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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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1,017 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,017
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 40
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
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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 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
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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
4.65/5  rDev +16%
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
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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
2.6/5  rDev -35.2%
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
3.93/5  rDev -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
4.53/5  rDev +13%
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
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
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
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip glass. The appearance was dark hazy brown with a huge fluffy tan head. The smell was of dried fruits like raisons and Belgian yeast. The taste was quite complex. Dried fruits, raisons, plums, maybe even hints of pear. Also a bit of a chewy sweetness with chocolate and slight coffee notes as well as sour yeastiness. The mouthfeel was crisp yet full bodied, a lot of layers of flavor. Drinkability was good as well, easier on the constitution than a Belgian strong dark ale. All and all I would say a must taste for folks who enjoy Belgian beer.

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

Bought this as a gift pack a week or two ago. Came with 2 12oz bottles and a nice corsendonk tulip type glass. Poured out a brown/garnet color with lots of head that never faded away. Smell consisted of apples, grapes, and some raisins. Very nice. Taste was almost the same as the smell. Good amount of hints of apples and grapes mostly. Finish is a little dry, but in a good way. Those fruit notes really show up well when it warms up. But it tells you to serve between 45-55 degrees F. Seek this out, well worth it.

Sidenote: On the back it tells you it's rich with notes of port, raisins, and black chocolate on the palate. Black chocolate?? Sorry but I couldn't even detect a small amount of it. Maybe it's me, who knows.

Photo of Mangus
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel like I'm holding a heady root beer float. Nice dark reddish, copper color with giant head. It almost looks like whip cream. It finally settles down to a nice even head leaving whispers of lace on the sides of the glass.

Nice fruity, malt aromas. Hearty odors with a uniqueness that makes it very intriguing.

Champaigny mouthfeel makes me want to burp right away ... so I do. Rich, sweet, fruity malt flavors. I taste apples, raisins, with a slight nuttiness at the end. This is a damn fine ale. High quality brew, totally worth it on a Saturday afternoon.

Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz capped bottle served at cellar temperature into a large tulip glass. A careful pour produces 10% ale and 90% foam. After 10 minutes the enormous, frothy head settles down to reveal a mostly clear, red copper amber. The beige head has amazing retention and could have been ladled out of the glass. Pleasant aroma of bananas, oranges, toffee, and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is silky with medium carbonation. Taste is complex, with plenty of dark fruits like plums, figs, and raisins, cloves, coriander, biscuity malt, musty yeast, and some bitter hops. Overall, a very drinkable Dubbel, but not the best one out there. This one has a few contradictions. Its appearance suggests overcarbonation that is not present elsewhere. The taste is very different from the nose. Very interesting Belgian here.

Photo of Quaffer
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. corked bottle

Appearance: The beer poured into the goblet a rusty, reddish brown. It really had the color of murky water coming out of very old, rusty pipes. The head was prodigious and very fizzy at first. As it settled down, though, it became a super-dense, thick blanket of foam that loitered on top of the beer for a very long time. A solid layer remained throughout the entire drink, leaving behind tons of lace, sometimes in solid sheets. The bubbles were so tiny and tightly packed that I had to literally stick my nose into the glass to discern that it was not a solid surface that was floating on top of my brew. I love it when it looks like I could stand on my beer without falling throught the head.

Smell: Right after the pour, this beer was all raisins, apples, and yeast. As it sat for awhile, the aroma became sharper, with the apple smell becoming tart enough to be almost metallic and biting. There were also light aromas of chocolate and caramel malts, but these didn't even come close to having the power that the fruitiness did.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely smooth. This was one of those beers that had such a presence in the mouth, that it almost felt like I had silk rolling across my tongue. It was velvety, mouth-filling, and chewy without having even the slightest hint of harshness or roughness. Very nice.

Taste: Only a light amount of the fruitiness that was so dominant in the aroma came through in the flavor. There was some sweet raisin and the taste of overly ripe, almost rotten apples and grapes. The main component of the flavor upfront was sweet malt, burnt sugars, and hints of chocolate malt. In the middle, this beer seemed to dry out with a little bit of bitterness and some clove-like spiciness coming through. Then, on the finish, the sweetness came back with a vengence, resuming the earlier overly-ripe fruit characteristic from before, combined with some candy sugar. I didn't really notice the yeast until the aftertaste, and it wasn't very strong even then. Also at this time, some of the sweetness of the apple flavor subsided and it became more tart.

A nice beer.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut.

Photo of Hex92
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle poured a murky brown color with little head an no lacing. Kind of a sweet smell that made me wonder if something had gone wrong with the beer. But being a trooper I took a sip. It had a little twang to it - can't describe it any better. But overall I thought it was pretty tasty. I will probably buy another bottle to make sure that this one was representative.

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

This was my first Abbey Brown <ahhhh...>. Pours into the glass a rich golden brown, with thick tinted pillow of head on top. It smelled noticably strong- full of fruitiness and a sort of flowery thing happening. I'd say the taste fits that order pretty well. In fact, I was surprised at the malty thickness of this beer. All and all, I was very impressed by this beer and its many dimensions in flavor, however I can't see this being a regular purchase for me. Its a really good beer - just not my thing.

Photo of EmoBeerGuy
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer in Brookline over at a certain "Irish" pub thats really a Belgian pub... I wont name names.

Drank it on the recommendation of my fellow bar pal and was no disappointed. Very dark with a light head... this brown is all you would want in a abbey brown. Sweetness upfront with a nutty crisp finish. This beer is a heartier more refinded version of the possibly more common leffe bruin. Seek this brew out. its worth the time and money.

Photo of maxpower
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz capped bottle best before 09/09/05. Pours hazy brown-amber color with a huge light brown head that sticks to the glass. Fruity sweet and spicy aromas, sugary plum and grape flavors, medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel, finishes dry clean, not what I expected but still a good choice.

Photo of Mitchster
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.99 at Jacks for a 12oz bottle. Thick cake of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Whoosh, off blows the cap, releasing a beast of a beer. Pours out to a beautiful deep brown with ruby red accents and a slight haze, forming a huge poofy whipped tan head with awesome retention and lacing. Head sits proudly atop fine, meringue-like bubbles with strong carbonation. Aroma is very odd at first. I distinctly smell grilled cheese sandwiches with mustard! After that, it's a classic tripel nose...spicy phenols, a clean ferment, ripe tropical fruit. Taste begins with some dusty pale malts, a whallop of mixed fruits, freshly mown hay, a hint of cocoa powder, artificial black cherry flavoring, pennies. I am not picking up on any raisins, dates or dark fruits of the like. One batch had a dirty penny aftertaste, but this updated one does not. Freshly ground black pepper is buried in the finish. Mouthfeel for one batch was very syrupy...this one is almost champagne-like with a prickly carbonation and medium-light body. Alcohol is not perceptable in flavor or aroma. Bitterness is mild, and lightly chemical in nature as it warms up.

This beer is a mixed bag. It is well-brewed, but I can certainly think of many better abbey brown ales. This beer lacks the rich complex of dark fruit, tobacco, overripe bananas, and malt richness that defines the style. This most recent bottle states "Brewed and bottled by Brewery Du Bocq for Brewery Corsendonk", which makes me think perhaps my earlier bottle from 2004 was not brewed here? I dunno. Still, this is one I will remember for what it's worth, and I would grab it in a pinch. Quality made, just not true to style.

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

12ozer purchased today at Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into a tulip glass, large off-white head with lots of staying power. Foamy lace left here, there, and everywhere. Pleasant reddish-brown hue beer, with malt and raisins essences dominant. Taste is very nice, but I guess I was looking for a bit more chewy out of this malty looking brown Belgian, just my own personal taste.

Photo of rkhaze
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 8/14/05. First time I've ever seen this beer in anything other than a corked 750ml bottle. Pours red/amber in color with a huge dense spongy beige head.
Sweet aromas. Malt and lots of fruits that made it almost smell like bubblegum. There was a yeast presence as well.
Earthy malt flavors with fruits (mainly raisins) and a honey sweetness. Nice lightly tart yeast flavor balances the sweetness in the finish. No discernable hop character.
Seemed thin in the mouthfeel with almost too much carbonation.
Good, but seemed to be lacking in depth when compared to other Belgian offerings.

Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
90 out of 100 based on 1,017 ratings.