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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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very good

752 Ratings

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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 22
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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 MCDuhamel


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

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a chalice, at around 50 degrees.

A: Fairly clear, dark straw beer. Poured a foamy head that collapsed into a one centimeter cap that condensed a little. Light to moderate lacing. Shows moderate to light carbonation, with small bubbles.

S: Not a lot going on in the nose. Slight spice and phenol notes, with a trace of tropical fruit.

T: Mute tropical fruit, perhaps mango, with a minerally offset greet the tongue. Some hoppiness is apparent on the finish.

M: Very light on the tongue, with a slight carbonation prickle and even a bit of gassiness.

D: Quaffable.

Overall: This is a pretty decent tripel, and one I enjoy. It is not outstanding, and is a bit more subtle than many of my favorites, but it is well worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 19:09:02 | More by MCDuhamel
Photo of lonestar4lunch


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

I can't quite figure this one out. Nice 3 finger head on initial pour. Light head that lingers the whole time. The smell of hops and citrus in somewhat powerful. Expected more but not bad. Smooth, creamy taste. Light, leaves you wanting more. Again, better once gets closer to room temp. 750ml

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 03:09:28 | More by lonestar4lunch
Photo of techdiver


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

Pours a hazy pale gold with a one inch head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring of foam along the edges.

Sweet malt aroma, faint apple.

Taste shows malt, hops, and citrus. Good, but doesn't compare to Karmeliet, St. Bernardus, or even St. Feuillien.

Displays great carbonation, fairly light, and crisp.

Good drinkability, better than some. An enjoyable Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 05:44:29 | More by techdiver
Photo of adams82


3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright yet slightly hazy and translucent, colour is golden/yellow with a huge white head. It certainly looks inviting on such a warm spring afternoon.

The aroma screams Belgian Candi sugar. It is sweet, somewhat malty, a little spicy and reminiscent of apples. No hops were detected.

Taste is fairly light and tame. A soft sugar like sweetness is aparent throughout each sip, along with a dense malty notes and a hint of apple with a bit of bready yeasy. Again, no hops are noticed in the flavour of the beer and despite the 7.5% weight of this beer, alcohol can not be detected either!

This is a fairly light and dry beer, no doubt due to the use of the candi sugar... boderline watery, but certainly not bad. The carbonation is wonderful (I love corked beer) and this is very drinkable. While not packed with flavour and a little boring for the style, this is a good offering and pairs well with the heat.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 21:17:59 | More by adams82
Photo of willjschmidt


3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a small juice glass (I was at the in-laws, that's all they had).

A: Light golden straw color. Pure white head.

S: Lots of yeast, some light fruits and some light spices.

T: Light fruit and yeast. Some banana, maybe some citrus. It's your standard Belgium tripel flavors except much more tame and much lighter. It's almost like "tripel light".

M: Light bodied, crisp and clean.

D: This is a very drinkable beer due to the fact that it's so tame and less flavorful compared to other tripels. I guess that's the one thing it's got going for it. I wouldn't get it again, there are many more tripels out there that are far better.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 16:35:27 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of cichief


3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter style glass.

A- Hazy, gold color, with a white head.

S- Yeasty and spicey, fruity sweet.

T- Tastes of ripe fruit and candy, hints of clove and spice.

M- Effervescent, but not overdone, thin on the tongue.

D- A decent example of the style, but far from a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 22:22:30 | More by cichief
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 RedChrome


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

Hazy yellow gold colored body. White headed of an inch and a half faded quicker then expected. Tiny fast rising carbonation is about avereage in amount. Lacing spots are few but clingy.

Light fruit and yeast blend in the nose. Apples are clearly the dominant fruit in the blend. Light grapes and pears make up the balance of the aroma.

Super crisp green apple taste on the tongue. Dirty earth presence in the back end of the flavor. Hops are very light, but aggressive enough to note.

Drying effect on the tongue. Carbonation pops the flavor around. Cling on the edges helps flavors develop.

A very nice beer. This would be a great beer for light fish. Not the benchmark for the style, but worth trying if it is available to you. A style worth exploration.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 05:33:52 | More by RedChrome
Photo of drpimento


3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old standard. Kind of a belgian session ale if there could be such a thang. Lots of the classic Belgian characteristics like the viniousness, and depth of flavor. Pours with a small head and some lace. Nice golden amber color. Yeasty honey spicey aroma and flavor. Flavor has extra light honey, champagney, zesty flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 04:37:14 | More by drpimento
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

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

Served a crisp golden yellow with a diminishing head. The aroma was lightly floral with light fruits. There was a good balance of malt and hops with a slight yeast bite. The alcohol was somewhat present and the beer sat moderately light on the tongue with slight carbonation. This beer was somewhat enjoyable, but not the best of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 06:37:29 | More by atsprings
Photo of Sigmund


3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, named Corsendonk Agnus - Tripel. ABV is 7.5%. Courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. Very pale clear golden colour, huge head. Sweetish and fruity aroma, both fresh and fermenting fruits, slightly yeasty, hints of spices. Flavour is moderately sweet and spicy, there’s an unusual element of saltiness / sea water. Light bodied for its strength, but the alcohol is noticeable. Low bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 21:08:34 | More by Sigmund
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gave this one a try last evening as I love the other offerings from Brouwerij Corsendonk. This beer poured into a chalice with a golden color, with a yellow tinge to it while also possessing a huge, almost out of control white colored head that had retention and did leave some nice lacing. Not sure if the temp could have had any play on the extreme carbonation that seemed to be at play? The aroma’s where nice, sweet malt that seemed to have properties of rock candy, spiciness and pepper come out along with a citrus fruit like property. The taste is also good, lemon come out in front then it turns to more of the spices that seem to tickle the tongue. Another thing that I notice is the amount of bubbling that is going on, see a ton of bubbles transverse up the side of the glass. This is a good beer, and they way I described it above I guess I would expect to give it a better rating but for me it does not live of to its brother brews from Corsendonk. Overall I would say that this is a solid Belgium Pale but do think that there are others out there that are better and more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 13:06:38 | More by Stimack
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a tasting with northyorksammy, biegaman, grub, and derek. Thanks guys!

Pours a very pale and surprisingly clear yellow with a huge, bubbly head (which is the only thing that distinguishes it from looking like a light lager). Sweetish aroma, lots of yeasty elements and typical Belgian spiciness. Taste is more of the same with identifiable cloves. Sweet aftertaste.

Good, but not as good as the Abbey Brown.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 01:55:34 | More by crwills
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before 19/05/08, enjoyed February 2007.
A nice silk-screened bottle, neatly caged. Pours with huge head with big suds that sit for the entire course. A slightly musty appearance but a very pretty yellow colour. Very pretty I feel. Lots of bubbles throughout the body. Appearance a little "off" style for a tripel but nice all the same. A wonderful bouquet - grassy, floral hops, some coriander and a strong lemon coating. Right on! Well carbonated mouthfeel that carries itself quite well, medium-to-full bodied. Flavours seem to fall a little short. A little too grainy, but a nice malt that shines through. Again that lemony taste sneaks up. No alcohol present. Good, complete, simply lovely.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 02:03:55 | More by biegaman
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Definitely more of a strong pale ale than a tripel.

A: Yellow straw, white head, a little retention, good lace.

S: Floral, slightly spicy with a little candied fruit.

T: Bready, floral, grassy-earthyness & bubblegum fruityness.

M: Moderate body is somewhat creamy. Moderate carbonation.

D: Quite good.

Thanks for the sample biegaman!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 03:28:30 | More by Derek
Photo of Braudog


3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle: Poured with the promised giant head of white foam. My bottle was extremely sedimented. Light and airy aroma, not undifferent from a European pilsner. Lightly spicy palate , but not as flavored as I’d thought. Disappointingly bland. (#2639 - 1/7/07)

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 02:28:54 | More by Braudog
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

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

quarterly tasting party feb 21/07 with northyorksammy, Derek, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. biegaman contributed this one, so thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged, dated 09/05/08.

pours pale yellow with a big fluffy white head that drops slowly and leaves lots of clumpy lace.

aroma is nice. lots of yeast. bit of sourness. very fresh, earthy aroma.

taste is good. light bitterness. bit of yeast. bit of sweetness. light funk. nice bready malt. alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation works well. nice light body.

drinkability is great. very good, balanced, and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 03:33:48 | More by grub
Photo of Biffster


4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep gold, with amber notes. The head is fluffy and persistent, with a pretty lace on the glass.

This has a rich, floral and spicy aroma, with notes of vanilla and fruit - pineapple, mango, and banana predominate. There is also a hint of spicy hops - saaz or spalt or something similar.

There are big fruity vinous notes at the sip. It is spicy and phenolic with a balancing malty note at the start. It opens up at the swallow with more spicy and hoppy notes that combine with a lingering warmth in the finish. There is a pleasant lingering spicy finish.

There is a light to medium body with a tight fluffy effervescence, giving a very light fluffy mouthfeel with a pleasant warmth and no off setting astringency.

This is always a favorite of mine. It is a great and tasty Belgian. It may seem a little small for a triple based on America's "bigger is better" beer culture, but this is an extremely well made and well balanced example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 03:08:20 | More by Biffster
Photo of BeerHonky

New York

3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber-ish yellow thats got a nice clarity to it. On top is a fluffy white head that, if you aren't careful, could go wild and engulf your beer vessel. Looks good. Smells slightly of the typical belgian spices and fruit esters...corriander, cloves, banana, etc. Now, in a tripel, I expect a nice big, pungent nose, but this one was disappointingly weak. There were only slight traces of these aromas. Taste was unfortunately weak as well, although not entirely upsetting after taking a few whiffs. There was also a faint detection of skunk in the airy mouthfeel which wasn't too distracting. The beer is, despite its shortcomings, rather drinkable as its flavors are much lighter and the mouthfeel being so light. So overall, I wasn't really too impressed with this one. I would not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 02:45:28 | More by BeerHonky
Photo of TurdFurgison


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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Delirium Tremens tulip-style glass. Huge froth on top of hazy pale orange beer, really nice looking. The smell was a touch skunky, maybe this was sitting on the shelf for a long time. But I could still smell the yeasty aroma so it wasn't a completely poor aroma. The flavor was really good, similar in a bready yeasty way to St. Bernardus Tripel. Maybe a tad more sweet upfront than the St Bernardus, and the mouthfeel was very very thick. Really good Belgian pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 00:29:54 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of garymuchow


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

I was able to buy this for what seems like a nice price, $6.05 (including tax) for a 750ml bottle. If I like it I may have to pick up a few more.

Bottle opened with a nice loud pop. Stinky, smelly initial aroma from the bottle. Poured into a large Ridel wine glass. Huge frothy very white head and dark yellow to more gold brilliantly clear with wild constant action of rising bubbles. The head leaves in a rather short order, but leaves a sticky spotty lace. Aroma includes a barnyard quality (that fades away in time) but is equally including, and maintaining, malty qualities of sweetness, softer/lighter fruitiness and somewhat sharp spiciness, all wrapped in a complex and pleasing manner.
The brief yet obvious dryness stands out, especially in contrast to the preceding sweet, fruity maltiness. The tickling of the tongue with an active carbonation seems to stimulate the taste buds, but this is subdued by the drying and a dulling light bitterness quality of the hops. The initial sweetness, with nice soft light fruity character is quite nice. The yeast and hop flavors that follow aren't' quite as pleasing, but nice enough. There appears to be some mild phenolic and yeast flavors in a peppery direction. The carbonation remains light and full, yet softens up really nicely as the bottom of the glass approaches. Moderately, to more, filling, which makes consuming the bottle easier.
In a general drinking process this is quite enjoyable. Varieties of flavors, lightness, and texture from the carbonation. The nice sweetness stands out, which makes the dryness such a stark contrast. The carbonation forces a more gradual consumption, which is fine. The alcohol is very well hidden with no sense of burning and little evidence in flavors. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 04:24:55 | More by garymuchow
Photo of mpyle


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold color, a big cloudy with some floaties in the beer. Oh, what the Belgians can get away with! Monster creamy white head with excellent retention.

Clove-like phenolics, maybe a hint of banana. A bit of malt and maybe some spicy hops as well (hard to tell with the complex aroma). Despite the complexity, the aroma is clean and nice.

Spicy yeast character in the flavor - same clovey phenolics noted for the aroma. Well attenuated and fairly dry at the finish. A spicy, dry-finishing beer very in keeping with the Belgian Tripel style.

Light/Medium body and moderate-high carbonation. Very smooth, with some very gentle alcohol warming. Very nice mouthfeel in the spirit of the style.

A highly drinkable, big Belgian ale. Alcohol and phenolics are present but not overwhelming. The light body and dry finish make it very drinkable, and very in the style. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 02:15:36 | More by mpyle
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 BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of my Corsendonk Gift pack that also included a glass, and a bottle of Pater Brown Ale. 0,33 Litre brown bottle with painted label, 7.5% alcohol.
Poured into its own Corsendonk footed tulip glass. A very nice looking cloudy golden. Thick white head that threatened to overflow if pouring too aggressively. Beer always looks better in the proper glassware.
Lots of smells of citrus, orange, lemon and spices. Taste also has some citrus, light lemon tang, with some hop bitterness at the end. A complex blend of flavor and aroma. There was lots of sediment left int he bottom of the glass. Pretty full body texture, smooth and creamy, good carbonation.
A very drinkable beer, not overly intense with the alcohol well hidden. Overall, a very nice example of a Belgian Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 23:44:37 | More by BigBry
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice example of a triple. I shyed away from this one, as I had reviewd it once before and gave it a D+. After having it again though, I'm not sure why I rated it so low.

It poured a nice golden body, with a thin 1" head. Smell is of citrus and sugar. The taste is nice.. very sweet and citrusy. The level of carbonation is good, with small but plentiful bubbles. I would have this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 04:58:50 | More by alysmith4
Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
89 out of 100 based on 752 ratings.