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Tempelier - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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very good

77 Ratings

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: weissbierdrinker on 05-03-2010

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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by parintele:
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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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.

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Marius
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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.

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Rickus
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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.

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.


Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Photo of mpalestino
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of DerekMorgan
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Konkretek
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ruckus232
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

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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Tempelier from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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