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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale AleCorsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale

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very good

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2001)
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Photo of thecheapies


3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blonde and pale. Big lacy white head. Great retention. Looks amazing.

Bready aromas with fruity esters. Gooseberry, apple, and rhubarb. Hint of coriander. Very likable.

Semi-sweet with that pomme fruit and floral spiciness. Apple, quince, gooseberry, and apricot. Light vanilla creme and some pretty staunch bitterness for a sweeter tripel.

Low carb. Wet and medium in the body. A little slick.

Quite enjoyable in my book. A tripel that I can always come back to.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2013 03:50:04 | More by thecheapies
Photo of drtth


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Corsendonk tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is slightly hazy apricot color with a ½" creamy fine bubbled off-white head that leaves foam on the sides as it recedes to about ¼" and then remains at that thickness for a while, fed by the steady streams of effervescent carbonation. Sipping leaves interesting patterns of lacing that are a combination of small patches, speckles and leggy trails. Even during the last 1/3 of the beer there is a 1/8" head that leaves a sheet of foam and lacing when sipping.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and clean with touches of white pepper and citrus zest, mostly lemon and orange.

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from the nose, there is a bit of spicy pepper flavor but mostly the flavors are orange and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with lots of prickly carbonation. The finish is medium long and ends in zesty citric bitterness.

Drinkability: Well this is an OK beer, but I'm not thinking I'll be having another unless it is with food. The flavors are a bit simple and one dimensional and by the end of the beer it's a bit too much like drinking orange soda bittered with zest.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2010 01:29:06 | More by drtth
Photo of glid02


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

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a golden yellow color with a two-finger pillowy white head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears with hints of orange rind.

Tastes similar to how it smells, but with hints of spices. Sweet malt flavors serve as the background and are joined by pear and spices - mostly clove. The finish is crisp.

Moutheel is good. It has a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass with no problem and could have another.

Overall this isn't a terribly complex trippel but everything that is done is done well and all flavors are crisp. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2009 03:22:05 | More by glid02
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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

.3L - $7.00 served up in the appropriate Corsendonk glassware at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, golden-orange body with a frothy, white head.

Smell: Pleasant, inviting aroma of sweet-scented honey, ground peppery spices, chilled fruit juices, and flowers.

Taste: Honeyish candy quality with a light, light touch of breadiness. Fruity, juicy blend of fresh pears and apricots. Meager dusting of earthy spices. Light, understated bitterness. Soft floral tones throughout. Serves up a teaspoon of fruit puree on the drying, lightly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Delicate stickiness to the overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Who knew beers named after old ladies could be so lively, so spry, so invigorating. Not me!

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 21:15:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Halcyondays


4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a beautiful golden yellow, with a fluffy white head, good lace.

S: Pear and apple juice, chardonnay grapes, a bit winey.

T: Major pear and yellow apple notes from the yeast. Malt is bready, a mix of sourdough and puff pastry. Hop character is minimal, the brew is dominated by the great yeast flavours.

M: Soft carbonation, very smooth, alcohol silk - but with no ethanol flavour or burn, a bit of a spiritous aspect to it.

D: One of the most full-flavoured tasty Belgian pales I've had, if I was judging it in that style, didn't know it was a tripel when I had it, I guess that explains the big flavours. A must try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2009 16:33:54 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Zeisloft


3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Made my choice to drink at Max's on Broadway. The beer looked and smelled great. I thought the beer was over spiced and hid many of the good flavor. It was smooth and not too heavy in the mouth, which made it go down easy. I would have to be in the right mood to have this beer again. but I wouldnt put it past me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2009 17:56:34 | More by Zeisloft
Photo of t0rin0


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

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours a clear golden yellow color. White head with medium retention.

Aromas are of sugar, honey, malt, and yeast. A little bready but only if you really look for it.

Tate is sweet, malty, bitter, spicy, and a tiny bit boozy. The spice and the bitterness were a nice break from all the sweeter simpler brews of the evening.

Medium body and carbonation, quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2009 22:17:15 | More by t0rin0
Photo of adamette


3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Der Braumeister in Cleveland, Ohio.

A Golden yellow body, very little or no head by the time that I had it delivered to my table by the waitress.

S Not much, mild hops.

T Moderately hoppy, actually a little bit forgettable.

M Thin to moderate mouthfeel.

D Fair due to forgettable taste.

Notes: Not my favorite tripel or my favorite Belgian. Not a terrible beer but, as I have written, forgettable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2008 03:53:19 | More by adamette
Photo of MTNboy


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

I drank from a Saucer Flight at the Flying Saucer in Columbia S.C.

Appearance: The body is transparent with very dominant gold colored body. This beer has a great fluffy whit e head.

Smell: It has a little bit off an overly fruity dessert like flavor with.

Taste: The first thing that comes to mind is fresh fruit. There are biscuit like tones with some spices really picking up the flavor as you drink it. It is as a slight bitter like metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin with some fizz bite.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. I guess it would be a good once and a while beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2008 13:57:30 | More by MTNboy
Photo of OWSLEY069


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

Pours a clean golden yellow color, with a nice white head. In the aroma, a sweet maltiness. In the taste, a sweet malt and a dry sugar taste. A small bite, and medium mouthfeel, with a dry maltiness in the aftertaste. Nice pale, easy drinking, and non offensive.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2008 03:48:51 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of johnmichaelsen


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

Had on tap at Max's in the aftermath of 72 hours of Belgium.

The beer pours bright gold color with very good head retention and lacing. The is complex on the nose, with some nice sweet malt, a touch of citrus from the hops and some underlying spice. The beer is medium bodied on the palate with moderate sweetness. The beer has a cherry honey flavor, but the dash of bitterness from the hops keeps it from getting tiring to drink and adds to the complexity and enjoyment of this beer. The beer is medium sweet and quite drinkable for it's abv.

My favorite of the beers from Corsendonk. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 21:34:45 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at CW's Tap Room in Columbia. Came in a pretty Corsendonk chalice. Schweet.

A. Fizzy. Orange-yellow, very clear, small sticky ivory head with tons of active carbonation that lasts quite a while. Could use more head, but I ain't complaining loudly.

S. Flowers. Lightly toasty malt. Yeasty, green, citrusy. Hint of coriander.

T. Crisp, bright forward yeasty esters... mild cloves, green apples, sweet pale malts, secondary hop bitters, tart white-grapefruit citrus, spicy... a well blended, simpler Belgian from a more civilized age.

M. Bubby. Finishes dry and slightly "sharp."

This is a pretty solid beer that holds up to multiple servings. Not overly complex, but what it does it does well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2007 22:14:41 | More by kkipple
Photo of tavernjef


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

On-tap at the Happy Gnome: Pale yellow color with a small whitish capping of firm foam. Nice lacing rings the glass with lots of layers.

Aroma is ever changing as it goes from first served to last drop. Apple sauce hits first, then berries, then apricot, then yeasty, and some musty, peppery spices. But always fruity and fairly prominent.

Taste is unique and again, ever changing, it has no real tardemark flavor as it goes from one thing to the next. Which made this an intriguing beer to drink. Spices take the main stay with black licorice, cardamon, and white pepper. Some fruityness unsues as it warms carrying a bit of crystal sugars. Light mustyness with a squeeze of unfresh orange mush and a flimsy earth tones yeastyness adding a bit of soured milk to the underbelly in some of finish. Different sips brought new and different things to it nearly every ten minutes of sitting. Unique but bothersome too. I kinda like a beer to stay steady and true. This was a little unbalanced from time to time.

Feel is a steady medium body with an easy going smoothness to it. A bit understated with a tad uneven drying finish where yeast tended to give it weird metallic earthyness.

A very strange Tripel. Not your run of the mill, beefy-like hefe. Complexingly uneven.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2006 02:06:58 | More by tavernjef
Photo of crookedhalo


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

Pours a golden yellowy-orange color with a frothy eggshell white head. Pleasant aromas of pale malts and candi sugars on top of a blood orange/ruby red, citrusy aroma. Dusty and musty hop and yeast character, too. The initial malt sweetness is quickly cut with a estery fruitiness, and then the clovey, ginger phenols take form in the finish leaving it dry and palatable. Carbonation is decent. It is very nice and drinkable. I'm convinced it is better out of the bottle than on-draft.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2004 07:48:26 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of aquatonex

New York

2.85/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I would have rated it higher if I had liked it, but I'll try and put that aside to rate the quality...

Pours golden-greenish with a copious head that lingered for a fair amount of time. Very frothy and composed. Fairly complex smell with a lot of smokiness, alcohol, and a myriad of noncitrus fruits. Taste matched the smell but was less invasive. Not a well balanced ale, a bit too much smoky flavor which caused this very acrid taste. It made me cringe a little every time I drank. But, if you like smoky then it's great. Mouthfeel was very good. It needed more balance between flavors to really enjoy the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2004 05:03:05 | More by aquatonex
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a decent head that produced some light lacing. The aroma was mild - sweetness and spice detected. The flavor was sweet and was nicely balanced with spice and decent bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth with a dry finish. The spices and malt rode the tongue well after swallowing. The is a medium bodied beer with nice carbonation levels. Not the best abbey triple, but a drinkable version.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2004 01:32:09 | More by Gavage
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2003 13:07:57 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of UnionMade


3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Cochonne goblet at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Appearance is a light hazy golden amber, with a rather short head, for a belgian beer. I was watching her pour it, and it was very foamy, but the head died down almost immediately. Aroma is definitely malty, with that belgian sweetness. Smells mildly sour, with plenty of fruity goodness and a bit of caramel. Taste is very nice, although not the best belgian I've had by a long shot. Lots of candi sugar, which has an almost saccharine sweetness in this particular beer, faint metallic quality, light clove, fig, and caramel flavors. Nice and complex. Carbonation is mild, with a slightly sour finish. Body is medium to light. This is one of the most ubiquitous belgians in my area, bottle wise. I was meaning to try it when i was first discovering beer, and i wish i had. I've tried so many other belgian abbey style ales that this one just didn't really impress me. Something about it was just a little off. Good, but with a sort of unrefined quality...or something. I can't explain it, but it certainly wasn't as good as some other tripels.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2003 21:52:05 | More by UnionMade
Photo of far333


3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2003 12:40:44 | More by far333
Photo of IrishRedRock


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent Tripel, but as others have said, it does not bring a lot to the table compared to others as far as flavor and complexity. It is a very easy drinker, very light and palatable. I drank this from a large chalice. It was a golden amber in color, with aromas of hops and spice. Flavors of yeast, mild hops, and citrus fruits are present. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and unoffensive in every way. Very little alcohol presence in both smell and taste. I give this one a high drinkability because I could and would drink many in a row, however there are much better examples of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2003 15:14:46 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of UncleJimbo


3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at RedBones.

This ale poured a nice clear, golden color with modest white foam that settled to give a thin coat on the surface. The smell was very modest: a faint musty grape and oak aroma. The taste was musty grapes, oak, and some malt, with a hint of hops. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp, with low to medium carbonation. The drinkability was good. This ale was not bursting with flavors, but it was very pleasan to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2003 08:02:21 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of doerickson


3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden coloring with a pure white head. In the same way that I can somehow identify Eddie Van Halen's guitar playing without knowing for sure it's him, the aroma and taste of this brew are distinctly Belgian to me, which I could point out even in a blind tasting (don't know quite what it is about Belgians that is so readily identifiable....yeast strain? just not sure)...estery, with a warming alcohol presence. Pretty short, dry finish. Very drinkable for a Tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2002 21:30:26 | More by doerickson
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 AaronRed

New York

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

I decided the other day to try this on tap, being that I have only had it in bottles. What a difference. Fresh and inviting, you could smell the flowery and fruity esters rising out of the glass. Very appealing to look at, light and with a delicate white head. Taste was outstanding, smooth and crisp, with a slight sweetness to balance out the richness of the pale ale. A nicely textured beer to drink all year round.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2001 17:16:16 | More by AaronRed
Photo of damndirtyape


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

11.2oz bottle (stamp on label = 14/02/15 H 12:29) poured into a Tulip glass. Slow pour to leave the yeast sediment behind. Was mostly successful on the pour - only a tiny bit came along.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a hint of brown/grey tint to it. Beer glows a bit the way it defracts the light. Thin off-white rocky head that died back to a ring at the edge of the glass. Some islands and strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Fruit/berries, sweet, and a hint of banana. Just a hint of citrus too as the beer warms up.

Taste: Crisp, sweet, hint of honey and apple, with a strong herbal / spicy finish of German style noble hops.

Mouthfeel: Robust, but not fizzy, carbonation that scrubs the palate. Tiny bit sticking to the teeth. Nice thickness under it all.

Overall / Drinkability: A definite sipping beer, but I wish I had a larger bottle, so good marks for drinkability. Good with a meal (fish and green beans) but I think it would hold up all on its own....although I think it would always be better with some food. I can't quite put my finger on it, but a beer like this seems best with food. By itself it does quite well, but I think more of the flavors are notable with food to contrast against. A solidly outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 22:50:09 | More by damndirtyape
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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
89 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.