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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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BA SCORE
89
very good

764 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 22
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk visit their website
Belgium

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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fdrich29

Massachusetts

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

Cork stubbornly would not come out of the 750ml bottle which did not bode well for my drinking experience.

Poured a nice golden orange, thick white head quickly reduced to near nothing but did have some really nice lacing of tiny bubbles (I think there's a song in that somewhere) and that slowly slid down to the bottom of the glass when tilted, leaving only the anchored lace rim around the glass.

Spicy smell, with some citrus and spice. Taste was also spice, peppery and spicy with some breadiness as well. I enjoyed how this oen felt swooshing around in the mouth, a nice smooth, mellow crispness to it.

Not a bad drink, but certainly others from it's class I would chose over this one next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 19:03:37 | More by fdrich29
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kbub6f

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer: a medium-sized, white, fine head that leaves soapy lacing; a dark gold, clear, slightly orangey body. Sugar and spice and citrus in the nose. This is what clouds smell like in heaven, I think. A malty, fruity, peppery front. Thick, buttery, foamy, smooth, silky, malt middle. Dry, spicy, yeasty finish that lets a little too much alcohol through when cool. I like this beer. It's a nice, sweet, fruity, buttery pale Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 21:36:32 | More by kbub6f
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Boilermaker88

California

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

Presented in a 12oz bottle like the one shown in the pic, Corsendonk Agnus's label had a "best before" date of September 2005 on it. This tripel had a hazy light golden color and a foamy bright white head that slowly faded down to a tight cap and left scant, patchy lace behind.
The nose of this beer was quite enticing. Complex and very aromatic, there was a sharp yeasty tang, orange notes, coriander, cloves, and some astringent alcohol fumes. The alcohol, easily discernible in the nose, was well hidden on the palate. Dry and clean, the flavors of orange and coriander really came across strongly and outpaced the flavors of the yeast and cloves. The finish had a floral taste that transitioned to a moderate bitterness. The abundant fine carbonation lent it a nice creamy, smooth feel that made it real easy and enjoyable to drink.
I liked the way this version of an abbey tripel tasted and smelled. It was a nice brew to sit back and relax with. I wouldn't mind having this again sometime soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 17:57:47 | More by Boilermaker88
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

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

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. The color was golden, with a wispy white head. The smell was a slight fruitiness. The taste was a nice flowery semi-sweetness with a bit of a bitter finish, and no noticable alcohol. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, could definitely have a few of these.

Well, maybe not as revolutionary as its brother the Brown Ale, but still a solid tripel and one I'd likely have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 23:17:54 | More by beergeek279
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necoadam

Connecticut

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

This is the first Abbey Tripel I've tried and I must say I really love this stuff. Poured out a light orange/golden color. Smell is a little hoppy and some hints of citrus in it. Taste is quite soft on the palate. You can taste that citrus but also some notes of alcohol in it that kinda drives down to the aftertaste. But it's not too bad, it's quite tolerable. I like it, it's good.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 00:35:53 | More by necoadam
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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
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RoyalT

Ohio

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

Appearance – The body is beautiful and enticing. It is orange, thick, and murky, with good, active carbonation. The head was just the right size, not too small and not explosive, and left a permanent white fluffy pool at the top. Awesome.

Smell – This one is very pungent. The yeast is especially sharp and mixes well with the big chardonnay alcohol odor. The typical orange is huge here as well along with monster coriander.

Taste – This is terrific. I was concerned that the stingy alcohol from the nose would ruin the flavors, but they stepped back at the taste. The yeast and spices come on strongly but it is the classic orange notes that steer this ship.

Mouthfeel – I enjoy my Abbey Tripels well carbonated, and this one fits the bill. It’s not Hefe Weizen big, but it is fluffy enough to slow down the drinker. This is a heavy hitter, too, being almost full in the body.

Drinkability – This is a large, sipping Abbey Tripel that improves with warmth. It hit the spot just right for me as a Saturday afternoon snack.

Comments – I have found that my preferences with this particular style stray a little bit from the norm. Where as this one is running a 3.8 or so average I thought it was much better.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 01:06:04 | More by RoyalT
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

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

very cloudy with a good amount of sediment. There was not much of a head, but decent lacing. Hints of honey and malt in the aroma. There is a burnt sugar taste that turns dry in the aftertaste. This beer is lacking a few things. There is very little carbonation and the taste isn't well balanced. I just had a Karmeliet Tripel last night and this one is definately not in the same league, but it is not a terrible brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 00:15:21 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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Zorro

California

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

Pours a cloudy yellow.

Smells strongly of perfume and flowers, and yeast spiciness.

Tastes woody and spicy, but not severely so. Has a BIG floweriness to it, without being sweet, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see bees fight me for this.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good, but this is a different brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 01:03:13 | More by Zorro
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Shiredave

New York

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

Clear, bright, sparkling gold color, streaming carbonation and a tall, pillowy, snow white head that leaves a text book example of "Belgian lace".
Aroma is lemony hop and sweet , bready malt.
Initially soft and honey-like up front, nearly full bodied and smooth on the tongue with soft pear-like fruitiness. Tangy, earthy hop flavors kicks right in and flood the mouth with dry bittering while doughy sweetness balances perfectly.
Finish is warm and lightly alcoholic w/ mellow dryness and lingering grainy malt.
A Belgian Classic and a great pairing with rich or spicey foods.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 19:02:32 | More by Shiredave
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maxpower

Missouri

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

12 oz capped bottle best before 11/09/05 , pours hazy pale yellow color with a huge foamy white head that sticks to the glass. Banana-clove aroma, honey sweet fruity flavor. It has medium body with a crisp mouthfeel, lively carbonation, finishes very dry and spicy.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 01:10:40 | More by maxpower
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marburg

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright yellowish orange with a small degree of hazing and a big, fluffy white head. Melon, lemon, spicy floral aroma. Citrus jello mold and banana bread. Intense. Very restrained, easy-drinking triple -- fruit flavors are subtle and well-integrated into a sweet, simplistic estery base. Finish cleans up nicely, drops off without being harsh or bitter. Nothing too remarkable -- but maybe that's what makes this so good.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 22:31:53 | More by marburg
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beernbbq

Connecticut

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

Pours a mildy cloudy yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma is banana-like with other sweet fruits faint in the mix. The taste is not as powerful as some Tripel and Tripel style beers I have had. It seems to vacillate between golden ale and tripel a bit. It goes down easy and smooth but just not as much going on as I woudl have hoped for.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 13:14:58 | More by beernbbq
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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
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drewbage

California

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

Sampled from a 330 ml bottle in a Corsendonk Tulip glass.

Beer pours clear and pale golden orange in the glass with a large white stout like head that laces the glass on the way down.

Aroma is of oranges, caramels and a grassy spicy styrian golding type hop punch.

Flavor is first filled with the approach of a creamsicle, all cream and orange with a clean malt structure behind it.

Finish is lightly hoppy with a slightly metallic twang that feels like a cap issue.

Overall a very nice drinking tripel with less character than it's more classic cousins.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 18:31:01 | More by drewbage
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy deepish yellow color, murky. Head is flat but an ample 1/4 of an inch and of good duration. Laces in white broad loops. Sharp aroma, lemon skins, hay, and yeastiness. Flavor is more fruity, strays into the fleshy pear and almost plum area. Hops are relatively apparent, decent drying with aspects of white pepper at the close. Somewhat thin in body and undercarbonated -- easy drinking however. A little more fruity and less dry than I usually look for in a Tripel.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 16:38:03 | More by ADR
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byrd

Virginia

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

Pours with a cloudy golden color. There’s a good amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. The head is sticky and moderate in size and lingers for a long time. Once the head dissipates, it leaves a nice lace that is fairly think on the surface. Fruity aromas, banana, and candied sugar are evident on the nose. The palate is quite sweet up front and also a little fruity with spice notes. The yeast also makes a definite impression. Slightly bitter, citric finish, but the sweetness is still somewhat apparent. The carbonation is considerable, yet the mouthfeel is still fairly smooth. Body leans towards medium full.

Not a bad brew that tends to be sold at just about every store I walk into. Makes for a good choice when I’m in the mood for a Belgian and can’t seem to find one of the better, less readily available, tripels.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 20:33:50 | More by byrd
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Brent

Kentucky

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

Lacking in depth for a tripel. A bit on the dry-side, with some pear-like fruit flavors and sourish malt with a bit of clove phenols. Lacked the layers of fruityness or spice that I look for in a tripel. Pleasant and drinkable, but not something that I would search out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 04:13:36 | More by Brent
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Hex92

Virginia

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

This must be my favorite tripel. Great golden color with a white head. The smell is mellow - just like the beer. The bubbles feel good on the tongue going down. I could swig this stuff down all night. Of course the high alcohol content means that after a couple of 750s you don't need another.

Truly an amazing beer. In my top 20 for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 02:37:08 | More by Hex92
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cokes

Wisconsin

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

Blurry straw yellow with a gigantic mound of creamy white foam.
Lemon rinds, dead grass and pepper on the nose.
Taste begins with a light passion fruit sweetness, cut immediately by the peppery yeast. Apples linger throughout. Turns musty, but just for a second. Citrus fruits gain hold. Oranges and lemons. Ends plenty hoppy for a tripel. Golding herbals and bitterness. Depth is a bit limited, but it's hard to argue with what's here.
Effervescent and sparkling. Alcohol content is hidden entirely.
Certainly not the most complicated tripel, but a dryish, quaffable and enjoyable one.
A lawnmower Tripel perhaps? (And a nice one)

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 06:08:31 | More by cokes
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer but not quite great. It isn't the most complex belgian but it stills tastes really good. It has a light golden color with an enormous head. Very carbonated. The smell is of sour apples. Taste gives me an alcohol precense right away which combines with a citric hop flavor that I'd say resembles peach. There are some malts noticed in the middle but they come and go quickly. This beer finishes nicely with a mild spicy yeast flavor. Simply a quality beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 18:46:18 | More by granger10
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BitteBier

Indiana

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

A soft orangish straw color with chill haze. Topped by an average head fed by some active carbonation. Smell dominated by ho-hum grains with just a hint of hops. Given the lackluster smell and the first flavor that hit me (a dusty metallic taste), I suspect the bottle I had was too old. Still, the flavor wasn't bad--just less interesting than other tripels I have had. A fruity (peachy?) flavor that is balanced by crisp hoppiness. A bit warm and dry at the finish. Pleasantly soft mouthfeel and good drinkability round this one out.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 12:47:18 | More by BitteBier
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours with a five finger, white head that leaves a little lace. Pour this VERY slowly. Cloudy, pale amber color. Faint malt/alcohol nose. Carbonation is heavy. Medium bodied. Starts sweet but yeasty and finishes sweet with a hint of bitterness. Very good but I have had better triples. This is brewed by Du Bocq for Corsendonk.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 23:17:36 | More by jdhilt
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putnam

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jagged, off-white head over brass-colored liquid...
Intense, characterful aromas of lemon, pine, cumin, cardamom, anise, ...
The flavors are cotton candy, spring blossoms, honey, semolina, anise, lemon peel, olive, pitch and whole wheat flatbread grilled in butter. It tastes like good grain, mashed and steeped in water...oh, I guess that's what it is! I guess obviousness doesn't earn a penalty. At least it's "good" grain. I was hoping for a little more sourness based on what I smelled. Again, lack of "sour" might sound good to most people. Have you tasted a "Margerita" at a bar or restaurant lately? You'll need more than a "wedge" of lime floating in it...but who am I to judge.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 01:10:14 | More by putnam
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a medium head and some lacing on the glass. The aroma smells strongly of wheat and spices with some malts in the background. The flavor was very yeasty with some citrus notes. This is a pretty good Belgian wheat.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 14:07:59 | More by clvand0
Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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