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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 24
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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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 elricorico
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into the Corsendonk glass from the gift pack, this beer gave a large head that kept growing to create a cap above the rim of the glass. The beer itself is pale gold in colour with lots of bubbles rushing about in it.

The smell is a lot of citrus, lime mostly and a bit soapy. Faint black pepper and belgian yeast is in there as well. Not bad, but not making me drool.

Taste is citrus, lemon zest, sweet and tart. has a dry finish. A hint of green apple type flavour in there. Leaving it on the tongue reveals no stand-out flavour, just a tame mixing of the tastes. To be honest it hasn't really impressed, it is ok at best.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with a fair amount of carbonation. Again, ok at best.

One can't say that this beer tough to drink though, it goes down easy, and the ABV is well hidden.

I'd almost be tempted to call this a Tripel Lite. Perhaps to introduce someone to the style this would work, but I long for more potency.

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

Brilliant clear gold under creamy white head.

Strong apple cider scent which as the head dies down gives way to phenolic, earthy funk.

Tastes like I wish hard cider did: fruity, shot through with an oddly pleasant medicinal taste. Melds very nicely with goat cheese. Finish drops off the cliff, though.

Light prickle of fizz in a light body. I was actually expecting a bit more carbonation, though.


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

Pours into the Corsendonk "zalig genieten" glass with explosive carbonation in a yellowish gold body, leading to a thunderously large marshmallow white head. Aromas fight through the cumulus head to reveal candied bananas, pineapple, candy sugar, yeast, a touch of pepper. Not bad. Grainy fruit flavors, topped with sticky candy sugar. Alcohol noticeable up front, along with some peppery, mildly astringent bitterness. Sweetness stays into the finish, with a buttressing banana-ish bitterness. Medium-full bodied with a light syrupy quality. Not a bad tripel, but there are plenty better.

Photo of Brian700
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer popped loudly and poured a clear golden with a billowy white head that sizzled down to a thin layer not long after the pour. The smell is good but is lacking a little bit. It smells slightly fruity. The taste is of pale malt with a little bit of fruit. There is an alcohol presence with the flavor. It has a light sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is good. Medium to moderate carbonation and a medium body. I think this is a very drinkable beer. I recommend it.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought as part of a glassware pack along with a bottle of their Pater. Simple white silkscreened line drawing of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus for the logo on this 330 ml brown bottle.

The pour is somewhat uninspiring, a 2 finger loose foamy head lacking in retention, the appearance is a pale hazy straw with minimal carbonation and a great deal of suspended particles. The aroma is also somewhat average, mild inhalations of wheat and honey, grass and a short jolt of alcohol riding up the nose. The flavour, while mild and pleasant, is also fairly average, not very stimulating. Low lying wheat and yeast at first, a little grainy, with a meadowy character in the middle, grassy and flowery with some honey and a bit of dried apricot, leading up to a floral and minutely herbal finish that is accentuated by a light citrus and peppery spice, which carries on through the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel possesses a far more fizzy and carbonated texture than the appearance of this tripel initially belies. In fact I've had the impression this whole time that I've been drinking a full-bodied lager in the back of my mind. Perhaps I didn't choose a more exemplar bottle of this tripel to review, but from what I've sampled this doesn't really thrill me too much, pretty plain overall. A very easy-drinking tripel, I'll give it that, but I don't feel very enticed to make an extra trip for more, or to refill my glass with it any time soon.

Photo of Cwrw
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally a local wine importer is distributing some new Belgians in Alberta; Corsendonk among them. The bottle is quite a simple affair, with a small white decal of Mary. Corsendonk's brewery label is definitely one of the more religious-looking. An apple and mango aroma drifts up after the cap is popped. The Agnus pours with a mammoth head verging on uncontrollable, especially in the Corsendonk beer glass. Big, pillowy and bright white, the head slowly falls to a drinkable level, leaving clingy lacing in rings and big dense pockets, all the while churning melodiously. The liquid itself is a cloudy champagne colour, bright golden. The first sniff gives an exceptional tripel aroma, full of spicy, brandy alcohol, white sugar, and a strong floral soapiness. Fresh wet grass above the rim, and down closer I get the maltiness along with a rich honey smell, which was appetising and a little different for a tripel. The aroma is quite dusty, warm and sweet. Some great fruitiness from the yeast, adding pear peel, green apple, mango, dried apricot and banana cake. There is a great deal of complexity to be had in the smell, and I found new aromas with each sniff. Much better than a lot of tripels out there. The taste does not fully fulfil the aroma, but is still first rate. The beer is quite syrupy sweet and sugary, but not cloying. Malt is given priority, and the phenols are masked very well. Some tinny metallic tastes throw in an off flavour occasionally. Surprising also is the spicy hops this has in the mouth, even up front on the tongue, almost like Saaz or Hallertauer. I tasted more hopping than usual for the style. The taste begins malty, gristy and with the flowery hops. In the middle all the fruit comes out, a little syrupy but filled with apricot and apple. The finish is dry with a little alcohol bite, and decently bitter from the hops. The smell and taste both have dusty, powdery characteristics. The sediment, tasted separately, is milky and even more dusty. I cannot complain about any element of the taste, save the fact that the aroma lead me to believe it would be a little better. This is medium bodied and low in carbonation, allowing for easy sipping. After a glass the stomach warms comfortably and you can "chew the cud" as it were of this beer. My verdict: a great example of the style, worthy of the name tripel, and very tasty, with enough complexity to satisfy most palates. I am glad I tried it. Thanks Corsendonk.

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

After sampling the Brown Ale in Chattanooga last weekend, I had extremely low expectation for this beer.

I was very pleasantly surprised. While, IMHO, the brewery completely missed the mark on the brown ale, the hit the bulls eye with this light, flavorful Pale Ale.

It pours a wonderful light color with a bit of yeasty residue our of the big corked and caged bottle. I nice long lasting head full of tight small bubbles protects the golden brew.

A definite classic Strong Pale Ale. Fruit, malt, yeast and more hops than I expected from a Belgian, but certainly not overwhelming. Everything blends very nicely here.

I will keep this as a staple in my cellar.


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

This beer pours much lighter than expected at a very pale yellow. It is darker than most macro's but not by much. The flavor though is unlike any macro. I would say this beer is deceptively light. There is a nice full flavor permeating from every sip. I caught hints of an apple or some berry as very slight aftertastes.

My main detraction from belgian ales is their phenolic character, and this pleasantly had none. Except for the price this would be an excellent session beer and would be of great use in advocacy of good beer to the unknowing. It is a nice blend of light and flavorful that any beer drinker will be able to appreciate, macrodrinker or no.

Photo of Bierschenker
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I presented this beer in a Trappist glass. It has a golden yellow colour. The beer shows a lot of carbonation that is continuously spreading around the chunks of yeast. I prefer the yeast and the beer.
When poured out it gives a large snow white head. As time goes by the head diminishes and, thanks to the vivid carbonation, the small remaining head looks like an active white volcanic surface with white mud pot’s.
The smell is sweet-bitter. It reminds my of the smell of some delicious soft Irish whiskey. Malty grains and slight hop, citrus.
At first it tastes creamy, than a malty taste creeps up, after that it goes over in a citrus taste and it ends with a dry hop, yeast and grain sensation in the back of my mouth. I did experience the alcohol in the taste and in my throat. All the way through, the carbonation gives an extra dimension to the flavour.

This is a nice abbey beer, I love to drink this once in a while. But I must say that from the bottle it is more a regular beer. The taste is richer when on tap.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden body. Bigass thick crop of ivory white head. Retention is outstanding. Carbonation looks vigorous. Nose is bready and sweet. A little spicy (peppery). And yeasty. Decent enough. Flavors are subtle, bordering on bland. Stale yeast and delicat sweet malts. Light pepper. A little wet cardboard. Mouthfeel is very prickly with carbonation. Body is light-medium. Just a little charged and gaseous in the mouth, but not overboard. Average Tripel and not one I'll seek out again.

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

From the small 33cl bottle.

A cloudy honey straw color with a very finely carbonated white head. Quite fluffy, nice lace, long lasting.

Citrus nose, diacetyl, grassy, tangerines, and a little bit of ol horse blanket thrown in.

The taste has a bitter start followed by a flush of fruit and earthy malt. There is a hint of chocolate way back. The finish is dry with an earthy cocoa aftertaste. Pretty delicious with a pleasant fizzy mouthfeel.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

my first locally-purchased bottle in several years...why not re-review?

And, away we go, the trap is off, the corkscrew in...POP!, and there she goes...misty straw appearance, delicate, snowy white pillow of foam, leaves lovely lacing...leads the eye to urge on the appetite...

Nose: gorgeous, an ethereal whiff of citrus, spice, and fairy dust, or something.

Peaches and pears, ginger and cardamom, coriander and orange rind.. Beautiful.
taste: a great spritz on the palate at first, a blast of lemon peel, yeast, and gritty spices all over the tongue...a sour, citric bite dominates the start, then it slides off and relents to easier pleasures.

This would act as an excellent aperitif, as I'm finding my tongue yearning for certain foods...too bad it's 4:45 am...I'll make a note to match with fine dining in the future, though.

Medium bodied, with a light, dry, certainly citric finish.

Zesty, if I had to keep it to one word.

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

Brown bottle bomber purchased from Dunderbak's cafe in the Lehigh Valley Mall.

Very light straw in color with a very light, whispy semi-rocky head. Some lacing on the glass but not as much as I would expect from a Belgian Tripel. Lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation continually rise from the bottom of the Corsendonk tulip from which I drink.

Fruity nose and very sweet yet very crisp to the taste. Not a session beer but a lovely beverage none the less.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lot # 136287, beautifully presented. Cork tied down with rubbery elastic "thingy".

Pours very pale, with an active head. Carbonation gives off major grapefruit effervescence. Can also smell apples and grape-green variety on both.

Incredibly tasty, but I am not sure where the taste is trying to take me. Smell and taste happen almost simultaneously. Syrupy and sweet.

Carbonation seams to pick up as the beer warms. A little to bubbly for my taste, but then again we're talking about almost a champagne. This is definitely a beer for the faint(er) of heart.

Photo of paterlodie
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agnus gets in the glass easy without any haze and a beautifull golden colored beer. Nice white head up on top make this appearancequiet outstanding. Nose is dominated by enormous amount of koreander, though yeastfruit and hop are in this fruity mix too. Little malts stuffed in the back to complete the nose.
Taste is quiet dissapointing going from the nose as it is quiet dull.
With that the koreander gives a (irony) off note to the beer. Taste is mostly alcoholic, litle malty, harsh before going into a good but IMO to low dosed bitterness.
Drinkable; in no way a bad beer but don't have to high expectations about it.

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

Pretty nice beer. Poured from a bottle a took home from my Distributor; thanks Union Beer.

Beer poured with a nice head that dissapated somewhat quickly; not the typical lacing I was expecting.

My version tasted like a weaker tripel... it had all the complex spiciness and yeastiness of a tripel, but not quite the same strength and dynamics.

Overall, a drinkable beer, but I think it would fare better if it were a bit stronger.

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

Yeasty smell, a nice yeasty head for a few minutes after the pour. Creamy smooth in the drink but with metallic in the finish and real metal and dry aftertaste. Coriander and a spot of more potent spice, though not complex. Medium mouthfeel. Another bottle two years later, light yelow with much head. All yeast story.

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

330ml bottle

Pours with a light hazy yellow body. Some yeasties, great head and good retention

Smell, very fresh smelling, clean and full of almonds.

Taste, crisp and refreshing. Little alcohol evident, very easy to put down. Almost grassy, some bitterness also

This is a 7.5% belgian tripel? This is a VERY drinkable...could this be a great belgian session beer?

Photo of santoslhalper
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a completely clear orange with a wonderfully rocky white head that leaves great lacing.

Smell: The smell is a really almost macro smell. What the hell?

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a hoppy and subtly spicy mixture of alcohol and fruits. The flavor is a little unbalanced and could use a year or so in the cellar, but still it's quite complex and very lively. The yeast notes get more promenint as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is full and chewy.

Drinkability and Overall: This beer isn't perfect, but it's still incredibly enjoyable. Not as good as the Urthel Tripel I just had, but I really enjoyed this. It gets more and more pleasing as I go down the glass. Deifnitly give this one a try if you see it.

Photo of Hibernator
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had the Cordsendonk Abbey Pale Ale from a 750 ml brown bottle with a caged cork. Best before date clearly labeled for 7/20/2006. I served the beer in a wide mouthed St Feuillien glass. It pours a hazy golden yellow color. Very fluffy and airy head on top that leaves random sticky lacings on the side of the glass. The head vanishes rather quickly.

Aroma of citrus, fruits, cloves and Belgian yeast.

The taste has a sweet crispness up front with a bitter hop finish. Grain, grass and wheat flavors add to the crisp mouthfeel, while there is a lemony citrus flavor underlying each sip. Raw and earthy yeast presence as well.

A solid Tripel by all accounts, but there are many other Tripels on the market that I prefer. I appreciate Tripels that can provide some more complexity.

Photo of ScottS
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this a couple of years ago in the 750ml corked bottle and it was horrible. It tasted like rotten peanut butter. Tasting it again in the 12oz serving leads me to believe that the first bottle had something very wrong with it.

The color of the beer is a nice straw color with a white head. The aroma is quite spicy for a tripel. There aroma also has hints of banana. The flavor is fairly complex with spicy hops, a bit of sweetness, and tart apple that is emphasized by the carbonation. The carbonation seems to be a bit excessive for this beer but not too excessive to ruin the beer. Overall, a bit of a break from the standard tripel style but still very good.

Photo of Quaffer
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz. bottle, corked and caged. Got this in Connecticut. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured a hazey, washed out yellow color. The slightly off-white head rose up easily and settled down slowly and fluffy. A nice bead helped to sustain a thin cap of dense bubbles on top of the brew. The lacing was heavy, covering the side of the glass with solid sheets of sticky bubbles in some areas.

Smell: Bananas, apples, and grapes provided a warm fruitiness. Light spices, such as clove, and a spicy alcohol component added a little bit of an edge. A herbal and piney hoppiness also helped to balance out the fruity sweetness. Overall, a fruity, spicy, and well balanced nose.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with a lot of carbonation presence. Not rough feeling, but very fuzzy and spongy in the mouth from the heavy release of bubbles.

Taste: A light malty sweetness upfront, combined with something that I had trouble putting my finger on. It could have been anything from currants to dates. This sustained until the finish, when the bitter, herbal hops kicked in. This lasted well into the aftertaste where it was joined by light sweet apples. There was a green grass component in the aftertaste as well.

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

Half of a two bottle set with a beautiful tulip sniffer with the words "Zalig Genieten" 7-09-06 Gloriously Enjoy by date.
in red reverse side of Corsendonk crest - which is also etched in stem. I planned on keeping is longer ( 7.5% ABV) but since trying a Hennipen I have taken a growing interest in this style.

An appearance for a cover shot, its strong eggshell white head falls and reforms with each tilt of tulip glass. Good lacing and strong beading that you expect with a Belgium with its explosive carbonation. Alcoholic wheat aromas with estery fruityness. Tastes similar to the Hennipen Belgium farm house with its dry tartness - but less complex and sour as Ommergang's Belgium.
Tart apple citrus, fruity and yeast dominate taste. The modest chill have - appropriate for the style, fades as it warms to the 50s. Well blended spiceness of orang and lemon zest, clove, ginger, and corriander.

Belgiums seem to make me hungry and stop half way for some toast and pecans wishing that a fine meal had just arrived to suppliment this Belgium Abbey Pale Ale. Its crisp clean finish would work well with desserts.

Leaves me wanting complexity as its slightly lingering but dry taste fades. Enjoy . .yes Gloriously . . not quite!
With just being my 3rd Tripple I believe I should have more to look forward to from this style.

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

TheCorsendonk Abbey Pale Ale is a Belgian tripel,I poured mine from a a 12 oz. bottle. It produced a fluffy white head, which laced the sides from beginning to finish. The ale appears translucent yellow gold, I could see a little bit of yeast from the bottle conditioning.
The taste was sweet taste with a bit of banana esters, and yeast. On the dry side with a slight honey finish, carbonation was appropriate for this style.
At 7.5% this beer is not quite a session, but in it's own family of tripels it could be considered one.

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

Apperance: Cloudy straw yellow with a tint of orange. Frothy tiny white bubbles. Sticky, wet lacing. Becomes rocky while the head disipates. Retention is beter than average.

Nose: Citrus and other crisp fruits. A little yeasty note. Orange peel.

Taste: Crisp carbonation, orange at first, maybe some other tropical fruits just before a sweet cracker taste. Frothy at the end.

Notes: Not much taste to speak of. I think that this is what can make this beer appealing. You won't blow your socks off. This is a great Belgian to warm up with. I disagree with the price, it is too high for what you get.

Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
90 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.