Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep mahogany robe topped by a full, frothy & rocky head. The head holds extremely well, keeping a creamy 1/8" head throughout the glass. Unfortunately, it doesn't leave any lace. The aroma is quite nice; very rich with a vibrant sweet malt and a mellow combination of fruits. The body is light-medium with a very fine and highly effervescent carbonation giving a caress to the tongue and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor offers a candyish sweetness, with bright notes of ripe fruit. The alcohol is only lightly present, and can at times give the impression of fine brandy. The finish is surprisingly semi-dry with a light flourish of hops at the swallow, leaving a light, softly lingering sweet maltiness. Extremely well balanced; never allowing the sweetness to become cloying. An exceptional beer that is, in my opinion, one of the classics of the style. Absolutely enjoyable from start to finish.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/25/2012 at Julian’s, in Providence, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and maple. Then bready flavors come in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium brown color with medium head that left some real nice lacing,aroma of powdered sugar and dried fruit with a bood malt accent.A somewhat fruity taste with a deep malty background a little sweet with a somewhat thin mouthfeel.Was expecting a little more from this one but not to bad.

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Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 2.5 fingers of light brown head on top of a dark brown body. The head settles pretty quickly and leaves little lace. Decent clarity.

S - Buttery caramel and lots of yeasty spice. Some dark fruit and spicy hops as well.

T - Lots of caramel and malt with a bit of roasted grain as well. Dark, fruity flavors come out next; raisins, banana, and some pineapple with a chocolate background. Finishes a bit hot with lots of spicy yeast.

M - Smooth, fairly thick body with high carbonation. Finishes a bit sweet.

D - Reasonably drinkable. My only real complaint is that this beer could be just a bit dryer and the slight burn of higher alcohols in the finish. Not the most complex example of the style, but the malt character is quite nice, especially the chocolate notes.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a mid-level brown with a two-finger head and lots of fine lace.

The aroma is surprisingly light on the dark malt notes. (The taste is similarly missing the chocolate or crystal malt flavors.) There is some balancing hop, but this is primarly a light dark beer.

If I close my eyes, I taste a low-hop IPA or a high-hop ESB. As a result, this may be my favorite Belgian ale. Against the "look", this is a surprising beer. Excellent flavor with lots of hop elements, very full bodied with good carbonation.

This beer satisfies my hop cravings. It is perhaps the hoppiest Belgian. I like the fact that isn't too sweet. As a transition beer from English ales to Belgian, this may be the best.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, lot#142217, BBD 01/09/09 had to break out the corkscrew to open this

pours chestnut going to mahogany with efferevesence & a 4 fingers+ sand colored head. Gianormous lacing superior head retention

Sweet rock candy taste & breadyness with choclate & a little nuttyness up front, fruttyness follows. A slight citrus hoppyness
& some sour notes emerges as it warms. Dryness, earthy hops& brown sugar emerge as it warms further.

S: Hints of breadyness

MF: Medium bodied, slick & very well balanced

Great drinkability, such a well crafted dubbel! This is one I could find all over france & belgium& never dissappointed. Although the lack of nose is a let down.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown body with a very creamy-looking off-white head.

Smell: Enticing malty aroma of chocolate, red grapes, spices, and a slight yeastiness.

Taste: Plenty of malt sweetness with rich, full flavors of chocolate fudge and toffee. Light floral bitterness. Smokiness and the fruity taste of port wine lurking in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Immensely smooth with a very soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Look, this beer had me jumping up and down and juggling bananas. Would a BAD BEER be able to do that?

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Photo of duceswild
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crazily carbonated ruddy bronze. This is one of those 'gentle pour' beers if one wishes to avoid disaster. The pour filled the glass with foam for a beat or two and then the beer made its appearance at the bottom edge. The stiff, unsticky head looks like a king's crown with the rounded dome of the king's head still in it. Each addition of beer to the glass shoots foam to the top edge where it threatens to overflow. Lively little sucker.

Belgian yeastiness overpowers all else in the nose, but I can still appreciate gently toasted malt and spice; specifically clove with a pinch of cinnamon for good measure. Have I gotten used to the sour, spicy smackdown that is Belgian yeast? Tough to say, but I might be getting there.

The flavor is sweet, sour and fruity. My hope is that the metallic character fades quickly (it does). The fruitiness is along the lines of fermented Granny Smith apples with a light dusting of ground clove. The mouthfeel is medium in heft, but feels lighter than air thanks to all the dissolved gas.

This is a tough call. Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale certainly wears its heart on its sleeve. It's unabashedly, unapologetically Belgian and will brook no fence sitters. All right, I just jumped off the fence to the 'like it' side. Does this mean that my card to the 'Ambivalent About Belgians Club' will be revoked?

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Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown euro shaped bottle with a "best before end" date clearly notched on the neck label.

Appearance: Cloudy dark mahogany with a fluffy light tan head.

Smell: Fruity with ripe apples, grapes and pears ... with hints of grain.

Taste: Crisp with a textured mouth feel that seems to be on the smooth side. Warming and slightly spicy alcohol in the middle. Traces of red grapes, raisins and ripe apples in the fruitiness. Hint of carob and grain on the palate which leaves a ghost like smoke flavour. Touch of yeast in the finish with a little more carob.

Notes: Quite complex between the fruity, yeasty and malt chracters. An obvious cult classic.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the first Belgian beers I ever enjoyed back in the mid 1990s. It's been a few years since I've had one, and I just realized I had never written a review.

The beer is chestnut brown with a substantial beige head that has plenty of staying power. The aroma offers a big dose of Belgian yeast, brown bread, alcohol. Very tasty beer. Big time yeast character with light warming alcohol. Easy drinking with a great feel on the palate. Bready, yeasty, malty, not too heavy, perfect carbonation level. Overall, a solid beer. A fine example of the style. This beer has stood the test of time and I'm sure I will be enjoying a Corsendonk from time to time as long as I am able.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby brown body, slightly hazy. Off-white foamy head that fades to a thin layer once settled. Several spots where the carbonation strings emerge and create little bubble mounds.

S - A little hops and sweet fruits. Crisp apple and other domestic fruit present.

T - Some mild spices and faint hop sweetness. A little apple and apple skin there and some mild yeast. Light alcohol spice present.

M - Light bodied and well carbonated. The carbonation increases once in the mouth, fizzing up when sitting there. Pretty mild and smooth beer.

O - Not a bad beer but pretty mild and not a lot going on here. Low key flavors, light body, mild spice notes. An easy drinker.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev 0%

Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 1,153 ratings