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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale AleCorsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 25
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2001

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
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
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
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
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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
3.62/5  rDev -9%
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
3.7/5  rDev -7%
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
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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
3.82/5  rDev -4%
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
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
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
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
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
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
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
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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