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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Ratings: 1,029
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 45
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of patelc75
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of ojiikun
4.49/5  rDev +12%
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!

Photo of libbekat
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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

Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger semi-fizzy off-white head that recedes. Smells of dates, dark fruits and molasses.

Tastes good. Dark fruits, prunes and molasses. Some sharpness in the flavor. Spicy. Overall, a nice, spicy dubbel. I enjoy it.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and finishes relatively clean. Alcohol is well hidden.

Drinkability is good. A good dubbel that is pretty easy to drink.

Recommended. Nothing in particular really stands out, but it is still nice and tasty.

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Stooge's in Allentown.

I'd call it a nice example of the style, though not stunning. It just doesn't have the deep, complex flavors of the greats. There is a notable dark chocolate/cocoa note that kicks the flavor off which is mainly smooth caramel malts. I'd say it's similar to Chimay Red. Worth a try if you find it decently priced. Very drinkable.

Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Wonderful dark brown almost black color. Pours with a nice thick head that recedes to a rim around the glass.

S: Dark fruits, chocolate, molasses and spicy brown sugar.

T: Tastes just like it smells. raisins, brown sugar, and hints of chocolate, and a slight underlying sourness. Not much just enough to raise the complexity.

M: Medium bodied and bubbly.

D: Nice and smooth drinking beer.

Overall: a very nice offering by Corsendonk. Great tasting beer that is pretty easy drinking. There is no sign of the ABV and it has a perfect combination of fruity sweetness found in the best Belgian beers along with some sweetness. Seek this one and the pale out. Both are very solid offerings.

Photo of enfield249
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Foamy head with big bubbles that stick around. Dark brown, almost black.

S - Slightly musty scent, not awful. Slight roasty smell.

T - Roast, with some bitterness on the back of my tongue. The bitterness lingers.

M - Full, and a bit sharp due to the carbonation.

D - I like this beer, but at the price, I could pass in the future. Plenty of American CBs that are better then this.

Photo of khiasmus
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy dark brown with copper highlights when held to the light. A finger of tan head upon the pour, that retains pretty well, especially for the ABV.

S- Intense and sweet, yet complex and inviting. Malt, alcohol, dark fruits, a hint of spice and pepper, some citrus, almond, yeast. Very good nose. mmmm.

T- At first, lots of metal. Let it warm. Tons of molasses and dark fruit, but also some currant, blackened bread crust, anise, rye, alcohol, sourdough, dried orange peel, brie rind, corn sugar, white pepper, grain husk, coriander... I have to stop, I'm almost out of beer. There's so much, every sip is a new flavor, you can delve into the depths of this beer for a long time, and still come up with new flavors.

M- Smooth, velvety, medium carbonation, long smooth finish, and slightly warming.

D- So complex, it's exhausting to drink, but if you were simply to swill it... it's not that amazing, because you have to delve to get the complexity. Still quite good. i recommend trying it.

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

Pours a murky mud puddle brown color with a dense tan head that dissipated into a nice cap. The smell is of brown bread, raisins, and carob. The taste is a touch of roasted malt, carob, sweet grapes, has kind of a metallic twang. Has a similar feel to champagne, tightly carbonated and crisp, though not a dry. Seems to be pretty balanced, a hint on the sweet side. A good dubbel, perhaps a bit too carbonated, would like to see a little more roasted flavors.

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

This Dubbel pours a deep woody, cloudy brown with amber highlights. The tall. bubbly head holds well and recedes leaving virtually no head to speak of.

The aroma is sweet and fruity with a bit of nuttiness. Not as full on the nose as I would have imagined, but nice.

The flavor includes buttery grain and fruit, both light and dark. It certainly posses the expected Belgian characteristics but also some more nuttiness and a hint of sweet malt.

The mouthfeel is buttery and smooth, but cleans up in the finish because of the high degree of effervescent carbonation. Some warmth in the finish.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a damn commercial when poured into a chalice.

Chunky, slowly fading, fluffy tan head atop a deep brown beer. Tough to see through the dark color, but there is mild-to-moderate carbonation rising through the center of the chalice. The smell is a pleasant Belgian abbey yeast with sour dough bread up front. Through the strong yeast presence there is a smooth caramel malty aroma. The flavor is a bit robbed by the more-present-than-I-thought carbonation. It fizzes up on the tongue a bit masking the flavor a bit. I need to let it warm up a bit.

+10 minutes...

Still just a bit more flavor...
Mild maltiness with crispy hop taste at the end. The alcohol leaves a slight tingling on the tip of the tongue after a few more drinks. I'm starting to taste some caramel/chocolate. Not overly sweet, which I like in a Belgian, but just a tad shy on flavor. Again, the mouthfeel is a bit fizzy detracting from the very mild flavor and drinkability. Overall, not bad, but I like a bit more complexity in my dubbels.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown color with garnet highlights; the boistrous head retains well and sheets the chalice with lace

Smell: Malts and minerals on the nose, with a pronounced spice cake aroma

Taste: Starts out like liquid spice cake (raisins and fragrant spices) with a growing chalky metallic flavor; after the swallow, the yeast becomes more apparent, along with touches of milk chocolate, hazelnut and dried currant flavors; balsa wood tannins on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with bouyant carbonation

Drinkability: A very accessible example of the style; good introductory Belgian but with enough complexity to satisfy the experienced drinker as well

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

Appearance: mahongany brown, with a 4 finger tan head when poured into a duvel glass. Head dissapates, to leave 1 finger, and some fine lacing

Smell: some floral hops, light toasted caramel malts.

Taste: First thing that hits me is not the thought of how complex this brew is, but how light and almost frothy it is. Lots of light caramel malts, and the floral hops flavours come though well in the finish to create a fine balance.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy

Drinkability: Not overly complex, surprising for the abv, very drinkable and refreshing for the style. Recommended.

Photo of techdiver
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dark mahogany with a tan two finger head that recedes slowly leaving a thin cap.

Sweet malt, chocolate and faint hops greet the nose.

Taste echoes the nose. A well balanced and wholly enjoyable brew.

Feels crisp and clean in the mouth, good carbonation.

A most drinkable Dubbel.

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

Appearance - poured medium brown color with little head.

Smell - chocolate overtones the beer, seems to be sweeter than expected.

Taste - definitely sweet and smooth. like it a lot, can taste the malt and chocolate.

Mouthfeel - easy to drink, wish I bought more.

Drinkability - definitely worth a try

Photo of clabaugh
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a handsomely dark brown with about two fingers of foamy off-white head piled on top. The head recedes into a cloudy cream resting lazily on top of the beer.

Smell: Toasty caramel malts with some muted chocolately aromas as well. A faint hoppiness tickles the nostrils, fighting through a sweet, pastry-like maltiness that predominates.

Taste: A fine malty sweetness carried off with flavors of molasses, caramel, and a touch of chocolate. Finishes with a discreet hoppy bitterness that offsets the prominent maltiness just so.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a pleasing creaminess, enlivened with a mild effervescence.

Drinkability: Commendable flavor, and a beer that conceals its not-so-negligible alcohol content well. Nothing earth-shattering, but fine, reliable brew.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the first Belgian beer I had, so it holds some sentimental value. Brown in color and fluffy white head. A bit sweet and small fruitiness, and a bit nutty. A great beer to enjoy in early spring or late fall. I feel that this is a great beer to start to understand Belgians, well at least it was for me.

Photo of jmc44
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a .33l Chimay glass.

Deep brown with 2-finger tan head; head dissipated fairly quickly. Some light lacing, and always a fine covering.

Theres some spice in the aroma, along with heavy notes of dark fruits and a hint of caramel.

Lightly spicy, fruity, and sweet flavors. Some roasted malt in the background and a citrus note from the hops toward the end. A bit sweet for me, but otherwise nicely done.

Velvety smooth, medium bodied. A pleasant drink, but the ABV and alcohol presence hinders its drinkability. One glass goes down easy, but more would be difficult.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great belgian ale this one is. Pours a nice head, tight with great lacing. Smells of fruity esthers, including big plums and some slight cherries. Also, hints of citrusy oranges in the mix. Great with Creme brulee! A very dark beer almost opaque brown. Good session beer too, although too expensive to be so, but a pleasure anyway!

Photo of nwshull
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my personal favorites to drink. Pouring this into a snifter I got about a two inch head which settled down to one and is a dark brown color in appearance. I find this beer more refreshing than most belgians as the alcohol is pretty well masked. It tastes of brown sugar, raisins, and finishes with a slight hop flavor. The mouth feel I find depends on the glass, you want to drink this in a wider glass for a great mouth feel. But if you use a normal glass, the carbonation tastes a bit off in my mind.

Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottled poured into a tulip glass. Best before Aug. 24, 2008.

Pours dark ruby-brown with a fizzy head that quickly becomes a thin cover, and eventually a floating patch.

The smell is of lightly spiced bread, port, pepper and a touch of smokiness.

The taste is of lightly spiced dark fruit - esp. raisin, mild port. Lingering chocolate in the finish. Alcohol noticeable, in a spicy/peppery way, but not strong.

Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation giving it a soft airiness to it.

A tasty, classic brew. Good for a sweet dessert.

Photo of jbsteiny
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours like Coca-Cola with a big head -- looks a little like a ice cream float. Rich malty smells -- raisins, candied sugar, caramel -- are sweet enough to make up for the lack of balance -- a touch of yeast and earthy hops keep this from being a sugarfest and keep it Belgiany. Tastes very sweet too, but it's pleasant. The excessive carbonation actually keeps this beer from being too syrupy, but as I said, it's not a perfect solution. Overall, a decent dubbel, but not something I'd choose regularly.

Photo of jim102864
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, Corsendonk. What happened during this tasting left me feeling ambivelent about this beer which is dissapointing, given that it was the first Belgian I ever tasted and responsible for triggering my current interest in the style in the first place. This bottled version of the strong brown ale paled in comparrison to its kegged bretheron which for the longest time was available at Willimantic Brewing Company. They even served it in proper glassware. Anyway, I poured this into my Duvel tuplip glass last night. The chestnut brown appearance and puffy, pillowy head peaked my interest. The head didn't last for long, but lace did web the glass during most of the tasting. The aroma was milder than I expected. Candied sugar was hidden but noticeable along with background notes of cinammon and ripe fruit such as dates and prunes. Mild alcohol was noted as well. The taste was slightly carbonated. The alcohol still barely noticeable. More evidence of cinammon and smokier in flavor than I remeber. In fact, never before had I tasted smokey anything in this brew. Not sure if this was older than what I've had in the past? No real candied sugar and I know that's part of the tapped version. The mouthfeel was slightly bready but mild with an almost hoppy yet only slightly so bitterness. Yes, this is a drinkable brew, but it was more carbonated than I'm accustomed to and not as smooth. Yes, it's enjoyable but frankly there is so much better out there in bottles that I won't go out of my way to purchase another anytime soon.

Photo of Ricklinator
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a 750 ML bottle and poured it into a brandy twirler. I dig dark beers and thats why i bought it in the first place. The color was a dark amber that shown a gorgeous red when viewed against a light. All i can say about the smell is holy currant. and raisin too. very fruity scent and taste. the currant was easily detectable. each sip felt thick and complex as the last and got better as it got warmer. Not an every day drinkable beer but well worth a special occasion. Think Sherlock Holmes out for a late night drink.

Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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