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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Ratings: 1,000
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 39
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Corsendonk visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001)
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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
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

livingregret, Sep 14, 2007
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.

John_M, Sep 09, 2007
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 :)

ralree, Sep 09, 2007
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.

gmcfarre, Aug 29, 2007
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.

patelc75, Aug 14, 2007
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!

ojiikun, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of libbekat
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.

libbekat, Aug 09, 2007
Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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