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Tempelier | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by weissbierdrinker on 05-03-2010

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 95
Photo of Czequershuus
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazel color with a medium sized fluffy head. The aroma offers up apricot, peach, cranberry, green apple and underripe blackberry. The flavor follow these same fruit notes, with some additional caramel flavors that in conjuction with the green apple flavor makes me think of a caramel apple sucker. The mouthfeel is light and foamy. Overall this is fun and fruity belgian offering. Nothing deep or serious, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.
Pours hazy copper/amber beer with nice off-white head, moderate retention, plenty of laces.
Smell - spicy, cake
Taste - dry, what I highly appreciate, fruity, spicy.
Medium and creamy body, good carbonation.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy light brown under a 3” clingy off white cream colored foam cap that drops after 5 minuttes to about ½”.
S: Light grains and fruit, some spice, cinnamon, and cardamom.
T: Caramel, fruit, raisins, light fruit cake, spice.
F: Creamy medium body, medium high carbonation.
O: Refreshing and delightful to drink.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Corsendonk Tempelier has a thin, egg-shell head, very little lacing, and a fairly murky, quite bubbly, red-orange-brown appearance. The aroma is of medium-roasted malt, some sugar, and tannin. Taste is the same, with bread crust and low-level hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and very prickly, and Corsendonk Tempelier finishes semi-dry, and highly drinkable. For a Belgian-style red ale, this is delightful.


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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2014. Purchased ages ago while on a trip to Belgium and since stored carefully. Presumably a fermented hommage to the Knights Templar - the front label reads 'They left to fight for the faith, sword in hand and two to a horse'.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich coppery-reddish hue with some chunky floating sediment and intense carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of caramel malt, mild grain, subtle raisins, earthiness and stewed leaves. Pretty dry.

T: Tastes of vaguely fruity yeast with a dry finish. Notes of caramel malt, faint raisins, a twinge of barley sugar, yeast esters, earthiness, stewed leaves and harsh cardboard. Well-attenuated, followed by a dry, herbal bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and decent body. Could be a shade thicker. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of caramel malt, mildly fruity yeast and acrid cardboard/stewed leaves.

O: So-so; probably the result of being a bit old. Looks nice enough, and the aroma is satisfyingly fruity. Unfortunately the flavour is rather lacklustre and wishy-washy, with some undesirable off-notes. Body is alright but a bit watery. Not a stand-out brew.

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Photo of khmel
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Light amber/copper color, hazy. Lots of carbonation trails. HUGE creamy head that has serious retention and lacing.

S: Faintly fruity, sweet malt and Belgian yeast.

T: Belgian yeast, malt, hops in the end. The flavor is not bad, there just isn't much of it. Meh.

M: Smooth, creamy, medium-bodied. Low carbonation. A little dry in the finish.

O: If this beer was as tasty as it is beautiful looking, it would be excellent. But the flavor is just lacking all around. Somewhat enjoyable but probably not a repeat.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tonight I will be both drinking and taking a history lesson because the next two beers I am reviewing are Tempelier and Piraat! First is Tempelier and judging by the red cross on a white background this brew pays homage to the famous Knights Templar, aka "The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon" (yes that is a mouthful) one of the most distinct and skilled of the fighting "monks" during the Crusade. No they weren't actually monks but they lived by similar rules such as celibacy and not talking during meals, and only eating meat 3 times a week... so what happened to them? Basically the Crusade ended and they had nothing to do, and then King Philip IV of France killed them off to get out of a massive debt. Moral to the story: Don't lend money to the French.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Hazy rust-copper body with a pleasingly full and foamy cream coloured head that settles to about half a centimetre.

S: Nice sour dough and champagne yeast character upfront on the nose, with a sweet honeyed malt middle with hint of coriander, some dark fruits and medicinal herbs in the finish. All round a very solid, though yeast heavy, aroma from this fine Belgian Dark Ale.

T: Surprisingly easy to drink for a Belgian *anything*... that yeast gives this brew a dry/sour note, followed by more barnyard Saison flavour profile (which was unexpected from the aroma): apple peel, cut grass hops, champagne yeast and some light honeyed dark fruit malt in the middle. Citric hop acidity in the finish cuts through the dryness a little and makes this one damn refreshing beer.

M: Mid to light bodied with that classic light but dense creamy carbonation.

D: A surprising Belgian Dark Ale then, quite well-balanced with a lighter flavour than expected. Easy drinking and very sessionable. The only thing about this brew is it lacks a little compared to other Belgian beers at 6% ABV, it could benefit from a bit more vigour in the flavour department, that being said it would make a decent patersbier - a light dinner beer that Trappist monks consume. Not bad, not bad at all Tempelier.

Food match: The spot on acidity levels in this would cut right through a cheese platter well, I would also recommend some fresh crusty bread and creamy soups with this ale.

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Photo of Jetulio
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle poured into a Chalice glass
Appearance... amber beer with a 2 fingers creamy head colour white
Aroma... grass, fruits and floral. Fresh , not too strong smell
Taste... citrus and fruity in mouth with dryness at the end, all in a light style
Mouthfeel... medium body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a drinkable version of an abbey from Belgium, bitterness is almost not present but is a refreshing beer too.

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Photo of freneticamnesic
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark reddish brown, thick white head that stayed a few minutes

S - Malts and brown sugar are all I'm really getting here

T - Light malts, burnt/caramelized sugar, and woody hops. Very little after taste

M -Very crisp and clean, mild carbonation, rather thin body

O - Quite nice as a Belgian Dark/Amber, with the crispness as well as the malty, smokey flavours. Perhaps a little too light for my taste, as I'm not greatly experienced in this particular style, but I would have liked a bit more flavour (at least some pleasant aftertaste). However, it is a good beer for a warm day when you still want some of the flavour profile of darker beers with the crispness of an amber.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Iam not sure if this a Belgian pale in style but i gotta say I liked this beer alot.Poured into a chalice a mix of slightly hazed deep burnt orange and copper color with a great looking billowing light tan colored creamy head atop.Aromas of light spiced phenols,dark fruit,and mild nuttiness.Flavors of not overly sweet toffee and cake,again some nuttiness comes into play along with spice and dark fruit.This a solid Belgian dark in my opinon,very quaffable but packing nice flavors.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with a cream-colored head. Tons of lace.

Grain, yeast, and sweet hay come to mind, with aromas of mild fruit and maybe even a little caramel.

Malt is on the sweet side, with some good grain and a touch of fruit. Yeast is present, and gives this another facet. Mild bitterness mingles with the malt as the palate clears.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

Nice beer. A sipper, and one that would get to be a chore to get thru after 2-3. But still very good.

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Photo of jwps214
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a large snifter from a 11.16 oz "stubby" bottle best before 9/16/14

Appearance: a pleasant slightly hazy copper color. Much darker than I expected from the first whiff. About an inch of thick head made up of tiny bubbles which left almost no lacing. As the head dissipated, the beer was left with a thin layer of tiny bubbles.

Smell: sweat and floral....somewhat reminiscent of a white wine. Tinges of white grape, dried prune and what I would guess to be lavender (?)

Taste: the first sip had a tinge of metal bitterness that did not return until the last sip when it had warmed up significantly. Other than those two off flavors, I got dry white wine with just a hint of fruity sweetness. The ending was slightly bitter with a surprising dryness that lingered long after a sip.

Mouthfeel: the first thing that jumps out is the bright carbonation. Long after the first sip, the tiny bubbles dance across the tongue( and in your nose if you try to inhale too deeply!) The beer featured a light to medium body with a texture that stops just short of syrupy. The long, lingering dry finish borders on nutty (in feel, not flavor) but pleasant, non-the-less.

Overall: This beer was surprising; a quick look at the bottle makes me think of a non-descript blonde ale. This beer contained many challenging layers to this Belgian Beer newbie. I would call it very good, excellent if not for a couple sips with off flavors

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Incredible floral notes turn to spicy dryness in short order, allowing Tempelier to take quite a journey across the palate- Corsendonk does this as well as any brewery in Belgium, giving great credence to their brewing quality and focus on drinkability.

Almost bright in clarity, the blonde ale pours with little of the yeasty haze until the last pour from the bottle- then the beer dons its cloudy cloak. The beer billows with a fluffy cotton-white head that displays a simple lightness that whets the mouth. Signature Belgian lace clings to the glass with intricately woven pattern.

Medium intense aromas of fruit and spice play out over a dry grainy-sweet scent of crackers, cookie dough, and fresh baking bread. Yet there's an aura about the beer that's highly floral and gives the other aromas the accompaniment of honey suckle- a very delicate bouquet.

But its the grain sweetness taking the shape of confectioner's candy and dry crackers that provide the beers underpinnings in taste. With that, the palate is awash with apple, lemon, and pear esters and a counterpart of white pepper, mild clove, and cardamom-type spice. Background hop notes turn from floral to grass and hay to give its dry malt finish a friend in earthen bitterness.

Medium-light in body, the crisp and clean upstart would expose every flaw in taste... except there are none. Early sweetness and zesty carbonation turns dry and airy to finish the beer with a slight pause in between to explore flavor. Closing with a spicy alcohol warmth, echoes of fruit, and wheaty aftertaste, the beer invites the next sip long before its due.

The beer effortlessly reaches every aspect that blonde ales prescribe. Though its flawless in taste, I keep looking for the intangibles that set it apart. The beer may stop shy of those incredible and unexpected flavors, but the beer is near perfect as it is.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark copper, brown beer with a big head which lasts the entire brew.

The smell is malty with a modest amount of fruity flavors. There is a distinct metallic smell, which is right above my threshold and takes the focus of the other and nicer smells.

Taste is light fruity with some caramellic and bready notes. The beer has a light mouthfeel, which makes the beer very drinkable, but also lighten the overall experience. There is a light bitterness, which gets more pronounced once swallowed. Aftertaste is bready, crusty and has a medium short bitterness.

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Photo of benfons
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clear amber colour, small but dense head, little carbonation

S: hops, malts, hint of caramel and clove

T: malts, hoppy bitterness, a hint of citrus and caramel

M: thin but creamy, carbonation is pretty annoying, too small and too much, abv is fine

O: It isn't bad, but I prefer other beers in this style

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : orange amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : moderate malty and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : yesaty flavours, moderate bitter with a spicy finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dumpy 33cl brown bottle, poured into a Palm badged tulip.

Good mid-amber body, clear, bright and clean looking, on top a huge white crown of bubbles.

The smells are all about malty molasses and Belgian yeasts, you know instantly this is a Belgian beer: how do they do that?

The taste/flavours also are all around the malts and yeasts, the hops, as so often with Belgian brews, is of secondary importance, needed, but not prominent. On the sweet side but not overly so, this is an easy drinking Belgian beer with it's alcohol content well contained and concealed.

The Corsendonk people know what sells, this is a beer that fits the bill completely.

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Photo of IPA35
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colour is brownish, amber.

Smell is good, a citrus smell but not overpowering a with a Duvel.
Tad of pine going on.

Taste is a little sweet with a nice hop bitterness. Bit of citrus and a bit of grain. This is much better than a Duvel or something similar.

Drinking this cold from the fridge because it is warm outside.
Seems quite light and refreshing even though it has a bit of a dark colour.

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Photo of Brabander
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this beer in the south of Holland in the best wine and beerstore from Holland. Yesterday evening my buddy Andy was at my place and we dicided to drink some nice beers. This was one of them.

Poured in my Struise glass the start is good. Five finger head but no carbonation....Fluid is darkyellow

This beer drinks very easily but that is the only positive i can tell about this one. Alcohol is so well hidden that you think you are drinking a non alcohol beer. There is no deepness in this beer with a flat taste. At the end the beer became a bit better but that was too late....

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Photo of YannickB
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden with an amber hue, serves with a decent head. Good head retention, nice residual.

S: Smells very nice, I detect a lot of citrus with some blueberries. Has a little bit of a pine scent going on.

T: The taste does not live up to the nose. Almost no sweetness can be detected. A lot of bitter form beginning to end, very hoppy. Ends with some citrus.

M: Quite refreshing with high carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, the low abv helps. I would love a few of these on a warm summer day

Conclusion: Even if it does not live up to its nose, this seems to be a perfect summer beer. Also has a bit a begian IPA going on.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a short 12oz bottle into my Val Dieu chalice. Pours a pale caramel to light bronze in color with a nice finger size creamy head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is rather light, but typical for a Belgian Pale Ale...yeasts, malts, wheat, slight spice. Booze isn't noticed.

Flavor is solid, but not anything amazing. Lots of Belgian yeasts and malts...infact there's a slight saison presence in the back of the mouth. A great summer beer, decent drinkability. Light mouthfeel, crisp and sharp...high carbonation. A very tasty and solid BPA.

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Photo of gyllstromk
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper with a nice thick frothy head. Nose is very clean -- almost soapy -- with aromas of anise and juniper, and perhaps a hint of soft orange or lemon. Flavor is spicy, and a soap/sunscreen character; overwhelmed by the spice, however. A slightly sour finish, and a thin body.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apart from the well known meaning of Tempelier (Knight Templar), In dutch there's also a saying 'to drink like a tempelier', meaning someone drinking a lot, and fast.

Copper coloured ale, good fluffy head, nice carbonation, nice lacing.
Smell, apart from malts and yeast, is defenately very hops, pine, grapefruits.
Taste is a lot of the hoppy bitterness (pine citrus), slightly sweet malty.
Soft and easy in the mouth.
Very drinkable and pleasant.
This ale has a lot of the characteristics of a Belgian IPA.

My local liquorstore has this in stock since ages, but this is the first time I tried it.
It surprized me pleasantly.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red amber color with a fluffy tan head that hangs around for awhile, finally fading leaves spotted lacing around the glass.

Smell is of yeast, bread, dried fruit

Taste upfront is a bit caramel like then changes into a peppery toffee flavor. Has a faint hint of green apple and pears. A bit bland and dry in the middle. There is some leathery wood notes as well. Finish is dry with a lingering aftertaste of cigar tobacco, maybe. No hint of alcohol anywhere.

A nice little surprise I found today and I'm glad to be the one that adds it. Reminds me of a British bitter with a Belgian twist.

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Tempelier from Brouwerij Corsendonk
85 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.