Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale
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Ranked #12
Ranked #6,077
4.04 | pDev: 11.39%
Brouwerij Corsendonk
Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale
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Reviews by VoxRationis:
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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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utopiajane from New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Dec 25, 2016
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akttr from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Jun 21, 2014
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thebouch01 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Jul 02, 2012
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

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

Poured into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Dark brown in color with a 1.5 finger head that settles in. Great lacing.

Smell: Plums, raisins, figs, yeast. Bring on the fruity goodness.

Taste: Follows nose with a dark chocolate finish. Let it warm a bit and the finish is more smokey. Even smoother as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy. Frothy. Great carbonation.

Overall: Excellent sipping beer. Fresh. Love those abbey ales. Recommended and affordable.

Sep 25, 2011
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Vestlake from Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Sep 03, 2013
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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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Curt3 from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 30, 2020
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PBRstreetgang from Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The cork pops off the 750ml bottle like champagne and creates a head that almost immediatly fills the glass; probably due to bottle conditioning and a warm serving temp. A vanilla cream colored head finally settles, and a cloudy, copper mahogany beer forms leaving modest lacing. Sweet dark fruits, apple, pale malt, and hints of floral hops in the nose. The flavor is dominated by plum, raisin, and lightly toasted special B malt, followed by a citrus spice and a gentle, drying hop bitterness. Medium bodied and evenly carbonated. Finishes yeasty and mild, but a lingering residual sweetness reminds you this is for sipping, with a taste meant to savor, and a rare smoothness.

Aug 31, 2005
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davidwhatshisnam from New York

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

May 07, 2014
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farlieonfootie from Florida

3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a Corsendonk tulip glass. Corsendonk pours dark brown, with a thick, three fingered head that leaves behind lacing as thick as shaving cream -- just look at that head! The beer smells slightly sweet and malty, with some belgian candy sweetness also apparent.

Corsendonk tastes mellow and refreshing, and lightly maltish with some slight hints of chocolate and unidentifiable spices. It's not overly complex, but it's very easy to drink. In fact, you could drink this one all night long, but it might come back to haunt you the next morning!

May 21, 2011
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wolf_switzer from California

4/5  rDev -1%

Jan 16, 2014
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TheEclecticGent from Georgia

3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer in a tulip glass at the Alpharetta, GA Taco Mac.

A: Pours a ruby-brown with a very nice creamy off-white head (dang near 3 1/2 "). Lots of head retention, leaves a nice lace.

S: Musky and fruity with a bit of a bitter/sharp aroma

T: This beer has a quickly warming sweet flavor that has hints of nuts, malt, dark raisins, molasses, and some mild winter spices. It has a dry red wine bitterness that is actually pleasant. This makes a very good sipping beer.

M: Light to moderate body with a bit of carbonation bite.

D: Really nice Belgian beer. I've enjoyed this beer and their Xmas offering.

Apr 03, 2006
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imperialking from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

Jan 09, 2012
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thehenbarris from New York

4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deeper brown than expected. Dark black/tan head that faded fairly quickly.

S- Light, sweet. Almost what I'd call perfect for a brown ale.

T- Deep spices, rum, fruits, and malts. Great complexity that isn't overwhelming. I'd run back to this brown again in no time.

S- Mild carb, different than I had expected. Went down real well.

Feb 10, 2012
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Jcarter1221 from Oklahoma

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Dec 27, 2014
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Neorebel from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Corsendonk Pater pours a dark mahogany color blanketed with a puffy cream colored foam. Lots of carbonation is present and the head retention is excellent around 1/2 inch.

The aroma smells of fresh plums, kiwi, and mixed berry esters. Raisins, sweet wine and a slight roasty aspect are also distinctively present.

The taste consists of more darker fruits, massive malty sugars, sweet brown bread, wheat and banana. Extremely soft mouth feel! Very earthy with Belgian yeast, especially in the finish.

Overall this classic is my crowd pleasing Belgian beer. Suitable for anyone.

Dec 23, 2013
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ckollias from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a Corsendonk Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with amber highlights, and a thin, white, frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving no trail and ending in a semi-solid persistent lace.

S: Dark fruit and plum aroma with hints of sweet molasses and Belgian yeast.

T: Sweet tart flavor with a decent alcoholic middle with hints of raisins and finishes on the dry side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent dubbel – a classic worth savoring.

Mar 23, 2013
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pathman from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Jul 11, 2013
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Arch-Harris from Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Aug 11, 2013
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psweendogg from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +1%

Oct 21, 2014
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ClavisAurea from New York

4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle in a snifter glass.

Appearance: dark brown with a small khaki head

Nose: raisins, dark fruit, spices, yeast

Taste: spicy and effervescent, rich, fruity, yeasty bitterness, mellows as it warms

This is a great example of a classic Belgium double

Jan 16, 2010
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PJGaddi from Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Jun 26, 2012
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Greasy from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1%

Mar 02, 2014
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Malacant from Louisiana

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Delicious Belgium ale. Holy head that's a lot of head.

Mar 22, 2019
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