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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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BA SCORE
89
very good

786 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 23
Gots: 41 | 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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Photo of pootz
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

330ml bottle from a gift pack poured into the official Corsendonk tulip glass....revealed a hazy pale gold ale with a phenomenal fluffy white cap that piled out of the glass like meringue...very active in the glass with thousands of tiny champane like bubbles streaming up the glass sides. Nose is understated but distinct...fruit (Pears?) spice and a wisp of must from yeasts. Front side is peppery from the effervescence but the spice overpowers it and then comes some fruit/malt tastes (like a pear cider)..finish is deceptive...dry with the alcohol fully cloaked...light fruit after taste mingles with the drying....this is a nice pale abby...Me like-a varra much!

pootz, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of walleye
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

from the bottle. poured a hazy golden with off white head. aroma citrus, yeasty, fruity. floral, hops.flavor a strange citrus like grapfruit orange and lime mixed together with a touch of apple, not to bad a nice bitterness as it warmed the flavor just got better

walleye, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of rugger
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

This lovely beer pours a sweet goldish brown with a nice giant head. The smell is of that distinct belgian barnyard smell. The taste is kind of thin for a tripple but it is very good however for the price I would buy soething else. I also don't know how long this has been sitting on the shelf in my week beer educated town/state. The mouthfeel is a nice rounded fruity one that makes this beer very enjoyable.

rugger, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -7%

750 ml. Lot n 135376.

Foamy 1" bright white head with good retention; finally fades to a stable, slightly whispy sheet. Thin and condensed lacing with slightly above average strength. Slightly hazy golden -light brown in color.

Candied sweetness along with a moderate tart aroma. Some light spices of pepper and corriander. A faint touch of diacetyl.

Moderate candied sweetness followed by an even stronger, and pleasant, tartness. Pepper and corriander spiciness. A wave of carbonation cuts through the flavors and is accompanied by a twinge of metallic. A tart and spicy aftertaste.

Lighter to medium bodied; too much carbonation making this tripel very fizzy on the palate.

A good tripel. Not my favorite but a good version nonetheless. Pretty drinkable since the abv% is rather low for the style and well hidden.

NEhophead, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of TerryW
3.9/5  rDev -2%

Honey gold pour with a fine and persistent white head. A touch of lace. Overall a warm looking, handsome beer.

Firm pleasant aroma, not overbearing, full of citrus and spice with a touch of sweetness.

Sharp and crisp on the palate. Sweet up front with a gently bitter finish. Citrus fruity, clove spice and hops on the palate.

This beer comes across fresh and crisp. Mells good, feels good, tatses good. Enjoyable. Recommended to try.

TerryW, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of edchicma
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

Nice straw yellow colr with a small head, bt great lacing. Smell is light and grassy..very light citrus undertone. Taste is subdued, but pleasant...light grassy element and a light hop finish. Mouthfell is somewhat light, considering the abv....but very nice. Drinkability likewise is good for the abv.

edchicma, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a golden yellowy-orange color with a frothy eggshell white head. Pleasant aromas of pale malts and candi sugars on top of a blood orange/ruby red, citrusy aroma. Dusty and musty hop and yeast character, too. The initial malt sweetness is quickly cut with a estery fruitiness, and then the clovey, ginger phenols take form in the finish leaving it dry and palatable. Carbonation is decent. It is very nice and drinkable. I'm convinced it is better out of the bottle than on-draft.

crookedhalo, Oct 08, 2004
Photo of Hunter
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Best before date April '06; sampled October '04.

Golden, clear, bubly ale, with a thick head of white froth. Good head retention but not on the level with Chimay's Cinq Cents.

Amoras of floral notes, candi sugar, dry hops, and citrusy alcohol. Complex and clean.

Taste is champagne-like, dry and crisp, with undertones of lemon-lime tartness. Slightly odd aftertaste reminiscent of fruit, hops, and...plastic. This gets sweeter, more complex and alcoholic as it warms, but still, the taste seems far to simple for the complexity promised in the nose.

This is a good Tripel, certainly drinkable. But my money stays on Chimay's representation of the style, and the cost of both means I won't be back to Corsendonk for some time. If the Chimay runs out I know where to go.

Hunter, Oct 08, 2004
Photo of gbontrag
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Straw blond with a fat bubble froth that's quick to rise, and lingers like a Yorky glad to see you.
Looking for a nose...Clean straw, well-swept barnyard, orange blossom honey.
Lovely spicy yeast, mace and allspice. A dry tang, green banana and hard pears. A wonderful fruity aftertaste. Lovely lightly toasted malts remind me of buttermilk biscuits. Fresh, raw (unpastuerized) spring milk, fresh cut pasture. Wonderful character.
This is beatified fermentation!
Lively carbonation carries the active alcohol quickly over the palate.
Beautiful beer. I wouldn't kick it out of bed. I caught myself licking my lips for leftovers. Would be yummy with Moghul Indian foods.

gbontrag, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%

Best Before Date 25.03.06, Sampled September 2004
Quite Carbonated with large bubbles rising quickly through my glass. The beer is a gold color with a light haze and a head that is made up of large white bubbles, which though thick to begin with quickly disappears. The aroma is sharp, a bit spicy and actually reminiscent of a Sauvignon Blanc in both its fruitiness and spiciness. This beer effervesces on my tongue, it is sharp up front yet has a grape-like sweetness in the finish. While there is a certain sharpness and a hint of spiciness (ginger, pepper, and a hint of clove) this beer is fairly clean, and not all that complex. Certainly tasty, but it could use so much more.

Gueuzedude, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.1/5  rDev +3%

A nearly perfect pour into me Flying Fish tulip that is built on a light straw colored golden triple style hazy hue with half of me glass full 'o half cloudy white head and half CORSENDONK. Some scant beading bubbles escape up to the surface. Excellent head retention followed by a fast slippery lace leaving no traces due to high ABV. A few healthy swirls ellicit a 1/4" coating that curls up to the edges of me tulip.

Through the 2 " head cap, yeasty lime notes rise up fully. Musty peppery afterscents linger.

First swigs: Foamy crisp, fresh, highly yeasty and estery lemons and lemon peel flavors erupt. A cloves and banana peel essenced sipper with a dry mixed spice medium finish. Some rubber glove latex back hints, but not to a fault. Band-aid phenolic suggestions arise.

Light to maybe medium finish. Slightly sticky and powdery feel. A bit tight overly foamy sizzle.

Last swigs: Light feel, wide lemony yeastiness that goes back sip by sip under hints of bananas and cloves. Well hidden awl-kee-hawl peppers.

Beer is good. Happy Abbey Pale Ale beering.

blitheringidiot, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of trumick
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a light amber cloudy with a nce thick head that lasts for a while, nice lacing all over.

Scent is of light fruits sweet malts nothing that stands out really.

Taste is nice with light fruit sweetnees, some hops, finishes lightly sweet but dry. Abv doesn't seem to stand out.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, refreshing.

Drinkability is very good. This is a nice beer, and if it weren't so expensive I would like to drink more than one at a time.

trumick, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev 0%

Pours a slightly hazed, honey gold body with a smallish, offwhite, head that quickly drops into minimal, sheet lace.
Aroma is very fruity, with mango and pineapple and a hint of banana. Very spicy, as well, with notes of ginger, cinnamon, and allspice. Floral hops are also apparent, with a lavender or lilac aroma.
Mouthfeel is of a fine, Belgian pale ale, with tingly and explosive carbonation, medium body, and satiny feel after the carbonation settles down.
Mango and pineapple lead off the flavors. Wild rose, floral hoppiness lends a bitter dryness, on top of a significant spiciness. The yeast presence is very restrained, providing a soft, earthiness. Moderately complex, and nicely balanced. Alcohol presence is mildly warming, otherwise unobtrusive. Aftertaste is mostly neutral, with a mildly bitter, overripe apricot note.
Good drinkability for this well balanced, Tripel. Yeast presence could have been more prominent, but this is a fine sipper with a nice, tropical fruit dominance that is enhanced by the floral hoppiness.

merlin48, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a dry spicey scent that boasts of pale malts and a fruity yeast finish. The taste is decent. It has a very dry pale malt flavor with a fruity yeast finish. It has a slight corriander taste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent abbey pale ale. It has good aroma and decent flavor; an above average drinker.

WesWes, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of aquatonex
2.85/5  rDev -28.4%

I would have rated it higher if I had liked it, but I'll try and put that aside to rate the quality...

Pours golden-greenish with a copious head that lingered for a fair amount of time. Very frothy and composed. Fairly complex smell with a lot of smokiness, alcohol, and a myriad of noncitrus fruits. Taste matched the smell but was less invasive. Not a well balanced ale, a bit too much smoky flavor which caused this very acrid taste. It made me cringe a little every time I drank. But, if you like smoky then it's great. Mouthfeel was very good. It needed more balance between flavors to really enjoy the taste.

aquatonex, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of tfinn
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

beautiful clear golden-yellow with dissipating clingy head.

clean malt/yeast nose, with plenty of esters. a little banana and possibly green apple, but mostly apricot.

taste balances a fairly heavy malt/sugar with just enough bitterness to to give the attack a clean bite. the hops drop out quickly leaving a big malt/sugar middle. towards the end and there's a little grainy sweetness, combined with a trace of alcohol.

mouthfeel is full, yet wet. light carbonation is style-appropriate.

very quaffable and refreshing in its present state. I suspect a bit more aging might dry it out a little; I'll have to get another couple bottle and see.

this is interesting to compare with the corsendonk brown. they have some similar core elements, but go in completely different directions. I can't wait to try the christmas ale.

tfinn, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

I thought this one was an odd one. It was a clear yelow, with large particles that gave it an almost chunky appearance. It had a huge head that stayed for quite a long time.

The aroma was very inviting, mostly of sweet apples.

The fruitiness did not extend to the taste, however. To me, it tasted of smoky wheat malt, and the alcohol was evident as it warmed. Not a bad thing, of course, as it complimented the smokiness.

I just wish I knew why mine was chunky.

connecticutpoet, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of jlervine
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured a transparent golden color with a white foamy head that rose above the glass, but didn't drop over the edge. Smell is yeasty, earth, spicy, hint of fruit, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is spicy with white pepper notes that follow a eerily empty opening. There just a brief hesitation before the flavors hit, and then it all overwhelms the palate. Hint of pale malt, fresh fruit, bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and soothing, very prickly from the carbonation. Mmmm, this was a great follow-up to the Corsendonk brown.

jlervine, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +3%

12 ounce bottle, pleanty of sediment in bottle, but pours light pale and just a little cloudy. White head, tiny bubbles when it settles and leaves intricate lacing. Strong nose of melon, rubber bands and coriander. Soft on the tongue, light to medium bodied. Spicy palate, yeast, spice, melons, bubblegum. Hops very late. Crisp finish. Nice stuff, alot going on. 7.5 % well in the background. A standard and widely available Belgian, worth a try if you like the style.

Billolick, May 18, 2004
Photo of bark
2.88/5  rDev -27.6%

The colour is deep yellow with a little hint of amber, the liquid is clear and the compact foam is white, compact and slowly dissolving.

The smell is sweet sour with the notorious scent of fermented wheat. There are some traces of sour apples and buns.

The carbon dioxide is quite powerful with very small bubbles.

The taste is sourish, something typical for Belgian wheat beers. Except for the somewhat acid tones, there is a taste of sour apples and Jerusalem artichokes. The first taste is followed by a small sweetness that slowly is replaced by a growing, full-bodied bitterness. The aftertaste got some notes of sweet buns and raw potatoes.

A nice example of the Belgian abbey ale style. Although the alcohol is pretty strong, 7.5% abv, it was not noticeable in either smell or taste.

bark, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of GreenCard
2.8/5  rDev -29.6%

Appearance: light gold, great clarity, one finger of foam which flattens out to a thin even layer

Aroma: light honeyish scent w/ a dusting of clovey phenolic, a hint of grain and yeast

Flavor: light malt sweetness with a fair amount of dusty grain, a hint of herbal hop flavor, finishes dryish with a lightly spicey aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, lots of prickly carbonation (burp!)

Overall Impression: Definitely one of the better "mass-produced" abbey ales. It is actually botte conditioned (as opposed to Grimbergen or Leffe). A bit too gassy though. Not much complexity. Corsendonk Pater is definitely better.

GreenCard, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Cork came out easy but with a huge POP. I am fortunate to have a Corsendonk glass to sample this beer from. Pours out much lighter in color than I expected. It's about the same yellow as most lagers. Two inch bright white head and very effervesant. The smell is sweet, banana and yeast. Taste is similar but with more spice. Nice alcohol warming at the end. Not extremely complex but very easy drinking. Lighter than most tripels that I have had.

CharlesRiver, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

fdrich29, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

kbub6f, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

Boilermaker88, Mar 09, 2004
Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
89 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.