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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: 44
Gots: 86 | 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 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.

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

Corked and caged 750, best before 4/11/06. Poured into a tulip.

Cork shot like a rocket. A small amount of gush. A careful pour left me with a tall foamy head of light tan over mahogany. Nice retention and thick layered lace.

Raisins, spices, sweet malts, and fruity yeast. A pinch of dusty hop leaf hangs in the back.

Tastes very malty with some ctric zest, sugars, a dash of cocoa into a brief warming sensation during a dry finish. Full mouth with enough carbonation to wash away the oils. Very drinkable. One of the better belgians that's easy to find.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very touchy head that will foam up really fast if you're not careful. It has a very light scent that is sweet. You can really smell the alcohol in this beer. This beer is loaded with different flavors. The flavors hit my mouth from all different directions. A range of flavors from Plum to chocolate to a hint of apple. After 30 minutes it made my body temperature rise and I felt very warm. It feels nice and fizzy on my tongue. The fizzyness makes the beers flavors release very fast and you have to be ready. I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of claytri
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a creamy cloudy brown with fine tan head. The aroma was purely of good malt. The taste was sweet malt with a touch of toasted malt, and then a wonderful tart finish. The feel is heavy and dry. This is a really good beer, I could drink this anytime.

Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best enjoyed before 21/04/06.

A: Orange-brown, pours with a rediculous amount of creamy, off-white head. Lots of head retention, leaves a nice lace. Who could ask for more?

S: Fruity, a little solventy.

T: Fruity, bready, a little raisin and prune. The yeast sediment is quite bitter, with a licorous flavour.

M: Light to moderate body is slightly creamy, HIGHLY carbonated.

D: Awesome, considering it's strength.

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

I had this beer at Shakespeare's in Kalamazoo, MI, by way of reference.

Brown bottle, with the lable printed/painted right on the bottle. It had a clear "use-by" date around the neck, if I recall.

It poured into the glass with a huge, massive frothy head, in the ballpark of 4 or 5 inches. I couldn't even fit the whole 12oz. bottle in the 16 oz. glass at first pour! The beer itself was a dark nutty brown with maybe a hint of red. Look and smelled exciting.

Big hops smell up front, but mostly a clean beery smell. Clean is the word that keeps coming to mind. Maybe I caught a hint of darkly-toasted malt in it.

The beer was strong in taste; nothing subtle. It was a mix of strong hops and toasty, nutty malt character. The hops didn't linger, as the nuttiness took over. Some deep fruit was present too, like apples.

Medium body to this beer, mild carbonation. Very very drinkable.

Photo of redteg02
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: very dark brown with thick offwhite head that recides down to a ring around the glass

Smell: not horrible but a strong alcoholic smell. small hints of nuts are hidden underneith.

Taste: nice nutty flavor with a hint of alcohol in the back. a little bit carbonated but it hides the alcohol well.

Photo of stevecee2003
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: From a european style 12 oz. bottle, with a clear "use by" date on the collar label. Pours with a MASSIVE head. At least 4-inches by my measure. Be careful as it may overflow. But very quickly it begins to settle in.

Appearance: A beautiful mahogany color with light and dark reds involved. A wonderful lace fills the sides. This looks exciting!

Smell: Lots of things going on in the nose, and thats not bad. Hints of apple, and slightly burnt hops.

Taste: A bit of a "hard" taste, which can be taken as hoppiness. But it's good! There's chocolate in there. It feels warm. A nice smooth feel in the mouth. A nice mix. Goes great with cheese! I think I may like this beer, although expensive.

Photo of danielharper
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayetteville, TN.

Pours a wonderful brown caramel color with a thick foamy head to top it off. I can only pour about half of this beer at a time into my snifter, due to the head beginning to overpower the liquid. The foam is so thick it even forms on the inside of the bottle during the pour. Very nice appearance.

Aroma is pleasant, with a Belgian funkiness from the yeast up front and a nice nutty background to balance it out. I don't usually like brown ales, but the Belgian character gives it a bit more oomph, and adds quite a bit to the overall experience.

Taste has a certain sour flavor at the top, largely I suppose due to the Belgian yeast, with some sweetness to the finish and to the aftertaste. As the beer warms, I find that it has a slightly more astringent quality due to the relatively high alcohol -- I tend to like these better slightly colder, so as to "warm up" to the flavors. Reminds me a little bit of a slightly sour Delirium Nocturnum.

Mouthfeel is thick and luxurious here, with a nice coating to the palate after every sip. Carbonation low enough not to bother the tongue, but high enough to give a nice bite. Good.

I like this beer just fine, but it's not really an everyday drink for me. I'll drink 'em from time to time, but there are plenty of other Belgians I like better.

Photo of woemad
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz (a little odd for a Euro beer) bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew for $3.91. Have often seen this, but have never purchased it until now. I consumed this at the conclusion of the Seahawks-Cowboys game. Go 'Hawks!

Poured a dark brown that takes on a rubyish tinge when held up to the light. Huge, glorious, rocky off-white head that just wouldn't go away. Lots of lace left on the sides of my St.Bernardus goblet. One of the best looking beers I've seen in a long time.

Smell was iinitially of apples, mild spices and yeast. As it warms up the fruitiness takes on more depth with a slight cherry taste, and nicely complements the bready yeastiness, mild spiciness and an equally mild sweetness.

Though this won't replace St.Bernardus Abt 12 as my favorite Belgian, this is pretty damn tasty. The mildly sweet, mildly tart fruitiness is the most noticeable aspect of the flavor, with a tart, Granny Smith apple flavor especially revealing itself. There is also a mild spiciness in the background. The finish is a pleasingly dry one. This is not as sweet as some Belgian beers I've quaffed, but it is refreshing and complex nonetheless.

This is medium bodied, with a typical amount of carbonation for the style that makes it seem less substantial than it is.

This is a very tasty and complex beer, and makes an excellent football victory beer. If my team had lost (along with EWU, UW and WSU), I'd have probably fell upon something crappy on hald, like the Blue Boars currently in my fridge (a new good beer is a waste when I'm pissed off). Instead, I was able to bask in the joy of victory and the pleasure of quaffing a new beer that was damn good. I will definitely keep this one in mind whenever I am looking for a yummy Belgian dubbel.

Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
90 out of 100 based on 1,029 ratings.