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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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985 Ratings

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Ratings: 985
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 38
Gots: 61 | 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 Brent
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A superb beer. I don't think I've ever described the flavor of a beer as "zingy" before, but that is what comes to mind here. Very bright, with sharp carbonation that tingles on the tongue. Quite pleasantly tart up front, with flavors of dried cherries and cranberries. Alcohol is in the mix with a bit of white pepper. Finish is dry and slightly white wine-ish. Bittersweetness lingers on the tongue. Muddles the line between a dubbel and an oud bruin, quite nicely.

Brent, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of byrd
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corsendonk poured with a huge head that made it difficult to pour without overflowing the glass. Very bubbly, rocky top. Color was a dark, reddish-brown that was almost the color of the bottle. The color was clear until the bottle was emptied and the remaining yeast was poured out. When the head retreated, it left a nice think, foamy lace. The nose was of malt with the scent of alcohol being evident. Some citrus and yeast notes were also apparent in the aroma. The strong carbonation was the first thing to hit the tongue, and there was a slight warming sensation from the alcohol, but it wasn’t overbearing. Flavors were of sweet fruity malts and yeast with some citrusy notes. As the beer warmed, it became more think and bready. Some spices were also noticeable on the tongue. Not much hops to this beer, but there was a slight bitterness towards the end that was just right to balance out the sweetness. Not being a huge fan of the Belgian style, I found this to be quite an enjoyable beer.

byrd, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a Corsendonk tulip-style glass. It pours a deep reddish brown color with two fingers of head. There is a nice amount of lacing left. The smell is fairly malty and nutty. A pretty sweet aroma. The taste has a very strong coffee maltiness with bits of caramel and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is strong and heavy. The drinkability isn't bad for 7.5%. A good brown ale.

SheepNutz, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of Elemental
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy brown color with a plethora of head that doesn't go away. A nice sweet belgium style aroma with hints of chocolate and raisons. Once you get through the head there is a great sweet and full taste where the chocolate and raisons really come out. There is practically no biterness to this beer as expected. A very nice taste with fruity accents.

Elemental, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Rathskeller Wine & Beer Fest:When poured, this beer had a small sized tan head with fine sized bubbles that fully diminished.The body was clear with no carbonation observed.The hue was brown and the aroma was fruity, spicy, malty and lightly hopped.The flavor was lightly sweet and lightly bitter.The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth, slightly tingly, thin and light bodied.This beer left virtually no lacing.

hotstuff, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of WesWes
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a lacey white head. It looks likes a witches brew; not very enticing. The aroma is better. It's quite spicey and reminds me of a weak whiskey smell. The taste is good. Again, there are a bit of spices here. It tastes like a strong rootbeer or a really weak whiskey with fruity overtones. The mouthfeel is good. The carbonation is just right. This is a light/med. bodied beer. It drinks well despite it's appearance.

WesWes, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of putnam
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown sugar colored, scented and flavored beer.
Shards of roasted, cracked grains emerge from the broad, dried cherry and fig fruit.
The texture is fairly lean, with notes of red apple and sour cherry to fill out the sugar base.
Angular fizz pumps out gastric, pulpy globs of fruit and toasted seed.
A nice compromise between wild and domesticated beer styles. More refreshing than Ommegang or Birra di Rosa...less challenging than Goudenband.

putnam, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep amber brown brew covered in a massive pillow of off-white foam. Delicate sweet aromas come in to blend with a fine nose of grainy malts.

You start off with some tingly carbonation. Sweet malts jump in . Grains fill the backround, and the yeasty flavor kicks in later. There is no real bitterness, but earthy notes add complexity. Roasty and chocolate malts come in the finish and continue to hit the mouth in the aftertaste. A nice smooth full-bodied brew.

ElGuapo, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy brown/red color with a decent head and a little lacing on the glass. The aroma reminded me of a weiss beer with malts also present. The flavor did not correspond with the aroma very well as the flavor was malty, but the wheat was not present. Very pleasing taste. I liked this beer much more than I expected I would.

clvand0, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT.
The beer is a deep brown, touched with a mahogany red when looked at in front of light. Head is initially thick, frothy and white, but dies quicky to a misty map of carbonation atop the beer.
Aroma is definitely belgian, with that candi sweetness. Plenty of esters and a touch of roasted malt. I've smelled more interesting beers than this, and not neccesarily belgian.
Flavor is mainly belgian sweetness. A touch roasty and cocoa-like, with lots of fruity flavors, including plum, raisin, and sweet pineapple. Sort of syrupy in mouthfeel. Full bodied and nicely carbonated, but sort of dull. It's got all the belgian flavors you come to expect, but I just didn't really get a kick out of it. I had to try to finish the snifter on the last 1/4 glass. i was trying to make tasting notes, and nothing was standing out, beyond the belgian candi sweetness and esters I guess I'm just not into belgian style beers, particularly this one.

UnionMade, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of dmarch
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a burgundy color and a huge head that is very well retained. Aroma is of ripe plum. Taste is of plum, raisins, and a little sour cherry. I'm very impressed with all the flavors in this beer. I would have thought a beer this easy to find would be of lesser quality, but this doesn't suffer from the mass-produced taste.

dmarch, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of granger10
4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For some reason this one always seems to hit the spot for me. I love how all the ingredients mix so well to create this fabulous belgian beer. Quite sweet with various malts. Lots of plums, raisins and other fruit in it. Tarty apples are apparent. A slight alcohol comes in the middle providing me with a comfortable warming sensation. The Belgian yeast is noticeable throughout and really makes for an interesting, if not great, mouthfeel. This is my comfort beer.

granger10, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As is the case with their triple, this is an excellent, but not great Belgian Ale. Dark in color and flavor. Flavor displays notes of chocolate, maybe some cherry. Not overly sweet, and quite smooth. Maybe a bit thinner and drier than the best of the style, but this would always be a good alternative.

JohnnyDuvel, Jul 12, 2003
Photo of LarryKemp
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a cloudy brown with a bubbly white campaign like head. We drank this delightful sparkling beer while sitting in the sun and brewing a California Common. This beer although high in alchohol, made a great sipping beer. The aroma complemented the fine, light taste. The bubbles tingled the tongue and the tartness made me thirsty for the next sip. It was a nice drinkable beer in a social sitting.

LarryKemp, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium brown color with medium head that left some real nice lacing,aroma of powdered sugar and dried fruit with a bood malt accent.A somewhat fruity taste with a deep malty background a little sweet with a somewhat thin mouthfeel.Was expecting a little more from this one but not to bad.

oberon, May 28, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ale Mary's. Poured a deep brown with some scarlet around the edges of the glass accompanied by a deep tan head about a fingers width thick. The smell was not very complex, which surprised me a little. Some indistinct malts and an overall yeasty/wheat aroma but nothing to write home about. The taste was sweet, but heavy with notes of rasberry and cherry witha chalky mouthfeel. Even though this did not get an extremely high rating I liked it a lot and will always be up for a pint. Not too expensive, even for pub standards.

GreatPondBrewer, May 28, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very good looking brew that pours out a brownish amber color with a very robust head. The head is a bit lasting and laces very well. The nose gives off fruit and dried fruit aromas. This beer is really in the taste as it starts out with a heavy clovish sense and modulates into a more enjoyable spiced fruit flavor. There appear to be a number of flavors competing for dominance here. The feel is very heavy and has real bite to it. This is more a sipping than a gulping beer.

AtLagerHeads, May 23, 2003
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, May 21, 2003
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!

beergeek279, May 13, 2003
Photo of philipt
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.

philipt, May 12, 2003
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.

AtrumAnimus, Apr 28, 2003
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.

BeerResearcher, Apr 13, 2003
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!

goindownsouth, Mar 30, 2003
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.

Darkale, Mar 27, 2003
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.

Scooter77, Mar 22, 2003
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