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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001)
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Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

The 2nd bottle to accompany my Corsendonk glassware pack, came in the same 330 ml brown bottle as the Agnus, same white silkscreened logo.

A very attractive looking dubbel, an incandescent ruby chestnut in appearance, with pumpkin-hued highlights around the nimbus of its extremities. The head is a loose spongy tan that settles to a creamy cap. The nose is most curious, a light creamy scent accompanied by a floral perfume, I had to go wash my hands just to make sure it was coming from the glass and not emanating off of myself. Below all of this I can pick out some toasted malt and milk chocolate, accompanied by some nuts. It's all very mild, but seems to appear in layers.

My first impression of the flavour is that this is quite hoppy for a dubbel, it seems to brush aside the toasted chocolate malts, the nutty milkiness in the middle, and pull you straight towards the floral yet somewhat bitter finish. Some fruity esters and a bit of spice appear on the aftertaste but remain vague and anonymous for the most part. Although it appears to be balanced on the surface, it gets a little lopsided towards the hop content at times. While slightly carbonated the texture of the mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, a pleasure to roll over the palate and tongue.

Still, it doesn't wow me or thrill me, and although it comes across as very easy to down, there is not much scenery along the way. A casual drinking dubbel, but more along the lines of a Sunday road trip to no where in particular.

07-09-2005 17:09:59 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

Corsendonk's Pater pours like the Agnus, with a copious, gargantuan head that interupts my pouring so that I have to pour several times to fill the Corsendonk snifter-style glass. The head is magnificent though: darkish cream colour, exceptionally rich and fine. Lacing is thick and and pasty. The beer is a dense auburn colour or rich chestnut brown, rosewood. The head is actually a bit of a chameleon, assuming all sorts of different shapes and sizes; sometimes coffee-brown, sometimes ivory coloured. The aroma reminds me of some dunkelweizens, with a sweetish roasted maltiness and yeast smell. Table cream and little hints of milk chocolate along with grapejuice, black cherry, raisins and plums. A little pepper and spices, but not much. Creamy sweet malt with brown sugar and perhaps a little maple syrup. The aroma is not as complex as the Agnus, but sweeter and very mouth-watering. The taste lets you know that this is a Belgian dubbel though with the immediate yeasty qualities and warming alcohol. The malt is the focus of this beer though, and it is well done, giving grainy toasted bread and sweetish chocolate cake. The finish is exceptional, leaving almost a banana bread aftertaste, and a hint of metal. Brown sugar and rasins mix with a burnt toffee flavour. The yeast and alcohol are only the background for the malt, and the hops only felt intermittently in the finish. Again, like the Agnus, the taste is not quite as good as the nose. Medium bodied and relatively low in carbonation. The 7.5% notwithstanding, this goes down almost too easily; it is not as mouth-filling as I expected. Definitely something I would buy regularly, though it is not overly complex.

07-05-2005 07:41:54 | More by Cwrw
Photo of DogFood11


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

Overall a real nicely crafted beer.

Appearance: A dark copper/Brown color topped by a light spritzy type head that laces the glass. Inviting.

Smell/Taste: The smell is rather subdued for a abbey ale. The beauty of this beer to me is the mouthfeel that the Fine carbonation and somewhat alcohol/spicey middle that gives its signature. Lots of competing malt/grain/raisin type flavor but balanced pretty well. A beer I will not only buy again but I'll hunt this baby down.

07-04-2005 18:06:43 | More by DogFood11
Photo of cooter

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8%

Tried this one in my Ommegang chalice and my Old Slugger Cooperstown Pale Ale pint glass, both from the same bomber. Poured with a beautiful head but a nondescript thin, dark red body. The foam had many facets--a dark section, creamy light portions, and a rim of large bubbles. Surprisingly, however, it was not very aromatic. What smells I did sense were sweet, malty and nutty, with that Belgian hint of thick rose and tulip scents.

The body is thin, as I suspected from its low opacity. True to bottle description, I notice raisin-like flavors, along with grapefruit, grape, plum, prune, and tangerine. The head provides IMMENSE flavor, giving the beer a saccharine tint as well as a creamy overtone. Head is persistent and welcome. The dark chocolate also noted by the bottle's spiel is noticably absent--maybe they mean the sugar? Nope, seems too fruity to be chocolatey.

Truth be told, I have no idea how this is a brown ale. But it's a great variation on the dark abbey style, which I love. The alcohol is getting to me as I put these words to screen, but let me close with a teary "I love you!" to this beer, me when I read this later, and all of you.

07-04-2005 02:03:21 | More by cooter
Photo of jhu1995


3/5  rDev -25.2%

Tried this one for the first time and followed it up with a Moinette Brune for comparison. Pours a deep, rich, brown color with a tan head and lots of carbonation. Really enjoyed the tiny bubbles. Noticed a distinct, sweet smell, almost caramel-like with a touch of roasted maltiness. Had a sweet taste that followed through but thought it lacked any complexity beyond the sweetness and smokiness, although the balance between both was good. I am not a big fan of beers on the sweet side, so I would recommend one as a change of pace. Overall, a decent beer but thought the Moinette Brune was much better.

07-04-2005 01:49:27 | More by jhu1995
Photo of TPSReports


2.88/5  rDev -28.2%

Pours a rich brown color into a pint glass, unfortunately. This beer was served too cold and dimished the aromas and taste.

It was HIGHLY carbonated. The biting carbonation seemed to override the flavors, whatever they were. I will try this again just to see if my reaction remains the same.

At this point, I cannot recommend this beer.

06-26-2005 03:17:09 | More by TPSReports
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

large bottle, with the typical and allways appreciated Belgian cage and cork thing going on. Pours dark almond brown, fairly clear with a world class head that has amazing retention. Leaves loads of nice lacing. Nose is currants, chocolate and a hint of must. Notes of caramel, figs, brandy. Not sure if I get a slight sourness or an astringent note. Either way this one finishes fairly sweet. Not my favorite Dubbel, I sensed a few off flavors clashing a bit here.

06-18-2005 20:06:22 | More by Billolick
Photo of Bighuge


4.05/5  rDev +1%

Nice looking burgandy tone. Clarity is excellent. Good hefty crop of egg white head. Creamy and thick. Outstanding retention. Nice yeastiness on the aroma. It's a little cakey. Also very subtle spicing with white pepper most discernible. The yeast characteristics are more subtle on the palate. Doughy. Raisin qualities come into play when tasting. A little brandy. Good enough. Nothing spectacular. The mouthfeel is very creamy. Body's closer to medium than light. Good beer.

05-28-2005 03:48:05 | More by Bighuge
Photo of ADR


3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

Clear cinnamon brown appearance with a big fuzzy head that rises to over 3/4 of an inch but calms down in a minute or so. Simple thick laces, widely spaced. Pretty nice aroma, cling peaches in syrup, partly caramelized. Flavor and mouthfeel go in a different direction -- not particularly yeasty at first but rather wine-like with a green astringent quality to it. Turns slightly more musty at the close bur ringing a strident grape skin bell in the aftertaste and with a slight fall-off in body. Leafy sense overall. Not bad, I like a thicker, sweeter example in the Dubbel style.

05-23-2005 22:38:25 | More by ADR
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.85/5  rDev -4%

Best by May 26, 2006, from a 750mL bottle into a chalice.
A first for me, in that the moment I untwisted the cage, the cork and cage launched upward and hit my cieling. The bottle may have been shaken too much at some point in time, or something went kooky with the shipment cause several bottles at the store had these strange metal clips keeping the corks down instead of cages...
Poured with lots of head and lots of bubbles in the mouthfeel taking away from some of the experience; might have to review this one again.
All in all this is tasty stuff. Nice, mild, malty flavors with mild dark fruit flavors, quite a bit of yeast presence in the flavor. I think this would be a good step to take before trying out some of the richer tasting dark belgian and belgian style beers.
Quite easy to drink. I'll look for this one again.

05-22-2005 02:34:37 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a bottle into a goblet, and it ran up a huge tight foamy head. It held well and then left insane amounts of lace. A really beautiful brown/caramel-colored beer.

Smell is strongly of dark sweet malts and raisins, even maybe some hints of molasses and brown sugar. Yeasty and fruity as well.

Taste is similarly strong with raisins and dark candied fruits. Very sweet, but not cloyingly so, and the alcohol warms the finish nicely. A lot going on with some interesting yeast flavors as well; this one has a lot going for it.

Overall: Quite nice and drinkable, the raisin and fruit flavors are interesting enough to keep your attention. Nicely done.

05-21-2005 02:40:58 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of Shiredave

New York

4.45/5  rDev +11%

Always a good choice on tap. Medium chocolate brown color, slightly transparent when held to the light. A tall tan cap of foam sits neatly w/ in the curves of its chalice.

Aromas are scorched fruit - ripe melon and apple with a hint of bannana and spice. Chocolate notes waft around the perimeter.

Flavors of ripe fruit follow the aroma - watermelon and pears with more coco in coffee and a hint of anise. Braised fruit wrapped in a thin coating of milk chocolate. Supple and subtle, rich but not heavy, complex but not be-fuddled.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied while remaing quite " liquid" and somewhat light on the tongue. Hop bitterness quietly works its way in at the finish to dry things up a bit and mingle with the toffee/ chocolate aftertaste.

Simply a great beer with rich foods, desserts or by itself, and always a treat to find on tap.

05-15-2005 21:00:20 | More by Shiredave
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.33/5  rDev +8%

Hazed amber/orange..certainly not the "brown" promised in the name, but dark, yet, and adorned with a big, creamy head, very attractive.
Nose is yeast, citric fruit, dark ones, too, spices, and overall a ginger cookie, feel, when it's all combined...
Taste:bold, bristling, brisk lemony bite, holds long into the flavor, dominates the taste...it's a lemony ginger cookie, that's what it is.
Yum. And nice. And good.
Drinks down ever do easily, and tastes so good all the way down...can't ask for better than that, eh?
Words fail me for further explorations, but are unnecessary...I've said it all...a delightful brew, among Belgium's finest.

05-15-2005 11:21:00 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of GClarkage


3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05/06/05- Received from my buddy as part of a 6 beer birthday present last October.

Presentation- 24oz bomber caged and corked. Dated for a best by thru mid 2006. Poured in three sections into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale tulip glass.

Appearance- Murky brown pour with a lively large bubbled head which quickly evaporates. Little if any lacing involved here.

Smell- I smell prunes, raisins, apples and maybe a hint of a bitter substance. Almost a vinegar scent.

Taste- A sweetness of raisins and maybe some prunes and apples. Sweet malt, yet a bit dark as well. Maybe just a tad of a roasted flavor.

Mouthfeel- I knew when I first saw the bubbles and first let the brew touch my lips that this was going to be ultra-carbonated. This beer takes a backseat in that department to noboby with the exception of Duvel. It's so tough for me to finish these beers because of the carbonation factor. Already feel super bloated and gassy after about 1/3 of the bottle.

Drinkability- If it weren't for the carbonation, this beer would be a good to very good brew. Heck, it still is, if you don't mind the super bubbles. If you can handle the carb....go pick one up...maybe even let it age for at least a year or two.

05-06-2005 19:16:34 | More by GClarkage
Photo of beersarang


3.73/5  rDev -7%

Pours with a HUGE head. A head that is enormous beyond belief. This head rules over a chestnut brown colored beer.

Smells much like fruity esters and such.

Light malt background, heavy raisin flavor. Touches of brandy esque grape flavor. Overall pretty solid and finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel is dissapointing because the carbonation is so damn high. High for even a Belgian. Drinkability suffers for this reason.

05-06-2005 06:44:49 | More by beersarang
Photo of BrewMaven

New York

2.08/5  rDev -48.1%

Maybe I got a bad (old) 4 pack? I was extremely disappointed in this stuff. Bought it for a fight night on HBO with high expectations after reading about it here..All the aformentioned appearance and mouthfeel opinions by other reviewers apply here, but the taste? YUCK! The best I can describe it would be fruit that went bad. It's not really TOO bad until the finish, which made me cringe after each swallow. Never again.

04-06-2005 02:00:08 | More by BrewMaven
Photo of Wonka


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

12 Fl. Oz.
Ale Best Enjoyed Before 01/09/06 printed on the top label
09ID 12:50

Big burst of air at open plus a bit of foam from the top

Appearance – dark red, slightly opaque body; rising carbonation from the basement; massive cloudlike, off-white head; lace is modest

Smell – with a bit of a cold the nose is a bit blocked but I’ll do my best; yeast, date, raisin, candy sweetness, spice, sour apple, some bread crust and a touch of alcohol

Taste – again, excuse the slighty blocked nose; yeasty; apple and a bit of the spice and candy; a bit of hops at the end

Mouthfeel – big full feel; a carpet of carbonation rolls into the mouth; nice crisp carbonation and dry enough for a nice close

Drinkability – for such a big feel, the palate is cleaned nicely at the end

Corsendonk hits the ‘dubbel’ as good as Ichiro. What a pleasant experience.

04-05-2005 00:42:27 | More by Wonka
Photo of Suds


3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

From a 750 that was uncorked with a loud “pop”…pours a deep brown, earthy color. It’s slightly red, and only slightly hazy, with a thick, creamy, sticky head. This is a very nice looking brew. Malt, raisins, plums, sugar, and yeast are all intense in the aroma. Moderat phenols, with just a hint of alcohol. Taste is fairly malty and of medium sweetness. It’s very peppery and has a fizzy, notable carbonation. Overall, this is extremely satisfying.

04-03-2005 19:55:00 | More by Suds
Photo of acrawf6


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

this is a great and interesting brew... i think it is a whole lot better than the corsendonk pale ale that i had yesterday. It pours out a semi dark and cloudy.head is off white and light.

the aromas can tell you that this beer is going to be rich, complex, and good! hints of fruity spices in the aroma, and smells like beer with a box of sun-maid raisons.

the taste is great.... very full and complex like the aromas suggested. It is very carbonated, more than i thought. the taste also has strong taste of raisons. tastes sweet and sour. there are many fruity hints in this beer, and there is a little bit of an alcoholic taste. the mouthfeel is full and pretty much saying what i said before... the carbonation retains thoughout the whole swallow.

overall, this is an incredible beer! i had the pale ale yesterday and didnt think too much about it, so this one really suprised me. its not the best for its style, but definelty one worth trying.

04-02-2005 22:14:08 | More by acrawf6
Photo of kosmoraios


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a deep, murky brown into my nice tulip glass, forming a thick white head that lingers and laces the entire glass. Aroma is of caramel and lightly toasted malts with dates, raisins, plums and spice.

Taste is sweet, caramelized sugar dominates the fruity, spicy flavor of this ale. There are dates and raisins, red apples, spices like nutmeg and allspice in the background, with the toasty malts drowning out the hops. More complexity is evident in the flavor as the ale warms - some citrus flavor comes out, perhaps a deep, sweet, flavorful orange.

Mouthfeel is chewy and smooth, with some oilyness, but balanced by ample carbonation. Good spicyness on the tongue.

Drinkability is medium - a good winter ale. I couldn't stomach too many of these on a warm night.

03-21-2005 00:20:18 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of beertastegood


4/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a dark brown caramel color with a lofty head that dissipates quickly. Smells of raisins, bready yeast and malt; cannot detect any hop aroma.

Taste: sweet and malty, raisins dominate. Medium body with a crisp mouthfeel. Finish is smooth and sweet. Drinkability is medium.

This is a tasty brew. A little sweeter than I expected, but a winner nonetheless.

03-06-2005 20:26:04 | More by beertastegood
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

bottled. Properly poured at 42deg.F into a crystal tulip glass, an instant burst of meringue like cap stacks out of the glass. This cap lasts the drink giving true "Belgian lace" on the glass sides. Deep chestnut brown in color. Nose is of dried fruits, cloves/spice and musty honey. Taste is a departure from the sweet aroma this ale...this Pater ale is quite dry and warming with ample malt body and a slick mouth feel....taste is accented by impressions of pears, green apple and red grape skins, spicey yeast notes in the finish. This is a warming but dry, verging on tart, dubble...very nice.

02-28-2005 22:46:54 | More by pootz
Photo of karst


4.45/5  rDev +11%

Late Feb. ice pellets cover the just greening ground and brown deck. Wiping the melting ice from my lab Daisy's back. I settle down by a warm fire and open my last bottle of Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale. The 7.5% ABV offsetting the weather outside.

Just pouring a few oz of the 12 oz bottle into a fine crystal tulip glass I watch a light brown head raise 2-3 fingers with the bottle still filled below the neck taper.
Excellent lace. This Belgium emits strong aromas of last years apples and a winery tour with subtile caramel and dough in the background.

Its taste is of red grape skins spiced lightly with clove.

Pleasing mouth feel as the CO2 showers my mouth with its efferescence.

Fasinating complexity of malts and fruits that finishes semi-dry with soft yeasts lingering.

Fine Belgiums aways stir my appetite. Where is that new box of California Raisons

All Good :>) . . . all gone :>( nothing left to do but review.

02-23-2005 13:02:27 | More by karst
Photo of carln26


4.55/5  rDev +13.5%

The beer poured a cloudy brown color with a thick tan colored head composed of huge bubbles. The head settled quickly back into the beer and left a light delicate lace on the side of the glass. The aroma has a great spicy character. Nutmeg, allspice backed by hints of bread dough. There is fruit their too. I catch some dates, but also a citrus character. The first taste brings the spice to the front. The flavor literally tickles your tongue. The doughy character is backed by a tartness. Kriek, possibly cranberries come out in this stage of the flavor. Citrus there too, I want to say orange rather than grapefruit you detect in some beer. Full, slick mouth feel leads to a great drinakbility.

02-20-2005 20:22:33 | More by carln26
Photo of gimmehead


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%

Smoky amber with russet highlights and a thin head that never dissipates, coating the glass nicely. Smells like overripe aples fermenting in the afternoon sun; raisins and sweet malts. By this time my mouth is definately watering. Tastes as good as the nose, but much more pronounced: grapes and raisins, bread and apples, sour wine. Crisp and clean, easy to drink.

02-13-2005 02:30:27 | More by gimmehead
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