Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale
Brouwerij Corsendonk

Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale
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Brouwerij Corsendonk
Ranked #20
Ranked #10,940
4 | pDev: 11.25%
Jun 19, 2022
Mar 02, 2001
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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Ratings by TMoney2591:
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3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 23, 2022
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4.28 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Jun 19, 2022
3.75 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Jun 07, 2022
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by misteil from Ireland

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
3.75 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Mar 05, 2022
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4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by arizcards from North Carolina

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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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by edthehead from New York

A little aged but still great!

Jan 11, 2022
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3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

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
4.18 by steevo24 from District of Columbia on Jul 18, 2021
3.96 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Mar 23, 2021
4.65 by beerrat from Virginia on Mar 19, 2021
4.02 by Boone757 from Virginia on Feb 23, 2021
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3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Iamchzh from Canada (NB)

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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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by flyingpig from Scotland

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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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by plutonash from Latvia

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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4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stortore from Illinois

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
4.17 by XeroD from Germany on Sep 21, 2020
4.21 by DylanBrkhff from Netherlands on Aug 28, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by RAFH from Michigan

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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3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TonyLema1 from South Carolina

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
4.26 by smi69 from New York on May 25, 2020
3.71 by khargro2 from Tennessee on May 23, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

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
4.17 by arini10 from Oregon on Apr 11, 2020
4.3 by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland on Apr 08, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by VoxRationis from New York

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
4.94 by Shan-man from New Jersey on Feb 01, 2020
4.09 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Jan 30, 2020
3.64 by Wrigfen from South Carolina on Jan 11, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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
3.88 by sokol_1993 from California on Dec 10, 2019
3.97 by Lanas from Greece on Oct 23, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(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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4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by TheGent from New Jersey

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
4 by RayCannata from Louisiana on Jun 14, 2019
4.1 by osheamatth from New York on Jun 01, 2019
4.1 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania on May 05, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jkblr from Indiana

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
4.27 by chiefz1 from New York on Apr 07, 2019
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