Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale
1,145 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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

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Photo of thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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 +4.5%
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 -19.3%
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 -3.3%
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 +5.8%
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 +6.3%
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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Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle...Corsendonk is very well available.
Still it's my first serious encounter with it.

Dark brown ale with a pale head, disappearing quickly, but leaving some lacing.
Very fruity smell of citrus and apples, dark fruits. Also slight floral notes, together with the malt and yeast.

Equal taste, but actually not as sweet as expected. Good bitterness in it.
The body is medium.... the aftertaste, bitter, is lingering.

All in all a very nice dubbel.

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Photo of bgildea
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky dark brown color with a thin head that faded quickly and left little lacing.

S: Has a very nice strong sweet aroma. Typical Belgium beer smell, smells good.

T: Slight sweet taste, I was expecting a little more with such a strong aroma. The sweetness fades into a more dryish malty flavor that finalizes with some hops. There's also some caramel and brown sugar maybe and the flavor is nicely balanced.

M: A decent amount of chew to the beer. I was pleased.

D: The beer is definitely drinkable. I enjoyed the one I drank and would drink another.

Overall: Overall I enjoyed the beer. It had a nice rich sweet aroma that drew me in. The flavor didn't carry as much sweetness as the smell, but I was happy with the overall balance of flavors. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a good Belgium double.

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Photo of beertunes
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 16oz goblet. Poured a lovely deep brown, with a slight reddish tint, and had over an inch of dark tan head that dissipated at a leisurely pace and left just the barest possible lace.

The aroma had traces of dark stone fruits, grains, oak and yeast. Those were the same flavors I got, just amplified. The fruit was upfront, grain and oak in the middle, and the yeast lingered at the back.

The body was full and rich, smooth and a bit tangy. Drinkability was excellent, this beer was an excellent companion on a rainy early summer day in the PNW.

Overall, an excellent beer. A must try.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - It pours an attractive shade of chestnut-brown, with a nice mocha-hued head, good retention, small lace.

S - The aroma is comprised of faint suggestions of dark bread, some lemon-lime, as well as some light floral.

T - I am not tremendously impressed; I never have been, although the brew certainly is not bad. I taste a just-better-than-mediocre brew. If I have to break down into elements, I would say I am getting honey, lemon-lime, metallic and dry bitterness from an unusual floral and tannic-tea hop impartation. This beer is underwhelming, as none of the elements fuse in any particularly sublime or dynamic fashion. It also tastes/smells/feels somewhat macro.

M - This is the weakest aspect of the beer; it has a cheap, watery, malt-liquor-ish feel throughout.

D - This beer is decent, but not much more than that.

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Photo of stbfan
3.52/5  rDev -12%
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 -9.8%
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 -3%
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 +0.5%
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 -4.8%
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 -6.3%
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 -13.8%
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 -19.5%
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 +0.5%
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 -14.8%
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 +5.5%
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%
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 +4.5%
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 +7.5%
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%
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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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 1,145 ratings
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