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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale AleCorsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale

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very good

474 Reviews

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Reviews: 474
Hads: 847
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 27
Gots: 79 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at The Belgians Are Coming held in Old Town Newhall in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice floral presence that comes through especially well in the aroma.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a Unibroue chalice.

A: Bright golden color, great clarity. The rocky white head retains at two fingers. Lacing is stubborn, sticky, and foamy.

S: Malt scents are very bready and doughy. Yeast is spicy and reminiscent of pepper and incense. Perfumey and slightly chalky. There's also a decent amount of dry, herbal and grassy hop character on the nose.

T: Yeasty and spicy up front. Lots of tropical fruit. Pineapple esters, juicy fruit gum, and perhaps even some melon. Pear and apple. The beer is bone dry as a whole. Bready and cracker malts. Herbal and peppery hops with a zesty citrus compliment come out toward the end. Alcohol spice is very well masked. Bone dry finish of earthy and subtly funky yeast, spices, and herbal hops.

M: Medium bodied. Very creamy and extremely smooth. Intense, sharp, scrubbing carbonation adds a huge crisp bite and really does a lot to enhance drinkability. Warming alcohol sensation.

O: Hoppy for a tripel. Maybe not the most complex of the style, but it's very drinkable. There's a lot to love about it.

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Photo of khmel
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into beer mug

For the sampling I left the yeast from the bottle conditioning in the bottle, but poured it into my beer about 2/3 of the way through so as to experience both aspects of it. Review from after adding the yeast will be in parentheses.

A: Slightly hazy medium golden. Abundant carbonation. Large soapy head, low retention. Average lacing (after bottom pour: VERY cloudy, like unfiltered wheat beer.)

S: Light fruit notes, predominantly banana, grape. Slight alcohol smell. (after pour: more bready/yeasty smell prevalent.)

M: High carbonation, bubbly. Light to medium bodied. Very crisp finish (after pour: denser, less crisp.)

T: Belgian yeast, bitter hops up front, malt comes out at the end with a little alcohol. (after the pour: more bitter, yeasty.)

O: Overall not a bad beer, definitely worth trying, but a little too dry for my preferences. If you get it bottled, definitely worth trying both with yeast left out and then added in.

UPDATE: I believe that when I first rated this, I hadn't sampled enough tripels to know what I was talking about. I've now sampled many and consider this a high-class tripel, far above many others. The nose is deliciously fruity with pear and apple notes, though not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is gloriously smooth for this style, definitely not light-bodied, but with a balanced, dry finish. The head had LONG retention with lots of lacing—a beautiful looking beer. Trust the bros "outstanding" rating on this one, not the user rating.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale, orangish-gold; slightly cloudy; big head; good lacing

Aroma: Citrusy; spicy (coriander); light hints of honey

Taste: Citrus notes on start; zippy mouthfeel; slightly sweet, juicy malt on finish; pretty tasty

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with three-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple mintues. Pretty good lacing.

S: Belgian spice and yeast. Citrus, banana.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Toasted malt, sour, and Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and warm going down.

O: This is a good Tripel but not as good as Westmalle Trappist Tripel.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Style/abv: tripel/7.5%

Smell: light hue of lemon zest, ginger, and very delicate hop notes

Taste: slightly bitter malts, tart citrus fruits, with a very dry champagne-like body and taste; this beer goes down like a flowery pseudo-saison

Pairs well with aged white cheddar, figs, and black grapes--and of course toast crackers

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Photo of tviz33
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL bottle in to Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a pale straw yellow with a nice three finger white head.

S- Belgian spice, bananas, and some aged fruits.

T- Pretty standard taste for a tripel, about what I'd expect. Nothing out of the ordinary, maybe not as sweet as I'd like or expect it to be. It also seems to be a bit watery.

M- The feel is light and crisp. Very refreshing on a hot day.

O- This is enjoyable, but noticeably less complex and enjoyable than something like La Fin Du Monde. I'm still glad I gave it a shot though.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: All white thick compact head is what fills the glass. After quite some time the head settles and the liquid starts to rise; clear golden. Rich lacings.

S: Yeast and spices, sour and dry. Lots of green apples and quite some citric notes as well.

T: Dry, sour and yeasty. Malt. Sour green apples. Crisp.

M: Long sour and dry aftertaste. Body is rather light and carbonation is held back.

O: A nice Tripel, perhaps on the more sour side, but still I like it!

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Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle for $3.

Matched against De Ranke Guldenberg in my personal ongoing Tripel bracket.

A: Handsome gold with a bone-white head which simmers down to a thin layer of lacing in two minutes. No visible sediment. Very active carbonation.

S: Baked pears. Light esters. Something almost vegetal and haylike. Sugar scent opens up as it warms.

T: Good, though maybe a little simplistic for the style. One of those tripels where it's tough to identify individual flavors, especially since everything is a little muted in this one.

M: Thin for a tripel, watery on the back end. Also lacking the explosive carbonation of the best examples.

O: Pleasant and subtle, but imperfect. Loses steam as it warms and the wateriness becomes apparent. The clear loser to Guldenberg in the head-to-head, though I now realize that's a poor pairing.

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Photo of ckollias
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden hue with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a slight trail and ending in a fizzy lace.

S: Strong sweet Belgian yeast aroma with fruity alcohol mix.

T: Good mix of sweet and tart in the beginning, followed by a fruity middle and hoppy tart finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Impressive tripel – great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into an oversized Southampton snifter at low altitude in NY. Bottle reads "Agnue Tripel Ale" in contrast to the photo here.

A: Pours a hazy dark straw color with a thick stark white head. Nice retention and a good deal of lacing here -- a good-looking beer.

S: Apple and pear notes up front with a good deal of spicy coriander and white pepper in the background. Moderate strength aroma overall and appealing.

T: Opens with pear notes, followed by a bit of coriander and a slightly peppery finish. Not overly sweet. The flavors work well together, but I find the flavors a bit subdued overall.

M: Medium-bodied with a good deal of carbonation and a dry finish. Fits the style, but nothing special.

O: A solid tripel overall with a good balance of flavors. Not quite as complex as some of the best, but a good beer overall.

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Photo of teromous
2.87/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy light straw colored body that is packed with carbonation bubbles. The head is a thick and fluffy white cloud. Some lacing.

S: I notice a slight metallic scent right off the bat, then some fruity pair-like scent, and a little bit of alcohol coming through.

T: It's a bit flat on flavor. There's some mild bitterness, a bit earthy, some cardboard, a tiny bit of spice, and the flavor is not that fresh tasting.

M: The mouthfeel is light and bubbly, fades quickly in the mouth, and leaves a mild dryness in the mouth. It is very drinkable.

O: Overall it wasn't bad, but it wasn't exceptionally good either. I don't know how fresh this beer is, but it isn't the best tasting tripel. It has a very nice presence in the mouth, but is extremely lacking in flavor and the scent leaves much to be desired.

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Photo of confer
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked and strapped bottle. Beautiful pale yellow, looks unfiltered. Giant white fluffy head that hangs around.
Smell is that sweet tripel aroma.
Very sweet and the sweetness grows even more in the aftertaste, not as much flavor as many other tripels.
Lots of carbonation make this beer very light. It goes down very easy. Definitely a beer to look for again. Thanks to Joe P for giving this bottle.

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Photo of IPA35
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a sample kit of Belgian beers.

Opens with a puff sound and some smoke.


A golden beer with a big head that fizzes away quickly because of my epic glass cleaning skills. Still it leaves about a pinky of head. This one is filtered or atleast without secondary fermentation in the bottle.


Smells like tripel, quite pleasant actually. Less spicy that your Westmalle Tripel and more on the pear and banana and ofcourse still rather spicy with pepper and such.


It starts out with a sweetness. Only slightly fruity. Spiciness and then a rather big bready maltiness. A malt-forward beer this one, or should I say a malt-forward style of beer? Only a light hoppy bitterness, most noticable in the aftertaste. It becomes more appearant as it warms up, revealing the tiniest hint of a sort of West Coast flavour.

Not all that complex or anything.


Medium body with lots of carbonation.


A very solid beer. Not overly special but worth a try nonetheless.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that took a very long time to die down but never completely faded away, also leaving lots of lacing around the edges of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of yeast in the nose along with some notes of bananas and peppery spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has a slight amount of sweetness. The flavors of spices aren’t that strong but are most noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer finishes dry.
O: I thought that this beer was a solid representation of the style and rather easy to drink, especially when compared to other tripels.

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Photo of Guden
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corsendonk Agnus Tripel has a very thick, spongy, white head and a clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance with some lacing left behind. In the bottle one can see a tremendous amount of thick, grey-brown solids floating about, but upon pouring, and even swishing the bottle, nothing shows in the glass. It must have dissolved into the beer. The aroma is of sweet, pale malt and maybe some lemon. Taste is of lightly-toasted pale malt, sugar, coriander, white bread, water, and just a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Corsendonk Agnus Tripel finishes dry and refreshing. This is a very easy-going beer, and I rate it excellent.


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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear straw-gold with a nice white head.

S: Floral with some fruit (pears, apricots) .
T: Lightly sweet with peppery notes up front. More floral than fruit flavors following that up. Finishes crisp and light.
M: Medium bodied beer with nice crisp carbonation that gives it a spicy effervescence.
O: A nice, floral, drinkable belgian. Not a lot of complexity, but a solid, easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very tasty tripel. Enjoyed at 55 degrees and it was perfect for the texture. Aroma is somewhat soapy which is a bit unbecoming. The flavor is a malty and just enough Belgian yeast character to make you notice. I like it and would give it an overall award of 4 out of 5.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opens with a loud pop, definitely some carbonation in this one. Pours clear, light golden with a head of mixed foam and larger bubbles. Aroma is light yeast notes and a hint of green pepper (kinda strange). In the mouth, there's lightly toasted malt, mild sweetness and fruitiness, and a noticeable alcohol flavor. Highly carbonated, with minimal linger. Something of a boring Tripel. Easy to drink, but pretty low on flavor or aroma.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi hazy golden glow with a massive bright white head. Sticky and active. Soft earthy nose. Very subtle with some yeastiness.

Strangely tastes of ginger. Thankfully I'm having this beer with sushi. Subtle sweetness lightly floral dried fruit flavors of apple and pear. Finishes spicy and dry with a ginger snap. I like it but it begs to be paired wig sushi.

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy with a quickly disappointing head, reddish in color. Has little "Floaties" which made me quite excited, since I imagine they have to add a complex flavor.

S- Sweet and fruity, reminiscent of dates, or maybe toffee.

T- Complex, fruity, with a mild spice element. Has some sweetness, but restrained.

M- Full, a bit heavy, and decently carbonated.

O- Probably a good one to have on hand, if your a fan of Belgians. I, personally, will likely get this beer again. I got a four pack and they recommended aging it, so I'll save the other bottles to see if they really do get more complex as they age.

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Photo of acevenom
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice. Pours golden with a quickly dissipating white head. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom and side of the glass upon the initial pour. There are aromas of bready malt and yeast. I also pick up some hops in the smell. The malt profile is very forward in this beer. It is bready and sweet. The hops provide some balance on the back end. There's a touch of spiciness as well. The sweetness really opens up as it warms. The body is light to medium with solid carbonation. The finish is dry and smooth. The drinkability is high for this sipper. This is a very good beer.

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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
88 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.