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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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962 Ratings

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 37
Gots: 56 | 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.

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Photo of bgraney


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

Deep black stout-like color with a bubbly tan head.
Earthy fruit aroma; raisins, plums. Not picking up the label claim of black chocolate.
After the initital malty/raisin flavor fades the chocolate makes a welcome appearence.
Rich, full mouthfeel, doesn't expand throughout the mouth and nose but the flavors linger nicely on the tongue.
Enjoyed taking my time sipping one and then poured a little more.

11-22-2006 01:06:51 | More by bgraney
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%

750ml cork and caged brown bottle with best befoe date of 2/15/08 on the bottle neck label. Pours a medium brown with a huge beige head, decent longevity and good lace. Yeasty and dried dark fruit aromas. Lots of malt flavor mixed with dried dark fruits & apples with a decent hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Somewhat creamy and slightly thick yet relatively easy drinking. A decent brew and worthy of its name.

11-05-2006 01:29:24 | More by sabrills70
Photo of nlmartin


4.55/5  rDev +13.5%

This beer has a clearly marked best by date on the bottle. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet. This beer has been a frequent companion in my glass. The beer always reminds me of my best friends as we typically imbibe large quanties of Corsendonk.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a pleasing mohagany coloration. The head of the beer is about 1/2 inch high with a creamy biege coloration. Thick sheets of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The beer is loaded with fruity esters apple, pears and raisins. The beer also has a nice combination of candy malty sweetness. This combines nicely with a chocolate, cloves, ginger a dash of cinamon and a bit of peppery coriander. Yeastyness envelopes the overall smell.

Taste: The taste is a pleasing combination of both sweet and sour fruityness. The beer is pleasingly malty giving way to cloves, cinamon chocolate and green apples. Dam tasty stuff!

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer is a medium bodied well carbonated beer. The carbonation practically makes this a light bodied beer. I like this beer alot. It was one of the first Belgian ales I ever drank. It is a must have for get togethers with my best friends. It is one of the few beers we all enjoy.

10-30-2006 13:21:23 | More by nlmartin
Photo of russpowell


4.33/5  rDev +8%

750ml bottle, lot#142217, BBD 01/09/09 had to break out the corkscrew to open this

pours chestnut going to mahogany with efferevesence & a 4 fingers+ sand colored head. Gianormous lacing superior head retention

Sweet rock candy taste & breadyness with choclate & a little nuttyness up front, fruttyness follows. A slight citrus hoppyness
& some sour notes emerges as it warms. Dryness, earthy hops& brown sugar emerge as it warms further.

S: Hints of breadyness

MF: Medium bodied, slick & very well balanced

Great drinkability, such a well crafted dubbel! This is one I could find all over france & belgium& never dissappointed. Although the lack of nose is a let down.

10-28-2006 04:36:01 | More by russpowell
Photo of shivtim


3.03/5  rDev -24.4%

Cool looking bottle. Pours brown/red with a thin off-white head. Nose is spicy alcohol. Taste is interesting but a bit harsh... in a mild way, if that makes sense. Gentle flavors of spicy pepper and coffee float to the front. Alcohol is heavy in the finish.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are average.

10-26-2006 05:14:27 | More by shivtim
Photo of AaronMcDonald


4.05/5  rDev +1%

750 ml bottle served out of a balloon wine glass.

A: Wow, this is one of the best looking beers I have seen. Color is mahogany. Pours an excellent creamy head that lasts the whole beer.

S: Mostly of chocolate and malt. Did leave a little to be desired.

T: Malty and chocolatey with some spiciness and fruit flavors.

M: Very smooth. Is highly carbonated so a bit tingly.

D: Very drinkable and smooth.

Would very much like to try this on tap.

10-24-2006 02:27:42 | More by AaronMcDonald
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. The beer was cellared for 2 years.The best by date was 12/07/08.
The beer was very cloudy,a sort of pale brown looked like apple cider.
An amazing head,off white a little towards tan or mocha.Extremely creamy,very retentive,clinging and lacing down the entire sides of the goblet.
The aroma was intense of raisins,fruity,winey,sweet,slightly burnt,chocolatly and alcoholic.A very complex,interesting aroma.
Tastes of raisins,chocolate,very fruity,a nice tartness,a slight hint of an alcohol presence.The aging of the diminished a lot of the yeast taste.
A very creamy texture,rich tasting,very dry.tart,a prickley tounge feeling,yet light and airy feeling also.
This beer would be great with some cheese.A fairly drinkable beer for a Belgium.A great drinking experiance. Discribing the beer,I couldn't find the word,untill I seen the back of the bottle "robust" a perfect word for this beer.
A must try Belgium.

10-21-2006 04:56:27 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of beerphan


3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

750ml corked bottle -> goblet
best by: 20/12/07 B 10:09

Pours mostly foam after uncorking, probably should of let it sit after pulling the cork. Eventually... a dark dense brown with ruby edges. A thick rocky head that retains well. Thick bulky shelf cliffs of lace dangle off the glass. Carbonation is robust.

Nose: Dark malts, yeast, and a spicy pepper.

Taste: Dark burnt malt, dark chocolate, and spices, with a smokey spicey dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, a supberb mouthfeel.

A fine drinking ale.

10-15-2006 23:48:56 | More by beerphan
Photo of brdc


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

Dark brown beer with a very large, foamy head that never dissipates.
The smeel has hints of raisins and caramel, with underlying alcohol. The aged, large corked version is fruitier with lots of berries as compared to the new, small bottle.
The taste is very good: malty sweetness, caramel, chocolate, and again, raisins. It finishes somewhat dry.
Mouthfeel is very good, and aged versions lose a bit carbonation and feel creamier. It is not exactly a beer to have by the dozen, I prefer it as a night cap, but still goes down easy.

Aging it lends a fruitier nose and creamier palate, otherwise it does not change it much.

10-15-2006 03:46:19 | More by brdc
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: Dark brown body with a very creamy-looking off-white head.

Smell: Enticing malty aroma of chocolate, red grapes, spices, and a slight yeastiness.

Taste: Plenty of malt sweetness with rich, full flavors of chocolate fudge and toffee. Light floral bitterness. Smokiness and the fruity taste of port wine lurking in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Immensely smooth with a very soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Look, this beer had me jumping up and down and juggling bananas. Would a BAD BEER be able to do that?

09-15-2006 16:14:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of startle69

New York

5/5  rDev +24.7%

This brew is the culmination of all things great in beer!

A - Pours dark crystal with a volcanic head - looks like it should be sitting in a museum display case

S - Raisins, chocolate, port, perfecly balanced sweet and sour notes that are so well blended yet independantly defined

T - All components of this beer are orchestrated so well together that it creates a taste that never leaves your tongue - never

M - Awesome carbonation with a little warmth from the alcohol

D - Keep em coming!

In my opinion this is what every beer should be. Simple yet complex, highly drinkable, and oh so satisfying! There is not much better out there.

09-09-2006 20:00:18 | More by startle69
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

An old bottle, sampled after the old bottle of Agnus I had kicking around.

Pours a hazy and chunky brown/red, big loose tan head forms, lots of lace and great retention. Smell is sweet, very vinous, caramel and cherries, fruity, some alcohol. Taste is sweet and malty, toffee, fruity, very vinous, grapey, nice though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation but pretty smooth, very mellow. Not bad, as with the Agnus, I'll try a fresh example again.

08-25-2006 03:36:34 | More by Viggo
Photo of VoodooBrew

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +3%

Best before 11/08/07.

Corsendonk Brown is indeed that -- deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and good clarity. An initially sizeable off-white head eventually settles down to leave significant lacings on the glass, and lively procession of bubbles continues to issue upward.

The nose is of dark fruit and spice, characteristic of ales in this style. Some light caramel and toasty malt also feature. Ditto the palate, where peppery phenolics, moderate bitterness, and a prickly carbonation give way to a smooth maltiness that hints at chocolate and molasses before finishing fairly dry. The alcohol (7.5%) is pretty well-integrated, but provides ample warmth to let you know it's there.

This beer is quite good indeed (come on, how Belgians aren't?), but it didn't quite impress me as much as Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale did. The carbonation isn't necessarily higher than it should be, but for me it comes across as a little rough at times. And I could go for a little more complexity in the aroma. But still... worth looking into, especially as part of a larger survey of the wonderful ales of Belgium.

08-18-2006 09:09:41 | More by VoodooBrew
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.58/5  rDev +14.2%

Bottle purchased at Riley's here in Madison for a mini Belgian Brown/Dark ale session - thanks expatsteve.

Pour: burgundy in the glass, tangerine-amber to the light under a big ol' eggshell white head.

Nose: citrus peel, cinnamon/nutmeg, musty yeast and herbal tea. Gives an amazing aromatic potpurri impression that I could inhale all afternoon.

Taste: dusty spices, lemon-pepper, cinnamon/nutmeg, dried citrus peel, raisin/date with a musty yeast finish. Bordering on Xmas-brew territory, but much more restrained and refined in execution.

Feel: light body with a yeasty grit and light, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: Insanely aromatic, close to Winter Warmer territory but has enough going on and is crafted well-enough to avoid that gimmicky style. A treat for the senses.

08-07-2006 19:51:17 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of expatsteve


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown, with some appealing orange ruby hues. Big 1 1/2 inch head with nice lacing and good thin suds cover. Low visibility, with low/medium (more medium) viscosity.

Aroma: Raisins, molasses, lemon peel, chocolate, with cloves in the background. Hints of banana.

Taste: Bread, honey, chocolate and a little coffee, making for a roasted quality to the aftertaste. Balanced with some nice mild spicing - anise, cloves. Toffee developments, along with a little fruit. A few hints in places of lemongrass and pepper. Nice plum developments as it warms alongside sweet bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Light - a little bubbly but the carbonation isn't particularly aggressive. Nice sweet malt finish, with a hint of metallic hops.

Drink: This isn't as complex as some other Belgian darks and dubbels, though this is about as drinkable a beer as you'll find. Nice balance, though not as immediately fruity as I would have expected. This beer could be sessionable or stand on its own. Impressive.

08-06-2006 02:51:26 | More by expatsteve
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

12 ounce brown bottle poured into a large St Bernardus goblet.

A - A dark brown with a reddish tint with a nice finger thick off white head sitrting atop.

S - Yeasty up front with a spicy aromas. Some sweetness kicks through along with a bit of a clove smell.

T - Has a robust opening with some fruits coming through. The yeastiness is not in force as much as one would suspect. A fairly flavorful brew with a clean finish.

M - A nice medium to full body, fairly high carbonation for the style.

D - Good. Not quite as complex as many dubbels but a nice taste and interesting enough to have with a nice steak or similar meal.

08-03-2006 00:25:37 | More by EStreet20
Photo of HoustonTX


3.6/5  rDev -10.2%

Got the last bottle of this at my local beer store.

A - Deep brown with an offwhite large head. Lacing is all over the place. Good carbonation streams.

S - Raisins really stick out, along with malt and yeast notes.

T - Taste upfront was a nice dark fruit malt blend, with notes of fig, raisins, and plums pop out. Strong yeast comes in to balance at the finish. Strongly carbonated and leads to a bubbly crisp, dry aftertaste. Not bad.

An average Dubbel, but nothing extrodinary.

08-02-2006 04:02:11 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of cbl2

New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

Best by 07/09/06.


Pours a hazy pale golden straw adorned by 2 inches of creamy white head that is added to by a vigorous carbonation that races up the glass in small fine beads.


Loaded with black pepper and a touch of malt sweetness.


Lightly peppered in flavor, this froths in the mouth due to an abundance of carbonation. A very mild malt backbone is lightly bittered by the peppery hops in the beginning and finish.

07-30-2006 14:09:58 | More by cbl2
Photo of Damian


4.18/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured a deep amber brown/black with a small creamy head that faded quickly.

Strong malts, yeast and alcohol were noticeable in the aroma.

Taste was malty rich with notes of dried fruits (raisins and prunes) and a touch of alcohol. A subtle hop presence was apparent as well. Finish was somewhat dry and smoky.

Full bodied mouthfeel. My only complaint was that this beer seemed to be overly fizzy.

Regardless, an overall excellent dubbel.

07-20-2006 03:45:38 | More by Damian
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3.63/5  rDev -9.5%

By the way, I drank this with some Venison tonight. Went very well together! In fact, I highly recommend it!

Poured from a 750mL bottle to give a rich (cannot see thru) caramel color with a full head. I poured this into a larger tulip and I got a fairly large head (almost 2 inches). My first smells were of nothing but malt. I decided it was too cold so I drank it down letting the bottle warm up for my second try. As I enjoyed my Venison chops...

1st pour: Taste a little bit of the raisin but I really had to try hard. Had no mouthfeel whatsoever. Alcohol taste afterwards must have attributed to the dryness.

2nd pour (same bottle): Poured better with only a 1 inch head (same glass). Now, the smells really came out of apple, raisins, and nutty malt. The taste really exploded of fruit. I cannot tell between raisin or apples. Still a dry after taste, but I cannot sense the alcohol, very well hidden. Feels thinner this time than the last. I enjoyed this beer even though I am not a brown ale person.

07-10-2006 23:37:48 | More by stouty1
Photo of smcolw


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

The beer pours a mid-level brown with a two-finger head and lots of fine lace.

The aroma is surprisingly light on the dark malt notes. (The taste is similarly missing the chocolate or crystal malt flavors.) There is some balancing hop, but this is primarly a light dark beer.

If I close my eyes, I taste a low-hop IPA or a high-hop ESB. As a result, this may be my favorite Belgian ale. Against the "look", this is a surprising beer. Excellent flavor with lots of hop elements, very full bodied with good carbonation.

This beer satisfies my hop cravings. It is perhaps the hoppiest Belgian. I like the fact that isn't too sweet. As a transition beer from English ales to Belgian, this may be the best.

07-02-2006 16:51:47 | More by smcolw
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2.55/5  rDev -36.4%

From the experimental batch. Best by Nov 19, 2004, sampled well after that, lol. But at 7.5%, we'll see how it held up.

Appearance - pours a muddy cola color into a Duvel glass with a very frothy light brown head. It builds a cap of about 2 fingers and starts to bubble down fast before it kind of dries up and holds at a half-finger or so.Stays off the glass somehow and yields no lacing. 4.5

Aroma - some sweet, fruity kind of yeast with a light caramel undertone. It fades to more of a bready, crackery but still slightly sweet aroma. After drinking half of this, a scent hit me in the olfactory that takes me back about 30 years...plastic planes, tanks, and cars all held together with the heady-scented Testor's Model cement. Not every time, but the alcohol and the sourness and whatever, just now and then it was unmistakeable. 3.5

Taste - starts out with a sour, tart fruitiness, like a lambic. Rats, one of *those* beers, lol. Oh well, it's been a while and I need to keep my palate honest. I think I'll do well to try and pick up the flavors stated on the bottle text. Port and raisins, I can find those in the tartness after my mouth gets used to the initial flavor. The black chocolate I'm not so sure about. I detect a hint of *something* back there, could be chocolate, or maybe just the malty side fighting through the sour veil at times. Halfway through the first glass I can even accept that there is some sweetness here, also undetectable at first. Maybe I should have this with some sharply flavored cheese or something. By itself, I can see it is a well-made creation but it is not for me. 2.5

Mouthfeel - over the top carbonation, just about blew the cork out when I turned it. Average weight to the body, I would almost prefer a lower carbonation to try and pick out some of the more subtle flavors, but that's not often to style with these kinds of beer. 2.0

Drinkability - no, not one I would have again but I am grateful to the Van Steerberge staff for the opportunity to try their beer. 1.5

06-30-2006 03:04:30 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of andrewmartin


3.68/5  rDev -8.2%

750ML bottle, no date

A: Hazy chocolate, carmalized sugar with a big tan head

S: Sugar, malt, yeast, notes of alcohol and raisens

T: Starts off with strong malt and sugar flavors, leaves with some alcohol and bitterness

M: Very smooth

D: Very drinkable, especially considering the alchol content

Found this to be a good, but somewhat one-dimensional, offering of this style.

06-30-2006 01:27:22 | More by andrewmartin
Photo of rokoch27


3/5  rDev -25.2%

Nutty, yeasty brew pours hazy brown with a lacey ivory head. The head was way too big and didn't really go away, it was really more of an annoyance than anything. Fruity aroma with an undertone of chocolate. If you like Belgian beers, then check this one out. Worth a try, but nothing to write home about.

06-08-2006 16:04:15 | More by rokoch27
Photo of doubleipa


3.85/5  rDev -4%

This was probably the first Belgian beer I ever had. I think it was about 20 years ago. Of course it was served too cold, but it did look real nice. Good creamy head and a dark brown color. Aroma was more malt than anything else. Not much yeast. Head lasted until the end and great lacing made for wonderful appearance. A little toasted malt and dried fruit. This is really just an average beer in this category, IMHO.

06-08-2006 12:47:30 | More by doubleipa
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