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 Vengeance526
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with an amberish hue, producing a large fluffy tan head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

Mild aroma of candied sugars with dark fruits and hints of pepper.

Taste starts out with soem candied sugars and quickly follows with notes of raisin and cinnamon. Spices fade off toward the end and give way to a sour finish.

Medium bodied, a little overcarbonated. An easy drinker without any real alcohol presence. Main negatives are that it is a little light on body and a little heavy on carbonation, but otherwise a very interesting dubbel with a nice mix of sweet and sour flavors.

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

This beer pours a ruddy brownish-orange hue, with a finger or so of soapy off-white head, which leaves sparkly, small-bubbled sheer lace around the glass. It smells of must orchard fruit, and mild yeast. The taste is brown sugar, some candy sugar, some dark fruit, and mild winter spices - cloves and cardamom mostly. The carbonation is fairly mild, the body solid and fruity, and it finishes sweet and malty.

A very nice dubbel, the fruitiness taking precedence over the yeast spice.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours brown with a full fluffy white head, so Belgian looking.

S: Brown malt, molasses, hint of copper.

T: A complex mix of flavours. Brown malt and candi sugar with a hint of red wine, there is a bit of Cabernet flavour to this midway through. Sweet finish of molasses, prunes and a light earthy noble hop.

M: Thankfully not overcarbonated. Very smooth, creamy carbonation, very nice feel.

D: This is a good beer from Corsendonk, a classic dubbel, a real nice easy to drink version of the style.

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

Pours a dark color with ruby highlights. Small, tan head that seems to stay. Fine lace.

Fruity, deep malt aroma.

Nice malt taste that seems to be heavy on deep dark fruits. Fruity aftertaste.

Full and smooth in the mouth with and alcohol feel.

Very nice. Fruitier than expected. Very nice.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a goblet:

A - Deep brown color with just a hint of reddish tinge, decent head that hung around for a while.

S - Complex scents from maltiness to various spices that I cant name. Noticed something differnt with each whiff.

T - Yummy balanced mix of malts, hops, spices, hints of citrus. Finished sour which I loved!

M - Plenty of carbonation which works well with this Belgian. Not too heavy.

D - One of the better Belgians, a pleasure to consume!

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Seems to be some variation about the color. Mine is very dark brown, almost black and stout-like with a thick three finger medium brown head.

S - The aroma of this beer is rather subtle. Malty, dark fruits and raisin. Almost a sour smell, with some brown sugar and a touch of citrusy hops.

T - Tastes toasty and sweet at first, then the complexity of the spices comes into play. Finishes tasting like dark fruits/raisins. Has a slightly smoky or burnt taste to it. Not as flavorful as I expected and you have to dig deep to pick out all the flavors. Very well balanced.

M - Very smooth and velvety. My only complaint is that it seems very overcarbonated, which distracts from all of the wonderful flavors going on.

D - This is a treat and I kept it to one per sitting. A nice beer to start the night off and not one to drink hurriedly.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very beautiful pour into a Corsendonk chalice. The beer is crystal clear when held to the light with a very dark amber, almost brown color. The head is tannish and very thick. The large carbonation bubbles die off quickly but are replaced by rising bubbles fast enough that the head never completely disappears.

S - Very little in the aroma initially but as it warms there is a hint of grain, yeast and dehydrated apple.

T/M - A nice malty and dark fruit sweetness to start followed by spicy cinnamon and coriander in the middle. The finish is crisp from the carbonation and leaves a slightly roasty aftertaste. The transitions between flavors is subtle but distinct and absolutely delicious.

D - I could dink this all the time. I would consider this one of the great beers of the world. Not on my top ten list but perhaps my top 25.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Corsendonk Chalice
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Part of a 'Gift Pack' with Pale, Brown and the glass.

Pouts a dark brown color with dark red tinting. Two-finger head of light tan colored foam. Retention is good. Lacing is thick and mildly sticky.

A mild maltiness with a very nice dark fruit presence. Candi sugars and brown sugar. A nice yeasty biscuit presence.
Much like it's pale brother, it's rather understated.

Mild taste of dark fruit flavors. Nothing specific, just dark fruits, in general. Mild toasted malts and a good yeastiness. Light spice notes and a crisp, dry finish.

Medium body. Way too highly carbonated. The bubbles totally take away from the enjoyment of the beer.

It's drinkable flavorwise, but the carbonation will not let me enjoy it. I'd rather have quite a few other Dubbels instead.

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Photo of wheatman106
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with SpeedwayJim

A: Poured a dark amber color with a dark reddish tinge, and a coarse 3F head which dissipated quickly.

S: Surprisingly unaromatic. Essence of what smelled like crushed, soured flower(rose?) petals and a dulled soured citrus tang.

T: Mellow fruit opening with a middle to finish light in alcohol and yeast flavors. Finish was medium in length.

M: Medium to full body. Carbonation was interesting as it built noticeably a little after the opening and through the middle.

D: Overall good. My only complaint is that the flavors seemed a bit plain and unexciting for an otherwise excellent brewing company.

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Photo of cvfish
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a nut brown color that produced a beautiful, nicely sized light tan head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had some toasted malts, spiciness, and Belgian sour yeasts

T - The taste of this beer was quite good, one of my favorites, a toasted maltiness, a mixture of cinnamon and clove spiciness, some light fruits, and a finish of sourness that made this beer special

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body, but an abundance of natural carbonation which contributed to the easy pour

D - This beer was quite remarkable, I am steadly falling for every Belgain that I have tried, and this one ranks up with some of the best

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Photo of PartyBear
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark nutty brown, turning to red in places. Pours with a large off-white head. Medium carbonation.

S - Sugary sweet malts, with an aroma of port wine. Also, a slight spiciness, peppery?

T - The first flavours provide a sweet nuttiness of pistachios, and chocolate. There is a subtle fruitiness to it, possibly dark grapes, figs, or maybe burnt raisin. The finish is bitter, with a slight burnt smokey taste to it.

M - Quite light for a dubbel, almost thin at time. The carbonation isn't too lively, which allows the flavours to come through.

D - This is a nicely drinkable dubble, probably not up there with the Westmalle's and the Chimay's but nice no the less. The feel is maybe a little to light, which takes away a bit of bite from the flavours.

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Photo of nem2006
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer. Drank from a 750 ml corked bottle. Pours a deep brown with a nice, slightly tanned head.

Has a sweet nose of chocolate, stone fruit and maybe a slight hint of coffee. (Wife said she caught some molasses)

The taste is full, but not overpowering. Coming on smooth and finishing smooth. It starts sweet, malty, stone fruit, a little chocolate. Fades into a little fruitiness from the yeast before an ever so sudden hop bitterness at the end.

This beer is smooth from start to finish. A very balanced beer with full flavor and extremely drinkable.

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

This one, cleverly disguised in a cork bottle, pours with an intensely massive tan head that really has some staying power. A clean, barely transparent brown colors the beer with hints of red around the edges of the glass as light comes through.

Toffee aromas, caramel, slightly yeasty scents, with an almond aspect.

Flavors of burnt nuts, almond and walnut. The malty middle come through as the initial nutty bitterness fades. Nutmeg, slight clove as well.

The feel is explosively carbonated and really quite dry, almost astringent texture.

Pretty dynamic beer but almost too fizzy--the control of the mouthfeel is suspect. I enjoy me a highly carbonated beer but there is a bit too much and it doesn't balance particularly well with the dryness. However, the flavor is very good and the appearance is majestic.

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Photo of alnanderson
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear but dark brown in color, with a one-finger, foamy, brownish-white head, which settled reasonably quickly (but a bit too much carbonation?)

S: Complex, and fruity, and very (very) inviting.

T: Almost sweet, yet rounded out by a tinge of bitterness - a very balanced taste.

M: Medium to full-body.

D: Very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of choyhosoi
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A-Pours a dark cola brown with a thick white head. Looks very inviting but looks like it has too much carbonation.

S-Sweet scents not to much really have to know your stuff to get more.

T/M/D-This is a velvety smooth ale that should be enjoyed and told about.I would highly recommend this one to anyone that comes across it. Words cannot describe.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 24/04/10 on bottle

A - Deep brown with ruby and burgundy highlights. Two finger bubbly tan head that resides to patch of foam in the middle with a ring around the outside.

S - Dark dried fruits, raisins, brown sugar, spice, slight cola aroma, somewhat yeasty.

T - Dark fruits, raisins, grape juice, slightly sweet with a muddled earthy peppery flavor. Not as complex as aroma.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation that settles slightly as you let it sit.

D - Not as complex as other Dubbels but a very nice aroma. Tasty.

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Photo of TLove
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml to Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Good head with a creamy dark tan character. Body is light brown and murky.

Smell: Molasses, toffee, rum, and fig. Not sour, but full and memorable.

Taste: Soft, leathery taste with an excellent consistency and sweet, cherry/plum/nectarine finish and roasted chocolate malt. Decent carbonation, ABV well-hidden. Hits you hard on the back end, so drink slowly and enjoy.

Finish: Wet and yeasty. Soft and supple. A little tang in the end with the dark fruits but otherwise very drinkable.

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

Poured from 750ml bottle into my Orval chalice.

A: A muddy, dark brown color. Pours into a 1 finger, foamy, brownish-white head. Settles fairly quickly, leaving a layer of bubbles on the surface, like a little blanket. Some spotty lacing remains as you drink. Head continues to renew in full after each pour.

S: Dark roasted, syrupy sweet, malt. Almonds, and hints of bittersweet chocolate. Maybe a little clove and lemon as well. Kind of "tinny" or piny.

T: Really malty, a nice roasted malt, but not as robust and "dark" as the nose lets on. Has a nutty sweetness, almost a raisin flavor. Also the lemon and spice comes through in the end.

M: Full bodied, full flavored. Really coats the palette. Does have a bit of a metallic aftertaste, but not overly off-putting.

D: Very good beer to sip.

Really good atmosphere. Solid appearance, and complex nose. Nice complexity in the flavor as well. Great balance, too. Overall, this is a really solid quaff.

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

The aroma was very fruity for this beer; very sweet. Apples and raisins perhaps?

Poured very dark brown and was very nearly opaque.

Taste was peppery upfront with a decent level of carbonation. The body is very full, with notes of toffee, chocolate and dark fruit. Finish seemed somewhat clean with a faint bitterness. Aftertaste pretty minimal. Alcohol masked extremely well to the point of really not being noticeable at all, even when warm.

Awesome beer. I had this after a Chimay Blue, and to be honest, I think this was much better.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl dated 5/22/2010. Into the Duvel tulip we go. This will chase down my meal of a quesadilla with leftover rare strip and pepper jack cheese.

Pours with an almost ¾ finger ginger-colored head - a little maple candy color in there. Body is a relatively translucent bourbon/clove brown. Retention isn't huge; results in yeast wisps in rather short order. Carbonation is solid.

The ripe fruits abound, even at colder temperature. Mild clove, stewy plums and prunes, with some dates as a kicker. Special B is prominent with that Dubbel spiciness. Prunes become prominent with warmth, and that's actually comforting.

On the palate at colder temperatures this is drier and less spicy than one would expect. Sure, there are the mild cloves with a hint of ginger, plums and dates. There's also a leathery quotient to this - not like a baseball glove where it's really obtrusive...just a dry, dark, not stewed, not roasted...almost broiled malt texture. Finish is crisp and clean. It's enjoyable and the carbonation keeps it light...maybe jussst a little too light.

Palate feel on this one mirrors the taste - there are leathery plums and prunes that hit the back of the palate with a little stewy warmth moderated by a very dry booziness that keeps it all in check. Hearty Special B gives this enough heft not to be light and watery. Carbonation has moderated after a little while but it still has some spring to its step. A little smokiness on the back end.

This is something I used to enjoy every now and then several years ago but just picked up for the first time. For someone interested in brewing a Dubbel this is a solid entry to research. It drinks mighty easily and is quite enjoyable. Perhaps not the complexity and depth of Pater 6 but it'll do in a pinch.

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Photo of Murphious
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was excellent! Great wine-like nose, alot of raisin, oak(?), carmel...etc aroma. Thick mouthfeel, almost grainy. Sour and bitter with sweet undertones as it warms. Wonderful. (alot more affordable in my area than Chimay, better too.)
I think it was a 750 ml bottle---with the cork and wire.

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Photo of cheapxceptbeer
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Again terrible review, port flavors, very grapy, a bunch of raisin, and a complexity that is unmatched, beautiful and amazingly delicious, next time I have something good to smoke this may be on the top of my list. Can't wait to make some money, this will be the first expensive 4-pack I'll go after, can not say enough. Best tasting brown ale that I have had to date.

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

What a pretty head on a nice ruby brown brew. Retention is pretty nice, but the lacing is simply wonderful. Nice.

The smell is extremely complex, some smokey raisin notes. The fruity profile of the yeast is in full effect.

The taste follows the nose closely, quite nice. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but the carbonation is high enough to make things blend well. This all blends together to make for quite a drinkable product with some nice lingering tastes.

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Photo of BierFan
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip. Best before date of 10/04/10.

Big toasted marshmallow colored head takes up half the glass. The body of the beer is clear and brown. Has a bit of a doughy aroma. Also dark fruits as well, as one would expect from a dubbel. Taste of ripe bananas, brown sugar, and raisins.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Based on notes from awhile ago at the Moan and Dove. The drink poured with a black, oil-like appearance with a medium sized head and patchy lacing. Slight citrus aroma surprisingly with a strong clove flavor. Nicely bittersweet with a mixture of cocoa, malts, hops. The drink had an incredible mouthfeel: smoothly creamy but carbonated with a kick. Wow. Overall, really great.

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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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