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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

946 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 34
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Wonka

Maryland

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a nice ruby/crimson color with a generous light tan head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving no lacing. Malty nose, with subtle oud bruin qualities; a light lactic sourness, woody esters and a fruitiness similar to plum wine. Nuances of caramelized brown sugar. Certainly earthy and malty with undertones of white chocolate and sugarplum. Faint vinous tartness in the finish that is woody and fruity, with subtle hints of hops. Slight metallic/oxidized taste, but not distracting. Body and mouthfeel's a little bit light, but good for a dubbel. A solid beer that is easy to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2005 06:29:33 | More by crookedhalo
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kegerator

Maryland

2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

was disappointed in this one. Its possible i got a goofed up bottle. I did notice that after uncaging it the cork almost popped itself off.
anywho, on to the tasting.
poured out a medium brown color with an off white head that was 4 inches, yes 4 inches. I had to decant 4 times to finish off the bottle. the head was high and lasted for a good while. not liking that so much
smell was faint. but mostly an average spiciness with some faint fruitiness.
taste was nothing to write home about. it was simple, clean and nothing really stood out to me.
mouthfeel is where it really lost ground because it was quite fizzy. soda like. the fizz actually had a slight burning sensation on the tongue. I did not enojy that so much. all in all not a bad beer but not really all that great either. I wouldn't shell out the 7 bucks again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 19:29:21 | More by kegerator
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Stimack

New York

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

Had this brew the other night on tap. It poured to a dark cloudy ruby/mahogany color with a nice light tan head that had nice retention and left most of its lacing on the upper half of the glass. The aromas from this brew are malt, earthy (wood like?), yeast like aromas and dark fruits as well as an apple like scent. Also a strong malt like aroma that goes very nice with this brew. The tastes are sweet with a noticeable malt taste that leads to a smooth feel. Has a spiciness/yeastiness to it that is noticeable in the middle, very nice and the leads to a tart/cherry (?) like finish. Over all this is a fantastic brew, glad I was able to try it on tap!

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2005 02:36:26 | More by Stimack
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

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

Enjoyed as part of a huge session with my girlfriend, and this one was honestly one of my least favorites. Not that it was bad, it just was sort of average. Nothing about it stoud out. Fruity and malty notes were decent at best. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 08:40:28 | More by santoslhalper
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bultrey

New York

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's from Belgium, it's got to be the best beer ever, right?
Not necessarily. While I find this to be a solid example of a Belgian Dubbel, it does not rank among my favorite Belgian beers. In fact, I even like Chimay red better! (Sorry, Venom)
There is nothing bad about this beer, but nothing really stands out for me either. I do have a really nice Corsendonk tulip glass, into which I poured a caged, corked 750mL of this stuff, and it makes for a very beautiful picture: Nice dark leather brown, fluffy, meringue-like head. Nothing in the aroma really drew me in -- there was a faint hint of clove, some earth, but not a whole lot else.
The taste is reminiscent of cocoa powder, clove, maybe some dried dark fruit like raisins. Mouthfeel is rich and firm enough, with good cleansing carbination. Drinkability is pretty good -- I didn't have any problem quickly finishing off the big bottle.
Don't get me wrong, I would reach for a beer like this frequently if choices were relatively limited, and I also suspect that this would stand out as an accompaniment to certain foods, as its understated flavors would serve to complement, not overwhelm.
Good, solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 18:58:44 | More by bultrey
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottles pours a dark brown with an enormous tan, pancake head. plenty of lacing. the nose is similar to the Agnus with it's yeasty qualities however, the Pater tends to have more citrus and raisiny sweetness in the nose. taste wise this beer has good complexity. a little more sweetness in this beer. still some champagne yeast flavours and a drying quality. counterbalanced nicely with sweetness of raisin and grape. earthiness. taste lingers well and leaves a dry/sweet finish on the tongue. very lively mouthfeel. crisp & pleasant. again, a beer that doesn't have a HUGE flavour profile but one that is solid in its complexity & balance. simply a rock solid beer that is a perfect example of an Abbey Brown/Dark. thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 19:15:07 | More by Popsinc
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say, I really dig this brew. It was a pretty beer with a pretty taste. The appearance was a no brainer 5 in my book. It was a cloudy brown color with a off white/tan head. The head was awesome! Some of the best head I've gotten on a beer. It started out very big, probably around 3 inches, then it "calmed" down to a fluffy/pillowy head. After that went down, it subsided to a pretty thick film-like head, ala Guinness. The smell was magnificent. Had elements of dark chocolate, dark fruits, a little bit of cinnamon, and a little bit of alcohol. The taste was truely amazing as well. I can honestly say that they couldn't make it any better. It was similar to the smell, but more in the area of the fruits and chocolates than anything else. The alcohol was "hidden" very well in the taste as well. Drinkability could have been a 5, but with a beer like this, you have to start getting full at some point, and it was a little bit rich. Although, I don't think I would change the body of this beer to make it too much drinkable. Highly reccommend this one to anyone who likes good beer. If you like bad beer, drink it anyways, it'll turn you into a good beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 03:47:38 | More by JISurfer
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baiser

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown colour with bright ruby highlights. The carbonation in this is tremendous. I had to pour it three separate times because the head would overflow. Aroma of fruit, mangoes, grain and yeast. This is a smooth and crisp ale. Hints of fruit, particularly mango and grapes. Some sweetness, and a touch of spice. Easy drinking, alcohol well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 22:16:09 | More by baiser
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Andreji

Colombia

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

And yet another one of my Christmas belgians, a rare treat in Colombia.

Pours a dark and considerably opaque brownish-red with a considerable tannish head (maybe it was the remaining pressure from the air travel).

The nose was full of fruityness with a background malty sensation that guaranteed it be sweet. The taste combined perfectly with some subtle and very pleasant sweetness combined with a full bodied fruityness , mostly cherryish, and a hint of alcohol in every sip as a complement to it. Very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2004 01:47:45 | More by Andreji
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Padron4KM

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, best before June 24, 06 (24/06/06) on neck label.
Pours a muddy-Colorado-river-water reddish brown, with a 2” creamy, light caramel colored head.

Head recedes slowly to a thin cap.
Spotty lacing.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, (raisins, plums) malty with a little milk chocolate (whoppers candy).

Lively mouth-feel.

Flavor does not quite come together tho. It has a mix of sweet fruits, sourdough bread, bitter citrus pith, but it just doesn’t seem to be balanced.
Maybe the bottle is too young. If this ages a bit and the flavors blend a little more, it might resemble the Corsendonk I remember from a couple of years ago.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 05:25:03 | More by Padron4KM
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dren

Indiana

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

Pours a dark redish brown color with a thick bubbly head that lasts for most of the beer. Smells sweet with some carmel hints. The first taste almost tastes like blood in the back of your throat, but after that it is all good from there on out. Reminds me of fresh apple cider with some spice and sweeter fruit flavors. Very drinkable and gets better as you finish the glass. Not too many beers I have had that get better the further you get into it. Enjoyable, just a little on the pricey side, $12 for a 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2004 16:16:54 | More by dren
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Very neutral, session ale. Mates liked it, though thought it sweeter than I did. Nice light brown colour abnd good retained head and lace. Balanced malt, carmel and orange and spot of chocolate and fig and spicy and tangy cherry, and raisin. Very drinkable. Soft spice, easy yeast. Medium mouthfeel. Good with fish.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 03:55:52 | More by Sammy
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a bit nervous as the best before date is 06/09/04. It should hold up though. Pours out a cloudy brown color with a huge tan head that doesn't seem to last. Very creamy head as well. The smell is sweet like molasses. Extremely bubbly, they don't seem to stop. Taste is a bit of a mix of sweet and sour. Aftertaste has just a hint of some floral or hoppy. Doesn't seem to be as well balanced as I expected. Flavors just kind of hit you all over the place. I would try this again, maybe in the 750ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2004 22:49:58 | More by CharlesRiver
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allengarvin

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, which I've had in my wine fridge for 2 years. Served at 55F in a wide chalice glass.

Appearance: Dark mahogany, creamy tan head.

Aroma: Yeasty, spicy aroma, with caramel notes. A little musty corkiness in there too.

Flavor/Body: Highly fruity (raisins, dried plums), slight caramel sweetness, and a bready flavor and, oddly, mouthfeel. A touch of medicinal clove flavors. Finish is slightly bitter, piquantly acidic, and a little musty. Body is medium, less than one expects from the strength, often the case with Belgian ales.

Not a highly complex dubbel, but tasty and quite drinkable. I was hoping for a little more interesting flavors to develop with age, but it doesn't seem much changed from the taste when young.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2004 22:53:25 | More by allengarvin
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Crazily carbonated ruddy bronze. This is one of those 'gentle pour' beers if one wishes to avoid disaster. The pour filled the glass with foam for a beat or two and then the beer made its appearance at the bottom edge. The stiff, unsticky head looks like a king's crown with the rounded dome of the king's head still in it. Each addition of beer to the glass shoots foam to the top edge where it threatens to overflow. Lively little sucker.

Belgian yeastiness overpowers all else in the nose, but I can still appreciate gently toasted malt and spice; specifically clove with a pinch of cinnamon for good measure. Have I gotten used to the sour, spicy smackdown that is Belgian yeast? Tough to say, but I might be getting there.

The flavor is sweet, sour and fruity. My hope is that the metallic character fades quickly (it does). The fruitiness is along the lines of fermented Granny Smith apples with a light dusting of ground clove. The mouthfeel is medium in heft, but feels lighter than air thanks to all the dissolved gas.

This is a tough call. Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale certainly wears its heart on its sleeve. It's unabashedly, unapologetically Belgian and will brook no fence sitters. All right, I just jumped off the fence to the 'like it' side. Does this mean that my card to the 'Ambivalent About Belgians Club' will be revoked?

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 22:32:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, what an explosive 750ml bottle, the cork almost ripped my arm off as I opened it. The beer pours a brilliantly clear deep amber color. The ample carbonation keeps a light tan colored head afloat atop the beer. The aroma is bready and sweet, with notes of caramel, plums, and raisin. The taste is a mixture of sweet and tart (though not in the sense of a sour ale) and highly carbonated. The finish is rich and malty with lingering notes of sherry, and caramel. There is a bit of funky Belgian character here, it contributes a rich fruitiness (plum, fig, and raisin), a light spicy character, as well as a light musty type character, that may be more a function of age. This is certainly and enjoyable beer, it is perhaps a little soft and fruity, but not so much that it detracts. I definitely recommend trying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 16:56:32 | More by Gueuzedude
Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
90 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.