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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

720 Ratings

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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of smakawhat


4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 21:12:23 | More by smakawhat
Photo of match1112


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 23:13:36 | More by match1112
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 01:58:35 | More by n2185
Photo of ujsplace


4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 01:53:46 | More by ujsplace
Photo of wo87810


4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 00:52:23 | More by wo87810
Photo of abgba121


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 04:21:01 | More by abgba121
Photo of danmouer


4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 22:58:41 | More by danmouer
Photo of Knapp85


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 05:23:33 | More by Knapp85
Photo of djura


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 10:25:55 | More by djura
Photo of mrcarterxxl

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.


Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 17:45:27 | More by mrcarterxxl
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 02:54:04 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of micromaniac129


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

Pours deeper straw color with a fair amount of fine sediment, maybe yeast. A pretty tall soapy head sits on top. Some lacing but not much.
Aroma has a big malty backbone with some spiciness like corrinder and oranges come through.
A good tasting beer, sweet and spicy malts some orange peel and corrinder. Finishes dry and spicy. Medium mouthfeel with a spicy upfront character followed by dry bitter finish that clean. A good well made brew. It tends to be lighter and not very complex which I think works in it's favor.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 13:16:06 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw colored, crystal clear. light head. Very effervescent.

Smell: Nice estery smells here.

Taste: A true tripel. Esters shine. Candi sugar. Dry finishing bitterness. Well done

Mouthfeel: Tingly, syrupy.

Overall: Extremely nice beer. Will be having again if I can find it..

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 19:03:27 | More by Squelch
Photo of cdrogers


3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from Corsendonk bottle to Orval chalice.

Appearance is a lighter copper color than most of the Belgian tripel styles I've had and the head was minimal. Somewhat cloudy as well.

It smells of orange and grapefruit, definitely citrus with some oakey notes.

It tastes of citrus, but getting some off tastes like pine. Very dry and seems to be lacking body. I am used to the Trappist tripel styles and they all have a nice Belgian sugar layer and this definitely does not. Tastes quite strong for the 7.5abv that is listed. Nothing special at all, I'm disappointed.

Very dry and lacking any depth at all, not much else to say.

Overall, I'm disappointed with this one. Belgium is MY land of beer and this was not up to par. Just average compared to the others I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 01:16:04 | More by cdrogers
Photo of Filosoof


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

Corsendonk Agnus stayes one of my favorites. Though the name and the abbey beer calling is absolute fake (it is brewed 100 kilometers to the south east of Belgium), the beer itself is very good.

It looks great. Pilsener colour with a fat creamy top.

The smell has nice tones of malt, citrus and hop.

The taste is quite round, a touch of sweetness, lovely light alcohol. The hops don't come through. Could be a bit more.

Mouthfeel is maybe the best part. It drinks like a train!

Overall: it stayes one of my favorites. Not the most complex, but so nice!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 20:19:17 | More by Filosoof
Photo of leokbelo


4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi hazy golden on a chalice. Soda like carbonation, making a somewhat creamy head. However it dissipated quickly afterwards.
Sweet spiciness on the nose, fruits, a bit of alcohol.
Very devious on the tongue, sweet and innocent at first, then the alcohol creeps in, warming the body.
A great way to spend a chilly evening!
A great triple, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 02:15:14 | More by leokbelo
Photo of dudelove7485

New York

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours cloudy and golden with some visible sediment. Thin, small-bubbled eggshell head leaves almost no lacing behind. The aroma is spicy (definite coriander), citrusy and fruity (apple among others). The taste is lemony upfront and then sweet, champagney and very fruity with a bit of malt. The mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied with med-hi carbonation. Dry, bitter finish. The sediment leads me to believe that my bottle may have been a bit out of date. I owe this beer another shot.

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Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 01:50:17 | More by dudelove7485
Photo of janubio


3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dense head that holds for a while but leaves no lace when it fades. Hazy pale golden colour, smell of spices (clove?), mango (most of all), citrus, banana. It feels dry on the palate, fuzzy. Taste is the same of smell, only more citrus in this case, orange peel dominating. Bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 21:20:54 | More by janubio
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden hue in color that leaves a nice finger of head at the top with almost no lacing at all.

S: Smell is nothing crazy, floral notes and bits of spicyness, and bits of bitterness from the hops.

T: Little bit of bitterness up front, but aftertaste is floral with lots of sweet fruits all around and nice lingering bitterness from the hops.

M: Strong carbonation but medium bodied.

D: Highly drinkable, pleasant beer for a nice summer day, I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2011 18:56:21 | More by thedoubler55
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 rarbring


3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is light amber, has noticeable flakes, small bubbles, an off-white high head, some lacing and good curtains.

Earthy aromas, stable, dirt, lemon peel. Rather musky and dusty.

The taste is a mixture of acid old vinegar, lemon peel, then some old cheese and dirt. A moldy character.

High carbonation, small intensive bubbles, a dry finish.

This was a 2007 bottle, had already peaked. Must try a younger, better stored one.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 19:30:34 | More by rarbring
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

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

Pours a nice golden / pale yellow with a nice white fluffy lasting head. Aroma has a nice citrusy hops with lemon and orange peel fruity notes. Taste is a nice sweet citrusy hops lemon and orange peel with some nice malt and yeast. Nice lively carbonation and nice medium body with a nice crisp mouth feel on the palate. Finish is sweet citrusy hops with some lemony orange peel, some light grapefruit and pineapple notes ending with a nice yeasty malty character. Overall a very good flavorful crisp and refreshing brew. I would drink this again, very nice

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 17:49:44 | More by Samp01
Photo of fuquan

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Hazy light amber body with 3 finger head (medium sized bubbles). Not getting much on the nose, maybe some coriander and yeast. Very spicy on the tongue, and as it warms I get more of the bright, fruity flavor (banana, orange, a bit of lime perhaps). The yeast is also apparent, adding that nice bread-y quality. The beer is a bit dry and very carbonated. Overall this is a great tripel. Not as heavy as some I've had either.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 00:25:24 | More by fuquan
Photo of Daredevil


3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

glass used: Riedel Vinum Extreme Chardonnay

appearance: golden, very foamy head

smell: tripes, toilet

taste: very dry, foamy, notes of toast bread, quince, créme brûlée, a very light bitterness in the aftertaste

the glass is ideal for the taste (as it emphasizes sweetness in this very dry brew), however it fortifies the, sorry, awful smell ...
would be a classic with a better nose ....

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 21:04:30 | More by Daredevil
Photo of infi

New York

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Corsendonk tulip.

A clean, transparent, golden-color that shows a white, fizzy head of loose bubbles and resolves into the liquid quickly. Grandiose amount of carbonation releasing from nucleation site of glass. Aromas dictate a great amount of apple cider and bananas, with a thin amount of Belgian yeast-driven breadiness. Minimal amounts of peppery, coriander-like spice tickle the nose as well. Exactly what a tripel should smell like.

Taste carries a banana-filled booziness, alongside the Belgian yeast and pale malt. Unripened, green apple skin gives this tripel a thin pugency, but not like in a wild ale sense. The finish has a very slight metallic undertone. Kinda like a champagne meets a weizen. Personally, this is reminiscent of Brooklyn's Local 1, due to the banana and heat resonating on the palate. Very interesting, considering they are different beer styles, but parallel in flavors, nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Light-bodied with good amounts of that bubbly feel. A very nice beer! Definitely consider pairing this with some food or drink with leisure. A nice, round-year bottle for opening.

#4 of 9.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 22:14:34 | More by infi
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