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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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1,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,035
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 49
Gots: 94 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Corsendonk visit their website

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 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!

Photo of santoslhalper
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed as part of a huge session with my girlfriend, and this one was honestly one of my least favorites. Not that it was bad, it just was sort of average. Nothing about it stoud out. Fruity and malty notes were decent at best. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy. Not bad.

Photo of bultrey
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's from Belgium, it's got to be the best beer ever, right?
Not necessarily. While I find this to be a solid example of a Belgian Dubbel, it does not rank among my favorite Belgian beers. In fact, I even like Chimay red better! (Sorry, Venom)
There is nothing bad about this beer, but nothing really stands out for me either. I do have a really nice Corsendonk tulip glass, into which I poured a caged, corked 750mL of this stuff, and it makes for a very beautiful picture: Nice dark leather brown, fluffy, meringue-like head. Nothing in the aroma really drew me in -- there was a faint hint of clove, some earth, but not a whole lot else.
The taste is reminiscent of cocoa powder, clove, maybe some dried dark fruit like raisins. Mouthfeel is rich and firm enough, with good cleansing carbination. Drinkability is pretty good -- I didn't have any problem quickly finishing off the big bottle.
Don't get me wrong, I would reach for a beer like this frequently if choices were relatively limited, and I also suspect that this would stand out as an accompaniment to certain foods, as its understated flavors would serve to complement, not overwhelm.
Good, solid beer.

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

330ml bottles pours a dark brown with an enormous tan, pancake head. plenty of lacing. the nose is similar to the Agnus with it's yeasty qualities however, the Pater tends to have more citrus and raisiny sweetness in the nose. taste wise this beer has good complexity. a little more sweetness in this beer. still some champagne yeast flavours and a drying quality. counterbalanced nicely with sweetness of raisin and grape. earthiness. taste lingers well and leaves a dry/sweet finish on the tongue. very lively mouthfeel. crisp & pleasant. again, a beer that doesn't have a HUGE flavour profile but one that is solid in its complexity & balance. simply a rock solid beer that is a perfect example of an Abbey Brown/Dark. thumbs up.

Photo of JISurfer
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say, I really dig this brew. It was a pretty beer with a pretty taste. The appearance was a no brainer 5 in my book. It was a cloudy brown color with a off white/tan head. The head was awesome! Some of the best head I've gotten on a beer. It started out very big, probably around 3 inches, then it "calmed" down to a fluffy/pillowy head. After that went down, it subsided to a pretty thick film-like head, ala Guinness. The smell was magnificent. Had elements of dark chocolate, dark fruits, a little bit of cinnamon, and a little bit of alcohol. The taste was truely amazing as well. I can honestly say that they couldn't make it any better. It was similar to the smell, but more in the area of the fruits and chocolates than anything else. The alcohol was "hidden" very well in the taste as well. Drinkability could have been a 5, but with a beer like this, you have to start getting full at some point, and it was a little bit rich. Although, I don't think I would change the body of this beer to make it too much drinkable. Highly reccommend this one to anyone who likes good beer. If you like bad beer, drink it anyways, it'll turn you into a good beer drinker.

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

Poured a dark brown colour with bright ruby highlights. The carbonation in this is tremendous. I had to pour it three separate times because the head would overflow. Aroma of fruit, mangoes, grain and yeast. This is a smooth and crisp ale. Hints of fruit, particularly mango and grapes. Some sweetness, and a touch of spice. Easy drinking, alcohol well hidden.

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.

Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
90 out of 100 based on 1,035 ratings.