Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale AleCorsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale

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835 Ratings

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 25
Gots: 67 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2001

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Reviews by zachary80:
Photo of zachary80
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml in a giftset consisting of two Corsendonk glasses, Agnus, and Pater. Cork "Lot: 2699". Bottle dated 10/5/12. Served just short of the low range (45) and allowed to warm.

Huge rocky white head, an interesting array of bubble sizes. Globs of lacing, good retention. Opaque golden body.

Estery aroma, nose finishes sweet.

Taste is not as strong as expected from the aroma. Good malt/hop balance. Sweet up front but gives way about haflway through, light peppery. Not much lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and no feeling of the alcohol. Good for a tripel but not noteworthy. More dry than sweet.

Overall a super-easy drinking tripel on the lighter side of things. I wish it came in at a lower price-point.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Popsinc
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of steelerguy
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JasonA
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of moderndrunkard
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Guden
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of fdrich29
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Osiris9588
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2011, so it's a few months out of date. Picked up from a supermarket during a trip to Belgium in September 2010.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A bright, yellow-golden hue with a slight yeast haze and good carbonation. Produces a large head of brilliant white foam that lasts for a few minutes before collapsing to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of sugar, apples and aromatic hops. Faint citrus notes, particularly lemon. Possesses a clean, spicy quality.

Tastes of sweet, light malt with a dry, aromatic character. Notes of candy sugar, fruity yeast, subtle citrus and apple. A clean, spicy finish, with a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is light, smooth and tingly, with good body. Dry and astringent, with a mild spiciness on the tongue. Aftertaste of sweet, fruity malt and dry yeast.

Impressive - a quality brew. It's light, yet full-bodied and dry. Good hop aroma, despite the age of the bottle. Slightly sweet, but not cloying. A tasty tripel that's well worth your time.

Photo of Thrasher
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, my 2 local packies carry Corsendonk as well as the nearest beer bar (and let me tell you, good Belgian beer doesn't exactly grow on trees around here), but for some unknown reason I have resisted it until now. Cheaper than your typical top-shelf Belgian and the compromise is apparent in the brew if you search really hard. Some Euro-lager characteristics (off-flavors, too, such as corn, husk a la Heineken and Stella) which are definitely not welcome in a Belgian tripel. However, there are some very nice things going on here as well. Smoother than many tripels, with more emphasis on the pale malts, some shimmering hoppiness, and not too much yeast or peppery spiciness. That is a good thing, an entry-level Belgian tripel if there ever was such a thing. A tart apple quality is lively and refreshing; some white wine-like woody elements will put the oenephiles at ease. Seasoned beer drinkers will find some things to enjoy here but ultimately the beer is one-dimensional and you will probably be left longing for something to really knock your socks off.

Photo of far333
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a goblet. Hazy honey color with a thin white head of tiny bubbles resting on top. Head disapeared right away and left no lacing. Aroma is sweet and doughey, with hints of citrus and sweet candy. Flavor is rich and sweet. Sweet fruit, a bit yeasty. Mouthfeel is a little heavy, carbonation is moderate. A bit rich to be very drinkable.

Photo of wo87810
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer with 4.5 years of age on it. Dark yeast sediments on the bottom. Color was good, head was fine, fairly well carbonated.

Taste was amazing, molasses and malt. Not much hop character, if any. Taste had mellowed (presumably) to a very malty dominance.

Overall, this beer was great, I would like to try it fresh.

Photo of ADR
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy deepish yellow color, murky. Head is flat but an ample 1/4 of an inch and of good duration. Laces in white broad loops. Sharp aroma, lemon skins, hay, and yeastiness. Flavor is more fruity, strays into the fleshy pear and almost plum area. Hops are relatively apparent, decent drying with aspects of white pepper at the close. Somewhat thin in body and undercarbonated -- easy drinking however. A little more fruity and less dry than I usually look for in a Tripel.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one beer I have had the pleasure of sampling from a three liter bottle, what an awesome esperience it was delicious. Here we are on tap. Appearance: Golden amber with a very nice frothing white head, fine Belgian lacing forms looks excellent. Aroma: Candied sugar sweetness, belgian pale malts, spicy doses of hops in the air. Taste: Slightly clovey, sweetness comes in the form of an apple cider like alcohol infused soft tone lacking the alcoholic edge it once had this beer has been knocked down to 6.5%. Mouthfeel: Nice even effervescent carbonation lacks a fuller mouthfeel but still is medium bodied, not bad at all. Drinkability: Incredible a session brew if you can afford it at 7 bucks a pop, I will side with an American micro but this is very tasty and incredibly drinkable.

Photo of FrognutUnl
2.92/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white 2 finger head that hangs on quite a while leaving a small amount of lacing in its wake. I am not a terrible fan of the floating yeast, though I know it won't kill me. The nose is crisp and tart with notes of apples and yeasty bread. In taste, it is also tart and crisp with mild malty sweetness, notes of apple and maybe a small bit of clove. Mouthfeel is a bit thin compared to others I have had in this style, low-medium bodied.

I am a little disappointed, as their brown is pretty damned good and this was just so so. That being said, I would probably buy it again if the price were right.

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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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