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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale

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943 Ratings

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Ratings: 943
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 33
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk visit their website

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 OldFrothingSlosh


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

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with screened graphics and best by date on paper ring around the neck.

Appearance: WARNING: Do not pour this beer quickly. Monster head after a slight pour with this one. Once it calmed down, I was able to s-l-o-w-l-y fill my glass. A brownish-amber color in appearance with a coffee-colored (did I mention BIG) head that quickly settles down and behaves itself...until you pour more in. Then it foams up big time again.

Smell: At first, I though it might be soured, but it's really almost all fruit. Green apples...and a tart sweetness that is really different.

Taste: Very fruity as well. Tart sweetness makes for a somewhat unpleasant flavor. Not much to balance this flavor out. The taste got a little better as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: Very active carbonation and the puckering tartness made for a different, though pleasing, mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I wasn't really fond of this one. It was OK, but something about it just didn't sit well with me. I didn't find myself wanting to drain the glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 15:51:04 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of beergeek279


4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Corsendonk Brown poured a dark brown (as expected). The smell was heavily malty. This beer had a fairly heavy taste, almost more like a stout.......still, an enjoyable taste all in all. The mouthfeel was very heavy, heavier than most other dubbels. This could be a fairly enjoyable beer to have a few of, although with summer coming up probably somewhat less so. All in all, a beer I'd certainly have again!

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2003 21:00:34 | More by beergeek279
Photo of philipt

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super appearance. Bown with a reddish glow to it, and a potentially masive off-white head that has little lacing effect. An extremely fruity beer, apple cider and some grape-like flavors to name the most dominant. This ale is sweet, with some alcohol spice to balance, but not much more than feint hops action. Highly carbonated and sweet mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 19:25:30 | More by philipt
Photo of AtrumAnimus


4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beauty pours a near perfect brown with deep hints of amber. The head is lively and tan with a loudly popping foam head that slows as it settles and becomes thicker, longer lived eventually settling out to a shaving cream like consistency. The Nose is wonderful; Hoppy sweet malt with hints of spice and pine, savor it.

The Taste is excellent as well with a dryer taste than the nose that is well balanced with mid level hoppiness that settles off and leaves a sweeter malt aftertaste. The taste is busy and complex with smooth transitions, very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 16:56:12 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of BeerResearcher


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

One of the nicest colors in a beer...fun to examine. Sort of a cloudy root beer/plum/teak with a nice off-white head which fades, but remains as a thin cover then reveals a runny lace. Fun to examine! The aroma is complex with a yeasty clove dominating and citrus, herbal malt and alcoholic fragrances coming into play. Medium bodied with a slightly oily feel and citrus bitterness is noticeable. Wood-pressed apple cider comes to mind.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 19:22:39 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of goindownsouth


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

Thsi is indeed a "cult classic." Corsendonk is one of my favorite Belgian breweries. This brew is indicative of what they offer, A very spicey and nutty aroma and flavor, the appearance is something to behold, in all of its deep, dark brown glory. Well with the cost to try. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 09:38:49 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of Darkale


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

Typically Belgian foamy head, hissing and fizzy and hard to contain. Aroma is spicy and peppery, and the color is mahogany brown. The head is very resilient, taste (like the aroma) is spicy and peppery, with an echo of malt. Interesting mix of sweetness and spice. I find myself coming back to this beer -- I'm editing this review many months after I first wrote it. This is becoming one of my favorite dubbels.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2003 17:54:40 | More by Darkale
Photo of Scooter77


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

The first thought that came to mind when I poured this was, “It’s Alive!” Upon initial pouring a huge, thick off-white froth arose from my glass. It took what seemed like an eternity for it to die down, leaving a nice 1/2-inch head. Moderate lace was left on the sides. Aromas of raisins, cherries, plums, and malts with hints of chocolate emerged from underneath the foam. The taste matched the aromas quite well, leaving a clean, dry finish. All of the flavors were exceptionally balance with minimal bitterness. I, definitely, can’t wait to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 04:25:14 | More by Scooter77
Photo of cretemixer


3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brown in color, almost opaque. The head is almost overflowing my tulip glass. It's ivory in color, frothy and fed by strong carbonation keeping it at about 1/4 inch.
Sweet aroma, fruity with alcohol present. Citrus rind and yeast too.
Taste is tart and sweet, slightly vinous. I taste raisins and alcohol with a bitter chocolate taste as the beer warms. It finishes dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste.
Body is nice and the beer is well carbonated. I may seek this one out again, but there are others out there of this style I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2003 19:34:12 | More by cretemixer
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

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

Hazy brown with a coarse, tan head. Smells like sour green apples and white raisins baked in butter and spiced with cinnamon. The taste is along the same likes with additional flavors of yeast and, toasted grains. The carbonation was a bit too prickly for me, but I’ll live. Somehow a clean, acidic bite was able to cut through the brew without being out of place or inappropriate. Tasty beer that I always enjoy enjoy going back to every now and again.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 18:34:33 | More by yen157
Photo of nomad


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

I like its "holy name", Pater Noster. A rubyish chestnut color, like a ruddy brown that is almost transparent. The head is slightly brown, incredibly foamy and hard. Soft but strong and steady lace.

Nose is smoky, a chalky smoke flavor that comes over the fruity base which a raisin and yeasty one. Almost like a doppelbock in the balance of sweet, sour, and flowery; the missing part is the wheaty background. Like a thin dubbel is this “brown ale”, as a raisiny flavor is active on the tongue, with a slightly sweet tart fruit up front of tongue and mouth. Can taste the alcohol slightly. No real bitterness but plenty of tart sourness that is toned down slightly by the malt.

A good brew, they have on tap at my local watering hole all the time. An easy one to fall back on when needing a dark brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 17:14:34 | More by nomad
Photo of Scoats


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

12oz bottle. This one isn't too expensive for a Belgian bottle. It was $6.50 at Eulogy. This one was very nice after two Lindemans Framboises and exactly what I wanted. I would say it is true to the Belgian Brown Ale style, very similar to Kwak, the end tastes especially. Like Kwak, the carbination, which starts off mild and kicks in late, is very strange to my American taste buds. I like strange. This is definitely a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 05:12:31 | More by Scoats
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West Virginia

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

Says is best enjoyd before 5 -12-02 n the label, from a 12oz. non-corked bottle. It pours with a hazy deep reddish brown with a pink toned creamy head. The aroma is still delivers a smokey great nose of apple, fig, raisins, and possibly other fruits. Very sweet in the aroma not a lot of hop character there. The taste is a little stale, and I am going to get another bottle. It is still enjoyable, but the flavors are not present which usually are in this abbey ale. The fruity sweetess is all there with some spicy kick to it, but it has mellowed and become much smoother a very drinkable creamy robust mouthfeel is still here. However the drinkabiltiy of this beer unless you have it on tap is kind of low due to the fact that it's flavors are so complex. I love this beer, and the first time I had it was at Fuel and Fuddle where the bartender gaves us a free 750 ml corked bottle, and that day my friends and I learned what beer is capable of. A very smooth and creamy flavor that goes down much too easy for the alcohol in this somewhat aged beer. Not my favorite beer, but definitely one that I found full respect for due to the lesson it served to my palate of being so complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 14:56:57 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of UncleJimbo


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

Presentation: 11.15 oz amber bottle, marked on the neck "This ale best enjoyed before 30/10/98 LOTNR: 1096". (Note: I found this at a local liquor store, and they gave it to me for 99 cents when I pointed out the expiration date.)

Appearance: Hazy, brown, with moderate white foam that settled fairly quickly.

Smell: Nice, malty aroma, with hints of caramel, and a very, very faint aroma of fruit (apples, pears).

Taste: Initially sharp/sour, but then mellows to a malty flavor, with some oak, figs, and caramel. Some taste of yeast. Very little hops noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, a bit sharp, and a slightly tart aftertaste.

Drinkability: Good. This bottle may have been a bit too old. I will review a fresher bottle when I get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 20:59:10 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of shirfan

New York

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

mmmm... this poured with a huge, just off-white head that actually sloped away from the side of the glass I poured it on. Almost overflowed a 20-oz coca-cola shaped glass. Smells sweet, juicy, like an apple pie with currants.

Appearance is a wonderfully filthy brown color, as I poured it swirled around with muddy streamers and finally settled to a very murky tea color.

Taste is incredibly complex... very sweet and fruit-tasting. I got tones of apples, prunes, and brown sugar. The antithesis to an IPA; almost no hops flavor to be detected, but very, very, tasty. It's better at room temperature or just slightly chilled...so many flavors working together, this is a beer to rival granny's best baked goods.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 18:50:12 | More by shirfan
Photo of goz


3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy copper color, huge off-white head which slowly diminished to leave strong lace. Aroma is yeaty, doughy, bready. Flavor is quite sweet and fruity - raisin, cotton candy, and a slight bubblegum and banana in there. Very tingly mouthfeel. There are many Belgian ales that far surpass this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 07:16:08 | More by goz
Photo of jackndan


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale: In the big 750 ml bottle, with a cork on top. Served as part of the big Christmas celebration, the consensus of the group was that this was less satisfying than the Allagash double. When I poured it vigorously into the chalice, I managed to generate some head, but it was rather thin and did not last too long. This beer was dominated by malts, which tasted to me anyway, like a bowlful of raisons. This beer simply had too much dried/sweet flavor for me. Left a sweet and warming alcohol trace in its wake. If it was up to me, I’d go with the Allagash, not that this was not a fine beer, but I thought the Allagash was better.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2002 09:43:20 | More by jackndan
Photo of allboutbierge


4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A complete orgy of taste on your tongue. This brew is truly a work of art. Tastes of raisins are prominent while strong notes of cherries, spices, and about a million other flavors. My palate is not very experienced and I fear this review may not do it justice. This brew is that complex! 7.5 abv offers a nice mellow feeling to compliment its seemingly limitless number of flavors.
This is the favorite beer of my buddy who is a brew assistant at West Virginia Brewery and he gave me one to try one day. All I could say was WOW...
The mouthfeel is solid but nothing exceptional. Though its taste is its strongpoint they also detract from its drinkability somewhat.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 00:45:13 | More by allboutbierge
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4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing! I've never had a beer quite like this. Corsendonk pours a beautiful white head that is one of the largest I've seen in a beer to date, and it stays very carbonated throughout the glass. The taste is frustratingly complex. It's frustrating because it's nearly impossible to place all the flavors. What I detected was mainly cherry and apple with about a million other fruit and malt flavors. This is definitely one of the beers that can hold their own against fine wine anyday. It's actually more complex than most of the wine I've had. All I can say is go out and get your piehooks on a bottle of this ASAP.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 17:34:16 | More by HossMcGraw
Photo of DerKaiser


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

Pours a dark leathery brown color with a fluffy tan head. Very aromatic with scents of ripe apples, pears, and yeast.

Corsendonk's flavor jumps right out front. I immediately taste apples, raisins, with hints of citrus. It feels light in the mouth and the carbonation provides nice bite, almost spicy. More subdued flavors emerge further back, caramel sugars, yeast, and port wine.

Complex and really enjoyable beer. Another reason why I keep coming back to the Belgian styles.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2002 23:33:37 | More by DerKaiser
Photo of stingo


4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While served cold, the flavor of this beer was good, if narrow/focused. Allowing it to warm brought out a much richer, vibrant, slightly caramel taste, though oddly enough it only seemed to stimulate the forward taste buds. This is why I scored the mouthfeel a 3.5, but don't let that dissuade you from trying Abbey Brown Ale out, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2002 04:11:16 | More by stingo
Photo of purplehops


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

Being a Corsendonk fan imagine my joy of finding it on tap north of Boston. It poured a nice chestnut-brown with a tan head. When I picked up the glass (it was a Corsendonk glass) I almost got frostbite. Served as cold as a lager. After holding it between my hands for ten minutes it began to give off wonderful floral and fruit notes. Plum describes this aroma very well. The taste started to come around to that nice malty - orange peel flavor with under tones of alcohol and spice once it was above 50`F. Sadly by this time it had lost the effervescence of its rich yeasty head. The richness of Corsendonk's complexity from its yeasty head and spicy malt was lost. What should have been a 5 was reduced to a 4 due to inept serving. Such a shame. It was still a good ale but should have been a great ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2002 11:58:07 | More by purplehops
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New Hampshire

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

This is the 2nd bier from the 'Donk line I've tried. Poured into a Raspscallion goblet, it had a tantalizing brownish-ruby color. A big, tan 1" head was produced; it was a bubbly head, too, not a fine, tight one, leaving decent lacing in the goblet. Taking a whiff or 2, I got lots of very dark fruit aromas, perhaps raisins and cherries, and malty sweetness. Quite nice, though not too complex. Body was medium, but it was very carbonated and airy on the tongue. It still went down well, though. Flavors I encountered were malty sweetness, candi-sugar, yeasty notes, and plenty of dark, ripe fruit. Again, not overly complex but quite pleasant nonetheless!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 09:37:54 | More by Bierman9
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours with an immense, towering long lasting light tan head, settling over hazy, tawny ruby colored liquid featuring a powerfully active carbonation. The nose is malty & chocolatey with notes of dark fruit in the back. Has a taste reminiscent of Port wine, with hints of chocolate, malty sweetness and estery yeast fruitiness all tasted. Finishes sweet with a slight tang and dark fruit notes...a superbly crafted abbey style dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2002 17:37:03 | More by beerluvr
Photo of Gusler


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

Pleasant deep brown color on the pour with a benevolent light brown head, oodles of lace which clings mightily to the glass. The nose is fruity, plums, over ripe apples maybe. Front sweet, malt laden with the top moderate in mouth feel, the finish is middling in carbonation, tart, sparingly hopped which leads to a droughty aftertaste, well worth a sample and a quite decent drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2002 06:15:37 | More by Gusler
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