Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk
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3.79/5 rDev -4.5%
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 -1.5%
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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