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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: 45
Gots: 87 | 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 Andreji
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And yet another one of my Christmas belgians, a rare treat in Colombia.

Pours a dark and considerably opaque brownish-red with a considerable tannish head (maybe it was the remaining pressure from the air travel).

The nose was full of fruityness with a background malty sensation that guaranteed it be sweet. The taste combined perfectly with some subtle and very pleasant sweetness combined with a full bodied fruityness , mostly cherryish, and a hint of alcohol in every sip as a complement to it. Very nice brew.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, best before June 24, 06 (24/06/06) on neck label.
Pours a muddy-Colorado-river-water reddish brown, with a 2” creamy, light caramel colored head.

Head recedes slowly to a thin cap.
Spotty lacing.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, (raisins, plums) malty with a little milk chocolate (whoppers candy).

Lively mouth-feel.

Flavor does not quite come together tho. It has a mix of sweet fruits, sourdough bread, bitter citrus pith, but it just doesn’t seem to be balanced.
Maybe the bottle is too young. If this ages a bit and the flavors blend a little more, it might resemble the Corsendonk I remember from a couple of years ago.

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

Pours a dark redish brown color with a thick bubbly head that lasts for most of the beer. Smells sweet with some carmel hints. The first taste almost tastes like blood in the back of your throat, but after that it is all good from there on out. Reminds me of fresh apple cider with some spice and sweeter fruit flavors. Very drinkable and gets better as you finish the glass. Not too many beers I have had that get better the further you get into it. Enjoyable, just a little on the pricey side, $12 for a 4 pack.

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

Very neutral, session ale. Mates liked it, though thought it sweeter than I did. Nice light brown colour abnd good retained head and lace. Balanced malt, carmel and orange and spot of chocolate and fig and spicy and tangy cherry, and raisin. Very drinkable. Soft spice, easy yeast. Medium mouthfeel. Good with fish.

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a bit nervous as the best before date is 06/09/04. It should hold up though. Pours out a cloudy brown color with a huge tan head that doesn't seem to last. Very creamy head as well. The smell is sweet like molasses. Extremely bubbly, they don't seem to stop. Taste is a bit of a mix of sweet and sour. Aftertaste has just a hint of some floral or hoppy. Doesn't seem to be as well balanced as I expected. Flavors just kind of hit you all over the place. I would try this again, maybe in the 750ml bottle.

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

750ml bottle, which I've had in my wine fridge for 2 years. Served at 55F in a wide chalice glass.

Appearance: Dark mahogany, creamy tan head.

Aroma: Yeasty, spicy aroma, with caramel notes. A little musty corkiness in there too.

Flavor/Body: Highly fruity (raisins, dried plums), slight caramel sweetness, and a bready flavor and, oddly, mouthfeel. A touch of medicinal clove flavors. Finish is slightly bitter, piquantly acidic, and a little musty. Body is medium, less than one expects from the strength, often the case with Belgian ales.

Not a highly complex dubbel, but tasty and quite drinkable. I was hoping for a little more interesting flavors to develop with age, but it doesn't seem much changed from the taste when young.

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

Crazily carbonated ruddy bronze. This is one of those 'gentle pour' beers if one wishes to avoid disaster. The pour filled the glass with foam for a beat or two and then the beer made its appearance at the bottom edge. The stiff, unsticky head looks like a king's crown with the rounded dome of the king's head still in it. Each addition of beer to the glass shoots foam to the top edge where it threatens to overflow. Lively little sucker.

Belgian yeastiness overpowers all else in the nose, but I can still appreciate gently toasted malt and spice; specifically clove with a pinch of cinnamon for good measure. Have I gotten used to the sour, spicy smackdown that is Belgian yeast? Tough to say, but I might be getting there.

The flavor is sweet, sour and fruity. My hope is that the metallic character fades quickly (it does). The fruitiness is along the lines of fermented Granny Smith apples with a light dusting of ground clove. The mouthfeel is medium in heft, but feels lighter than air thanks to all the dissolved gas.

This is a tough call. Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale certainly wears its heart on its sleeve. It's unabashedly, unapologetically Belgian and will brook no fence sitters. All right, I just jumped off the fence to the 'like it' side. Does this mean that my card to the 'Ambivalent About Belgians Club' will be revoked?

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, what an explosive 750ml bottle, the cork almost ripped my arm off as I opened it. The beer pours a brilliantly clear deep amber color. The ample carbonation keeps a light tan colored head afloat atop the beer. The aroma is bready and sweet, with notes of caramel, plums, and raisin. The taste is a mixture of sweet and tart (though not in the sense of a sour ale) and highly carbonated. The finish is rich and malty with lingering notes of sherry, and caramel. There is a bit of funky Belgian character here, it contributes a rich fruitiness (plum, fig, and raisin), a light spicy character, as well as a light musty type character, that may be more a function of age. This is certainly and enjoyable beer, it is perhaps a little soft and fruity, but not so much that it detracts. I definitely recommend trying this beer.

Photo of Paddez
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky, dark orange beer with a huge, foamy head. A real sucker to pour, so to say. The smell is sweet, fruity and contains some hints of malts and caramel. The taste is nice but not as exciting as the smell, fruity, spicy with some bitterness near the beginning and a vague taste of nuts near the end.
The alcohol has a warming effect, wich I found quite suprising as it's only 7,5% ABV. The carbonation is good, although it's maybe just a little bit too fizzy.

Definitely an enjoyable beer but probably not something I'd like to drink every day. Certainly intresting for a dubbel though.

Photo of mmn531
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a wonderful orange-ish brown color with a 2 finger head that lingered through half of the glass.
The initial smell was fruity in nature.
First sip started with a slight bitterness and fell to a warm spicy apple aftertaste that left me wanting more.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability are good.

Give this one a try.

Photo of tjd25
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even poured with care, the beer produced a huge head, silky and velvety, very smooth and lasting. Like in a foam party. Very nice mahogany color body. The smell is quite sweet and fruity, with apple like in apple beignets, with some caramelized sugar. Maybe some freshly-cut grass too, very aired and fresh. The taste adds to the great sweetness of cooked in dough apples a chocolaty deepness with notes of toast, of wood and of citrus. Some lemony seltzer water notes have fun biting the tongue while the body itself is full and enjoyably round. A grassy and citric hoppiness adds to the complexity of the brew. The mouthfeel is very pleasing too, very smooth, just creamy enough to be perfectly smooth and drinkable. Tha'ts a good beer, and one I wouldn't mind being forced to drink for a whole night, or even more.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a caged and corked bottle, cool.

Medium brown with a big, soapy head.

Aroma full of sweetness and fruits, especially apples.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Some bitterness up front that mixes with a sour cherry flavor. A slight alcohol flavor is noticable with a weak spiciness. Lambic-like flavors shine through as well. Finishes with a weak sourness.

A new kind of brown ale. BA says it's a dubbel, kind of strange. An enjoyable beer, but not something I'd buy regularly.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: Just as I removed the metallic protection piece on top of the cork and went to get a glass, the cork popped out and beer started to poured from the bottle – this is already an exciting beer. Quickly poured a glass of dark and hazy brown beer with huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma is mostly comprised of spices with some subtle notes of malt and yeast. Taste is more spicy then what I’m used for an Abbey Dubbel but I still very much enjoyed that one, I would have appreciated a bit more roastiness though. Carbonation is perfect and body is above average.

Photo of horndecker
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a deep cloudy ruby red, mmmm. Head exploded into a nougat colored mountain of froth that nearly overwhelmed the goblet, even with a gentle pour. Proceed with caution. Rocky and persistant.

Smell is vegetal, fruity, HEY that's pineapple! Then prunes, musty. Nice. After it warms up a bit a note of cabbage presides, with burnt caramel edging in. Cabbage and caramel? It's actually a pleasant combo.

The first sip is so very comforting, warming and welcoming. Wonderful mouthfeel and a nice balance of a multitude of flavors. It's dry, but there's a lot of fruit up front. Port-like character.
Very active carbonation. Makes a nice fizzy buzz in the mouth. And the head stills lingers.
Very nice.

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

This beer pours a nice deep brown color with a good tan head that disolves a little too quickly. Smell was decent. Mostly sweet malts with a dark fruit accent. The taste was good. Mostly malty and dark fruit..plums and raisin. Good mouthfeel and good drinkability. Worth a try.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely interesting brew. Unlike anything I have ever had before. It poured a dark brown like a really strong tea. Not the reddish brown I was expecting. Beautiful, consistent two finger head that stayed put for some time. This stuff just looks like it should be in an advert or commercial or something. Beautiful pour. The smell is very close to cranberry juice. Yes, I said cranberry juice. Maybe a tiny bit of malt, perhaps a few other things are very slightly noticeable. Overall, however, this stuff smells to me, alot like cranberry juice. Very intersting. The taste is a bit dry; a bit woody; very satisfying (I seem to think so, anyway). There is a definate fruitiness hiding in there somewhere, but I can't quite pick it out. The mouth feel is nice. A bit on the carbonated side, but not too much so. Overall, this stuff is absolutely fantastic! Brilliant!

Photo of Crosling
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Interesting and lovely aroma, with notes of spruce, juniper, raisins, tree bark and cherry syrup.

Malt accented with notes of port, raisins, chocolate, ripe cherries and twigs. The finish is very dry with caramel and candy sweetness. This seems a little light bodied for the style.

Van Steenberg contract brews this pretty well.

Photo of jlervine
2.62/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy brown with ruby tinges at the bottom of the goblet. Rim-defying creamy biege head that ever so slowly recedes, but never disappears. Smell has a mustiness, almost metallic, and a hint of cider. Weird. Taste is cidery, with the same almost metallic cidery flavor. Hint of sourness to it. Not sure what is up with this beer. It fades as the beer warms, but it still tickles the sides of the tongue. Mouthfeel is very thin and one-sided - very carbonated. It's just off enough to make me think I got a bad bottle. I'll need to get another one to be sure on this. Certainly disappointing.

Addendum: Adding the yeast from the bottom of the bottle yielded a noticeable change in the aroma and taste. The aroma changed to a yeasty bready smell, and the cidery aspect was augmented. The metallic mustiness was obscured. The taste changed to allow notes of chocolate, maybe a hint of port and even less so of smoke. I'm going to leave my numbers unchanged, but this is certainly an improvement. When/if I get another bottle, I will re-review this beer. Something's gotta be off with this bottle.

Photo of Zorro
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium brown brew.

Smell is sweet and cider like with sourness to the smell. Mild smell of malt and molasses, mild fruit scent of plums.

Taste is mildly sweet with a tartness to it. Mild spice flavors and an apple flavor too.

Mouthfeel is good.

A nice drinkable brew, one of the milder flavored Belgian brown ales. Very mild mannered brew.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a rich, dark, coppery brown, slightly cloudy (due to being bottle fermented). A big, tan head at start that collapses evenly to about 1 inch reasonably quick, then slowly drops to about 1/2 inch as you quaff.
Smell is rich, sweetly sour with a hint of fruit.
Taste is warm, smooth, malty, a slight sourness. Carbonation plays on the front of the tongue. Later, hints of smooth dark chocolate and finally smoke appear. Very complex and extremely well balanced. Aftertaste is just superb, the actual taste of the beer lingers pleasantly for a long time without becoming bitter or going off in any way.
This is an absolute "must drink" beer. A definite "Top Ten" of all time beer, and obviously, one of my short list favorites.

Photo of coasterfreak75
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a medium copper red with a huge beige head that slowly dissapated and was still around at the end of the glass.

The smell was heavy with raisins and other fruits with an acidic undertone hiding at the back of the nose.

The drink started by tickling the tongue with carbonation. The middle was very fruity, raisins and dare I say dates. The finish was a quick hit of fruit followed by an even quicker hit of wine like acidity.

All and all a very good and unique beer. I had no problems finishing the 750ml, and I hope to find another sooner than later.

Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 with 30/01/05 printed on the neck label. Pours a deep burgandy with a large 2 finger cream color head. Smell is a little bit malty with some hints of spice. Not a real overwhelming aroma but it is pleasant. Taste has some dark fruit but i also detect some woody taste (oak?). Mouthfeel was decent if not overcarbonated and drinkability is decent, finishing off the 750 was no problem.

Photo of TerryW
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a monster big tan head with very fine bubbles. Handsome cloudy brown in colour. Lots of chunky lace. Good looking beer.

Also smells quite good. Malt, yeast and bread. Fruity with aroma of raisins or dates. The aroma heavy, solid and quite enticing.

Smells better than it tastes, however. Slightly sweet, some fruitiness and grain, but not as big a presence as the wonderful smell. Slightly sticky, bitter finish. Must be the hops. Overall a little to thin flavourwise.

I'll have to try this again just based on it's looks and smell – only if to make sure my mouth wasn't having an off night. A tentative thumbs up at this point.

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

Poured from a 750 ml. brown bottle with silkscreened label. Pours a nice medium brown, somwhat cloudy. Medium-sized, small bubbled, off-white head.

Aroma is a light-medium in intesnsity with bready, yeasty notes and light sweetness. Some toasted, caramely notes. Flavor follows through with nice creaminess and fruitiness (raisiny). Just a touch of hops bite towards the end.

I have had this several times, and have always enjoyed it. In this particular tasting, it seems like yeasty/earthiness is stronger than I remember from other times. Maybe it's just me! Mouthfeel is very good- as with most browns/dubbels. Drinkability is good to very good.

Photo of kbub6f
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's a light tan, dense, foamy head on top of a dark, red-brown, mostly clear beer. Sweet apples in the front. Also, spicy, roasty, caramel and some buttery nuts. Front is woody, alcoholic, with more fruity apples. Dark caramel, tangy middle. Finishes very dry, with tea and more apples. It's interesting. Fresh, fruity, malty, tangy. Almost too tangy. There's lots of character, but it doesn't blow me away with great taste.

Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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