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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a medium copper red with a huge beige head that slowly dissapated and was still around at the end of the glass.

The smell was heavy with raisins and other fruits with an acidic undertone hiding at the back of the nose.

The drink started by tickling the tongue with carbonation. The middle was very fruity, raisins and dare I say dates. The finish was a quick hit of fruit followed by an even quicker hit of wine like acidity.

All and all a very good and unique beer. I had no problems finishing the 750ml, and I hope to find another sooner than later.

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Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 with 30/01/05 printed on the neck label. Pours a deep burgandy with a large 2 finger cream color head. Smell is a little bit malty with some hints of spice. Not a real overwhelming aroma but it is pleasant. Taste has some dark fruit but i also detect some woody taste (oak?). Mouthfeel was decent if not overcarbonated and drinkability is decent, finishing off the 750 was no problem.

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Photo of TerryW
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a monster big tan head with very fine bubbles. Handsome cloudy brown in colour. Lots of chunky lace. Good looking beer.

Also smells quite good. Malt, yeast and bread. Fruity with aroma of raisins or dates. The aroma heavy, solid and quite enticing.

Smells better than it tastes, however. Slightly sweet, some fruitiness and grain, but not as big a presence as the wonderful smell. Slightly sticky, bitter finish. Must be the hops. Overall a little to thin flavourwise.

I'll have to try this again just based on it's looks and smell – only if to make sure my mouth wasn't having an off night. A tentative thumbs up at this point.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. brown bottle with silkscreened label. Pours a nice medium brown, somwhat cloudy. Medium-sized, small bubbled, off-white head.

Aroma is a light-medium in intesnsity with bready, yeasty notes and light sweetness. Some toasted, caramely notes. Flavor follows through with nice creaminess and fruitiness (raisiny). Just a touch of hops bite towards the end.

I have had this several times, and have always enjoyed it. In this particular tasting, it seems like yeasty/earthiness is stronger than I remember from other times. Maybe it's just me! Mouthfeel is very good- as with most browns/dubbels. Drinkability is good to very good.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's a light tan, dense, foamy head on top of a dark, red-brown, mostly clear beer. Sweet apples in the front. Also, spicy, roasty, caramel and some buttery nuts. Front is woody, alcoholic, with more fruity apples. Dark caramel, tangy middle. Finishes very dry, with tea and more apples. It's interesting. Fresh, fruity, malty, tangy. Almost too tangy. There's lots of character, but it doesn't blow me away with great taste.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip glass. The appearance was dark hazy brown with a huge fluffy tan head. The smell was of dried fruits like raisons and Belgian yeast. The taste was quite complex. Dried fruits, raisons, plums, maybe even hints of pear. Also a bit of a chewy sweetness with chocolate and slight coffee notes as well as sour yeastiness. The mouthfeel was crisp yet full bodied, a lot of layers of flavor. Drinkability was good as well, easier on the constitution than a Belgian strong dark ale. All and all I would say a must taste for folks who enjoy Belgian beer.

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Photo of necoadam
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this as a gift pack a week or two ago. Came with 2 12oz bottles and a nice corsendonk tulip type glass. Poured out a brown/garnet color with lots of head that never faded away. Smell consisted of apples, grapes, and some raisins. Very nice. Taste was almost the same as the smell. Good amount of hints of apples and grapes mostly. Finish is a little dry, but in a good way. Those fruit notes really show up well when it warms up. But it tells you to serve between 45-55 degrees F. Seek this out, well worth it.

Sidenote: On the back it tells you it's rich with notes of port, raisins, and black chocolate on the palate. Black chocolate?? Sorry but I couldn't even detect a small amount of it. Maybe it's me, who knows.

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Photo of Mangus
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel like I'm holding a heady root beer float. Nice dark reddish, copper color with giant head. It almost looks like whip cream. It finally settles down to a nice even head leaving whispers of lace on the sides of the glass.

Nice fruity, malt aromas. Hearty odors with a uniqueness that makes it very intriguing.

Champaigny mouthfeel makes me want to burp right away ... so I do. Rich, sweet, fruity malt flavors. I taste apples, raisins, with a slight nuttiness at the end. This is a damn fine ale. High quality brew, totally worth it on a Saturday afternoon.

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Photo of merlin48
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz capped bottle served at cellar temperature into a large tulip glass. A careful pour produces 10% ale and 90% foam. After 10 minutes the enormous, frothy head settles down to reveal a mostly clear, red copper amber. The beige head has amazing retention and could have been ladled out of the glass. Pleasant aroma of bananas, oranges, toffee, and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is silky with medium carbonation. Taste is complex, with plenty of dark fruits like plums, figs, and raisins, cloves, coriander, biscuity malt, musty yeast, and some bitter hops. Overall, a very drinkable Dubbel, but not the best one out there. This one has a few contradictions. Its appearance suggests overcarbonation that is not present elsewhere. The taste is very different from the nose. Very interesting Belgian here.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. corked bottle

Appearance: The beer poured into the goblet a rusty, reddish brown. It really had the color of murky water coming out of very old, rusty pipes. The head was prodigious and very fizzy at first. As it settled down, though, it became a super-dense, thick blanket of foam that loitered on top of the beer for a very long time. A solid layer remained throughout the entire drink, leaving behind tons of lace, sometimes in solid sheets. The bubbles were so tiny and tightly packed that I had to literally stick my nose into the glass to discern that it was not a solid surface that was floating on top of my brew. I love it when it looks like I could stand on my beer without falling throught the head.

Smell: Right after the pour, this beer was all raisins, apples, and yeast. As it sat for awhile, the aroma became sharper, with the apple smell becoming tart enough to be almost metallic and biting. There were also light aromas of chocolate and caramel malts, but these didn't even come close to having the power that the fruitiness did.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely smooth. This was one of those beers that had such a presence in the mouth, that it almost felt like I had silk rolling across my tongue. It was velvety, mouth-filling, and chewy without having even the slightest hint of harshness or roughness. Very nice.

Taste: Only a light amount of the fruitiness that was so dominant in the aroma came through in the flavor. There was some sweet raisin and the taste of overly ripe, almost rotten apples and grapes. The main component of the flavor upfront was sweet malt, burnt sugars, and hints of chocolate malt. In the middle, this beer seemed to dry out with a little bit of bitterness and some clove-like spiciness coming through. Then, on the finish, the sweetness came back with a vengence, resuming the earlier overly-ripe fruit characteristic from before, combined with some candy sugar. I didn't really notice the yeast until the aftertaste, and it wasn't very strong even then. Also at this time, some of the sweetness of the apple flavor subsided and it became more tart.

A nice beer.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut.

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Photo of Hex92
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle poured a murky brown color with little head an no lacing. Kind of a sweet smell that made me wonder if something had gone wrong with the beer. But being a trooper I took a sip. It had a little twang to it - can't describe it any better. But overall I thought it was pretty tasty. I will probably buy another bottle to make sure that this one was representative.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Abbey Brown <ahhhh...>. Pours into the glass a rich golden brown, with thick tinted pillow of head on top. It smelled noticably strong- full of fruitiness and a sort of flowery thing happening. I'd say the taste fits that order pretty well. In fact, I was surprised at the malty thickness of this beer. All and all, I was very impressed by this beer and its many dimensions in flavor, however I can't see this being a regular purchase for me. Its a really good beer - just not my thing.

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Photo of EmoBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer in Brookline over at a certain "Irish" pub thats really a Belgian pub... I wont name names.

Drank it on the recommendation of my fellow bar pal and was no disappointed. Very dark with a light head... this brown is all you would want in a abbey brown. Sweetness upfront with a nutty crisp finish. This beer is a heartier more refinded version of the possibly more common leffe bruin. Seek this brew out. its worth the time and money.

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Photo of maxpower
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz capped bottle best before 09/09/05. Pours hazy brown-amber color with a huge light brown head that sticks to the glass. Fruity sweet and spicy aromas, sugary plum and grape flavors, medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel, finishes dry clean, not what I expected but still a good choice.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.99 at Jacks for a 12oz bottle. Thick cake of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Whoosh, off blows the cap, releasing a beast of a beer. Pours out to a beautiful deep brown with ruby red accents and a slight haze, forming a huge poofy whipped tan head with awesome retention and lacing. Head sits proudly atop fine, meringue-like bubbles with strong carbonation. Aroma is very odd at first. I distinctly smell grilled cheese sandwiches with mustard! After that, it's a classic tripel nose...spicy phenols, a clean ferment, ripe tropical fruit. Taste begins with some dusty pale malts, a whallop of mixed fruits, freshly mown hay, a hint of cocoa powder, artificial black cherry flavoring, pennies. I am not picking up on any raisins, dates or dark fruits of the like. One batch had a dirty penny aftertaste, but this updated one does not. Freshly ground black pepper is buried in the finish. Mouthfeel for one batch was very syrupy...this one is almost champagne-like with a prickly carbonation and medium-light body. Alcohol is not perceptable in flavor or aroma. Bitterness is mild, and lightly chemical in nature as it warms up.

This beer is a mixed bag. It is well-brewed, but I can certainly think of many better abbey brown ales. This beer lacks the rich complex of dark fruit, tobacco, overripe bananas, and malt richness that defines the style. This most recent bottle states "Brewed and bottled by Brewery Du Bocq for Brewery Corsendonk", which makes me think perhaps my earlier bottle from 2004 was not brewed here? I dunno. Still, this is one I will remember for what it's worth, and I would grab it in a pinch. Quality made, just not true to style.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12ozer purchased today at Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into a tulip glass, large off-white head with lots of staying power. Foamy lace left here, there, and everywhere. Pleasant reddish-brown hue beer, with malt and raisins essences dominant. Taste is very nice, but I guess I was looking for a bit more chewy out of this malty looking brown Belgian, just my own personal taste.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 8/14/05. First time I've ever seen this beer in anything other than a corked 750ml bottle. Pours red/amber in color with a huge dense spongy beige head.
Sweet aromas. Malt and lots of fruits that made it almost smell like bubblegum. There was a yeast presence as well.
Earthy malt flavors with fruits (mainly raisins) and a honey sweetness. Nice lightly tart yeast flavor balances the sweetness in the finish. No discernable hop character.
Seemed thin in the mouthfeel with almost too much carbonation.
Good, but seemed to be lacking in depth when compared to other Belgian offerings.

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

Brown colored with an amber hue and almost clear. Initial head is frothy and tan but settles down to a thin layer that is dense and creamy. Aroma of sweet malt and chocolate with a hint of dried fruit and alcohol. Also a bit yeasty which is very nice. Mouthfeel is effervescent and a smooth medium body. Flavor is mostly a chocolate one with notes of raisins and figs. Overall one of the better Dubbels I've had.

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Photo of mntlover
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured nice hazy amber brown from 750ml with fizzy tanish head. Smelled wonderful fruity wine like. Then I tasted it, more like champagne then beer. Carbonation way over done for my taste. Wouldn't call it a brown ale at all, hell wouldn't even call it a beer. If I just had bad sample someone let me know and I will try it again. Should have let it sit overnight and gone flat probably would have been much more appealing.

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Photo of mschofield
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut, with a crackling tan head. I used a goblet and it worked well.
Juicy raisin aroma, with candy and a little yeast.
A lot of raisin in the taste with some maltiness. The dark fruits (raisins, plums, cherries) are the main flavor. Chocolate becomes apparent, with some earthyness, and finally some pepper as the alcohol shows itself.
Very bubbly in the mouth.
Stronger than it seems, espcially from a 750ml. Very drinkable, watch out for the way the ABV and drinkability interact.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No date on the cork.

This ale pours a nice shade of brown. A very thick light tan head was on top and NEVER left. There is a yeasty, fruity aroma with a slight bit of roasted malt. The taste is nice, malt, raisins and tones of bread (yeast) mixed in. I enjoyed this beer more than the pale ale from Corsendunk .A very smooth drinking dubble and easy to drink more than one. Try this, you wont be disappointed.

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

Had this one out of a 750ml bottle and finished every last drop. It poured a dark brownish color with a nice head that settled into a half inch pillow on top of the beer. This one had a berry-ish smell and kind of reminded me of champaigne. The flavor is also champaigne like with some nice spices and a very bubbily mouthfeel. This is not a beer that I could drink all the time for sure, but I can definantly respect the quality and the flavour of the style.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 3L bottle at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA on 10-11-03. Has a ruddy brick/maroon color with a large fluffy off-white cloud. Left modest lace.
Smell was fruity-sweet with a yeasty caramel malt and light spice note. Also a noticeable alcohol aroma.
Taste was a run-down of the food pyramid, minus the dairy group. Initially, there was a lot of candied fruit flavor, like candied raisins, over a bready caramel malt foundation. Then a nutty chocolaty flavor came out followed by a mild peppery spice taste and alcohol bite in the finish.
Feel was a bit tingly, dry and medium-bodied.
This was a really easy beer to drink. Has a nice variety of flavors and a pleasant aroma. Thanks to the propriator at Lucky Baldwin's, Dave Farnsworth, for the great treat!

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Photo of euskera
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice, well balanced beer..

Nicely carbonated, zesty carbonation in the nose, picked up some berry scents and flavors. Nice balance between the sweet malt and the sour overtones. Had hints of some of the St Bernardus 12 flavors, but soft as velvet. Will drink this again and again

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Photo of Brent
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A superb beer. I don't think I've ever described the flavor of a beer as "zingy" before, but that is what comes to mind here. Very bright, with sharp carbonation that tingles on the tongue. Quite pleasantly tart up front, with flavors of dried cherries and cranberries. Alcohol is in the mix with a bit of white pepper. Finish is dry and slightly white wine-ish. Bittersweetness lingers on the tongue. Muddles the line between a dubbel and an oud bruin, quite nicely.

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,131 ratings.
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