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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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BA SCORE
90
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1,013 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 39
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 doubleipa
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown ale with lots of carbonation and a nice, stable 1"head.
Smell of ripe red apples, grapes, toffee and caramel, a combination that I have never tasted in a dubbel, fresh yet caramellic. This smell has to grow, and after a few sips it all comes together.
Taste was raisins, red apples and grapes with lot of caramel and chocolaty notes. It was sticky and medium sweet, but aftertaste was dry. Second layer had some toffee and baked bread.
A fresh Dubbel without the burned malts, fresh and for me a little too full bodied.

Photo of mcallister
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a corsendonk tulip glass. Caramel brown with red tinted hues very clean looking. A creamy, fluffy tannish 2 inch head rests upon the belgian. Damn sexy looking beer.

Aromas of cinnamon, belgian yeast strain, sweet caramel malt, milk choclate, almond, and toffee.

Rich caramel malt, toffee, an alcohol burn but not overly so, and a nice dry finish. A good belgian yeast strain, and some earthiness. Leaves somewhat of a grainy mouthfeel deep in the finish that I'm not crazy about. Otherwise a good beer.

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

Thin, brown 330ml bottle with painted front label and BB date on neck label. Poured into the logoed chalice glass that accompanied the gift pack.
A rich dark brown color with a thick tan head. Be careful because the foam keeps growing right out the top os the glass if you aren't careful. Head stays thick and puffy with thick sticky lace clinging to the glass. Lots of aroma, without one smell sticking out or being dominant. Dark fruits like plum or prune, berries, sweet and malty at the same time. Similar to a dark red wine. Flavor has a similar mix of fruits, raisin, plum. Sweetish, but still tart and clean on the tongue. The alcohol remains well hidden beneath all of the other flavor. Good carbonation keeps it light and refreshing even though it is filled with 'heavy' flavor. All of the qualities seem to improve as the beer warms up a touch.
Now that I have the proper glass, I will have to be buying more beer to fill it.

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

Poured into a glass from a 750 ml bottle, you get a big head right away, which dissolves quickly into persistent lacing. Color is a rich, dark brown until you hold to glass to a light -- and then you see shot of ruby.

Smells like it should -- a little malty, a little musty.

The taste wasn't as sweet as I was expecting. The malt flavor is right up front, as well as that sweetish tinge the Belgians do so well, but this had a nice, bitter hoppiness to balance things out. After a good mouthful, the sweet -- and a little spice -- was left on my tounge.

Mouthfeel? A touch more carbonation than I was looking for. Unexpected, but not bad.

I roared through the big bottle, on a warm, early-summer night. Very good stuff.

Photo of RedHaze
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, murky brown with a one finger head that rapidly fades to a spotty cap and ring, and leaves behind an adequate lacing.

Smell; lots of rich caramel malts and dark fruits (plums, raisins and some apples). There's almost a ginger snap spiciness as well as a touch of alcohol.

Taste; mmmm....plums, raisins, pears and apples all make a really nice appearance, along with a sweet and rich caramel maltiness. The ginger that I noted in the aroma came out in the flavor more than I was expecting, and there's a bit of lemon in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but the carbonation is a bit on the sharp side which hurts themouthfeel a bit.

Photo of dbalsock
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very solid brown, with a ton of head. A beautiful lacing occurs on the glass as it is imbibed.

Smell: Plums? Raisons! oh my, so fruity and enticing, a wonderful aroma.

Taste: It reminds me of raspberrys and chocolate, with other fruits kicking in. Some spices added to the mix too. As it warmed, however, the fruitiness kinda disappeared.

Mouthfeel: A little tart at first, and a tad bitter... this feels very strange on my palate considering how syrupy it is.

Drinkability: For something at 7.5% and so sweet, this is incredibly drinkable.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Corsendonk tulip glass. Best dated 2/14/07.

I have been waiting to try this for 6 months. Picked up a pair of these on a trip and was waiting for an excuse to pop the cork. I certainly wasn't dissapointed.

Poured a beautiful rich brown with a substantional creamy white head. Good retention. Good lacing. Very impressive in the glass.

Aroma of dark fruits and alcohol. Some malts and spiciness also come through.

Taste is of dark fermented fruit [plums/raisins] that jump out of the glass. Malts also come through and there is an underlying sweetness. Lightly dry at the end. Alcohol warmth throughout. Nicely balanced.

Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and nice carbonation that gives it good cleansing. Overall, a very nice dubbel. Very drinkable and is a nice social beer to sit around and talk with friends. Nicely matched my burger and fries. I am very glad I have another bottle in my beer fridge. Cheers!

Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice medium brown color. It left a mild and dry aftertaste in my mouth, maybe even a bit bitter of an aftertaste. Perhaps the reason I enjoy Corsendonk is because it is the first Belgian beer I ever drank (not this brown ale though, it was the pale ale) so I may be a bit biased towards it. It was introduced to me by a good friend. Plus the bottle just looks so damn cool! And the cork pops out just like a bottle of champaign upon opening it. POP! I am sorry, but bottles of beer with corks just kick ass! You know you can't go wrong with a beer that has a cork instead of a bottle cap! Corsendonk remains my favorite Belgian beer, although I enjoy the Pale Ale even more than the Brown Ale.

Eric

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit light in body, color, and zest but otherwise solid. Raison malt base is matched well with plums, apples, and biting yeasties that seem almost grape like. Simpler and lighter than most dubbels but damn tasty none the less. Very drinkable but this doesn’t blow e away like most of it’s fellow Belgian dubbels.

Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Flying Pig...
Appears a dark, murky brown with a thick, off white head that slowly fades out into a small film and gentle collar. Streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is bready, mildly sour, raisins, prunes, with an odd cork-ish stale aroma in there that catches me off guard.
Taste is of the same aromas. Mildly doughy with an odd prune fruit flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with wood tannins and mild tartness lingering in the back.

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

Had this beer in a tulip glass at the Alpharetta, GA Taco Mac.

A: Pours a ruby-brown with a very nice creamy off-white head (dang near 3 1/2 "). Lots of head retention, leaves a nice lace.

S: Musky and fruity with a bit of a bitter/sharp aroma

T: This beer has a quickly warming sweet flavor that has hints of nuts, malt, dark raisins, molasses, and some mild winter spices. It has a dry red wine bitterness that is actually pleasant. This makes a very good sipping beer.

M: Light to moderate body with a bit of carbonation bite.

D: Really nice Belgian beer. I've enjoyed this beer and their Xmas offering.

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

It looks like an opaque black, but when I hold it to the light I see hints of burgundy. It has a strong fluffy biege head.

A fruity scent, some alcohol, not a lot. It reminds me of cinnamon raison bread.

The malty cinnamon raison bread is in the taste first, with a lemony sour bite to follow. I picked up more bready roasted malts as I drank on, that finished with a bit of a ginger snap. This is very very nice.

It has a comforting, filling feel like a dopplebock, theres a warming alcohol there too.

Although the 750mL bottle is enough for one sitting. I'd definately want more of this in the future. Very nice.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bought from odies big ten in east lansing, michigan.
pours a deep mohogany with a pillowy off white head that fell in to a nice blanket.
the aroma is malty, rich, and raisony.
the flavor is malty, candy sugar, carmelized malt, raisons, little corriander, some citrus, mineriality.
the mouthfeel is a little watery.
beer is very drinkable, enjoyable, flavor is awesome. I seem to remember it having a bit more flavor.

Photo of Jredner
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of raisin, fruitcake, spice and a slightly off soapy aroma. ours a muddy amber with a two finger thick tan head. Tastes of spun brown sugar with bread pudding notes and warming alcohol. The flavor range and concentration could be better, but the base taste is good.

Photo of phisig137
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cork pops out of bottle with great vigor, and pours a muddy looking brown, with a thick cappucino head that slowly disappates. Thick lacing left on glass.

Aroma is somewhat odd. The usual malt, caramel, and sugar has an odd backdrop of rotten fruit, basement must, and stale hops.

The flavor here is a bit of a let down as well, Slightly sweet, but with minimal body. Under-ripe figs, and a bit of caramel is all I can really pick out. Think mouthfeel.

When I smelled it, I figured this bottled had cork taint and was oxidized. Upon drinking it, I seem to think that this is not the case, but that this is simply the way the beer is. It's not a dubbel in my mind, like the label says. It's almost as if a dubbel had been mixed with a gueze. Odd to say the least. Not unenjoyable, just not correct for the style at all.

Photo of OStrungT
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark red with a very thick, fluffy tan head. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a spicy, yeasty aroma. It smells clovey. I can detect the alcohol in the aroma, but only just slightly.

This beer has an alcohol like taste. The alcohol is not masked well. It tastes spicy. I can taste a slight smokey taste. It has a very slight floral hoppy flavor.

This beer is very highly carbonated. It is slightly hard to drink due to that. It leaves an aftertaste slightly like alcohol.

I think this beer might not be a very good session beer. Itis slightly high in alcohol, and the flavor is not all that great IMHO. I doubt I will try this one again.

Photo of slap
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml Bottle into a goblet.

This beer pours a very dark brown with hints of red when held up to a light. A very thick frothy head appears even with a careful pour.

The smell is mildy sweet with hints of fruit and malt. No one flavor jumps into my nose, overall a very mild smell.

The intial taste is smooth with no alcohol heat despite the 7.5 ABV. The mild flavor is a blend of malt, fruit (raisin?) and something dark. The finish is more dry than sweet with a little sour after taste. No heat on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium, very smooth. This beer goes down with little effort. Very high drinkability considering the ABV.

Overall a tasty beer, one I would drink again given the opportunity.

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

Served on tap in a .3L Unibroue tulip at Frisco's in Columbia.
Dark brown with some ruby highlights, and less than a finger of light tan head. Not much retention, but excellent lacing.

Clove accented malts on the nose, nothing much else.

Malt runs the showhere with just a splash of spices (maybe some cloves). Caramel, dark fruits, bread etc. The ABV was well hidden. Specifically ordered this one to keep the ABV light for the evening, was very surprised to see this number afterwards. Seemed very much like a subtle, well-done micro brew.

Medium bodied, leaving a coating on the tongue afterwards. Worth a few, but could use a little something.

Photo of bennetj17
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lucky to find this on tap, it has a medium tan head with nice lacing, color is dark brown, but with some reddish hues around the edge when viewed in the light. Smell is strong. Aroma of dark fruit malt, and belgian yeast. Mildly hoppy. Taste is suprisingly tangy and fruity. Licorice, raspberry, carmel, but ultimately more tart than sweet. Alcohol is not too apparent. Very smooth, medium thickness, goes down pretty well. It tastes very "freshh" from the tap, but I like a sweeter malt flavor in my Dubbel's. Overall very good...

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

Served at cellar temp from 75cL bottle in a wine glass on 1/13/06. My first Belgian! Vigorous explosion of cork popping out of bottle and beer overflowing everywhere. Rich brown hue the huge cream head that took several minutes to settle before glass could be filled more; 1-inch head remained throughout. Appearance was my favorite part of this beer.
Malty, sweet fruity aroma with medicinal (alcohol?) undertones.
Initial sweet maltiness that quickly is overwhelmed by medicinal flavor. This really took away from the enjoyment. To me, not very drinkable because of the medicinal flavor. Will have to try this again as well as other examples of this style before giving up on this beer.

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

Nice looking brown bottle with monochrome white print. Pours a deep reddish brown with a big fluffy head into a crappy cheap 'wine glass' in my hotel room, cause that's all I got!

Smell is pleasant, if a bit cloying. Strawberries, raisins, buttery malt, and some grapey-winey aspects.

Flavour is a bit lacking, actually. Malty with some slight hop bitterness. Somewhat medicinal, barest hint of something chocolatey in the background. Aftertaste is a bit bitter.

A very drinkable beer for the ABV, but nothing to write home about. Not worth the price paid, either.

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

Pours a dark brown with some dark red coming through when held up to a light. Had a rich, creamy, tan head with a solid lacing. The aroma is of yeast, strawberries, and other fruit. The taste was quite pleasant, I found many various things inside. Started off with some nuts and fig, finished dry with some vanilla and spice. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a strong carbonation, was also nice and creamy mouthfeel. This beer hides alcohol like it isn't even there, serve cool and notice differences as it warms.

Photo of Foxman
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a rich coffee brown that glints deep amber and ruby in the light. Several fingers of frothy light tan head erupt and remain just short of forever. A topography of lacing maps the inside of the glass.

The aroma swells berry sweet toasted malt along with clove, coriander, bananas, apples, and yeast. A mild vinous character winds about as well.

The first sip gives a glimpse of wine-like acidity that immediately blinks away to a mellow caramel malt sweetness, partnered with a creamy apple and fig duo. A splash of clovey spice dunks in the middle along with a dampening, rounded bitterness. A yeasty bread note comes through toward the close before a dry, vaguely bitter finish slide out. Alcohol was noticeably absent, allowing the flavors to blossom and blend.

Medium bodied, the elements mingle to lend a coating, creamy feel to the palate, along with a dry, pleasant glow.

what a fine, toasty accompaniment to the first game of wild card weekend. In spite of limited evidence of the ABV, it warms sweetly and delivers a a treat to the senses. The well-blended flavor and voerall pleasant experience make this a joy to drink. Simply, it's a classic that delivers as it should.

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

Not the prettiest beer I've ever seen, but certainly interesting.
The colour is that of a very dull over ripened orange peel, the head is huge...over two full fingers of thick retentive light tan foam.
The body is medium.
A thin aroma of the darker fruits.
The taste of raisins is the lead with a strong presence of plum and a citrus like grapefruit to end.
This brew leaves you very dry, however I find little evidence of the high ABV in this product.

Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
90 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.