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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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BA SCORE
89
very good

778 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 23
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2001)
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Reviews by tubacharlie:
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tubacharlie

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

A rocky one-inch head of large and medium size bubbles covers this ale. Settling to a thick skim, the bright white head remains stable till the end, with good lacing and adhesion on the sides of the glass. The relatively clear dark straw-yellow body clouds up a bit when the last of the yeast dregs are drizzled into the center.

Decent fruity nose with yeasty overtones introduces the brew. A good sip reveals more citrus in the flavor, with some biscuit notes and a slight sweetness in the back palate. Generously carbonated from the bottle conditioning charge, it foams substantially in the mouth, flooding the palate with a dry grain flavor accented by a soft balance of hops and a little tang at the end.

Pair this with any cuisine, and it will improve the entire meal. A classic example of the tripel style, this ale is very well made and a pleasure to drink.

12-05-2010 02:21:08 | More by tubacharlie
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oberon

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

The first Belgian style-Pale Ale from Belgium I have had.Good floral aroma,real yeasty and fruity flavor.High alcohol content but real easy to drink,became stronger as it warmed.

04-15-2002 09:40:22 | More by oberon
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

From a 330ml bottle, pour a pale yellow. Big foamy head. Lots of lacing. the nose is fresh with yeast, bread and light citrusy notes. Taste wise, again with the yeasty quality. pinch of banana but very subtle. some bitterness off the finish. great staying power. flavors linger nicely. crisp and dry mouthfeel. champagne like. pleasant liveliness in the mouthfeel. i loved it. not a huge flavor profile but solid in it's overall balance. a sometimes overlooked and under-rated beer.

01-02-2005 17:19:53 | More by Popsinc
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance – The body is beautiful and enticing. It is orange, thick, and murky, with good, active carbonation. The head was just the right size, not too small and not explosive, and left a permanent white fluffy pool at the top. Awesome.

Smell – This one is very pungent. The yeast is especially sharp and mixes well with the big chardonnay alcohol odor. The typical orange is huge here as well along with monster coriander.

Taste – This is terrific. I was concerned that the stingy alcohol from the nose would ruin the flavors, but they stepped back at the taste. The yeast and spices come on strongly but it is the classic orange notes that steer this ship.

Mouthfeel – I enjoy my Abbey Tripels well carbonated, and this one fits the bill. It’s not Hefe Weizen big, but it is fluffy enough to slow down the drinker. This is a heavy hitter, too, being almost full in the body.

Drinkability – This is a large, sipping Abbey Tripel that improves with warmth. It hit the spot just right for me as a Saturday afternoon snack.

Comments – I have found that my preferences with this particular style stray a little bit from the norm. Where as this one is running a 3.8 or so average I thought it was much better.

02-22-2004 01:06:04 | More by RoyalT
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

Blurry, heavily sedimented straw yellow. Lemongrass, pepper, and straw in the nose. Smooth body is cut off by the peppery spiciness. Delicious lemons and hops for an interesting body, effervescent and sparkling. Slightly bitter. Not too complex but not boring either. Pretty darn drinkable. Above average.

04-16-2006 23:27:27 | More by DaPeculierDane
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.2/5  rDev -19.6%

Sample best-by date is this month.

Aroma- Very clean pilsner malt. Faint herbal, spicy, and vegetal hop nose. No alcohol. Aroma is very faded and flat, though not overtly oxidized.

Appearance - Deep gold with thin white head. Fades fast and leaves no lace.

Taste- Lush fruit- pear. peach ginger. white tea. Malty -honey flavor. Lively spice with a hint of perfumey alcohol on the back end. Deeply malty but spicey yeast and chalky dry finish keep the word "sweet" out of the picture entirey. Lingering mineral aftertaste. With a slight hop bitterness. Unintense but pronounced goldings flavor throughout.

MF- Stingy carbonation, stiff but medium-light body.A little alcoholic heat.

Reminds me of a more substantial Achel. Very typical Tripel. No Suprises here.

07-17-2012 02:00:45 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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steelerguy

New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

A - Very bright clear pale yellow, lots of carbonation, huge head, good amount of lacing.

S - Lots of fruit, apples and pears, with a sweet aroma. Little bit of Belgian spiciness.

T - The fruit comes through on the flavor also, not as strong as in the aroma but it is there. Light spice, a bit tart, refreshing.

M - Light and crisp. The carbonation cleans the palate and leaves you wanting another sip.

D - Very refreshing, could drink this as an interesting session beer.

09-15-2010 23:26:19 | More by steelerguy
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JasonA

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours a dark yellow with lots of carbonation. Head quickly dissapaites into little lacing and a bit cloudy in the body.

Dont get much. Maybe some pale, yeasty smell. Little boquet, not what I expected from this "Pale Ale" labled tripel.

Pale, yeast, little hops, sweet. Leaves a bit to be desired for the style.

Sits a little syrupy, kinda nice. Good carbonation, medium bodied.

Decent flavor, not a bad tripel. However, doesnt really distinguish itself from others of the style. Prolly not one I would actively pursue or look to have.

12-24-2006 19:23:21 | More by JasonA
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kuishinbo_tantei

New York

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

07-07-2014 00:12:50 | More by kuishinbo_tantei
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Hamersly's Bistro in Boston has a fairly interesting beer list; this was one of them. It was a nice yellow color with an amazingly thick, sticky head. It had a sweet aroma. Taste was spice and honey, very pleasant. Good mouthfeel, not too thin. A nice beer to have on a warm summer day when you're waiting for a good meal.

06-21-2006 17:55:28 | More by lordofthewiens
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moderndrunkard

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Beer foaming! Beer foaming! Uh oh! Running to sink! Spilling beer! Oh god, precious beer!

Alright, alright. Deep breaths. Everything's going to be ok....

Yes, <ahem> anyways...

This beer pours a cloudy, light yellow color. I like it to call it Hefeweizen yellow. Not too much head in mine. It dropped all over the floor and sink I suppose. Not altogether unappealing.

The smell, though, the smell...ahhh....sweet and yeasty. Wheaty too. Can effervescence be a smell? cause if it can, then this beer's got it. There's also a slight sourness, like a tiny presence of lemons. Extremely invitigng. I don't even want to drink it anymore, just smell it all night long, baby. Ok, maybe that's a lie. I confess. I do want to drink it.

I do drink it. And it's spritzy. very carbonated. And tangy. A little spicy, as any good wit should be, with a mild nutmeggy, cinnamony flavor. Very refreshing, and a great summertime beer. Much more full-bodied than Hoegaarden, which will you give you points with me everytime. I could drink a couple mroe of these and be pretty damn happy.

05-13-2006 15:12:50 | More by moderndrunkard
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Guden

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

A- bright golden with a big head that slowly fades leaving some lacing.

S- sugary candy with a hint of earth and mint. Not much else.

T- the candy necklace / energy drink type sweetness is lower but still present. A graininess missing from the nose comes in the middle and finish is just a bit more towards spicy and bitter than than sweet.

M- medium low in both body and carbonation. Not the best of the style in this category but the flavors come accross none the less.

D- an alright beer for sure but in Belgium this beer is more middlin than amazing. Good not great.

09-30-2012 23:12:01 | More by Guden
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +3%

Presentation: 12 oz brown euro shaped bottle with a "best before end" date clearly notched on the neck label.

Appearance: Light radiant golden with a mild chill haze and a powdery fluffy white lace.

Smell: Citric and apple in the fruitiness ... earthy yeast also.

Taste: Very crisp with a semi smooth mouth feel. On the dry side, light to medium in body and well composed. Some fruity esters and a flavoured hop bitterness to balance. Dash of sweetness up front ... more grain, husk and yeast dry the brew in the finish.

Notes: One of the more drinkable, yet tame and less complex imported Tripels. Still flavourful and very deceiving for its potency though not as boisterous or flamboyant as other Tripels can be.

03-31-2002 00:17:25 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev 0%

Pours a slightly hazed, honey gold body with a smallish, offwhite, head that quickly drops into minimal, sheet lace.
Aroma is very fruity, with mango and pineapple and a hint of banana. Very spicy, as well, with notes of ginger, cinnamon, and allspice. Floral hops are also apparent, with a lavender or lilac aroma.
Mouthfeel is of a fine, Belgian pale ale, with tingly and explosive carbonation, medium body, and satiny feel after the carbonation settles down.
Mango and pineapple lead off the flavors. Wild rose, floral hoppiness lends a bitter dryness, on top of a significant spiciness. The yeast presence is very restrained, providing a soft, earthiness. Moderately complex, and nicely balanced. Alcohol presence is mildly warming, otherwise unobtrusive. Aftertaste is mostly neutral, with a mildly bitter, overripe apricot note.
Good drinkability for this well balanced, Tripel. Yeast presence could have been more prominent, but this is a fine sipper with a nice, tropical fruit dominance that is enhanced by the floral hoppiness.

09-20-2004 11:09:13 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3%

12 ounce bottle, pleanty of sediment in bottle, but pours light pale and just a little cloudy. White head, tiny bubbles when it settles and leaves intricate lacing. Strong nose of melon, rubber bands and coriander. Soft on the tongue, light to medium bodied. Spicy palate, yeast, spice, melons, bubblegum. Hops very late. Crisp finish. Nice stuff, alot going on. 7.5 % well in the background. A standard and widely available Belgian, worth a try if you like the style.

05-18-2004 01:36:57 | More by Billolick
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%

Cork stubbornly would not come out of the 750ml bottle which did not bode well for my drinking experience.

Poured a nice golden orange, thick white head quickly reduced to near nothing but did have some really nice lacing of tiny bubbles (I think there's a song in that somewhere) and that slowly slid down to the bottom of the glass when tilted, leaving only the anchored lace rim around the glass.

Spicy smell, with some citrus and spice. Taste was also spice, peppery and spicy with some breadiness as well. I enjoyed how this oen felt swooshing around in the mouth, a nice smooth, mellow crispness to it.

Not a bad drink, but certainly others from it's class I would chose over this one next time.

03-28-2004 19:03:37 | More by fdrich29
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, orange-gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: hay, apricot, and honey

Taste: big apricot, pear, hay, and honey

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight alcohol/funky bitterness, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: I really enjoyed this one. Super smooth, light, and fruity. The flavors really pop on this one. If I am looking for a beer in this style, this would be near the top of my list.

04-29-2013 13:27:46 | More by tigg924
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BeerDrinkingDiver

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

10-10-2013 04:54:41 | More by BeerDrinkingDiver
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ant1

France

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-03-2012 20:39:59 | More by ant1
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Marius

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-02-2013 20:24:24 | More by Marius
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magictrokini

California

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours gold with a slight haze and a big head. Nice light aroma of yeast and malt. Cloves, pepper, and grass round out the nose. Good esterous taste with a blend of spice and just enough hops. Good amount of lighter fruits; pear, green apple, and a little banana. Very nice.

12-08-2008 22:23:44 | More by magictrokini
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Osiris9588

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pale honey color, creamy head, resulting in considerable lace and a bit of sediment. Bouquet is malty, some spice, with a bright lemon zest. The taste features refined malts and yeast, lemon and spices, a hint of cherry and candy, with a little alcohol at the end. Full yet mellow mouth, bright on the front palate, creamier and a little sweet on the back. Great drinkability. Should definitely be served at the suggested temp of 45-55 degrees F.

08-25-2006 21:24:01 | More by Osiris9588
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-16-2011 03:01:20 | More by bpfrush
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mte1972

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-05-2013 01:59:12 | More by mte1972
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-22-2012 05:02:35 | More by Mantooth
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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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