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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

very good
576 Reviews
Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Reviews: 576 | Ratings: 1,115
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 ...er 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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Photo of DmanGTR
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazelnut brown with a ginormous head. Had to be very gentle with it, just like a Swedish lady, in order to pour it without overflowing with head. But it is impressive. Very classic dubbel characteristics. Sweet beginnings with hints of plums and raisins, light caramel and brown sugar, and that classic Belgian yeast. Touches of spice and herbs, possibly cinnamon and clove? Maybe the slightest touch of cola as well. Spritzy on the palate, but smooth at the same time. Very nice.

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Photo of dar482
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a brown mahogany color.

The beer has lots of caramel and bready sweetness. However, there's also a raisin, plums, and figs along with lots of warm winter spices. There's also a heavy Belgian yeast note.

A medium minus mouthfeel, but with a good amount of flavor.

An interesting beer in the style. Don't expect a brown ale, but it has those sweet notes, but also with a Belgian fruits, yeast, and fruits.

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Photo of leffebrown84th
2.17/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Corsendonk pater dubbel
Dark red/brown color with very little head.
Smells slight fruity bread. Sweet, caramel.
Tastes almost like slightly dark chocolate that hangs on the back of thr throat. Caramel ane slightly dark fruit. It tastes really good.
Low carbonation
6.5 % not detectable.

Update: this beer is inconsistent. Every bottle seems to taste different. First bottle is reviewed above. The other bottles smelled like wet dog and each bottlr tasted different.

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Photo of Act25
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corsendonk Dubble Pater is Great Abbey beer.

A: It sports solid brown body with mahogany highlights and active carbonation. Forms an off white loosely knit head that lasts and laces, but not as much as the best Belgiques.
S: Creamy. Fruity and spicy to the nose.
T: Follows the nose with malty sweetness covered in caramel, and chocolate. Nice balance of sweet and tart to the taste. Fruits: plums, raspberries, dark grapes, figs, and dates.
Then tartness rounds the finish perfectly.

MF: Great balance that brings tingly spice to the dry finish.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chilled LaTrappe goblet.

Appearance 4.5: Poured a deep black. Completely opaque. Tan head followed with the pour and stayed at a lovely 1/4" the entire session. What was really remarkable to me is how the lower edges of the head have a serrated look due to the big, bottle conditioned bubbles rising from the beer. Just gorgeous.

Smell 4.5: Very unique and pleasing bouquet. There is an earthy scent to this beer and it is matched with dried fruit, toasted grains and a certain briny scent. There is also a light hint of noble hops and the requisite Belgian yeasty spice.

Taste 4.25: The front was slightly sweet, with a subtle undercurrent of toasted grains. This faded into the middle which was remarkably empty of anything other than dryness. The finish was where a the flavors popped back up and I detected the Belgian yeast, a brief hint of smoke and a delightful hit of barley and light woody rosins. Aftertaste was short and dry, but focused on the toasted grains and barley.

Mouthfeel 4.25: Smooth and dry, with a deceptive clean, clear and light feel.

Overall 4.25: An excellent beer, but not the best dubbel I have ever had. Which is like saying, "This bar of gold is somewhat less oblong than I usually prefer." This is a fantastic beer and its dryness would lend it to accompany almost any type of food you can think up. It is also fabulous for sessions and has no hint of: a.) alcohol or b.) "wet dog," both of which have the tendency to pop up in some dubbels. Recommended, but if you are put off by this beer, just keep trying dubbels...you'll find one that really knocks your socks off.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle, shared with the Mrs. Served in a Karmeleit Tulip glass. Best before 24/02/15

Appearance: Very dark brown - lets very little light through. Clear though - I did keep the yeast sediment left behind. Big thick rocky head, with lots of strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, musty, smoky. Some raisin smell came out towards the end of the glass when the beer was much warmer.

Taste: Wonderful combination of flavors: chocolate, dark fruits, smoky/woody, raisins - all rich and distinct, but all sort of showing up at the same time with the exception of the raisins and smokiness, which were towards the end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, approaching creamy. An initial airy carbonation, later dying back and becoming just barely noticeable.

Overall / Drinkability: Very tasty and very drinkable. I could easily pop open another bottle if I had it and share it again. Went fantastic with dinner tonight (corned beef brisket, sweet potatoes, green beans) and I think this would be a great dessert beer as well, but also wonderful by itself. A very well done beer and something I'll have to pick up again.

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
89 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.
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