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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

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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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Photo of fastsrt
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +4.3%
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 -16%
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%
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 -0.5%
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%
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 -19.5%
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 -8.8%
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 -4.5%
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 +1.3%
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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Photo of WwRGSwW
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown/red with a fluffy head that is about 2 fingers thick. no lacing.

S: Brown malt & molasses

T: A mix of flavors. molasses, rasins and a light earthy noble hop, and a small hint of chocolate.

M: Thankfully not overcarbonated. Very smooth,

D: This is a really good beer, and I really enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of Moonraker7
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with hints of dark red. Large amount of head, leaves a lacing on the glass as it settles.

S: Smells of some fruits, and alittle alcohol. The smell is not very intense.

T: Malty, with some fruit. Taste of raisins and molasses, with a but of dark chocolate.

M: Generous carbonation, but very smooth and creamy. Goes down smooth.

D: Very nice abbey ale, balance seems just right. Its probably a bit heavy to have more than one, but its certainly a great bear to sip slowly.

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Photo of Brenden
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Still running through some old notes. They're good.

This brews pours the color of burnished bronze with a copper edge. Heavy carbonation pours a massive but quickly receding spritzy head with lots of action in the glass. When it's all said and done, the stiff head sits at just around one finger and remains. Lacing is light and thin, but fairly constant.
Grains and a variety of fruits are on the nose with a candied essence. There's a strong sweetness and a light to moderate malt presence with yeast underlying.
The taste follows suit, with the malt making for a strong presence but almost overshadowed by the toffee sweetness and the abundance of candied fruits. Combined, it's almost a bit too sweet, but it's tamed and fairly well balanced by that malt, the grains, the yeast, and something lightly bittering, particularly in the finish.
A well-balanced mouthfeel makes for good drinking, with a lingering crispness that blends into a smooth sip and ending in a lingering semi-dry finish. Carbonation evens out somewhat after the pour but remains a bit high. The body is medium.
Drinkability is lowered a little by the sweetness and carbonation, and then just slightly by a fairly high ABV.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.06/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at WOB in Viera
Pours black with a tan head the leaves nice lacing
Nose is malt and some sweet fruit
Taste is like the nose, very smooth, but nothing great
Not real impressed by this one, not a lot of taste here
ABV is well hidden, so it is drinkable, but I am not a big fan of this one.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle in a snifter glass.

Appearance: dark brown with a small khaki head

Nose: raisins, dark fruit, spices, yeast

Taste: spicy and effervescent, rich, fruity, yeasty bitterness, mellows as it warms

This is a great example of a classic Belgium double

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Photo of irishking1977
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown/black/maroon with a massive, perfect light tan head. the quintessential appearance of a Belgian brown/abbey/dubbel ale.

S: Sweet with that familiar funky Belgian yeast.

T: Not your typical dubbel. More like an amber/abbey/dubbel hybrid type in that it is less malty and sweet than the aforementioned dubbel. What I notice is a hint of licorice with mild malt and some subtle sweetness in addition to the bread like quality due to the yeast. Different, to be sure, but a good change of pace in comparison.

M: Slightly dry with good carbonation. A slight prickly feel due to the alcohol, but that was mild and barely detectable.

D: A sipper to be enjoyed slowly. The hints of licorice negatively affects this brew a bit, (since I don't like licorice) but otherwise a decent, and different brew in the Belgian abbey ale category.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle, served cold, in a chalice:

A: The beer appeared to be a dark cola color that did allow some light to pass through. The beer did have a really good head that lasted well throughout the entire drink.

S: Malt, more sweet than anything, with some hints of fruit.

T: The taste was good, pretty well followed the nose, but with a hint of the alcohol. More sweet than I had expected.

M/D: The beer was smooth and dry with perhaps a bit too much carbonation. Overall, the beer is above average, but I realized after 3 beers of this type that it is not my favorite.

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Photo of xybreeder
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Copper, a little cloudy, very lively (carbo), and a nice large head. Beautiful lacing.

S: Banana and floral, that's all I'm really getting..

T: This is an area where the beer really stands out, taste is very complex. Sweetness, caramel, banana and bubble gum, why in the world would that be a good combination, but for some reason it works.

M: Not too heavy, not too light, just right.

D: A great one time beer (don't want to be chugging this all night), taste is so unique that you really don't want to overdo it.

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Photo of dudemuskie
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Left work one day to pick up beers for a work party and saw this beauty on sale at Binnys in the South Loop. She came home with me and we had a party of our own!

Appearance- Pours a deep velvety brown color that is absolutely beautiful! A light tan head of big bubbles settles into scattered pillows and a thin ring. Tiny champagne like bubbles feed the small pillows of leftover head.

Aroma- Chocolate, raisins, toasty malt, fruity esters, and a thin ribbon of alcohol underneath it all. Intoxicatingly complex.

Flavor- Toasty biscuity malt plows through the super effervescense that tingles the mouth. Raisins and a touch of chocolate follow as CO2 fades. Toffee/raisins linger in teh mouth for some time, fading to a soft ripe fruit and subtle flavors of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. Almost buttery on the exhale after each sip. Flavors enhance as brew warms.

Mouthfeel- Tingly with CO2 up front, almost chewy with flavors in middle, then slightly dry/metallic towards the end with a long lingering finish. Some alcohol warming after a few sips...

Overall- Damn tasty! Very drinkable for an Abbey Brown Ale and quite flavorful. Rich and complex but very enjoyable. Would pair well with rich beef stew, oatmeal loaded with brown sugar, swiss cheese might be fun, and for some reason this beer really makes me want an Arby's roast beef sandwich and a Heath bar!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a Corsendonk tulip

Arrived with a huge, fluffy light tan head and a chestnut brown body. A little murky. Loads of lace all over the glass.

A lightly sweet aroma of candi sugar, doughy yeast, figs, raisins, and some mild earthy hops. The doughy, brown bread-like yeast sticks out a bit, with the fruit and sugar rounding it out.

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.

A full body, creamy with just a touch of alcohol in the finish. Very well integrated.

Very enjoyable, complex, creamy, and plain pretty to look at. This is a joy to drink.

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Photo of garrettmccut
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in official Corsendonk tulip glasses at 44F
Appearance - Medium-Dark Brown, lasting head, remains in glass after drinking 1hr+
Nose - Fruit and smoke with an inkling of bitterness.
Taste - Bitter from the very beginning, with fruity notes, chocolate and smoky apples in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Foamy and effervescent (sp?), perhaps a bit too much so.
Drinkability - Smooth, but the foaminess would have made enjoying an entire bottle by onesself a chore. Good for sharing with friends.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle Served cold -- approx. 48 degrees. Poured to a traditional Belgian beer challice

A) Cola color and clear, though little light passes through.

S) Citrus and musty sour dough, sweet malt, raisons, alcohol

T) Smooth and dry. Alcohol is present. Sweet ale, fruity, caramel malt

M) Fine carbonation, well balanced, dry

D) Good example of the style.

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Photo of caresville
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep brown with an off white head, smells terribly like stale bread to me every time i drink this but its what it tastes like that really matters. this stuff is up there with the best of the best in taste in belgium. a wonderful mixture of plums and pears that hit you at the same time as chocolate and belgian baked bread, while you get a strong malty presence. ends dry but full of flavor, leaves you always wanting more.

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Photo of beveritt
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Label is painted on seal of the Corsendonk Monastery. No clear freshness date, but 20/02/10 is printed on the neck label.

Appearance: Pours with 3+ fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly, leaving the still substantial 1/2 finger of foam. Decent, if spotty, lacing. The beer itself is muddy brown and only lets the smallest amount of light through. Very fine sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong notes of tart cherries with sweet caramel undertones. Slight metallic note.

Taste: Subdued caramel malt with a distinct fruity/bubblegum flavor in the finish. Extremely mild hop bitterness kicks in a split second after the swallow, but you almost have to look for it.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good, very creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A nice, pleasant Belgian with the classic characteristics I love. I have an older bottle in the cellar that I intend to break out and compare. We'll see how this one holds up.

Vintage Review:

Popped open a 750 with the notation of 20/20/07 on the neck. Haven't been able to find out what the expected shelf life of Corsendonk beers is, but this mean this one is roughly three years older than the one above.

Head and lacing are significantly better. Smell is very similar, but some of the tartness has died down int he cherries. Taste is more mild, as expected. Still notes of cherries, but not as tart and with a finishing note of an almost cardboard like blandness.

Overall, this one didn't get better with age, other than in the looks department. It was one of those accidental cellarings from when I bought way too much beer, so I didn't expect much. Future outlook: drink fresh.

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 1,146 ratings
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