, light spicy yeast esters, well balanced.

T = Great malt tastes with light spicy yeast in the background. All in all nice flavors but not as strong or concentrated as I would like. Also, very tasty but in some ways almost more like a Scotch Ale than a Belgian Dubbel. Very good but not within my expectations.

M = Medium bodied, carbonation a little too strong, decent mouthcoating.

D = A very drinkable beer, quite sweet, pretty smooth, definitely worth trying.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0.33L Bottle, drank 4 months after its Best Before date.

Poured into one of my Corsendonk stemmed glasses it looked great. Deep ruby red, clear but thick looking too. A huge light biege coloured head sat on top, lovely.

Yeast and malted barley really hit your nose, a good smelling Dubbel.

Strong malty taste with a treacle sweetness which isn't over the top. Not sickly sweet, but almost.

The sweetness dominates everything else, but it enjoyed the experience and have done many times before. Not the best Dubbel by any means, but not the worst either.

Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
90 out of 100 based on 1,028 ratings.