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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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BA SCORE
89
very good

801 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 23
Gots: 42 | 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 blitheringidiot
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
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.

fdrich29, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
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.

kbub6f, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
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.

Boilermaker88, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
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.

beergeek279, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of necoadam
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.

necoadam, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
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.

RoyalT, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
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.

ALESwhatCURESya, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of Zorro
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.

Zorro, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of Shiredave
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.

Shiredave, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of maxpower
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.

maxpower, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of marburg
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.

marburg, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of beernbbq
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.

beernbbq, Dec 29, 2003
Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
89 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.