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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:
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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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Photo of byrd
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corsendonk poured with a huge head that made it difficult to pour without overflowing the glass. Very bubbly, rocky top. Color was a dark, reddish-brown that was almost the color of the bottle. The color was clear until the bottle was emptied and the remaining yeast was poured out. When the head retreated, it left a nice think, foamy lace. The nose was of malt with the scent of alcohol being evident. Some citrus and yeast notes were also apparent in the aroma. The strong carbonation was the first thing to hit the tongue, and there was a slight warming sensation from the alcohol, but it wasn’t overbearing. Flavors were of sweet fruity malts and yeast with some citrusy notes. As the beer warmed, it became more think and bready. Some spices were also noticeable on the tongue. Not much hops to this beer, but there was a slight bitterness towards the end that was just right to balance out the sweetness. Not being a huge fan of the Belgian style, I found this to be quite an enjoyable beer.

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

On tap poured into a Corsendonk tulip-style glass. It pours a deep reddish brown color with two fingers of head. There is a nice amount of lacing left. The smell is fairly malty and nutty. A pretty sweet aroma. The taste has a very strong coffee maltiness with bits of caramel and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is strong and heavy. The drinkability isn't bad for 7.5%. A good brown ale.

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

Nice hazy brown color with a plethora of head that doesn't go away. A nice sweet belgium style aroma with hints of chocolate and raisons. Once you get through the head there is a great sweet and full taste where the chocolate and raisons really come out. There is practically no biterness to this beer as expected. A very nice taste with fruity accents.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Rathskeller Wine & Beer Fest:When poured, this beer had a small sized tan head with fine sized bubbles that fully diminished.The body was clear with no carbonation observed.The hue was brown and the aroma was fruity, spicy, malty and lightly hopped.The flavor was lightly sweet and lightly bitter.The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth, slightly tingly, thin and light bodied.This beer left virtually no lacing.

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Photo of WesWes
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a lacey white head. It looks likes a witches brew; not very enticing. The aroma is better. It's quite spicey and reminds me of a weak whiskey smell. The taste is good. Again, there are a bit of spices here. It tastes like a strong rootbeer or a really weak whiskey with fruity overtones. The mouthfeel is good. The carbonation is just right. This is a light/med. bodied beer. It drinks well despite it's appearance.

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

Brown sugar colored, scented and flavored beer.
Shards of roasted, cracked grains emerge from the broad, dried cherry and fig fruit.
The texture is fairly lean, with notes of red apple and sour cherry to fill out the sugar base.
Angular fizz pumps out gastric, pulpy globs of fruit and toasted seed.
A nice compromise between wild and domesticated beer styles. More refreshing than Ommegang or Birra di Rosa...less challenging than Goudenband.

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

A deep amber brown brew covered in a massive pillow of off-white foam. Delicate sweet aromas come in to blend with a fine nose of grainy malts.

You start off with some tingly carbonation. Sweet malts jump in . Grains fill the backround, and the yeasty flavor kicks in later. There is no real bitterness, but earthy notes add complexity. Roasty and chocolate malts come in the finish and continue to hit the mouth in the aftertaste. A nice smooth full-bodied brew.

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