Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk
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4.04/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
I found this hidden between some American 'Abbey' style beers at my local Wine and Beer shop. Seeing as how I'm on a Belgian kick as of late I figured I would try one from Belgium to see how they stack up against their American hybrids.
Golden, tan hay-like color, slight haze, with vigorous head that attacks my tulip glass like a Belgian should. Long lasting thick lacing and cap.
It took me a while to get anything out of the aroma, but now that the head has died down substantially and I've drank a bit of it I'm getting a nice, strong Belgiany smell. More farmhousey than it's American brothers, with a strong green fruit presence. Like a dry champagne with malt. Nice breadiness to the aroma, as well, which I love.
Taste is a super clean, pale Belgian. Right away I can recognize the differences between this and an American BPA/Tripel. Slightly drier, more robust yeast and malts, less hop presence but with a nice bitterness that you would expect. Nice yeast spiciness without the feeling of being a 'Spiced Belgian' beer. Bready, nutty, and fruity, this would go great with some fresh pears, goat cheese, and good sourdough bread.
Mouthfeel is a reminder of the effervescence, with a light and tingly character from the dryness.
Superb brew with some good live yeast in the bottle. I could see this doing well as a Cellar beer, and I will be picking up another bottle. Belgium does make some fine beers, and there are plenty of American brews up to the task of taking them on in their own game.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 19:24:28 | More by JCarey
3.79/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
330ml bottle into a goblet.
Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with just a small fizzy white head that is quick to fade away. No lacing to speak of.
The aroma is a pleasant bouquet of flowers and spice in the way of coriander and a touch of orange peel. The pilsner malt really comes through in the aroma as well.
The flavor has quite a bit of bread malt and is almost reminiscent of a pilsner at first. This transitions into coriander along with a touch of citrus in the way of pear and apple. Very light bitterness along with more stickiness than I was expecting in a tripel. This beer, being only 7.5% abv, should be quite dry but this one isn't.
Overall, an ok tripel but far from great. A little too much spice and malt and not dry enough. Probably won't pick this one up again.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2014 05:11:17 | More by rangerred
3.91/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance- Very effervescent and pours up a good amount of head but doesn't have much retention. The head is a pure, but a bit sickly, pure cotton-white while the body is a dull pale amber which appears as a golden straw when held up to the light.
Nose- Starts off with rounded cloves, then moves to a mellower banana. Some notes of apple but they seem a little thin. Tasty aromas, just not very noticeable ones. Swirling shows the apple as more tart and gives the cloves and banana more presence. Solid and pretty standard for a tripel.
Taste- Very strong front of cloves but it isn't as bothersome or as ashy as many times I feel the cloves or phenols can be. Cushioned by banana which rounds it out. Some ashiness on the finish along with a tiny bit of wood. Flickers of apple and spice- some cinnamon, some basic Belgian yeast spice. This beer seems to be a bit of creeper. It didn't seem very complex at first but several notes appear after a little time. This is very accessible (very gateway) but also should please a more knowledgeable palate. Balance and integration are very good. Definitely not in the same league as a La Fin du Monde but it does get close to St. Bernardus. I certainly would take this over a Westmalle. Some straw and grain start to show up on the finish. Good to really good beer but closer to good.
Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with a nice smoothness. Minimal carbonation. Mouthfeel works very well with the overall flavor profile. Little bit of a dry finish. Does have a little zing that is uncomfortable at times.
Drinkability- Very easygoing and pretty accessible. The ashiness of the cloves does start to build as it opens up but it seems the straw balances it out a bit. 5 to 6 dollars seems like an okay price for a bottle but I'd probably rather have Karmeliet, Bernardus, or La Fin du Monde.
Overall- Good beer with some inclinations toward being a really good beer. Very good representation of the style which I believe could also be a good introduction. Definitely worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
12-19-2013 04:28:35 | More by artoolemomo
Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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