Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale
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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #14
Ranked #5,041
4.03 | pDev: 11.41%
Brouwerij Corsendonk
Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale
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Reviews: 610 | Ratings: 1,224
Photo of mothmanscott
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with floaters & sediment, producing a nice 2 finger, fluffy, mostly tightly bubbled, light tan, moderately lasting head that leaves only a little lace. Aroma is Belgium yeast, dark caramel malt, sour dark fruits & a hint of smoke & mustiness. Taste is very malty: roast & dark malt. Belgian yeatiness & light funk with subdued dark fruity vinuous esters, some brown sugar & hints of chocolate. Hop presence is minimal as is common with most Belgians.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown and dark mahogany color with a large foam head that quickly recedes. It leaves a collar and thin lacing.
The aroma is my favorite thing about it. Sweet cacao and chocolate malts hit the nose. This is followed by dark fruit, mainly alcohol soaked raisins, and dark caramel. Dark candi sugar also adds to the sweetness.
The taste is a bit drier as compared to the aroma, but there is still an ever present coating of dark fruit sweetness and dark malts. Sweet, silky and creamy cocoa like finish. Fluffy and velvety in the mouth. The carbonation is active and provides a cola like tingle. The spices balance things out as well as the slightest hint of hops. The alcohol is there but light and well masked. Medium bodied and on the light side for a Dubbel. Easy to drink; is there such a thing as session Dubbel? Solid overall.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with slight brown top. No lacing. Aromas of sweet malt and slight astringency. Flavor is somewhat watery, but pleasant. Lots of malt and some hop balance. Finish is similar. Very drinkable.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three finger, khaki head that leaves a little lace. Opaque brown color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light roasted malt nose. Flavor follows, a hint of soapy bitterness at finish. $4.80 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.99/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very dark coffee color with a tan head, two finger-widths high. Tons of lacing with this beer.

The beer presents a very complex bouquet with aromas of rich malt, chocolate, raisin, and oak.

The initial taste presents the rich malty flavor, and then it immediately warms to present the hints of chocolate and then some sweetness of the alcohol followed by the raisin. The beer finishes with a deep smokey flavor as it warms on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is heavy at first, but gives way to a crisp finish as the alcohol warms on the tongue.

Overall, this is a great example of the dubbel style that will not disappoint you.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It probably is fair to tag this as a famous brew. Its yeast is key to making it so.
To Look at this is enough to drink it. To Smell it, I'm tempted to think of the Divine: contemplate dark fruits in a still life.
To Taste Pater is to know that it is inspired, balanced, resolute. In the mouth, it is full and rich; with few bubbles to interfere.

On a winter day with a simple meal (soup and roasted root vegetables), Pater brought me (a neo-heathen) closer to God.

Making it somewhat more well-known was when Pater Dark was reviewed in MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium", he called it a "yeasty, fruity, slightly smoky, bouquet; and suggestion of raisins and dark chocolate on the palate. It is brewed under contract at Du Bocq." MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it only 2.5 of 4 stars back when it was brewed by Van Steenberge.

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Photo of Zet
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark mohagony with a full head of foam that retains well and leaves nice lacing. Smell of hop and caramel. Primary flavours in the taste are caramel, milk chocolate and dark fruits, but there are also hints of hops, smoke, bacon and red wine. A nice complexity. A dubbel that tends to lean more to bitter than the sweet side. Mouth feel is smooth and full.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
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 carlborch
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant mahogany-red and forms a large pocketed 3-inch tan head. The nose is somewhat restrained with hints of black, dried fruit (figs, raisins, and cherries?), and a light smokiness. Some sour notes appear after a while. The head is persistent and settles in at 1.5 inches. Belgian lace does form. The ale has a medium-light body and evident carbonation. Despite the relatively light body, the ale offers depth in flavor, with notes of dark, bitter chocolate, some suggestions of nutmeg and cardamom as well as additional dried fruit. I find none of the suggested Port wine notes. The alcohol is not evident. This is a very smooth drink, that would work well as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to smoked and barbecued foods. (Neck label: 16.07.17 F 07:53)

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Photo of theamericanpsycho79
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 bark
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The colour is dark chocolate-brown with a tint of red (70 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is compact and pale brown, it sinks slowly leaving almost no lacing.

The smell is bitter-sweet with alcohol and quite a lot of milk chocolate. Phenolic notes of nutmeg and cloves. Floral notes in the background.

The taste is semi-sweet with notes of milk chocolate bars, bitter herbs, allspice and cloves. Growing sweet notes of caramel and some toffee. Medium body. The aftertaste brings growing notes of alcohol, clean bitterness, prunes and dried red fruits. The finish is a bit dry with some fruits and a hint of Madeira.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth.

Drier than most Dubbels I have had. Clean and rather tasty.

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Photo of julzalex
1.09/5  rDev -73%
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 +11.4%
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 scottsoileau
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip nice brown color with a familiar raisin like traditional dubbel aroma. Very nice flavor. Pleasantly suprised as I had never heard of this beer. Starting to believe that Belgians are my favorite beers. Maybe. Nah, still prefer good IIPA. More people should try it though. Rochefort 6 is better but thus is good beer. $3.75 for the single

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pored out of a 11.2 oz bottle, with a 4.11.17 date on it. Surprised this one has not been reviewed yet

L - Dark brown, 1/2 finger of head, and no lacing

S - dark raisons and candy sugar

T - Sugar, raisons, dark chocolate, fruity yeast strain

F - Very highly carbonated and big mouthfeel

O - A tasty dubbel, will look for this one again

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Photo of drmeto
2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
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 -7.2%
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 -4.7%
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 -42.9%
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 -2.5%
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 +7.9%
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 +0.2%
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 -3%
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 -18.6%
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 +11.7%

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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