Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale
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4.04 | pDev: 11.39%
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Iamchzh from Canada (NB)

3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
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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flyingpig from Scotland

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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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plutonash from Latvia

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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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stortore from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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
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RAFH from Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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
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VoxRationis from New York

4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
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
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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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TheGent from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
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
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jkblr from Indiana

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle bb 08/01/21 poured into a Corsendonk tulip glass at just above fridge temp 6.5% ABV per label. The beer pours light to medium brown in color with pale brown head and chestnut highlights. The head is abundant on the pour and slowly settles to a nice cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is spicy (peppery) with notes of port wine, chocolate and dark fruit. The taste is a fusion of burnt sugar and dark fruits with a peppery and moderately bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with high carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good. Less sweet and more bitter than most dubbels with good flavor and a wonderful scent. The super high carbonation feels a bit forced and is a distraction.

Apr 13, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with mild nose of caramel, rye and bread. Medium bodied with good malt. Not a very sweet beer, but definitely drinkable and solid. I prefer the Chirstmas Ale.

Mar 08, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with a fine, one finger dark khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dry caramel and lightly biscuit malt, plums, apricots, Belgian yeast and a hint of banana. Flavor is lightly toasted and dry caramel malt, rye and brown bread, vague dried dark fruit; dry toasty finish. Medium bodied with sharp, peppery carbonation, a little overcarbonated. A good malty dubbel that leans closer to a dry brown ale with the lightly toasty malt, with not as much sweetness nor dark fruit depth as is typical of this style. Nice for a change, this is probably closer to its name of an Abbey Brown Ale than a classic dubbel and is very convincing as such. The bready, dry flavor is appropriate for a on-site abbey ale, although I believe those are usually a little lower in ABV. Not quite what I expected, but enjoyable.

Jan 30, 2019
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opieo from Virginia

3.19/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I found this much thinner than i expected. Too watery. Like a Shiner Bock with a few more flavors. A bit more bitter than expected also. And too carbonated. It foams up in your mouth before the flavors can come thru.

Jan 12, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review for the Pater Dubbel ale.
A - Deep dark brown with some lighter chestnut colors at the base. Head is impressive it holds about a 1/2 inch of deep mocha despite it being very carbonated.
S - Smells of a very good dubbel raisin bread some caramel malts and a touch of brown malt. Very sweet sour dough aroma's
T - Not as sweet as the aroma but caramel malts do balance well with the hops. Finish is a bit dry with some sour dough bread and mild dark fruit balance.
M - Bubbly but smooth never really foams up too much drinks light to medium.

Overall a great find at $7.50 for the bomber a very well done Belgium Dubbel ale!

Dec 22, 2018
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fumobici from Washington

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep chestnut brown, not much head, quickly subsiding to a ring around the perimeter of the glass.

S: Rich, roasted malt, bit of yeast, nutty, little sour, rye bread.

T: Generous carmel malt, balanced superbly with just the right hop bitterness, almost like a few drops of scotch whisky got thrown into the vat as a compliment to the malt.

F: Has body without any bit of being thick or syrupy, subtle carbonation fizz with legs.

O: Outstanding. Brown ale pretty much as the type should be.

Dec 03, 2018
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OlaB from Norway

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown color with a huge top of beige head that dissolves rather quick but leaves some good lacings on the glass. The aroma is of dried fruits like raisins,dates and figs and I also sense bread,caramel,tofee and brown sugar. The taste start of with a strong bready and roasted flavour with good notes of caramel, while it is being balanced out with a a fruity and sweet flavour with good notes of dark dried fruits. The sweetness is not overwhelming at all like it can be with some belgian dark ales. The finish is slight bitter with malt and some spices good in the back. Medium carbonated with a full body with a smoth and oily mouthfeel.
This is a great dubbel, is not much else to say about that.

Apr 13, 2018
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a little hazy brown with good sized head that had staying power and left good lace. Nose is small, with bread, esters, and raisin sweetness. Taste has some burnt sugar, molasses, and and herbal flavor as well. Disappointing cold, but much more flavor as it warms. Mouthfeel is hard to is nice and creamy, but honestly seems overcarbonated for the style and I think detracts from the flavor. Overall, a decent dubbel but not a top one.

Feb 16, 2018
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: super dark ruby red color, almost to the point of being murky brown. Large 2 finger tan head

S: dates, fig, raisins, grapes, brown sugar, caramel, and fresh dough

T: deep and rich dark fruits upfront. Dig, huge raisin, date, and plum. After that there is an abrupt cutoff of th sweetness and we get a purple grape flavor and huge bready malt note. A touch of caramel behind that

M: heavy mouthfeel with large carbonation

O: real nice example of a Dubbel here. Sweet dark fruits and bready malts take the stage.

Jan 21, 2018
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

08/06/19 date, I assume best by? Who knows.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a very tall, very airy brown head. Head lightens up and fizzes away fairly quickly. No real lacing.

S: Bread crusts with a side of raisin. Hints of toffee and some earthy spices?

T: Heavy breadiness with some caramel sweetness. Very earthy. Some indistinct spices that I can't quite place. Lots of raisins, especially in the middle and finish. Practically raisin juice for a split second. Fairly dry finish with lots of mild spices floating around.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Not a bad dubbel, on the spiced side for sure which helps cure some of the typical dubbel blandness. Well balanced and quite flavorful for only 6.5%.

Nov 30, 2017
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REDAMI from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Dark brown pour with a finger of tan head that reduces quickly.

S - Very light nose, brown bread, malts, raisins.

T - Toasted raisin bread, fruit in the front, grains at the end. Almost a grape jelly taste with a slight hop bitterness.

F - Thin, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

Flavorful dubbel with some complexity. A great table beer, not over-filling or overpowering.

Nov 12, 2017
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emincems from Turkey

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours dark brown color with long-lasting tan head. Aroma isn't strong, but molasses and Belgian yeasty esters like plum are evident. Moderately malty sweet taste has complexity of caramalts, brown sugar, plum and raisin. It finishes slightly spicy and semi-dry which is signature of Belgian yeast. Low carbonation with medium body. Smooth and delicious, another very good Belgian.

Oct 18, 2017
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feuematt from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown ale with a slowly fading head and sediment at bottom of bottle...taste is chocolate, dark fruits, chocolate and alcoholic warmth. Very good brew!!

Oct 15, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Optimus Beer. In Roquetas de Mar. Afte dinner. In shaker glass. Perfect, full of tasty dark fruits and with a good body. I cant think in a way of improving it

Jul 19, 2017
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