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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Ratings: 1,034
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 49
Gots: 94 | 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 cooter
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of jhu1995
3.01/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TPSReports
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ADR
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beersarang
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BrewMaven
2.12/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Wonka
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.

Photo of Suds
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.

Photo of acrawf6
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.

Photo of kosmoraios
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.

Photo of beertastegood
4.02/5  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.

Photo of pootz
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of karst
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.

Photo of carln26
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of gimmehead
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of kegerator
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.

Photo of Stimack
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!

Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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