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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale AleCorsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale

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719 Ratings

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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2001)
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Photo of Moosehunter

5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tasted many Belgian beers and this is by far my favourite.
Tastes much better in the right glass too.
I like the taste, the feel and the strength.
I have not managed to buy Corsendonk Agnus as yet in the UK but make sure that I always stock up when I am anywhere near Belgium. I would welcome an English supplier.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 17:55:31 | More by Moosehunter
Photo of pixieskid


4.93/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Disclaimer: I have been trying to get into Belgians for quite some time and have yet to have one that really impresses me; until now.

Freshness date on bottle reads 20/02/10= Feb. 20, 2010.

Review on 3/10/10 poured from bottle to my trusty tulip.

Amazing "pillowy" head, bright straw color, lots of "floaties".

thin body, crisp and clean with a rabid carbonation with a great frothy mouthfeel.

Mild candied sugar and spice up front with a beautiful citrus (orange) hop presence with mild undertones of a grassy hop as well.
Finishes the same with a mild bitterness and lingering flavors previously listed. Hides alcohol amazingly well.

So easy to drink and so tasty, wish I had another. This beer was given as a gift and I look forward to finding one that isn't past it's freshness date!

I wonder how much better it can get...

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 04:32:54 | More by pixieskid
Photo of billybob


4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a hazy straw yellow with a four finger fluffy white head with a very easy pour that settles to a rocky one inch with patchs of sticky lace. aromas of apples, pears, and hint of spice, wheat malt mixing with fruit flavors and slight spice and touch of hops make for a great taste. i think the lower abv 7.50 % works so much better for this style than the higher abv tripel styles. mouthfeel light, dry, carbonation ok. really liked this one and would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 23:35:48 | More by billybob
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awfully amazing ale from Corsendonk. I overlook this too often.

A gorgeous huge head, lays like a snowdrift - fresh and lovely. A Michael Jackson "head-shot" pour - look in any of his fattie guides to int'l beer and you'll see what I mean. Lacing wants to drape, but only spatters. Soft sunlight yellow color, gold-tinged. Hazy yet bright.

Farmhouse spice and fruit characteristics to the smell, yet not as pungent as a saison can be. It's definitely a tripel profile, but it's wonderfully fresh-baked yeasty bready - and lightly fruity, sugar-crystalline sweet - combining to create a brioche-like aroma. Soft, herby noble hops waft above and to the back and fresh apple/pear notes surge up through the middle to the fore as well. All wonderfully blended and proportioned.

In the taste, naturally, the bready/brioche angle, apple/pear flavors, and the mellow farmhouse spice flourish magnificently and long linger lightly. A filling foundation of malt in the initial feel, settling light and dry with vague champagne characteristics. The alcohol is in my ideal range. I do not smell or taste it, yet a super-soothing warming feeling arises slowly along the way. The hops, floating through quietly, round out this beauty with the perfect touch of seasoning.

As close to perfect drinkability as I've encountered with the style. This should pair fabulously with a wide variety of autumn-seasonal cuisine - both dinner and dessert.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 20:38:12 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of scottwestphall


4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer completes me. I LOVE this beer. The appearance is incredible. Golden and cloudy with yeast still floating in the beer. The head is thick, white, lasts a long time and leaves lacing at each level you drink. The aroma is sweet, sugar and yeast. The flavor is sublime with a hi of fruitiness that smoothly transitions into a slight bitter bite that is just enough to cleanse the pallet before your next drink. This also leads to it being an easy drinking beer and one that is strong enough at 7.5 alc to make its presence known but doesn't sneak up on you. I honestly think this may be my absolute favorite beer. 

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 01:06:03 | More by scottwestphall
Photo of DoctorDog


4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint, 9.4oz / 750 ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. "Best before" date of "21/02/10" stamped on label around top of the bottle.

A: Hazy folden/amber. ~2 fingers of white head, which dissipates slowly to a thin, but frothy/dense cap. Ample lacing noted.

S: Yeasty, moderately sweet grape/raisin/fruitiness.

T: Moderate sweetness of grape/raisin/apples. Bitterness is moderately low. Perfect touch of Belgian/yeasty sourness. Alcohol is expertly blended. Nice dry finish. Absolutely fantastic.

M: Carbonation is moderately high/fine. Nice and creamy/ full mouthfeel...goes down delightfully smoothly.

D: Superb. Drinking 25 oz. bottle was a pleasure and far too easy. 7.5% ABV only noticeable in your ability to type and walk...

Future outlook: Fantastic beer that I wish I'd tried sooner. Will certainly purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 04:31:35 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a plastic drinking glass (it's all I had, what you want)

A: Pours a delightful golden hue with an adamant amount of eggshell foam head.

S: Smells spicy with coriander, thyme, and a dash of cumin along with English ale-like bitterness, saison crispness and a touch of heavy fruit.

T/M: There is a medium amount of carbonation with that saison crispness on the forefront followed by traditional Belgian fruitiness, all in a very well balanced and light package (considering it's a "tripel").

As far as beer goes, this is an incredible brew that is perfectly balanced with complex and full flavors that don't overpower. As far as Belgians go, this is probably the best I've ever had. I realize that's a bold statement, but I said it.


Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:46:51 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dense, white head with aroma expected of this type of beer. Many fruits are detectable at first, and when drinking the perfect mix of swwet and sour come out when the beer hit the back of your throat. Long, fruity fininsh. Fine example of a lighter tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2002 07:12:49 | More by yen157
Photo of scurvy311


4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a delicious beer. Appearence is the only aspect of this beer that is uninteresting. It smells like what I think a Belgian beer should. It has all those flavors without those more hot fusol flavors that some Belgians tend to have. A beutiful color is topped only by the balance of malt ( hint of sweetness), hop bitterness, and smoothxester profile. One of my favorite goto beer. Also in a corked bottle that surpasses the beauty of any champaine Ive ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 01:29:31 | More by scurvy311
Photo of gfreed


4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A category that, in my view, suffers from great abuse, a good tripel can look like bilgewater but still taste wonderful. Or it can look appealing but taste like bilgewater. Rare is it, then, that I get to drink a tripel that both looks *and* tastes great. As well-behaved as any Belgian beer, you'll find all your favorite tripel characteristics presented in a well-balanced, polite and understated manner. No ham-handed orange-juice yeasties here, nor will you be dehydrated from over-hopping as is so common these days. Dare I say that this is... uh... refreshing? Well, almost. Puts most other tripels to shame.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 15:35:12 | More by gfreed
Photo of neenerzig


4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

POP! went the cork upon opening this beer. There is something just so damn cool about beers that have corks. I have yet to drink a beer with a cork in it that I did not like. Beers with corks instead of bottle caps just kick ass plain and simple. Anyways, this is the first Belgian beer I ever tried and it was introduced to me by a good friend so my review may be a bit biased. Poured into my snifter. This beer is a nice cloudy golden color with copperish/orange highlights, like a good pale ale should be! Nice, white foamy head is about 2/3 inch thick when poured before settling to a nice surface coating with excellent lace. Aroma wise there is definitely some sweet malt and floral hoppiness along with some grapefruit, citrus like smells. As far as I am concerned the taste of this beer is pure perfection as far as Belgian pale ales are concerned. Big, bold sweet, candied malt flavors with a bit of clove, spice and orange are present and the taste is rounded out with some citrus, floral, hop flavor. Very good balance between the sweet malt the the citrusy bitterness. The aftertaste is a bit dry and bitter (hence the hops). Just the right amount of hop bitterness. Has a very crisp, yet frothy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. I find this beer to be quite drinkable as well. The perfect Belgian pale ale for me and the best I have yet to drink. I challenge someone to find another Belgian tripel and tell me that it is better than this one! If so I will try it and be my own judge!


Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 03:57:12 | More by neenerzig
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corsendonk's brown Abbey ale was outstanding, and the pale Tripel version is just as good if not better... this is some seriously high-quality stuff... some of the best around... This brew was completely terrific in almost all respects... pours a gorgeous cloudy, hazy color with impressive foamy head with some sediment visible... smell was great - full of fresh grapefruit, citrus and fresh flowers... taste was above and beyond - complemented the aroma strongly with strong floral and citrus notes dominated by an overall sweet, candied flavor that really hit home... mouthfeel was outstanding, and as far as the 7.5% ABV, you can forget about detecting any alcohol - this beer is all candy and sweets... great finish with a wonderful aftertaste... can't really say anything bad about this one... a must-try... Definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 23:55:22 | More by dsa7783
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a yellowish golden color with an orange cast. Slightly hazy. The head is firm and creamy, starting at a good inch or so but eventually dropping to a thin 1/16" covering. Exceptional hold and very nice lace. Streams of tiny rising bubbles add to the appearance.The body is medium/light with a gentle caress on the tongue from the very fine and effervescent carbonation. The aroma offers a soft candyish malt with some light vanilla notes, a mild peppery spiciness, some yeast and a very mild plastic/smoke phenolic. Very soft and inviting! The flavor starts with a sweet and lightly peppery maltiness, reveals more honey-ish and vanilla notes, becomes yeasty with some hoppiness leading to a drying finish with lingering malt and spice. The alcohol is well hidden, but most likely adds to the peppery spiciness. Surprisingly complex and exceptionally drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 14:27:28 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of nightcrawler


4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had this beer many times and this review is from the most recent tasting.

The color was a filmy tan/yellow, but in a good way. We had stirred up the yeast on purpose to make the esters as obvious as possible. I smelled obvious banana and apple peels. It made my mouth water in anticipation.

The taste is very close to the smell. It is surprisingly smooth, yeasty with a small amount of bitterness. The ale also changes as it warms. By the time a glass hits room temp, the taste of the ale comes almost completely smell. Alcohol blends into the taste as a warming. The mouthfeel is silky, just a hint of being thick.

Excellent ale and I have more than once drank more in one sitting than I should have.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 19:16:41 | More by nightcrawler
Photo of Bugsey

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, delicious, and refreshing.

Smell is light fruit, apple or pear. Same for tast, but with great balance. Not too much spice or sweet.

Mouthfeel is great. Crisp, clean, and dry finish. No alcohol burn, and no cloying after taste.

Great beer. Kind of like a Fin du Monde.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 18:07:48 | More by Bugsey
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy orange with a foamy, long lasting, white head. Pleasant yeasty, fruity aroma. Big, tangy, well carbonated body. Complex flavor of ripe fruit, Belgium yeast, brewing sugar and earthy hops. Long lasting, dry finish. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 17:13:40 | More by mikeg67
Photo of BravoTwo


4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Good light pale amber-gold with a light foam head and crisp small carbonation bubbles.

S - Fruity up front with apples and a light hop nose.

T - Very clean and tasty, with fruity esters and a delicate hop flavor on the back end. Very floral in taste.

M - Light carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel.

D - Highly drinkable stuff. Not as flavorful as some other belgian tripels, but a very well done example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 23:41:41 | More by BravoTwo
Photo of Geiseman


4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Belgian Triples are the macadamia nuts and cheesecake of the beer world, they are so rich small amounts can overwhelm.

After 3 Duvels I have to move on or nap,
Corsendonk Agnus Triple was a great find, it gives you the Belgian Triple experience with great drinkability. A high percentage of Triple's are too sweet for me, but that is not the case with Corsendonk

If you like La Fin du Monde and Duvel I think you will enjoy this beer

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 04:51:49 | More by Geiseman
Photo of rlw0328


4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First impression upon pouring was the great peach, partially amber color.
Smell was of flowers and fruit. In my personal opinion it has a great "nose" to it.
Head was well developed but not so thick it was a burden.
Taste was enjoyable, easily describable as a solid Belgian Ale.
A Great beer to drink by itself or with a nice meal.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 03:07:16 | More by rlw0328
Photo of untamedbeer

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It has that hazy golden color you'd expect from a Belgian pale. Very apparent fruit in the aroma. Spicy fruity Belgian flavor without being overly sour. It has a fairly intense sweetness up front, but it doesn't linger. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

I could totally drink this in vast quantities while overlooking a river valley on a clear, warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 00:24:05 | More by untamedbeer
Photo of geexploitation


4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours light (almost yellow!) and bubbly, with a perfectly white head that sticks to the glass and lasts throughout the drink as a thin layer of dust. Aromas of biscuity malts, light candi sugar, and sharply earthy hops. Understated but beautiful. On the palate, subtlety is the order of the day. Very light body here, and light alcohol for the style, with the flavors following suit. Some pear fruits come out first, followed by a burst of sweetness and a snap of bitterness as the hops show themselves. Sharp carbonation. Dry, bread-and-pepper finish that lasts just long enough. Overall, this is a delicate, subtle triple, with no cloying sweetness. It's wonderful and full of flavor nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 04:10:31 | More by geexploitation
Photo of mwagner1018


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was first introduced to this beer by friends on a trip to Brussels, Belgium. Since then, it has become one of my sustainable favorites. I decided I should take some time to sit down and really review it: (#143351 per cork) out of a 750ml corked bottle.

A- Poured into its very own Corsendonk footed tulip glass, nice release of carbonation to a 3 finger creamy, sudsy head. A very nice golden/ mello cloudy color. Overall, a very enticing look to the beer in the glass.

S- Intense initial smells of orange zest/peels, nice citrus aroma, with a hint of lemon, light hops, and spices.

T- A very refreshing, light lemony/tangerine...with a sense of cooled fruit cakes. A nice hop bitterness, that shows it's best complexity at about 55deg. The sediments of this beer are incredible, with a nice orange bitterness, full body texture and great finish to the bottom of a nice beer.

M- Nice creamy texture, great comination of flavors/carbonation/and body in the mouth.

D- A very drinkable beer, smooth, not overly intense, but shows great complexity. Overall a very nice refreshing Belgian. I've had beers with more complexity and distinction, but I truly do enjoy this beer every time I drink it!
As stated on the bottle: Zalig Genieten "Gloriously Enjoy"

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 21:36:01 | More by mwagner1018
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one beer that has been seen on a regular basis ar al of the liquor stores that I frequent. Finally decided to give it a try. I poured this one into a deep tulip glass. Ar foamy fluffy white head emerges slowly and the bright orangey yellow golden liquid appears. Smelled floral and sweet- a cpmpletely full aromatic experience. Tasted spicey ad rich, tons of peppery spices, some fruity zest, and a hoppy punch. Smooth going down, very enjoyable. world class.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 20:25:38 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel glass

Golden yellow pour with floating sediment. High acting white foam. Retains full finger for long time.

Light orange smell, otherwise minimal

Belgian taste wild mild alcohol burn at the finish. Very nice complex mixture of fruitiness and malt coupled with that Belgian taste. Solid carbonation in the mouthfeel - everything pretty much works together to deliver top notch taste

Extremely drinkable for a Tripel, tasty and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 10:31:10 | More by KTCamm
Photo of tubacharlie


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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