Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale
Brouwerij Corsendonk

Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale
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From:
Brouwerij Corsendonk
 
Belgium
Style:
Dubbel
Ranked #19
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,891
Avg:
4 | pDev: 11.25%
Reviews:
625
Ratings:
634
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 19, 2022
Added:
Mar 02, 2001
Wants:
  76
Gots:
  179
SCORE
89
Very Good
Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale
Notes: This beer has caramelized malt on the nose with hints of ripe fruit. Mild on the palate with wellbalanced bitterness, hints of fruit, toasted bread, liquorice, coffee and caramel.
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
This was easy drinking for sure, honestly kind of light. It has high ratings but I found it to be not as good as others. It was the cheapest dubbel bomber at the time and I understand why. It was just light, not bad at all but left me searching. It could easily have been a little too cold. Needs a revist
Sep 19, 2022
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Reviewed by GlenFarclas from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
It's been like 10 minutes and the head is still hanging around. It's bottled conditioned so that explains why. Nose is plum, dates and fig. There's some rounded malt character, like roasted malt and pilsner. It's a lighter beer so it's actually quite easy drinking, nothing going to the head, really a nice beer for a day when you're maybe heading out in the evening but want something light.

Taste is largely of malt and what you'd call Belgian estery yeast. Some hints of perhaps clove, really reminiscent of what Ommegang's house yeast tastes like. Finish is dry, it's the complete opposite of the decadent super sweet malt bomb that was Primator's Doppelbock (which I had last week). Very pleasant drinking beer.
Jul 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Jun 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Jun 07, 2022
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
that’s a nice little dubbel that, i was but concerned off the nose that’d be too sweet but the flavours are bang on between black bread malt, oaky nutty flavours, a nice bit of caramel sweetness, some biscuity flavours there as well, bit of tobacco, spice, belgian yeast, banana, almost a vinous quality to it, light bitterness on the finish, light to medium bodied and high carbonation, a little bit more body would serious elevate this beer, but it’s quite nice all the same
May 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Mar 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.55 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 23, 2022
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a four-pack from TW-Greenville, SC 12-26-21 for $15.99. Best before 3-6-24; consumed 1-30-22.

Beer poured mahogany brown with a beautiful tan head that has some great hang time.

Nose has a definite vibe of yeasty esters that lean towards fermented grapes and dark fruits.

Taste follows the nose with a light but fair sized malt base that is nicely integrated with the fruity esters of the yeast that gives a distinct red wine flavor with notes of plum and cherry. Finishes balanced.

Mouthfeel is delightfully light as each sip dances across my palette.

Overall a wonderful beer! Can’t believe i never reviewed it but definitely recall having it with my brother at a Cardinals tailgate a few times.
Jan 30, 2022
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Rated by edthehead from New York

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A little aged but still great!
Jan 11, 2022
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Reviewed by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Very dark mahogany colour with three fingers of puffy tan head, carbonated like a champagne, typical of a Belgian beer. On the nose is spice, spice, and more spice, and the taste is the same, plus a bit of orange peel. Pepper, coriander, and nutmeg, are the dominant flavours. In fact, there's not much else. A bit of roasted malt at first, a suggestion of toffee and chocolate, but this is quickly overshadowed by the spice. This is hands down the spiciest beer I've ever had. There is an interesting tension between and underlying silky smoothness and the spiciness, but the spice wins out and makes the mouhtfeel and finish end up on the dry side. Overall an interesting beer to be sure, if not supremely drinkable.
Dec 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Tenebris

Dec 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.18 by steevo24 from District of Columbia

Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.96 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Mar 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.65 by beerrat from Virginia

Mar 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by Boone757 from Virginia

Feb 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Iamchzh from Canada (NB)

3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Welcome to 2021, pours a chestnut brown colour with a large lasting beige head. Notes of caramel, dark malt, dry fruits and burned sugar. First sip follows above flavours with hints of sour pumpernickel. Prickly carbonation, finishes dry.
Jan 01, 2021
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£2.79)
Very dark mahogany, bordering on black with a thick, foamy head that's beige with outstanding retention. Sweet & slightly malty, some alcohol but plenty of caramel & toffee but it's balanced too. The taste is similar, there's maybe a touch more alcohol showing but it's sweet & sticky with lots of caramel again & some nice bread malts. It's a medium bodied, smooth & softly carbonated beer that's boozy but still seemed easy to drink.
Dec 28, 2020
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Reviewed by plutonash from Latvia

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Extermely carbonated while pouring which results in a large head. Dark mahogany/brown in color, clear. Has nice lacing.
S: First whiff is kind of unexpected, it is a lot more refreshing on the nose than anticipated. I get a bit of the La Chouffe blonde vibe (coriander/lemon), but it definitely has some dark/overripe fruits (pears/banana) and breadiness.
T: Caramel, dark candy, coriander, malty/nutty.
F: Light bodied and quite refreshing. Good carbonation and balanced bitterness.
O: Definitely more refreshing than I thought it to be - label said dubbel but kind of falls into the realm of brown ale.
Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle into a goblet. 6.5%. Best by 11/22/21, had 10/2/20.

Pours a dark brown, mostly opaque, with a one and a half inch head of creamy foam, that never totally dissipates. Great retention, lots of thick, foamy lacing. Aromas of grapes, spices, malt, light Belgian yeast, light black pepper when warm. Mostly similar flavors- grapes, malt, spices, some Belgian yeast, light caramel. Smooth, creamy, a good medium body that’s a little lighter for the style, well carbonated.

A pretty standard and pretty good Dubbel. A little spicier and more grape forward than others. Well executed and very enjoyable.
Oct 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.17 by XeroD from Germany

Sep 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.21 by DylanBrkhff from Netherlands

Aug 28, 2020
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Reviewed by RAFH from Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Opened a 2015 corked bomber on 7/17/2020. Not impressed at all with the initial flavor. It was like the "brown" was gone. After taste was clean, though. Will not cellar this brown ever again.
Jul 17, 2020
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Reviewed by TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: deep mahogany, huge tan head, good lacing
S: Candied sugar, Belgian yeasts
T: Plums, sweet, other dark fruits, esters
F: Good mouthfeel, Nice finish, I find it boozy
O: Haven’t had a dubbel in quite some time, this is very enjoyable
Jun 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.26 by smi69 from New York

May 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.71 by khargro2 from Tennessee

May 23, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L- Very deep chestnut-ruby, clear, pours with eager to form 3-4Cm pale tan pillowy head. Holds well and forms lacing down sides of glass. Minor sediment left in bottle.
S- Some toasty notes here plus mild deep roasty fruits.
T- Follows the smell^ with prettty pungent deep dark malts joining the mix.
F- A good balance between rich and pungent. Carbonation in the glass/mouth remains very good. My bottle lists the ABV% as 6.5%, ie at variance to the 7.5% in the Description^. But FWIW it packs a lot of feel for that, blind-tasted I would have guessed above 7%.
O- Nice beer. Zero out of balance or place to me. Deep, very malty, ideal as a slow-sipping winter-warmer for me.
Bought from BelgiumInABox Antwerp/BE for home delv. to me in London/UK. 330ml BBE: 11/09/2022.
May 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.17 by arini10 from Oregon

Apr 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.3 by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Apr 08, 2020
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into Captain Lawrence muffin top pint; best by 12/04/2021.
A: Pours a nearly clear, dark copper color with ruby red highlights, robust head formation, leaving a three to four finger, foamy tan color head, very good retention, but oddly soapy and foamy lacing.
S: Slightly tangy. Aromas of banana, cloves, caramel, molasses, and black coffee.
T: More semisweet than semidry and possibly ever so slightly tart. Flavors largely follow the nose, but shifting from the yeastier elements more toward the molasses and coffee as it warms. Bitterness solid, yet very nicely balanced.
M: Light bodied with moderate effervescence. Crisp and creamy. Very clean on back end.
O: A light, crisp, and lightly enjoyable Dubbel. Could easily define the category for me.
Apr 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.94 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Feb 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.09 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Jan 30, 2020
 
Rated: 3.64 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

Jan 11, 2020
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I had this yesterday at a French restaurant in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Lousiana. It was a good Belgian Dubbel tasting like a Dubbel should.

Look: brown with a finger thick off-white head

Aroma: sourdough, caramel, yeast, banana

Taste: The flavor is sourdough, caramel, dark fruits, banana

Body/Overall: medium body, it is quite good.
Jan 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.88 by sokol_1993 from California

Dec 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.97 by Lanas from Greece

Oct 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
(330 ml bottle, 'Pater Dubbel', 6.5%, 28/02/20; purchased single off shelf... poured into a fat tulip)

L: fairly-clear, dark garnet liquid; enormous, two+ finger-high, tan foam, dense, pillow-rocky, long-lasting initial hold... head eventually collapses into messy cap; thin sheets of sparkly lace

S: caramel-cocoa infused malty-vinous foundation; hint of nuttiness; dark grape esters and mild clove spice, similar to St. Bern Abt 12... inching back, the dominant overall aroma is caramel-mocha hard candy; a bit muddled, and loses definition after some sips

T: dense yet attenuated caramel core; lingering light cocoa and dark fruit hard candy aftertaste... shows more brown, nuttier malt character than a textbook 'fruitier' dubbel, though a currant-like fruit does ... mellow roasty, herbal bitterness; earthy, woody yeast color clinging to the palate

F: slightly greasy underside, with near spritzy attack atop; the body has thinned by now in this bottle, but a newborn sample rarely reaches chewy - so it's usually a clean, dry drop; stealth, subtle warmth

O: the description for 'brown' and the 'dubbel' (and I've tried both) are identical on their website - I recall their 'agnus dei' having alternate names too depending on the package (for instance, I saw a keg label 'abbey blonde' while working at a bar years ago)... long story short, each 'variation' is roughly interchangeable in my experience, though a younger bottle will naturally display more malt sweetness in its belly (1506)
Sep 21, 2019
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Reviewed by TheGent from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Corsendonk Pater Dubbel Ale

Bottled on 1/9/2019

This one is leftover from the Dubbel tasting yesterday, and while I know I’ve had this beer, I’ve never rated it on this website. So, for all intents and purposes it is new to me. On the heels of Westmalle Dubbel and Ommegang Abbey Ale, I want to review this today while the other two are fresh on my mind.

At 6.5% ABV this is slightly lower than the Westmalle and much lower than the Ommegang.

Look: The first thing I notice about this beer as compared to the other two the dark color. Much darker than the Ommegang, and slightly more than the Westmalle. Opaque dark brown at the bottom of the goblet, which some translucent brown at the top when held to the light. No visible carbonation. Beige head that dissipates to a thin layer across the top of the beer and a ring around the edge. Some lacing as I drink the beer.

Smell: The other immediate difference between this beer and the other two is the level of dark stone fruit and berry notes on the aroma. I think there is more in this beer. But the malt is also prominent, more like in the Westmalle and much more than the Ommegang. In addition to the plum and blackberry fruity aromas I get coffee, some more roast, tobacco, woody and nutty notes. Some spice as well like cinnamon.

Taste: The flavor profile is amazing here. Waves of different things going on. A ton of dark fruit comes through as figs. I find this flavor to be the prominent one. Wow. Some coffee and chocolate, woody and hazelnut and walnut notes. Overall, semi-dry beer. I thought the Westmalle had some bitterness and I’m not really getting any of that here to speak of. Some spicyness of the finish too.

Feel: Great feel like the others. Prickly carbonation on the tip of the tongue, but overall, a pillowy soft mouthfeel. The beer finishes dry and lingers so on the palate.

Overall: Of the three beers I had for the Dubbel tasting this one is by far my favorite. It happens to the lightest, but with the most flavor. Westmalle second, followed by the Ommegang. I’m happy to have done this tasting and revisited these beers so I can add something “new” to the rotation. I only wish I could find small format bottles, but I’ll drink the 750’s if I’m forced.
Jun 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by RayCannata from Louisiana

Jun 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by osheamatth from New York

Jun 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

May 05, 2019
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