Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

very good
1,139 Ratings
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 StJamesGate
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ruby brown with a root beer head that fades to film but doesn't lace. Wax, carob, and sarsaparilla nose. Apple skin, bark, and baker's chocolate up front, some clove yeast, and spice hops with some surprising orange skin underneath. Sherbet-y finish and dry linger. Light to medium, fizzy, and round.

Depth of flavor and good feel, but too much carbonation to get stuck into. Maybe that's just me - I can't quite reconcile the light feel and dark flavors of a dubbel. I have come back to this one, though, so that says something. Earthy and easy to quaff.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Brown color beer. Dark brown with some reddish notes. Carbonation is present.
Smell: Roasted malts and some caramel notes too. Medium intensity aroma.
Taste: Complex taste. Caramel notes mainly but something else. Spices? Probably. Hazelnuts. Nice.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is present in the mouth. Well balanced beer.
Drinkability: So easy to drink it is crazy!

An excellent beer from this brewery. One of the best Dubble that I've tasted so far.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle 4 or 5 years ago. Stored at ideal conditions, label says best by 25/05/09.

A: Murky dark brown with a fluffy, well-retained white head.

S: Surprisingly vibrant dark fruit. Raisins, figs, prune, apricot, and underneath it all, a little chocolate malt.

T: A little fruity, but not nearly like the aroma. Light prune, followed by bready malt and a touch of chocolate. Ends with some smoke and a rather clean dry finish.

M: Light bodied, but heavy on the carbonation. A bit frothy for my liking.

Forgot about this bottle and let it sit a bit too long, but it's held up quite well. The fruit flavors attenuated slightly, showing a bit more of the toasty malt. As a whole, very nice especially for a beer so easily obtainable.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark chocolate brown, though there are strong red highlights as well. Initially massive head fades down to almost nothing leaving little lacing.
S- Strong yeasty smell, slightly metallic, a bit of sour fruit in there, toasty malt.
T- There is an intial metallic note that is really the only thing holding this beer back. Once that passes there is a good mix of Belgian yeastyness, toasted malt, spice (allspice and something similar to nutmeg that I can't place),
and just a slight bit of apple and sourness, particularly noticable in the finish.
M- It feels light but I believe that is just the splendidly smooth carbonation.
D- I dug this beer. There were a couple things (lackluster appearance and the metallic twinge) that kept it from being a tremendous beer. Worth a try, but at it's price, I may not purchase this all that regularly.

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

The aroma is extremely Belgian in nature with fresh malt initially; then quickly transitions to the traditional Belgian Yeast clove and banana phenols supported by a fruity tartness.

The tastes begin with caramel coated dark fruits, mainly raisin and fig with notes of caramel apple as well. Sweetness is held nicely in check by the yeasty clove finish. The sweetness knows its place in the flavor profile. The doughy yeast and figs/raisins come to the forefront. Some molasses and spicy/earthy hops in the finish. A complex beer for sure, but everything fits extremely well together.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very soft but persistent carbonation. The finish is simple and smooth yet slightly tart, with hop bitterness sliding in about half way through and then fading off in dryness. Not really much in the way of alcohol noticeable.
Overall this is a nice, pleasant dubbel and a great example of the style for anyone not familiar. Nothing that will blow your mind but just really tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice ruby brown, pillowy kahki head, pretty nice lookin beer overall.
S: traditional belgian brown, nice sweet malty balance. raisin and dark fruits, plums, very nice.
T: tons of jammy raisin, nutty, fresh fig. its tough to get past the extreme carbonation of this beer, but those flavors poke their way through, id like to try this with some age on it.
M: gotta mention to huge carbonation, it really overtAkes your mouth, and lets the flavors take the background. this isnt a bad thing by any means, as many belgians have this aspect, its just overly present in this particular case.
D: its pretty drinkable because of the relatively low abv, but i find myself getting tired of it after a while. i can share with a friend with relative ease, but dont want to go much past that.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours opaque brown to almost black into a Corsendonk brewery tulip. Thick light khaki/tan head that thins throughout the experience to about half a finger of head that doesn't cling to the glass.

S: dark roasted malt and coffee/ espresso notes are strong with yeasty undertones. Dark pitted fruits, caramel and brown sugar.

T: an extremly dark roasted malt and slight bitterness from the hops but not a lot of flavor from said hops. Dark cocoa and slight caramel, ends with a little green apple.

MF: rich and creamy and almost chewy; very effervescent and astringent.

D: this is an outstanding beer for an exceptional price. I got a bottle of this the pale ale and two glasses; this is one I will be actively searching for.

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

750mL bottle with a Best Enjoyed Before Date of 20/05/12. Pours a deep, dark brown with a big, thick frothy head. Some lacing. Aromas of dark fruits (namely raisins), yeast, malts, and some chocolate. Slight boozey smell. Taste is a nice amount of chocolate upfront with some dark fruits, yeast, and a bit of a banana finish. Complex brew. Nice, slight alcohol taste to this one. Really good Dubbel with a lot of different flavors and aromas to it.

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Photo of YannickB
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark hazy brown with limited head. Head retention is not good.

S: Smell is actually pretty good but a little bit subtle. Lots of red fruits, grapes and raisins.

T: The smells comes back, starts out with a fruity character. Red grapes with raisins give some sweetness. After this a strong malt taste with yeast takes over. No hop flavor in the bitterness.

M: Strong carbonation prickles the tongue. This seems to be a little bit too much carbonation for this style. All corsendonk beers seem to have this issue. A little bit of stickiness like caramel and afterwards a little bit of dryness. Also common for the brewery.

D: Pretty good drinkability, low abv and it never really pops up. The carbonation makes it a little bit less, but maybe in the summer this would be an upside.

Conclusion: I didn't really like this beer too much. It doesn't seem to be the greatest example of the style. Although I have to say that when I was almost through the bottle it started warming a bit to me.

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

Appearance: pours a hazy brown color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: caramel, brown sugar sweetness, and a hint of pepper create a nice aroma.

Taste: caramel, brown sugar, sweet apples, plums, and a moderate bitterness are well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: slow sipping belgian dubbel that hits the spot when you are in the mood for the style. Goes down easy.

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

A: Pours a dark brown, with some hints of red. A tan head rests atop, with decent retention and lacing.

S: Admittedly, I'm a little stuffed up right now, so this might be a little off. Malty, distinct caramel scent. Dark fruits and malts primarily.

T: Less caramel in the taste than the smell. Mostly dark fruits, of which I can't be sure. Very balanced taste.

MF: Very creamy, with a nice dry finish. Decent carbonation, hardly any alcohol.

D: I would say this is a beer to enjoy slowly. Very drinkable.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown that has a ruby red hue when held up to light. Ver big off-white head on this beer. Scent is a bit of alcohol with some fruitiness (green apples and citrus fruits). Light chocolate notes as well. Taste is initially very fruity. I definitely get green apples along with dark fruits, such as raisins and dates. There is also a very subtle and delightful chocolate toffee taste as well that lingers on the palate after tasting. The alcohol makes itself a bit noticeable, even though not being a very high ABV beer. Very tasty nonetheless. Mouthfeel is EXTREMELY carbonated. Maybe a little too carbonated. Nice full body with a crisp finish though. Drinkability is fairly high.

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Photo of obywan59
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into my brand new Corsendonk that's described as an unusual tall goblet/flute hybrid.

Very dark brown to almost black except at the narrow base where a ruby glow seems to be lit by a flame from below. Initial 4 1/2 finger towering chunky head required multiple pours to fill the glass. Impressive. Light lacing.

Lightly horsey, medium to medium-light Belgian aromas. Some dark chocolate and raisins or dark fruit as well.

Lightly sweet. Lightly tart--almost like green apples. Nice Belgian spice. Some light bitterness at the end. Very well balanced. Again some dark chocolate or raisins or other dark fruits.

Great mouthfeel leaves a pleasant coating throughout. A bit of pvickle from the carbonation and a feel of alcohol in the throat--nicely warming, not harsh.

A great drinker. Very smooth and easy to drink.

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

I really enjoy the Corsendonks. Great to taste this against the Pale. Both are somewhat tangy, but the brown is more savory where the pale is lighter and more citrusy. Neither is overwhelmingly heavy; likewise neither is particularly light. A Great level of carbonation and effervescence, the mouthfeel is wonderful.

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Photo of stephens101
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby red hues at the edges. The fizzy froth is multicolored with a tan middle encircled by a thick dark tan ring. A few tiny, lonely dots of lace reside around the glass after a frantic dissipation of head.

Aroma is complex with taffy, caramel, cherry candy, various sour fruits and phenols. Tastes of big phenols mixed with caramel malts and dark chocolates. Some bubblegum, beer bread and slight hops mix in well toward the end.

Goes down quite smooth with a slight graininess and a very subtle alcohol heat. Exceptional Dubbel.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It says best enjoyed before 01-10-05 the date on the bottle. It's bottle-conditioned and will mature in bottle.

Dark brown khaki tan almost cappuccino like head. The body has some dark cherry brown.

A light toffee and chocolate aromas with decent hop character.

It's quite carbonated. Leaves the mouth dry.

Cherry vanilla taste up front. Very sweet and bitter. It has a stout like flavor with the malt being mostly the main attraction and the hop bitterness in the background.

Drink Ability was okay, I could have another one.

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Photo of patreely12
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown. tall creamy head. near perfection

S - somewhat fruity, almost like raisins or figs. also a little hint of chocolate.

T/M - rich creamy malts, fruity notes of raisin. no real bitterness or hop presence. smooth finish. medium body.

D - the alcohol is well hidden. goes well with a light lunch. overall good dubbel. I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured out of an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel.

A - Deep brown ale. Huge head on pour with about 3 inches which dropped down to a nice light head. Good lacing.

S - Nice malty smell immediately. You get the raisins as well. A hint of chocolate. Smells slightly sweet.

T - Very nice fruits taste. Maybe apples? Very clean. I would say you get some plums in the end as well.

M - Nice active carbonation on this one. Medium to light bodied.

D - Extremely.

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

Beautiful, light tan, sudsy head. The foam clings to the sides of the glass atop a dark brown liquid that shows its carbonation by continually adding to the crown of foam. Do lines of foam slowly descending down the sides count as lacing?

Dark fruits and Belgian yeast (horse blanket funky) in the nose. Also some dark brown bread and hints of spice: anise and pepper.

The taste is all that is promised in the nose. All that you smell is on your tongue in perfect balance to one another with not one characteristic standing out. The blend of flavors is wonderful, but there is a slight sense of phenols but not much. I've had other dubbels with more flavor though, but few as well-balanced.

This is silky smooth and the body seems lighter than it is due to its mostly clean finish. Finishing a bomber of a 7.5% beer should not be this easy.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a tulip, nearly two fingers fades slowly, dark brown color with ruby highlights.

s- yeast, difficult to pinpoint, some flowery notes, dark fruit, slight roast/smoke, raisins.

t- smooth, raisins, figs, yeast, dark roast, a bit of dark creamy chocolate. this is tasty, no alcohol here.

m- smooth medium to full body.

d- hands down this is the best dubbel that i've had to date - i really wasn't expecting less from corsendonk, i'm not in love with belgians, but this is damn tasty.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very deep, dark brown liquid with a massive creamy light brown that settles to a thin covering. The massive head comes right back with a quick swirl of the glass. There is really nothing that could improve the appearance.

S- Brown sugar, apples, and a bit of smoke and citrus. Smells very appealing.

T- Brown sugar, light fruit, with just a bit of citrus and a touch of smoke. Complex up front but a very clean finish.

M- Creamy carbonation with a clean finish and a lasting dryness.

D- A rich, enjoyable, and memorable dubbel. The alcohol is well hidden, but a 750 of this is just a touch too much.

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Photo of silverneedles
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

mix of what was already stated in previous reviews,
with emphasis on light mouthfeel and light in flavor (which is quick to fade from mouth)- surprising as already said
big annoying foam "head" (which i dont care for) when poured, fizzes away with hand in glass method
dont feel alot of alcohol as i was expecting

overall: alright, but likely wont buy again

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Photo of STEG
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On bottle in a really oversized red wine ridel glass at Yono's in Albany. Dark mahogany color, fluffy khaki head. Yeast, cherries, currants and plums dominate the nose. Taste has bread and darkfruits a prominent with malt and that horse blanket funk in the back with a general hoppiness throughout. Surprisingly light mouthfeel but a bit too bready for me.

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Photo of JoKo
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a very dark cherry color with moderate amounts of carbonation. The head is off white and about an inch thick before fading.

Smell: Malts up front, with hints of cherry.

Taste: Light notes of cherry, with some wine like quality, particularly red wine like port some other red table wine. Some malty sweetness lingering in the background. The balance of ingredients is subtle. The taste doesn't linger for too long on the palate after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp mouthfeel, the carbonation is active on the palate. This beer is also exceptionally light, not exactly something that I was expecting for the style, I was anticipating a heavier mouthfeel, but I don't believe the lighter mouthfeel is necessarily a flaw.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with garnet highlights. Has a tight off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of some dark fruits with some sweet bread.

Tastes of fruit notes, some bread and roasted malts. Fruits have raisin and fig notes mostly with some yeast spiciness. Chocolate comes through as well. A good amount of sweetness that doesn't overpower, but supports everything.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,139 ratings.
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