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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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BA SCORE
89
very good

757 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 22
Gots: 33 | 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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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
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jcalabre

California

2.73/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on Cinco del Mayo 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
I guess that I would have liked this better on a hot summer day. It has almost a champagne-like fizziness that I just didn't like. I wasn't too impressed. I must say, however, that I couldn't detect the 7.5% ABV

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 02:32:27 | More by jcalabre
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beerguy101

California

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw color, slightly cloudy, large head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A Belgian Triple style ale. Malty and dry, with a distinctive hop signature. Mouthfeel is full and round. Soft carbonation, champagne-like. Finish is dry and clean. Aftertaste is slightly malty

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 00:25:47 | More by beerguy101
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UnionMade

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Cochonne goblet at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Appearance is a light hazy golden amber, with a rather short head, for a belgian beer. I was watching her pour it, and it was very foamy, but the head died down almost immediately. Aroma is definitely malty, with that belgian sweetness. Smells mildly sour, with plenty of fruity goodness and a bit of caramel. Taste is very nice, although not the best belgian I've had by a long shot. Lots of candi sugar, which has an almost saccharine sweetness in this particular beer, faint metallic quality, light clove, fig, and caramel flavors. Nice and complex. Carbonation is mild, with a slightly sour finish. Body is medium to light. This is one of the most ubiquitous belgians in my area, bottle wise. I was meaning to try it when i was first discovering beer, and i wish i had. I've tried so many other belgian abbey style ales that this one just didn't really impress me. Something about it was just a little off. Good, but with a sort of unrefined quality...or something. I can't explain it, but it certainly wasn't as good as some other tripels.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2003 21:52:05 | More by UnionMade
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far333

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a goblet. Hazy honey color with a thin white head of tiny bubbles resting on top. Head disapeared right away and left no lacing. Aroma is sweet and doughey, with hints of citrus and sweet candy. Flavor is rich and sweet. Sweet fruit, a bit yeasty. Mouthfeel is a little heavy, carbonation is moderate. A bit rich to be very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2003 12:40:44 | More by far333
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TheDM

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice lively pour with a good white head filled with medium to large bubbles. It has that light yellow/orange color with yeast floating in it as is typical of the Abbey Pale Ales I have tried. The head died out and left no lacing before I could even take my first sip. It's aroma mild and fruity. The initial taste was a mild and fruity with a strong carbonation on the tip of my tongue. On subsequent tastes I began to feel the carbonation filling up in my stomach. A nice brew, but the Chimays are better. GF said it was nice and gave it a rating of 3.65, better than the coffee brews LOL!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 15:11:04 | More by TheDM
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, my 2 local packies carry Corsendonk as well as the nearest beer bar (and let me tell you, good Belgian beer doesn't exactly grow on trees around here), but for some unknown reason I have resisted it until now. Cheaper than your typical top-shelf Belgian and the compromise is apparent in the brew if you search really hard. Some Euro-lager characteristics (off-flavors, too, such as corn, husk a la Heineken and Stella) which are definitely not welcome in a Belgian tripel. However, there are some very nice things going on here as well. Smoother than many tripels, with more emphasis on the pale malts, some shimmering hoppiness, and not too much yeast or peppery spiciness. That is a good thing, an entry-level Belgian tripel if there ever was such a thing. A tart apple quality is lively and refreshing; some white wine-like woody elements will put the oenephiles at ease. Seasoned beer drinkers will find some things to enjoy here but ultimately the beer is one-dimensional and you will probably be left longing for something to really knock your socks off.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2003 17:15:33 | More by Thrasher
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kindestcut

North Carolina

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

My latest foray into the Belgian beer world...

The Corsendonk poured a cloudy gold, lighter than the Orval but similar to the Chimay Cinq Cents. At first pour, the head rose like a volcanic eruption and I had to wait quite a long time for it to go down so I could continue pouring.

The aroma is dominated by floral and citrus, which explains the taste. More than the Chimay White, the Corsendonk Abbey tastes like liquid tulips. There is a tad of bitterness and citrus which round out the flavor but I find the floral a little too much. The mouthfeel is great, a beer that has just enough carbonation to keep my interest and suggest the next sip will not be soon enough.

This is a good beer. It's not my favorite of the Belgians but even a mediore Belgian beer (and this is far better than mediocre) is still damn good.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2003 12:52:27 | More by kindestcut
Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
89 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.