Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 470
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2001)
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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.

Photo of RocketWidget
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the cork, lot # 136287. Quite a pain to get the cork out! Pours a somewhat bland yellow color, but has an excellent meaty white head. Smell is quite excellent, smells is of coriander and light fruit, but just appetizing throughout. Taste is quite good, high in alcohol flavor but also wooden and oak-like flavors, spicy without hops, perhaps coriander and other flavors are dominant. Tasty and worth the price, I recommend it!

Photo of baiser
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow orange colour, with slight haze, fluffy white head and good lacing. Heavy on the carbonation. Aroma of peach, yeast, cirtrus. Taste was very mellow. Soft flavours of peach and mango. Finishes dry and is quite crisp. Mouthfeel is smooth and fluffy. Easy to drink. A very simple ale, and it hits the spot.

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

750ml bottle, with best-before notched at '2005'. It's been in my beer fridge for about a year (kept at 50F). Served in a large chalice glass.

Appearance: Light orange-gold color, very hazy, fairly pale. Topped off with a big white head.

Aroma: Spicy, quite phenolic, with big fruit aromas (green apple, grapefruit), mixed with spicy, herbal hop notes.

Flavor: Very yeasty tastes up front, both vanilla and clove flavors mixed together. I can't tell if the hops or the yeast lend the lemon fruit flavor. There are some nice hints of peppermint on the palate as well. Finishes a bit bitter and woody.

Body: Big carbonation, very spritzy mouthfeel.

Excellent complexity, a very drinkable triple.

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

From a 330ml bottle, pour a pale yellow. Big foamy head. Lots of lacing. the nose is fresh with yeast, bread and light citrusy notes. Taste wise, again with the yeasty quality. pinch of banana but very subtle. some bitterness off the finish. great staying power. flavors linger nicely. crisp and dry mouthfeel. champagne like. pleasant liveliness in the mouthfeel. i loved it. not a huge flavor profile but solid in it's overall balance. a sometimes overlooked and under-rated beer.

Photo of pootz
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of walleye
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rugger
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of Hunter
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of gbontrag
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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