Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

very good
1,135 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 stbfan
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head(you can hear bubbling.), which dissolves fairly quick.smells like dark fruits and yeast. tastes of pepper, raisins, and even maybe chocolate. above average drinkability, average mouthfeel. Goes down smooth. Warm in stomach.

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Photo of tjd112
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - Poured into Corsendonk tulip

Appearance - Poured a dark brown, almost black, head was well retained, but lacing is sparse to none.

Smell - Very malt forward and sugary, I detect a bit of molasses and booziness

Taste - A bit of burnt chocolate with some dark, fruity notes, A slightly smokey beforetaste and aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a finish in the middle of creamy and dry

Drinkability - Very much so, but it is a bit strong

Overall - A good experience

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured very dark amber (near brown/black) into a goblet with a thin head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible and there is a good amount of head retention--a thin layer of bubbles covered the surface the entire time.
S: The aromas in the nose aren't that strong, but are rather complex with notes of dark fruits, malty sweetness and yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but a lot stronger and has notes of candi sugars and spices. The overall taste isn't very sweet.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and relatively smooth with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather drinkable, but the flavors seem to pick up as it starts to warm up.

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

A - Dark mahogany with a deep ruby hue on the edges. Slightly above average sized, bubbly and foamy off-white, nearing beige head. Decent retention that settles in a thin bubbly layer of lace with thicker patches on the sides.

S - A lot of dark candi sugar and Belgian yeast. Some dark fruit, with it being more on the side of juicy and plum like with a good amount of raisin and some citrus as well. Fairly well spiced (spicy with a peppery and ginger aroma dominating) and a touch of licorice.

T - Starts with a mild background base of dark malt along with a strong dark fruit taste. Similar to the nose, the dark fruit included plum, raisin, and a touch of date/prune. Mid sip, some more dark candi sugar and yeast comes out along with a touch of citrus, licorice, and earthiness. Finishes with those flavors in the background and the dark fruits coming out a bit more. Also a bit of mineral taste comes out. All the flavors are a touch muted and thin however.

M - Medium (maybe a touch on the thin side) body and a bit above average carbonation. Quite smooth and just a little creamy and bubbly.

D - Well balanced flavors with a very smooth body make it very easy to drink. The slight thinness makes it pretty easy to drink too.

Notes: Best before Nov. 2010. A touch thin and muted flavors (especially for what I was expecting). However, there is a good diversity of traditional Dubbel flavors that are balanced pretty well. Overall, a decent beer that is worth a try if you find it for a good price, but it's not worth seeking out and I don't know if I will get it again as there are some other Dubbels I like better for the same price.

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Photo of drtth
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Corsendonk tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear dark rich mahogany color with a ½" head that slowly recedes. Sipping leaves very little lacing but the head does persist for quite a while.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and full of malt and yeast supported by fruity tartness.

Taste: The flavors include a touch of sweetness along with some fruity tartness that is like a mixture of sour cherry and plum

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with very soft but active and persistent carbonation. The finish is long and 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.

Drinkability: While this is an enjoyable beer and I had no trouble at all finishing it, I'll probably not go out of my way to look it again nor will I avoid ordering it. A nice dubbel but not one that is in my top five.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler to chalice.

A: The Abbey Brown Ale, with a vigorous pour, creates an extremely creamy medium brown slow rising head, tightly knit. A second wind uplifts the head to just under 2 fingers. The head lasts long and deposits a moderate amount of stringy lace along the glass. A dark mahogany brown body adds no substantial lace. The clarity is only apparent at its thinnest point, where the body becomes tawny along the edges of the glass. Otherwise, the body is so dark it is basically opaque.

S: Heavily malted with generously toasted malts. Caramel, grain plus a light cocoa contribution. Lighlty hopped, if at all, but I do detect a perfumey quality to this brew. There is an above average yeasty presence (obviously Belgian) in the form of musty, dank leather. A low and acceptable level of alcohol is apparent. The aroma is semi straightforward and, in my opinion, somewhat lacking in depth and complexity. There is a soft, very well rounded alcohol on the nose as well.

T: Dried cherries and alcohol infused plum are the standouts in this moderately fruity Dubbel. Additional flavors (and aromas) of banana, fermented or baked apple (very much like apple cider) and brown sugar. A small amount of clove and black pepper balance out the sweetness. Average flavor duration, moderately sweet.

M: The mouthfeel is light. Thinner than it appears but not necessarily thinner than expected. Fairly sweet and never dry. The average level of carbonation could be amped up a bit.

D: The drinkability is above average, not great though. I'm certainly going to finish my growler, as I always do, but if I had the bottled version, I would have switched to something else by now. Two glasses to go...

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color (reddish in the light) with tan head that quickly dissipates into a film.

Smell: Very light aroma of brown sugar, plums, and a bit of yeast.

Taste: Primarily a roasted malt flavor with just a hint of sweetness and a bit of hop bitterness towards the finish and into the aftertaste. No fruits in the flavor. The strong carbonation takes a bit away from the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, but with a bit more carbonation than I'd expect.

Drinkability: It is pretty drinkable, but the carbonation is a bit too strong and the flavor not that interesting.

A decent dubbel; above average and worth a shot, but I don't particularly feel like picking it up again.

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Photo of baxterbrew
3.22/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this in a "beers around the world" set, so the storage and such is a little suspect.

Appearance - Pours very dark brown, almost black - cola colored. The head fell back to a 1/2 inch or so. Nice retention but no lacing. After a drink, the foam gathers back down away from the glass. 3.0

Aroma - Very faint aroma. Definitely sweet and fruity, almost like lemon pledge. The yeast is prominent, very little hop aroma. 3.5

Taste - Nicely balanced between the malt and hop. Definitely sweet upfront, lemony, chocolatey. On the back end, the astringency is marked and you get the belgian garbage can taste. 3.0

Mouthfeel - Nice heavy mouthfeel, smooth like silk. The carbonation level is pretty low, but I drank it warm so that could have cut it down a lot. 4.0

Drinkability - It's a safe Belgian ale, nothing too remarkable but nothing offensive either. It was just ok and I expect a lot more from Corsondonk. 3.0

Serving type: bottle

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

A mahagony brown color with matching light brown cap of foam. This is a lively beer. The foam just kept coming. It eventually did settle down to a nice head.

Fruity and grainy in the aroma. Apple, plum, and musty grains in the aroma. The alcohol makes it presence know by clearing the nose.

Grainy and nutty on the medium-bodied palate. Underlying ripe fruit tones contribute as well. A bit of bitterness is left on the palate afterward. The Belgian-ness of the beer is nice force which pulls everything together.

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Photo of dzni
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in tulip-glass

A - Dark brown with a nice 2 inch head that last for a little while
N - Don't get alot from the nose ... maybe some chocolate, malt, some fruit
T - Malty, hoppy, chocolate, some sourness, but no real strong flavors
M - Pretty effervescent, medium bodied
D - Good beer, overall, but it lacks anything really interesting for me, and it's just malty/heavy enough that I probably couldn't keep drinking this all night.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Octane in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque dark mahogany color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich dark malts - toasted and nutty like an English Brown but with less bitterness as it's accompanied by Belgian yeast aromas. Dark fruit flavors - dried fruits more than anything, prunes and raisins - back everything up.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The malt flavors aren't quite as smooth as the nose would intimate however they're still there and kick things off. Midway through the sip muted fruit flavors work their way into things, prunes and raisins as with the aroma. All of these carry through to a crisp ending on the sweet side of things.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was very impressed by this beer - one of the smoother dubbels I remember having with a nice balance between the flavors. Well worth a shot.

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

A - Served in tulip with 1/2" fluffy off-white/tan-ish head over a slightly hazed rich toffee brown colored body. Nice lacing.

S - Caramel and yeast, with dark fruit, grapes, and some apple. Appealing.

T - Caramel coated fruit (raisin, fig), apple, some grain, and faint chocolate. Sweetness is held nicely in check. Finish has a nice spiciness with slight smokiness. Everything is working well here.

M - Full body with nice crisp, smooth feel. Warming alcohol presence.

D - Quite enjoyable with decent complexity and well integrated flavors. Recommended.

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

750ml bottle served in a chalice.

L - very dark brown with a creamy off-white head that had very good retention.
S - Belgian yeast, dark fruit and earthy aromas.
T - dates, raisins and fig sweetness is balanced with yeasty dryness and a champagne-like finish.
F - medium bodied with lively carbonation create a very good mouthfeel.
D - easy drinking and refreshing.

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

Dark brown color with some light penetration when held up to a light source, clear until yeast in the bottle is added. Produces a nice tan head with a malty nose and soft malty flavor, smooth; very pleasant straight ahead Abbey brown dubbel that would cellar nicely for a year or two.

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

Pours medium brown with large bubbled head that recedes to a thin layer quickly. Nose is bready and musty, maybe a dark brown bread or something of that nature. Sweet and sour flavors on the palate are noted, as well as some nice dessert spices. Highly carbonated. Sour finish.

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

pured 750 ml in big wine glass best by 2/11
A: chocolate brown, thick frothy off white head.

S: raisins, a bit of booze and dark fruits, it smells rich.

T fruity, spicy, chocolate, rich complex well crafted, no alochoal what so ever this is an extremly tasty beer.

M: highly carbonated which helped balance out the flavors.

D: could drink a whole bottle, I like this one it is rich and fruity.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale is overall a very good beer. Poured a dark drown color, typical of brown ales, with a good head. Had a very rich smell, and even richer taste. Strong flavors, but nothing that really stood out, good amount of hops as well. Pretty easy to drink, and the only real downside to this beer is the price.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark cola color, with a huge, long-standing beige head that leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts and some fruit hints, slight tartness.

Taste: Apple and grape flavors throughout, with a toasty, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with pretty heavy carbonation. Watery finish.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but there are many better in this style out there.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black, color. Has a thick, foamy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Has that yeasty smell typical of most Belgian beers. Also has hints of dark fruits and roasted malts.

Taste: Starts bitter and finishes sweet. Has yeasty, fruity, and slightly chocolate-y notes as well.

Mouthfeel: A little thin but not too bad.

Drinkability: A good dubbel. Not the best out there, but still not bad. I bought this beer on a whim in order to get the glass in the pack but it still paid off. Not bad and certainly worth it if you get the glass too.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into my Westy chalice. 200th review!

A: Brown in color with an off-white head that settles with ease. Great lacing, and Carbonation is intense.

S: Caramel, toast, and dried fruit are moist prominent on the nose, with spicy alcohol notes.

T: Spice, spring flowers, fig, raisin, prune... Name it all, it's got it. Flavors are subtle but still there. Finish is dry, with slight grassy hop notes.

M&D: Medium bodied, and I think it's just a bit thin for the style. From start to finish, though, this beer is worth a few experiences. It's a prime example of what Belgium has to offer.

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

A good Belgium dubbel, reliable and tasty but nothing too notable.

Presentation: 750 ml corked green bottle. Simple design around the seal of Marie de Corsendonck, back notes offers a good description of the general characteristics of the brew, serving and storing indications. Displays "best by" date (09/06/11 20), and Alc. by Vol. (7.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A -Dark brown pour with ruby brown edges. Generous frothy head, medium retention and some good lacing.

S - Subdued malty spiciness, yeasty Belgium notes, and a sweet coating.

T - Malt sweetness over a touch of a sour yeast, some spices and dried dark fruits. Minimal "port" and smoke feeling.

M - Highly carbonated, tingly, on a medium-body and fairly smooth.

D - It's a pleasing dubbel, that works pretty pleasingly for the style.

Notes: Nice dubbel, but nothing too memorable frankly. Good to drink but not something I´ll keep an active eye out for. I´m really amused by the award seal on the neck label: "Medalla de oro a la calidad internacional bebidas alcoholicas Madrid 1985" LOL

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Photo of Jeffo
3.22/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this at the Bottle Shop down the road.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big fluffy thinner-looking three finger tan head with decent retention. Dark seal brown in color with medium carbonation in the form of very tiny bubbles. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap but leaves no real lacing. Some film remains until the end but no lacing down the glass to speak of. The color was nice but that was all.

SMELL: Bold aromas of caramel malt and some dried sugary dark fruits, mostly plumbs and dates perhaps. Some spicy aromas from the yeast and a unique scent that reminds me of ginger and brown sugar. Pretty nice really.

TASTE: Nose doesn't translate well into the taste here. Not as bold as the nose either. A bit of sweet caramel malt up front, then moves into a more sweet dried fruit and a touch of brown sugar. Picked up a bit of wheat through the middle, leading into a mildly bitter-sweet finish with what might be a bit of tobacco and leather. Aftertaste is mild and relatively short lived. Taste could be denser, though is not off-putting.

PALATE: Medium-thin body with lots of carbonation. A little airy on the palate and prickly as well. Goes down fine but finishes slightly astringent on the palate. Not terrible, but not all that enjoyable.

OVERALL: Not a bad brew, but not memorable. The mouthfeel didn't quite work out on this one, and the taste didn't follow the somewhat promising nose. Their Triple is pretty solid, but their Double is not one I'll reach for again.

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Photo of Mojoman8561
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-L- Poured a very dark brown in color. Had to hold it up to the light to see the real color. Formed a nice t finger high head that lingered but did not cling to my dogfish head pint glass.

-S- There is a mild fruity aroma that is masked almost entirely but the smokey yeast scent. I found this intruiging and couldn't wait for my first sip.

-T- This is where I started to get let down a bit. The raison and the dark fruits are very prominant. There is that sort of oily smokey tint on it like its been sitting in a fire. It's very sweet. The bottle says it has dark chocolate butI am not tasting it right now.

-F- It is smooth, but it is finishing with a lot less than the smell and color led me to believe it would. The fruits hit my palate right away and then thinned out in a hurry to almost nothing. Not a great finish.

-D- Not bad. Kinda disappointing. Would have it again but not something I sould seek out on a regular basis. Just can't get over how it didn't hold up from the opening of the bottle.

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Photo of AlFromBayShore
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What I try to do is drink a beer before reviewing it. THEN, when I actually review it, I drink it a second time. This is my first time ever having Corsendonk Abbey brown ale. Right now, I am having out of a 750 ml. bottle. After my first 33 cl (from out of my St. Bernardus goblet), I knew I had to review it right now because I don't believe I'll have this again.

This is not a bad beer but it feels a bit thin in the flavor. I'm catching all the "dark fruit" and "mild burnt sugar" notes but I prefer to have more of it. The carbonation is prickly on the tongue and the aroma, like some other brown abbeys of this style, offers a rich burnt sugary sensation. The problem is that the aroma raises expectations that the taste does not meet.

This is a decent beer but, as I've said about Delerium Nocturnum, competition is stiff among the brown Abbey styles. St. Bernardus 12, 8, and Ommegang will have a greater appeal to my palate.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep, ruddy brown with three fingers of tan foam head. This appears like it will get the job done.

Smell: it smells rather interesting. I'm getting a kind of tart yet musty apple aroma atop a base of slightly caramel-ey malt. It's good but I'm having a hard time really classifying it.

Taste: nice flavors of caramel, raisins, dates and even a little tobacco. More basic maltiness appears on the tail end of the taste. The flavor is complex but rather subtle; I hesitate to say watered-down, but I just feel like there could be more flavor density here. Still very good.

Mouthfeel: rockin' carbonation yields a very creamy and delicious texture. You know I love it.

Drinkability: I will say this has to be one of my favorite dubbels. This is a highly drinkable brew that I wouldn't hesitate to have again.

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,135 ratings.
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