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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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BA SCORE
88
very good

474 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 474
Hads: 845
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 27
Gots: 75 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2001

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of Moosehunter
5/5  rDev +27.2%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- one of the nastiest looking beers. Throw up in a glass...chunks and all that is the appearance. 1 finger head which is small for Belgian beers

S- slight floral but mostly spicy yeast prevails on the nose

T- very smooth and easy to drink. Ok flavors but nothing top tier for a Belgian tripel. Very yeasty and spice is noticed. Minimal hop bitterness.

M - nice and warm and buttery

O- this was an ok beer but for a Belgian tripel I expect ally more and this one certainly wasn't quite up to par with the other. Tripels (523 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a light golden amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) white creamy head that lasted throughout and produced excellent sheeting of lace which totally engulfed the whole glass.

The aroma was of a grain malt, perfume hops and a soapy yeast with notes of citrus (lemon), honey and coriander.

The taste was lightly sweet with a malty wheat feel and a hint of honey from the beginning with the finish being a little bitter and a tad sour with a strong yeast presence and a light spicy hop ending. The flavor lasted only a short while with the mild hoppy spice taste and a slight alcohol warming sensation left behind.

Mouthfeel was between light and medium in body with a dry creamy texture and a very lively carbonation.

Overall a Tripel that is not overpowered by any one flavor, on the contrary the blending of flavors in this brew is exquisitely done... (905 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: A darker gold, not too many bubbles; white head is thick coming off just over two fingers length on the initial pour.

Smell: Light yeast, coming off very rich.

Taste: A lot going on here, you need to breathe a little to rightfully appreciate the taste of oak, and yeast.

Mouth: Definitely medium to heavy, after taste incredibly stuck to you.

Overall: Great beer, had it a few years back on tap picked up a glass to let you know what you're missing. Might be a little sweet but not in the soda type of way. Complex but smooth. Salud! (581 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of Corsendonk's Agnus Tripel Ale that my brother brought back from his trip down south. Well it looks like I have made it to my 400th review so I thought I should open something up that I have been really wanting to try for a while now, so lets celebrate my 400th review and see how this beer goes. it had a best before date September 22nd 2014 Lot#7661. Poured from 75cl brown corked and caged bottle into a tulip, never seen a cage like this before.

A- The bottle looks pretty nice, it looks to be screen printed and has a nicely done religious scene in the middle, it looks pretty classic and traditional looking. It poured a pretty clear pale golden yellow color that took on a brighter gold color when held to the light and it had four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing. This is a good looking Tripel, no doubt about it.

S- The aroma is very true to style and starts off with some fruity aromas like some orange and lemon peel along with some apples and pears. Next comes some very sweet bready and grainy malts followed by some candied sugar. After that I get some spicy and earthy Belgian yeast that impart those typical spicy yeast aromas with a little more earthiness then you normally get. Towards the end I get some floral and slightly soapy aromas that may have been from some hops and some sour apple like aromas at the end. This beer had a good aroma that was pretty complex, I liked it.

T- The taste seems to follow the aroma nicely, all the aromas that I picked up seemed to make their way to the flavor of this beer, at the start I got some nice fruitiness with some orange and lemon rind showing up along with some apples, pears, and sour apples. I also got some nice bready and grainy malts that still had a high amount of sweetness but didn't seems as sweet as the aroma and the sweetness had a candied sugar like flavor to it. Towards the end I get some some of the spicy Belgian yeast flavors that show up just enough and don't over power any of the other flavors, there was also a really slight amount of alcohol along with a lighter amount of bitterness with a sweet, bready and slightly fruity aftertaste. This was a good tasting Tripel that was almost as complex as the aroma, I Like it, it tastes pretty close to how I feel a traditional Belgian Tripel should taste.

M- Pretty damn smooth, pretty crisp, fairly dry, medium bodied with a higher amount of fizzy carbonation. The mouthfeel is good, crisp, dry, light and fizzy, just what I expect from the style.

Overall I really liked this beer and I thought that this was a good and above average example of an authentic Belgian Tripel, it had all the key things that I look for in a good example of this style. This beer had great drinkability, it went down really smooth, the alcohol hardly showed up in the flavor, and it had more then enough good flavors to hold my attention, this is going down quicker then I thought, one of the most drinkable Tripel's I have had, I don't think I would have a problem drinking the whole bottle by myself. What I liked most about this beer was everything, all aspects of this beer came out just the way they should and there was nothing off about this beer, a very well rounded beer. What I liked least about this beer is the fact that I have never seen it around here, we get a good variety of Belgian imports in this part of Michigan and I am surprised that I don't see this on the shelf next to the other awesome Belgian beers, what's the deal. I would for sure buy this beer again when looking for a good Tripel, it provided just what I want form this style, but since I can't find it around here, who knows when I will be able to try this beer again, I know if I did see it again I wouldn't buy just one bottle. I highly recommend giving this beer a try, if you want to know what an authentic Belgian Tripel tastes like try this beer and you should get a good idea on what this style is all about. This beer made for a pretty good first impression from Corsendonk, they did a great job with this beer and you can be sure that I will try more of their beers if given a chance, this beer is a straight up good Tripel, no doubt about it. I am very happy to be drinking this beer on my 400th review, it made for a great celebratory beer and a fun beer to review. With more great beers like this just waiting for me to try them, I can't wait to see what the next 400 new beers has in store for me. (4,517 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a pale cloudy yellow color. A huge bubbled white head, triple style. Never disappears leaving many lacings left

S: Very spicy smell. Really great: Honey, vanilla, coriander, orange zest, caramel malts, apple, Belgian yeasts, bready malts

T: Pretty much like the nose. Spicy. Honey, vanilla, bit citrus orange zest, apples. Caramel and bready malts, Belgian yeasts. I overall a mild sweet upfront and a bit citrus and bitter aftertaste. Very smooth triple

M: Heavy body and medium to high carbonation

O: Great Belgian Triple. Smooth and drinkable (600 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light, golden colored beer with about a finger's worth of white head that is fed by an incredible amount of carbonation forming on all sides of the glass. As a result, the retention is very long.

S: Earthy yeast is what I get most of, with also some sweet apple and also a rather unpleasant metallic edge. Not a bad smelling brew, but that strange metallic note is throwing me off.

T: None of the metallic taste here. Sweet notes hit first, then fade into a dark-fruit, raisin taste, and the finish is rather grainy and yeasty, and brings a slight bitterness which is a welcome respite from the (almost) over-sweetness of the initial pop of flavor.

M: Moderately light body, with a lot of carbonation.

O: Not what I think of when I think of a tripel. The flavor is light and crisp, and relatively straightforward. A nice change if you're looking for a tripel that's a little different. (892 characters)

Photo of zachary80
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of scottwestphall
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
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.  (621 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that is still there. A golden straw yello with some haze to it and plenty of carbonation coming up through the center of the glass. It's so freaking alive, it's scsry delicious.

Smell: apples, pears, vanilla, bready malts, belgian candy, grapes

Taste: All of the above blended well together. Alcohol is a little noticeable and there is some spiciness to the finish also.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, crisp, dry, but very delicious and easy to drink. The carbonation is the only downfall to the beer. Halfway through and the bubbles are insane.

Overall: I have had this beer plenty of times before and many more in the future. A very nice tripel indeed and happy I was able to score a few of these in the past month. (850 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rocky white head erupts from the hazy, golden body and is very slow to eventually give way to a sticky, yet scattered white lacing.

Aromas of zesty lemon peel, yeast, grass, touches of spice, and other faint citrus fruits, some bordering on sour apple all are present. The aroma is really packed with a number of features.

The flavor is similar and perhaps more focused on the sweet fruit with secondary hints of spice and yeast. The yeast really shows up as it warms with faint notes of grass as well.

Carbonation is massive and perhaps a bit aggressive with a nice, crisp light to medium body.

Great traditional tripel character offered in this tasty brew with tons to offer the senses (693 characters)

Photo of WJVII
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass this brew has a clean crisp yellow wheat color with a full 2 finger white head. The carbonation was very active but once settled the brew was quite clear. The aroma was quite sweet with hints of plum, banana, and some alcohol as well. The taste was dry and sweet. There is banana, grapes, and very light malt notes. Alcohol is present in the dry finish. The carbonation makes the flavors pop and this brew is quite refreshing. (452 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,029 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an official Corsendonk tulip glass.

A very VERY soapy quality head and somewhat bright white in color, sits on a simple slightly opaque lemon and gold body. Real nice looking small carbonation rising from the glass. head has some staying power while drinking, and clumps on occasion while consuming.

Nose has some faint malt, fresh grain and a nice sense of flour. Not much esle but pretty solid.

An intersting palate composing itself as an almost "crisp" tripel. Creamy texture gives way to a real nice malt, sweetness comes in on the mid palate, with a mild honey/sugar. Playfully carbonated but not taking away any of the beers flavor. Some slight gas sensations. As beer warms, palate finishes with some soft peach like fruit and butter.

Overall a great tasting tripel. (805 characters)

Photo of match1112
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: bright golden straw colored body, four fingers of the thickest, creamiest head. good lacing and retention.

s: spicy yeast, light fruits, litle earthy, floral.

t: sweet up front with earthtones giving way to a bouquet of floral hops on the finish.

m: medium to thin body, great carbonation, light crisp and airy. dry finish.

o: i really like this beer, could be one of my favorite tripels. (395 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with four fingers of white head that recedes into a dense cap with good lacing.

S: Only slight Belgian spice notes at first followed by light fruit aromas such as pears and white grapes. There are some floral citrus notes in there as well along with a sweet, biscuity aroma on the finish.

T: Again, light spices up front followed by some faint candy sugar notes. Light fruit flavors are present again as well, but they're fairly subtle. Clean bread and yeast flavors bring up the finish.

M: Medium-light body with high carbonation, this beer is highly attenuated, giving it a nice, dry, clean, light feel.

O: Overall, a good tripel. It's a little bland on the flavor with the yeast dominating a bit too much. Still, it smells good and has a great feel to it. (801 characters)

Photo of ujsplace
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a nice hazy golden colored brew that has a dense, clumpy creamy white head.

Smells of candied malt sweets, spices, mild honey and some banana - also some bready yeasts.

Tastes yeasty, bready malts, candy-like malt sweetness with some peppery spiceyness that closes things out nicely.

Medium mouth with good carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

A little bit lighter in terms of flavor that what I had expected. A very good take on the style, but a bit lacking in overall punch. Well worthy of another...and another though - highly drinkable triple that is very enjoyable. (604 characters)

Photo of wo87810
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of abgba121
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow with about a half inch of white head, leaves a thin to medium spotty lace, very effervescent

S: sweet and fruity and yeasty as expected, very little hop aroma

T: sweet up front, followed by the fruity yeast flavors, a slight hop note towards the finish

M: medium body, very carbonated

O: a good tripel, one of the very few I've had, I enjoyed it (394 characters)

Photo of danmouer
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first experience with the Agnus/Pale Ale by Cosendonk. I believe BA has it properly classified as a tripel. And it is a very nice one.

Poured a 1/3 l. Bottle into a Chimay Glass--sorry for the blasphemy. I,m a careful pourer with bottle conditioned beers, but the yeast was already well mixed here. I notice several other reviewers note the cloudiness of this brew. Perhaps their yeast does not form a firm cake on the ottom of the bottle, but I prefer a ttripel with good clarity. The color, a mdium gold, is as expected, ut, agai, my preference is for the clear bright lemon-yellow of pilsner malt and clear candi syrup. This looks a bit more like a strong golden.

The foam piles up into lovely suds which fade slowly. A pretty sight reminding me to pour carefully.

The aroma is lovely, but understated, even after warming the glass. Spice, pils, and a hint of orangy citrus. Very delicate and enticing.

The flavor comes on with a wonderful honeyed sweetness that seems to say "that explains the color!" Iknow there is no honey here in reality, but perhaps some lightly caramelized candi sugar syrup. There is a pretty nice alance between this sweetness, an ewffective hop-bitter backbone, and spice-and-light fruit supplied by the yeast. The light alcohol warmth is just perfect...much better than the more alcoholic tripels I am used to.

The mouthful is a winner while there remains a good dry carbonation, but as my beer warmed the sweetness became a bit cloying. Good complexity, but not great complexity.

Overall, this is a really nice tripel. I am thankful for the constraint in holding alcohol at 7.5% abv. Clexity might be diminished a bit but the clean warmth is better than some of the solventy flavors of bigger beers.

This is a good tripel. Not my favorite, but definitely one I'll keep coming back to. (1,834 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a muddy looking golden color with a white head on top. The head settles a little bit but keep a white cap on top of the beer. The smell of the beer gives off some soft Belgian yeast aromas, some bread and grains with just a hint of spice also. The taste of the beer is sweet and had a good bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied and has a good softness to it. Overall it's good brew once it warms up a bit. (460 characters)

Photo of djura
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got it from Hungary,made in Belgium.

A-Almost amber color,lots of bubbles,fizzy white foam. It is close to Biere de Garde beers,maturing in the bottle.

S-Lots of fruits,plums,apples,jam.. Hops,yeast. Very tasty smells.

T/M- A bit more bitterness,also carbonation,it is almost like IPA,but then there is enough fruits,which is usual for Belgian Ale's.

O-Belgian Ale,Tripel,Fruits.. That can't be bad. (403 characters)

Photo of mrcarterxxl
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale ABV=7.5%

A= pours a murky pale yellow with a soapy fluffy head.

S= smells of cooked hot apples with cinnamon.

T= crisp apples, some hoppiness, alcohol is masked very well.

MF= semi-full, delicate carbonation, clean flavor.

I would pair this with apple pie, chicken dishes, light pork dishes, salads/vegetarian dishes.

Cheers! (359 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corsendonk Agnus/Abbey Pale Ale….in the bottle….at Resto in NYC.

Appearance-poured into a snifter glass with a vibrant brown copper color and two rich fingers of lace and large crackling bubbles, the head disappears quickly.

Smell-spicy mix of hops, citrus, a rush of pine and alcohol burn, very aromatic on the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel-warm rush of alcohol pushes through, mix of spice and that sugary note you get on many tripels, light hops and fruit in the background. A medium mouthfeel with lots of flavors, leaves a final note of sugar and alcohol burn on the tongue, a warming burn signifies the AC in one final note for you.

Overall-a nice beer, seems more a Tripel than a Pale but who cares, I’m interested in the beer and this one hit its mark, worth a try. (776 characters)

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