Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

very good
1,132 Ratings
Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Dentist666
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6,5% ABV.
Poured into tulip.
Pours almost opaque dark brown beer with thick beige head, excellent retention.
Smell - outstanding and clean aroma of spices and dark fruits.
Taste - roasted, dark fruits, candy sugar, nice spiciness (coriander).
Medium body, good carbonation.
Balance tends to perfection, modern dubbel with some witbier characters.

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Photo of theamericanpsycho79
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first ever belgian ale. It was truly unique, didn't know what to expect so I gave her a try. Back then I didn't know to pour the beer into an appropriate glass and drank most of it from the bottle. Well here is my review, regardless.

L: Reddish brown. Nice looking. Smooth, creamy head that looks slightly dirty.

S: Like a combination of a beer mixed with red wine. Heavy on the dark fruity, wine, sweet flavor. Unique.

T: As I said, like drinking a beer mixed perfectly with a good red wine. Some say in other ale reviews they can taste the dark fruits, etc. Some belgian ales I tried where people said this, I didn't. This one, I absolutely did. Its dominant. Its a great tasting ale.

F: Excellent mouth-feel. Decent carbonation, where the longer you hold it in your mouth, the more the flavors come out, which is like enjoying a very fine wine.

O: Really great. Great belgian ale to start with if you are unfamiliar with them. Its a good starter, lets you know what you are up against with belgian ales and not as strong as a lot of the others, its smooth and tasty, not heavy like a quad. Give it a try, I can't recommend it more for a beginner who hasn't had belgian ales before.

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Photo of julzalex
1.09/5  rDev -72.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm a huge fan of Belgian ales but this one taste like dirty water. I'm not sure if I got a bad batch or not but this is one of the worst beers I've ever tasted. Do yourself a favor and get a different Belgian ale. There are plenty of other options out there.

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Photo of stevoj
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet for an abbey dubbel but still great.Raisins is the foremost taste and aroma that comes to mind, hints of molasses, brown sugar, prunes. Pours reddish brown with oil slick head. Mouthfeel is also slick and finish is mildly dry. Truly enjoyable.

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Photo of drmeto
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

-pours a ruby brown
-almost nothing aside from a general sweetness
-some caramel,some raisins,some plums,brown sugar
-Pretty disappointing Dubbel

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Photo of teromous
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown body with notes of red. The body is dark but it is clear that it is very transparent when held to the light. It has a dirty eggshell color. It looks absolutely fantastic and has a great color.

Aroma: There is a sweet date and brown sugar aroma. Not much else but it has a very sweet smell to it. It smells a bit like raisins as well.

Taste: There is a light caramel sweetness and a hint of bread, a bit like a caramel honey bun. It has a very recognizable Belgianesque taste.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light and it has a light coating quality. There is a bit of effervescence in the beer. It is very easy to drink.

Overall: I really liked the beer. It had a good flavor and aroma, it looked fantastic, and was just an enjoyable beer. It didn't blow my mind or anything but it would be a great beer to pick up if you're having a Belgian beer craving.

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Photo of Wanne
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown beer with a beige head. A brown abbey ale, that distinguishes itself with a spicy tast. What really stands out is the taste of pepper. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.3/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Disappointed in this one: Based on the bottle desc this was destined as a slam-dunk for me, but I just found that this particular bottle--at least--delivered none of the advertised expectations. I thought this might be along the lines of a German Doppelbock, since it had some sweetness upfront, but that seemed to be drowned out by excessive carbonation, a metallic note and a lingering bitter finish. Just seemed to have balance issues. Some reporting bottle-to-bottle differences, so maybe I'll retry at some point. The wife liked it. Note: About 1/3 of the pour overflowed a 13oz mug with foam.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a soft, fluffy dry dubbel that feels like a cloudy sitting in your mouth. Pours quite effervescent with a nice, big, constant finger+ of tan cream with archs of lace.

Some sweetness, floral aromas, and nuttiness (though it is rather subdued) with dark fruits, leather. The beer tastes much less rich and sweet than many dubbels with some light floral hops, leather, spices, rusty water, and a lingering nutri-sweet taste in the finish.

This is a fine beer with a great palate and an interesting and different flavor for a dubbel. It could be a little 'meatier' to my taste and the weird saccryn taste was not the best, otherwise though, a quality beer.

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Photo of tedvr
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a thin caramel head. Smells of fruit and flowers. Tastes are very complex, raisins, fruit, sweet malt. Mild carbonation with a nice aftertaste. Overall a very complex and balanced beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a rusty tinge, cloudy with a little ultra fine bubbled carbonation. Topped with 2 fingers of beige head. Great foamy lacing.

S: Raisins, cream, toasted malts, toffee, prunes and dark fruits.

T: Dark fruits, perfume like quality, raisins, a hint of hard water, caramelized sugar.

M: Medium body, foamy thinning carbonation.

O: Smooth, creamy and drinkable dubbel. One of the better ones in this style due to the texture and nonabrasive qualities. Bought in Kunming, drank March 23rd, 2015.

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Photo of pat61
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a big nose - traces of fruit, bubble gum. Pours brilliant deep dark brown under a mountanous 3" tant tinted foam cap. Has a big fruit palate with tastes that tend towards artificial that suggest it is somewhat over the hill. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Mattygross44
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I dont know what it is for me it pours nice nutty brown i was hoping for more of a bite it has a fruity sweet end taste which is a little to sweet for me. Its def not a bad beer but not one id probably buy again

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05/14/13 At Rattle N Hum, NYC. On tap. As a big fan of their Agnus Tripel this did not disappoint. A full rich flavor perhaps more suited for months with at the end of their names, but in a world of uncertainty, why wait. If you find this as a choice not only could you do worse, you will.

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Photo of ordybill
4.55/5  rDev +14%

A great dark beer. this is an excellent example of a Dubbel. It has a creamy tan head that lingers and has an excellent earthy aroma that is a great match to its rich malt flavor

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a bottle into a mug.
Appearance - Hazy brown with frothy, beige head. Plenty of lacing.
Smell - A blend of dark fruit, malt, perhaps some caramel, banana and cloves.
Taste - Very flavorful! The notes from the nose are amplified on the palate!
Feel - smooth and very easy drinking, medium to light body.
Overall - a very good brew that wasn't even on my radar. Very nice surprise!

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Photo of Wobbly
4.35/5  rDev +9%

I have had this beer on tap and from the bottle. Outstanding example of a dubbel. I would only take Westmalle's and a few others over this. Lovely, brown color; rich, toasted flavor. Nice, creamy body. Solid beer.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

A: Dark brownish red, foamy off-white head on initial pour into a tulip glass which resolved to steady layer, good effervescence and cloudy

S: Bouquet honey, caramel, hint of malt and molasses,

T: Pleasantly dry at first taste, mildly hopped and hint of burnt sugar, dark fruit and leather. Ends with pleasant sweetness and clean palate

M: Enough carbonation to provide astringency to cleanse the palate and prevent malt aspect from becoming syrupy.

O: Definitely a beer with some character, but easily quaffable.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 3.69/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle dated 05.02.16 at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of malt and chocolate
Head large (5 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular layer 5 – 12 mm
Lacing OK – scattered heaped islands of small to medium bubbles
Body dark reddish brown, clear
Flavor begins a little bitter licorice with some raisin overtones and a hint of chocolate. No hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, slightly creamy, lively carbonation

A decent example of one of my favorite beer styles. This could, perhaps, be improved by being slightly sweeter, but it’s pretty good as is.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy brown with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of plums, cherries, caramel, funky yeast and brown sugar. Body is full and crisp. Spicy yeast, caramel malt, plums, raisins, brown sugar, minerals and herbal hops fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Nice Dubbel.

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Photo of henkmudi
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper to dark red, Smells like flowers of plants from genus Viola. Easy pouring give solid amount light brown foam. Apples, citrus, dark chocolate for cooking, weak sense of honey, and some grains. Nicely flows down the throat, asking for more. Some field plants in aftertaste, almost like liquor. Very favorable.

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Photo of uspbacchus
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a dark clear beer. Too dark to see through. Pours with a nice light carmel head. It last for a bit, then dissipates to some nice lacing.
S. Getting some nice dark fruits with a malt backbone.
T. Dynamite. Similar to the smell. Dark fruits, raisins, I can convince myself of a cherry in there somewhere.
M. Appropriate for the beer. Moderately carbonated. What I would expect from this beer.
O. A well crafted dubbel if not on the easier side of a dubbel. Not a brown Ale as advertised.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a moderate amount of light cream colored head that lasts quite a bit and does not dissipate very quickly. The beer itself is a dark brown with some dark purple notes and is opaque. The beer smell has strong sugar and dark fruit notes. The hop notes are also strong. The hops are closer to an orange smell. The Belgian sugar smell mixes very well with the dark fruits and create a very sweet note. The taste is somewhat similar to the smell. The beer still retain the sugar/dark fruit/orange hop taste but the hops are a bit bitter and the sugary combo give it a slightly artificial taste. However, the taste is still fairly good. The mouthfeel is heavy bodied but on the lighter side. The biting carbonation give the beer a bit of texture in an otherwise smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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 FLima
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown reddish color with a thin beige thick head with short retention, but leaving a constant plate and laces.
Elegant and nice aroma, not entirely on the common ground for Dubbels, with lots of tangerines, prunes and spices.
Great flavor with notes of chocolate, toasted malts, tangerines, cocoa powder, raisins, prunes, red grapes, earthy and citrus hops, caramels, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, mild white pepper, blackberries, red fruits, figs and yeast. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness and a nice light tartness.
Light body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 7% abv is simply not there.
Excellent beer, not a heavy Dubbel, actually felt quite modern to me, even like an American Brown Ale. Great balance on complexity and drinkability. Recommendable.

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,132 ratings.
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