Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Ratings: 1,016
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 40
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001)
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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.

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

Nice. Pours a deep dark brown with red, almost plum notes in the little light escaping my glass. Thick frothy brown head, which didn't last, but left decent lace on the tulip.

Sweet, dark fruits, touch of yeastiness and a dark spice I can't quite place. Nice aroma.

Broader malt flavour than I expected, with a touch of bitterness. The fruit and spice are still present, but subdued. Tasty, but not outstanding.

Smooth, well balanced, and fairly light on the palate, with a dry finish. A good beer.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and a thick, creamy tan of the nicest looking dubbels. Aroma is authentically belgian with spices (corriander, clove and pepper), phenols, dark candy sugar and some fruity yeast aromas. The taste however is a bit of a letdown, flavors of spices (corriander, clove, pepper, anise), moderate phenols, light sugars, slightly fruity yeast character...feels watered down. Too spiced and phenoliic witout enough of a malt character to balance. Mouthfeel is medium full, with light carbonation and drinkability is ok also.

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

bought this bottle a little over a year ago and have stored it safely since then. best by 2007.
deep brown color; no light show through. thick resilient tan head. I wish it showed a little more when held to the light. smells of yeast! and chocolate malt. tastes like chocolate. really yummy, smooth, sweet yeast and malt and lots of milk chocolate. very enjoyable.

Photo of rousee
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok--is it a dubbel or a brown ale ? Reminds me more of a dubbel. But who cares. The pour is brown as described, hint of ruby or garnet at bottom of chalice. The huge head of brown foam makes pouring this beer something that requires a little attention. Not much lace to speak of. I am scoring average for appearance because of the standard by which an abbey ale must be judged. It is avg for that.

Smell is somewhat average also. All the Belgian beers I ever had before were more fragrant than this one. Still smells good though just not a stand out for this style.

It has a very nice mix of sourness like a flemish red with just enough malt and floral hop combination to make it quite tasty. Problem is --for this style, nothing too special.


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

The cork exited the bottle with a minimun of effort. Poured a medium brown color with tannish chunky head that refused to be confined to the glass. Smell is a nice dark fruitiness(raisins, plums, prunes) and very enjoyable. Taste is a dark maltiness combined a creamy texture. Finished slighly dry, yet refreshing. Good drinkability. Was a nice pairing with grilled pork chops, but I prefer the pale ale.

Photo of horshack7
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml brown bottle with a cork with a wire cage around it.

Appearance: Pours more of an dark amber than brown but had a very frothy head and great head rentention.

Aromas: Dried fruits raisen notes and chocolate malt notes.

Taste: Raisens are rather eveident sligtly smokiness with chocolate malts.

Notes: This one is one of the most unique beers that I have ever had. Certainly a remarkable beer. Cheers!

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had in the bottle from the Kinsale in downtown Boston, Mass. Poured from the 12oz. brown bottle into a toulip glass the beer was a dark amber/brown color with a slight syrup tinge to it. A thick three-finger slighty off white head blossomed up from the pour line on the glass. Some moderate lacing on the glass throughout the sample.

The smell was somewhat dark roasted malt with some faint nut and fig. Also noticed molasses, caramel, and toffee in the nose.

The taste was slightly light and nutty with a very decent malty backbone and a slightly hoppy finish. Toffee apparent in the taste with softer flavors of caramel and maple syrup. Slightly fruitty near the end of the sample with darker undertoned of raison and fig apparent.

Moderate mouthfeel with an even coat of the palate and moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable and deceiving for its 7.5% ABV. Enjoyable, smooth, and balanced. One I'll be back to soon.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The cork pops off the 750ml bottle like champagne and creates a head that almost immediatly fills the glass; probably due to bottle conditioning and a warm serving temp. A vanilla cream colored head finally settles, and a cloudy, copper mahogany beer forms leaving modest lacing. Sweet dark fruits, apple, pale malt, and hints of floral hops in the nose. The flavor is dominated by plum, raisin, and lightly toasted special B malt, followed by a citrus spice and a gentle, drying hop bitterness. Medium bodied and evenly carbonated. Finishes yeasty and mild, but a lingering residual sweetness reminds you this is for sipping, with a taste meant to savor, and a rare smoothness.

Photo of elricorico
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown colour with a thick tan head that stays thick. From bottle to glass this is an attractive beer.

The smell that stands out is overripe apple. Beyond that there is a bit of berry, but nothing else sticks out. There is a dryness to the smell somewhat reminiscent of wine.

Taste starts out with rich dark fruits, sweet but not overly so. A light mix of raisin and berries. The finish consists of tart apple and a touch of alcohol warmth. The taste improves as it warms, softening up the sharp edges but expanding on the flavours.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with a fair level of carbonation. Nice, and it improves as it stands and the carbonation settles.

At first I was unimpressed with this beer, I was thinking it was just another run of the mill belgian. Now though, as I reach the bottom I've got to say that I find this a very pleasant brew. It seems very sensitive to temperature, if you have the luxury of a cellar, definitely drink this one without further chilling.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amberish brown color with a 3 finger light tan head that falls to a very healthy coating over top. The nose is nice, with a brown sugary sweetness, slight orangepeel and spiceyness. Very nice balance. The flavor is right there as well. Brown sugar, light raisin and moderate spiceyness. Very nice. The feel is super smooth, with a moderate feel. Very very enjoyable for the senses. Overall, I am very impressed with this brew. Nothing at all to pick at at all. I dig it.

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

From bottle poured into chalice. Appearance is an earthy brownish/red with a 1" inch head that slowly dissapates leaving no lacing. Scent is prominently caramel malt with hints of dried fruit. Taste was much like the scent with an emphasis on sweet malts and dark ripe fruit thought i also detected a bit of apple on the finish. Mouthfeel was good and tingly with lots of carbonation. Overall, this is not the best belgian brown but nor is it the worse. It was also high in acidity so i don't think that i would seek it out unless i had limited belgian choices, though it could pair well with foods that would mellow the acidity (such as certain soft-ripened cheeses).

Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one o the first Beligian's I tried and i keep going back to it. I love the deep brown coloration the thich white head and I love the rich brow-chestnut color. the lacing left by the head as it retreats down the sides of my Corsendok Pokal.

Then there is the smell - the ripe fruit - sweet dates, figs, raisins and musty earth.

The taste is rich sweet malt and slightly sour witha faint vegetal hop and alcohol finish.

It feels slick in the mouth as the fruity aftertaste dissipates.

Very Drinkable!

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Drank from an 12 oz bottle, poured into Delirium Tremens chalice.

Appearance: Dark orange brown, with beige foamy head.

Smell: Sweet dubbel smell, slightly bready yeasty with esters.

Taste: Very good, very sweet. Maybe sweeter than I prefer, but not as far as a Rocheforte...

Notes: Easily available from several locations in Columbus. This one was a gift from a coworker (thanks Matt). Paired with fig newtons (sorry, can't stand cheeses).

Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
90 out of 100 based on 1,016 ratings.