Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale
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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #14
Ranked #5,086
4.03 | pDev: 11.41%
Brouwerij Corsendonk
Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale
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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.79/5  rDev -6%
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)

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Photo of TheGent
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of jkblr
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of npolachek
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of opieo
3.19/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.11/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of fumobici
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of OlaB
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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%.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of emincems
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of feuematt
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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!!

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Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +24.1%
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

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Photo of Hanglow
2.86/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours bright dark brown, decent head.

Weird aroma - flat cola, carbonic acid, sick. Bit of unwelcome sulphur. Not good.

Taste is flat cola, dandelion and burdock, some tartness and dryness. better than the aroma. No hop aroma, flavour, tiny bit of bitterness. This has three years on the BBD, god knows what it will be like then

High carbonation, thin/med body.


Edit: Not heeding my own advice I had another one of these as I'd bought a 4 pack - this time with food it was a lot more enjoyable. But I wasn't rating it

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Photo of MoohMooh
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, ruby red reflections. Two-finger tan head. Pretty thick lacing. Looks great.

Smells of caramel, bread, cloves, banana. Coffee. Not too aggressively sweet like a lot of belgians are.

Tastes bready, kinda roasty. A bit fruity too (apple and banana). Like the smell, the light (for the style) sweetness is a surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one. Distinct bitterness too, which probably helps reduce the sweet factor. Slightly peppery and spicy.

Well carbonated, medium body. Kinda prickly actually.

Very nice, me likey. Not a style I'm usually overly fond of, but this is really great.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pour the color of a cola with a large & long lasting head. Lovely sweet aroma, caramel & roasted grain. Flavor is quite mild, very slightly sweet, fruity. Could be taken up a notch, I think. Still, it is very good.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, Lidl, Bristol - Pours dark brown with a medium tanned foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - yeasty/bready notes, ripe fruit -apples overtones. Taste - Slightly sweet, yeasty notes, ripe fruits, light malt middle, light bitter finish. Nice easy drinking Belgian brown ale.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I saw this beer for sale at a local liquor store, and picked up a couple of bottles. (one to enjoy, and one to review) This is called Abbey Brown Ale, but they also call it a Pater beer. Beer has the same alcohol content as their tripel, which was surprising to me.

Smell is a faint smell of apples mostly. Taste consists of malt, apple, brown sugar, and bread. Feel is very smooth, medium carbonation, and a somewhat light feel. There is little aftertaste, maybe a malty aftertaste, but very pleasant-- and beer is not dry at all, without any alcohol detected. Beer is tasty and refreshing.

I actually enjoyed this beer, and found it to be better than their Tripel offering, much to my surprise. I enjoy Tripel beers in general, but this is considered a Dubbel-- and the first I have had of the Dubbel-- looks like I will seek out more beers of this kind. Now I just wish they sold this in more places around where I live, but at least I do know where to find it!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours dark maroon red with a dense creamy light tan foam head. Smells like rich caramel, toffee, chocolate, big red and black grapes, raisin, black cherry, fig, apple, pear, toasted bready malts, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich caramel, toffee, chocolate, red and black grapes, raisin, black cherry, figs, apple, pear, toasted bready malts, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice dubbel.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Witherspoon Grill, Princeton.

AROMA: weak aromas, but pleasant.
LOOK: Dark Brown Color. medium head.
TASTE: Nice malty, bready flavors.
FEEL: Smooth beer, excellent carbonation. Livens up your taste buds.


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Photo of jeffdr123
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle at home. Poured a lovely mahogany with almost foamy lace. I compare all dubbels to Celebrator. This one is more carbonated, drier, and not as sweet. I like ita lot.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear . Chestnut brown with ruby highlights and softer brown hues. Tan head of Belgian style foam that dwindles and leaves plenty of lace to adorn the glass as you drink.

The nose is very fruity . Vibrant with plum and then showing a bit of cool sugar, spice and earth. As the foam falls the nose settles in with sweet raisin and dried dates.

Taste is festive with molasses and earth. Soft brown sugar and sweet dried fruit. A touch of bitterness leaves it to linger sweetly . Crisp finish with plentiful bubbles. It's the alcohol not the hops that comes to bitter the finish in this beer and when it does it shows you a light warmth after the swallow. Dries as it lingers with plenty of soft rich malt and a light plum like tartness. Light soft caramel and light cocoa as it warms.

What a beautiful dubbel. Complex malt with vibrant festive flavors and perfect execution.

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1225 ratings