Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Bottle into The Bruery tulip.
Pours cloudy gold, the result of a slightly sloppy pour, with a fluffy, one-finger white head, good retention and lacing. Nice stickage.
Nose carries apple and pear, crisp white pepper, along with faint vanilla and a wee bit of yeasty doughiness. Delicate honey sweetness mixes into the pepper subtly.
Taste falls just short of the nose. Honey sweetness is there again, bit of candy sugar, and a light spiciness that has just a bit of a peppery bite. Again, pears and apples come through clearly, though unlike the nose, there's an almost soapy quality that is distracting. It's faint, and doesn't come close to ruining a very good beer, but it's just enough to knock it down a peg. Finish is long, dry, more delicate pepper and raw sugar.
Mouthfeel is nice - sparkling almost, tiny bubbled and crisp, with a filled-out medium body that works very well. Alcohol is well hidden, hinted at in the flavor more than felt, with no real bitterness lingering on the finish. Well built, in that way that so many native Belgian beers are.
Very nice beer; were it not for the faint soapiness, would have been received even more favorably.
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2011 02:31:55 | More by JohnQVegas
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3.66/5 rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This was one of the first tripels that I had, and I was impressed by the depth of flavor. The aroma was fragrant and full of delightful spice, as was the beer itself. The mouthfeel was one of the best parts; nice carbonation, and full-bodied without seeming dense or heavy. Words I would use include spicy and nutty, with a lovely long finish and little bitterness or sourness to speak of. I have not had many tripels yet, but would recommend this beer to anyone who was interested in a moderately complex and tasty sipping beer. Would certainly buy again.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 00:19:41 | More by TheMcCollums
3.78/5 rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #50 of the ones I've reviewed here.
There are a few Belgians that, at least in my neck of the woods (Philadelphia) seem to be omnipresent. I don't know why, they're not necessarily better or worse than any other Belgians, but for whatever reason if a bar or a restaurant or a beer store sells Belgians, they'll have these. Maybe its distribution?
One Belgian you can find throughout Philadelphia is Corsendonk, both it's dubbel and tripel. I had the dubbel yesterday and rather liked it, its a little less sweet and more "bracing" than other dubbels I've tried.
The one in the "1001" book is this, though, the tripel. Pours really wonderfully, a sort of brownish yellow that I suspect is hard to come by, because I don't see it all that often in tripels. The nose is flat, biggest disappointment of the beer IMHO, although after a bit you'll get dried fruits, alchohol, some citrus, a bit of honey. Mouthfeel is exceptionally soft, almost silky, though somehow it manages to retain its effervescence in the glass, no mean trick.
The flavors are about what you'd expect for the style: dried fruit (especially raisins or prunes), some xmas spice, a bit of citrus. A dry blast at the end makes this a bit crisper than other beers in the style (their dubbel has something of the same effect).
While I do think the nose is deficient all in all I think this is one of the better tripels out there, nothing overwhelmingly fancy but exceptionally well-made. Arguably a good entry point into the style, actually, due to its intrinsic competency.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 18:48:52 | More by dougbassett
Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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