Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale

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Brouwerij Corsendonk

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 2/24/2015. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color wit ha 1-2 finger foamy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, pear, apple, fig, brown sugar, molasses, toast, floral, pepper, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark malt and yeast ester notes. Taste of raisin, pear, apple, date, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, light chocolate, toast, brown bread, pepper, light clove, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, light chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toast, brown bread, pepper, light clove, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malty flavors with fruity/spicy esters; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick, earthy, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian Dubbel style! Great balance and complexity of malt and fruity.spicy ester flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of argock
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml brown corked bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet. 24/2/13 best-by date on neck label and lot 626 on cork. Purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Muddy dark brown with 1-2 fingers of ecru off-white head with good retention and ample scraps of lacing down the glass.

S: Bubble gum and banana lead off but are quickly pushed to the back by raisin and prune aromas. There is some spicy, musty clove and nutmeg aromas as well. Whatever hoppiness is there is more or less herbal and earthy as it is in the background. There are some metallic overtones at first that thankfully fade with some "opening up" of this fine brew.

T: The flavor overachieves with dampening of the yeast character, which is still plenty spicy, especially in the finish, with clove, white pepper, and nutmeg flavors accenting the sweeter raisin and fig/date flavors. The white pepper lingers all the way through the finish and lends a hint of sharpness in the finish. The sweet banana and bubble gum of the aroma is much softer and seems to amp the sweetness oh so slightly. A really enjoyable, relatively low ABV dubbel (6.5% per the neck label).

M: The mouthfeel is luxurious with a light-medium body combining with solid medium-high Belgian carbonation to provide a very creamy brew overall. The pepper flavor continues all the way through to provide a little more edge to the finish.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, and I was surprised I had not reviewed this beer before. It is just like I remembered -- softly sweet with a prominent but not overbearing yeast character and superb mouthfeel. As far as Belgian's go, this is a great deal $$$-wise as well.

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Photo of ranger60
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Isaac Newton's in Newtown, PA.

Appearance: nice coper brown color, very clear, small very light brown head.

Smell: very fruity and spicy, picking up the raisins.

Taste: very complex mix of fruits and spices, picking up the alcohol though.

Mouthfeel: a little creamy even! moderate carbonation.

Overall: an excellent Belgian brown ale. One of the best, but a bit heavy for lunch. May have to have a couple tonight!

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Photo of Jetulio
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle poured into a Chalice glass (Affligem glass)

aroma...fruits, raisins. Not a strong smell but very very clear aroma of raisins appearance...dark beer with a big head (2 fingers) colour white-beige with some persistence taste...not too much sweety, very nice in mouth with notes of cocoa. Long aftertaste
palate... medium /full body and medium carbonation
overall.... very nice ale. Not enolic notes and without excess of sweet notes you have a very well balanced dubbel . Elegant and enjoyable.

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Photo of MIBeerRanger4
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's been a long time since having this beer. What a treat. I had a bottle over the recent holiday season and loved it. Drinking so many American craft beers has kept me from some of these truly world classics...

A= The beer poured a real nice deep brown color with just hints of dark red tones around the edges. The head on this beer lasted and it was a creamy white with a bit of carmel lace color. I really enjoyed having a beer with that lasting head retention.

S= This was my favorite part of the experience. The aromas in this beer seemed endless from nutty, roasty smells to some bright acidic, yeasty aromas. In the middle there were earthy grain aromas I loved. The beer went beyond room temp. to almost warm because I was savoring the aromas so much.

T= Just a hint of sour with lots of really great fresh nut and biscuit flavors. Tastes changed very nicely as the beer warmed in the glass without showing any "off" flavors.

M= A little lighter than the aroma would have suggested. But nice as it made the beer very drinkable.

O= I loved this beer years ago when I first tried it. I will not wait as long in between again! If you like brown beers this classic example should be on your list.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 750mL bottle into a chalice, pours a rich dark brown with a fluffy tan head that lingers leaving some lacing that lingers and sinks with the beer, hazy

S: yeasty smell up front, banana, caramel malt, quite sweet

T: yeast induced banana and clove flavors, very sweet malt profile in the middle, bubbly quality lightens the flavors towards the end, notes of toffee and chocolate, fig

M: lively carbonation with a nice mouth coating, aftertaste is great

O: you have to like yeasty Belgian beers with all their strange hidden flavors to enjoy this beer, good buy for $8 at Kroger to see if you like the style, not as good as Chimay Blue but close and taste is similar

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Photo of Braz
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a very dark brown with 2 finger rocky tan head. Fairly lively and bubbly. Pretty to look at. Smell of sour tart apples. Taste is highly carbonated tart fruit. This is almost champagne like, but being much less pronounced with the fruit. Slight sourness on the end. Short finish that does not linger. Really enjoyable, maybe just a bit too bubbly. About only complaint I have.

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Photo of RoninTK3
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Corsendonk tulip glass.

A - Very nice looking beer. Dark brown, fig color with a heavy head. The head melts down to an impressive half finger head that sticks around.

S - Malty, figs, nuts, alcohol. Nothing amazing but not bad either.

T - Very complex flavor with hints of figs, raisins, nuts, and a bit of chocolate. Malty and a tad boozy, but still pretty mellow. Couldn't ask for much more here.

M - Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.

O - This is a fantastic, complex beer that goes down a little too easily. Very mellow and a bit sweet, but the alcohol is definitely present. A great dubbel.

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Photo of KajII
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a muddy dark brown with a nice reddish hue around the edges and an average (1-2 finger) tan creamy head that had great retention pretty much lasting throughout, thus creating some excellent sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma starts with a roasted sweet bread malt and moves on with an earthy somewhat leathery yeast. In the back ground I sensed notes of milk chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, some dark fruit (raisons and figs), a hint of smoke and a mild winey alcohol presence.

The taste started with a nice malty sweetness and had hints of chocolate and brown sugar, progressing with a good bit of dark fruit and a slight alcohol finish. The flavor had a decent duration following the swallow with a sweet fruity taste fading as a mild creamy chocolate alcohol flavor settled on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a strong medium in body with an extremely smooth and creamy texture and an almost flat carbonation.

Overall this was an exquisite tasting brew, one that possessed a nice sweet malty taste with a really intense creamy feel. This hid the moderately high ABV extremely well and made a pleasure to consume...

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Photo of thagr81us
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep dark ruby red brown with a three finger very light tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, fruit, earth, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, bread, butter, earth, spice, and subtle alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. The aroma was pretty weak on this one if I am honest as I really had to work to get anything off of it. Almost to the point of having to put my nose physically in the beer. This was a little upsetting when I went to investigate it at first. The rest of the brew wasn’t too bad though with a good bit of complexity going on. The buttery aspect was interesting to say the least, but seemed to fit in well with everything else going on. Glad I got to try this one and I suggest you do the same at least once if you get the chance.

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Photo of pkalix
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark brown, with ruby peering through and around the lighter edges. incredible frothy head, medium and larger bubbles mixing with tight, smaller ones, diminishing to just a thin layer on the top.
the smell is . . . peat? smells like a peat-y dark brown i've had in the rare british or scottish ultra-darks and renegades....
the taste is of malts, some alcohol, and (maybe?) some dark fruit. i really like this taste compared to the dubble from La Trappe yesterday. the bottle lists raisins and 'black chocolate'.
mouthfeel- it is a nicely weighted brew, nice medium body, easy on the tongue. BA says it's a 7.5%, but my bottle says it's 6.5%.
overall- i really like this one. i've had the tripel, and i've had some varied experiences with the dubbels, but this one is a great one to come back to. so easy, so flavorful (even with the slight alcohol), i'd love to try this one on tap....?

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky brown body beneath the frothy tan head which dissolves to leave a thin lacing.

Aromas of Belgian yeasts and brown sugar float from the glass with hints of caramel malt and toffee.

The flavor also features brown sugar, malt, and toffee but also has just a hint of spice and perhaps some sweet nuttiness.

Lighter to medium in body with fair carbonation.

A very nice example of the style with plenty to offer the senses.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into NB globe.
Pours a crazy amount of head! Really had to wait to finish the pour on this...
Deep brown with amber hue under a thick thick tan foamy head.
Sweet malt and apple aromas, but very mild and lack luster.
Taste is very mild malty chocolate, dried fruit and fresh apple. Alcohol is upfront and at first, harsh, but mellows out.
Overall, its less than expected, but still good.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - dark brown almost black with 1 finger head and good retention

s - kinda malty and dark fruits (raisins or figs?)

t - good complex flavors of dark fruits with some chocolaty and smoky flavors. Yeasty notes as well.

m - very nice body

o - a very nicely made dubel style ale from belgium

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form everywhere around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, fruit, and some herbal/spice/perfume aromas. Taste is much the same with a flavor on the finish that is very perfume-like. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some very interesting aromas and flavors with the herbal/spice/perfume quality I am getting from this one.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with tantamount head of overcreamed coffee color. Sticky foam laces in coats. Looks like a beer float. 5.0

Dark fruits and coffee in the nose. Vanilla, prune, fig, and apple. Estery awesomeness. 4.0

Mocha, berries, apple, grape, and clove. Dusty cocoa and light cinnamon stick. Hint of booze and iron. 4.0

Low carbonation, wet body. Slight metallic feel. 3.5

One of my favorite dubbels. A fully-realized beer. 4.5

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed pilsner, the beer is a vibrant, rich, ruby coloring that is dark and deep, with a frothy, light, low profile, off-white head of about a half an inch. Aromas are light, with a semisweet candied sugar and toffee backbone with some light, earthy highlights. Flavors are darkly sweet, with a brown sugar and dark roasted caramel sweetness, as well as some nutty and old world fruit sweetness. Dates and figs layer throughout the flavors. The aftertaste is light and roasted sweet, with an effervescence that keeps everything light. Smooth, clean finish with a slightly sweet linger. Easy enough to drink, but the sweetness would get overpowering after a few.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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 jonb5
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Very dark ruby colour, thick 2 finger tanned head which disappeared fast. Had a malty, vanilla, citrus hop smell. Tasted a balanced sweetness, malty with notes of orange and the liquer Quarenta y Tres. Mouthfull is smooth but well carbonated. Overall a very good beer, but has the potential to be destructive as the booze is so well hidden.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 33 cl bottle marked 06/09/14. Sampled on April 21, 2012. It pours an extremely heady mahogany-red with a deep, light foamy on top. On the nose there is a complex array of yeast, dark malts, raisin, plum, a vague hop sprinkle, and a little puff of smoke. The body is about medium and creamy. The flavor is a marvelous Dubbel with rich toasted malts, dark fruit, and a bitter hop ending that is slightly dry. Enjoyable to the last drop.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy dark brown color with a medium tan head. The head has a moderate persistence but eventually fades to give some lacing.

Smell – The smell is bready and yeasty with strong dark fruit aromas. There are some lighter hints of banana, brown sugar and spice as well, mixing with the fruit and bread very nicely.

Taste- The taste is up front of brown sugar and dark malt; a nice brown bready flavor. There is a development of the dark fruit flavors mixed with some banana and spice more toward the middle of the taste. Theses linger on to the end where they mix with a yeast cake flavor which when mixed with the dark bread of the initial taste is very pleasurable.

Mouthfeel – The brew has a medium body with a slightly above average carbonation level. While the carbonation is a bit too high, as it takes a bit out of the smoothness, overall the mouthfeel is still not bad.

Overall – This is a good easy sipping dubbel. Good malty and fruity flavors make for a very pleasing experience.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown cloudy color forming a huge and very fluffy beige head. Medium retention, however, it never disappear totally and leaves some lacings

S: Quite spicy for a Dubbel. Smells Belgian yeasts, bready malts, coriander and brown sugar

T: Follows the nose: Belgian yeasts, brown sugar, brown bread, spices (coriander) and caramel malts. Very smooth and balanced Dubbel beer

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Milt earthy hoppy aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Excellent Dubbel

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a champagne glass. Sure seemed like a fancy beer, I reckoned.

A: Poured with a high tan head. Beer is coffee brown with lighter chestnut highlights.

S: Tart and fruity with hints of bread and roasted nuts.

T: Rich and tart with some blush wine characteristics that lead into nuttiness and a hint of sweet brown sugar. Toasted bread light on the tongue at the finish. Booziness is non-existent. You can not tell at all that this is a 7.5-ish ABV beer.

M: Light and bubbly with a dry finish. Carbonation is fizzy and champagne-like.

O: What the? A dubbel? Thought this was a brown ale. Not that I'm seriously complaining about that, it was just different than I expected. I like the occasional dubbel, but only as a rarity. Not bad, but not something that really fits my bill.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany color with khaki head

smell - chocolate, port wine, malt, dark fruit, spices

taste - early on in the bottle,flavors seem muted here, a bit of chocolate and malt, as I got further along in the bottle, i'm getting more flavors such as black licorice, plums, currants

mouthfeel - ample carbonation, medium bodied, smooth going down

overall - this bottle was past its best by date, so maybe thats the reason the flavors are really muted, given that fact, its still a decent brew. I would be willing to try a fresher bottle

Price Point - $7.99/750ML bottle

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Photo of zachary80
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml in a giftset consisting of two Corsendonk glasses, Agnus, and Pater. Cork "Lot: 2699". Bottle dated 13/4/12. Served around 50F and allowed to warm.

Large off-white head fades to a smooth 1cm, definitely better than normal. Bubbles are larger than average. There must be a nucleation point on the bottom of these glasses because the middle of the head shows activity and growth. Good but not great lacing. Body is far closer to black than expected, despite using their glassware in an arguably overly-bright room.

Great aroma - very fruity but not overly sweet. Good malt presence.

Flavor seems impeded by the carbonation. What does come through from the roasted malt lingers for a while. Dark fruits, almost a little grape quality.

Mouthfeel is very overly carbonated, doesn't feel right, and really detracts from the beer. Oddly enough the Tripel showed more signs of higher carbonation but ended up being much better.

Would also be very drinkable if it wasn't for the absurd carbonation. Overall this is brought down entirely by the carbonation.

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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