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 natasharai
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a large light tan foamy head that dissipated to a really creamy 1/4 inch layer of head leaving some nice lacing down my glass. The beer is a very dark brown color. When held up to light showing an orange-brown color.

Smell: Tangy, sour, molasses, dark fruit like plums and raisins.

Taste: Tangy malt, slight sourness, sweet molasses, sweet plum and cherries, ending with a roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation providing a tingle on the tongue, a bit sweet but leaves mouth slightly dry.

Overall: Good drinkability, really good flavors but nothing is overpowering. The slight sourness/tangyness is balanced out with a good sweet dark fruit flavor.

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Photo of Cakanator
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BIt of an older bottle best by 06/09. POurs medium brown color, nothing great. Some darker malts roasty even a little metalic, but not offensive. Flavors are a little more earthy, but seems right for an older brown. Not bad, will try a fresher bottle and re-review.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle with an Exp date of 10/1/10.
Poured into a goblet. Pours a deep brown with burgundy highlight's. White large bubbled lacing that just keep coming to the surface. No lacing.

Smell is of something went wrong. I got a bad nose of metal but I could smell the maltiness behind it.

Mouth is totally different I got scared until I tasted it. Taste is of rich roasted malts and a soothing raisin sensation. Also a slight bitterness with a fruity bite very unique.

Mouth is medium to full-bodied with a crazy amount of carbonation but does fit in with the taste.

Drink is good but with the heavy carbonation it is kind of hard to make this a session beer. Definetly could have another though.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into snifter

A: Dark mahogany with dense off-white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but lace stays until the end.

S: Belgian yeast, caramel, maybe raisins, and some alcohol.

T/M: Sweet malt, caramel and raisins again; spiciness from yeast is there but mostly overshadowed by malt flavor and warming alcohol. Tight carbonation.

D: Not designed as a session beer, but quite drinkable with that in consideration.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A-Deep murky brown with a thick creamy tan head.

S-Dark fruits, malts, yeast and spice. Very nice.

T-The nose carries through to the smell, with a slight bitterness, and a clean dry finish. Moderately sweet malts predominate mid palate. Very nicely done overall, but not one of my favorite Belgians.

M-Medium but on the lighter side compared to some other dubbells. Amped up carbonation per the style, but decent overall.

D-Very drinkable overall. Nicely accompanied a rare steak at BLT NY without being too filling. Pairs well with food, as it is neither overpoweringly sweet or heavy on the palate.

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Photo of whitehouse50
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Andy's. Poured into a chalice and was a deep brown color with about a 1 inch thick white head.

I could not smell much on the nose. Maybe some sweet aromas? I really tried to pick up something but could not.

The taste was of pleasant sweet malts, not bitter at all with some fruity flavors as well that leave you with a nice aftertaste that slowly fades away. Very nice flavor which make this beer solid.

M & D were very good. This is full bodied, very smooth, and very easy to drink. Overall a good beer that I would order again.

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, dark brown color with a tan, foamy, bubbly, two-finger head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, mostly cherry. Also, some strong, sweet caramel notes.

T - It tasted of sweet maltiness, dried cherry and pear flavors. It had a nice roasted malt flavor.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a chewy mouthfeel.

D - This is a pretty solid dubbel. Nice flavors and fairly easy drinking.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet. "Best before" date of "18/11/10" stamped on label around top of the bottle.

A: Dark brown and clear. 1 1/2 fingers of tan head, which dissipates slowly to a thin, but frothy/dense cap. Ample lacing noted.

S: Yeast, moderately sweet raisin/dark fruit. Malty notes emerge as drink warms.

T: Slightly sweet raisin fruitiness. Bitterness is moderately low. Slight hint of Belgian/yeasty sourness. Alcohol presents as a slightly spicy touch. Lightly smoky sensation builds as the drink coats the mouth.

M: Carbonation is moderately high. Nice and full feeling...goes down smoothly.

D: Good. Nice and flavorful with a 7.5% ABV, though the spicy/smoky characteristics could perhaps start to mitigate the desire to drink more than 1-2 of these.

Future outlook: Very good. Didn't quite enjoy as much as their Abby Pale Ale, but still wouldn't mind revisiting in the future.

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Photo of hdofu
4.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very drinkable belgian dubble, Smells like chocolate covered cherries. Has a dark brownish red color with a thick tan head. Taste is very strong of chocolate covered cherries. This beer is oh so smooth and thick. This beer is undeniably drinkable. 1 could pick up a bottle and drink it all evening while enjoying sitting in front of the fire or watching something on AMC or TCM

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Photo of jnn4v
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown color. Slightly hazy. Very little sediment. Much less head than I would have expected.

S: Overriding strong wild / Belgian yeast scent. Fresh herbs and spices.

T: Initially a peppery flavor. As it warms, it becomes sweeter, but still isn't what I'd describe as a sweet, malty or syrupy beer (especially for a brown ale). Herbal characteristics and some hop bitterness mark the undertones. Possibly some clove?

M: Bubbly texture. Very full mouthfeel.

D: Moderately drinkable. Nothing in particular inhibits the drinkability, but it's not inherently gulpable either (not necessarily a bad thing).

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Photo of jujubeast6000
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/13/2008 (bottle):

Pours a humongous head, off-white in color, and creamy, with good lacing, very lasting. Has a dark reddish colored body. A sugary flowery aroma. Sweet hoppy, some malts in the aroma. Sweet sugary taste. Some acidic. Warming up, softer, more floral, less dark fruit.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet for a murky brown body with a small tan head and some lace. A thick and heavy smell of some sweet malts (caramel, toffee, cocoa) and some roasted along with some fruits (heavy). Medium-bodied and smooth with some definite malts in the taste. I picked up caramel and roasted along with hints of cocoa, coffee and toffee. Finishes dry (although the beer is a little sticky and syrupy at times)thanks to minor hop bitterness and
a backlog of fruits (orange, grape, pear). ABV also slightly peaks through with minor warming as you sip on the beer longer. A good dubbel and cheap.

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

This was the first beer I ever had that turned me onto craft beer, so I have a soft spot in my heart for this beer.

Pours a near black color - much darker than most dubbels I've seen. Huge head.

Belgian yeast clear in the nose. Smell is slightly spicy.

Taste is spicy, hints of dried fruit, slight metallic twang.

A little too much carbonation for me in the mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

Overall, this beer was my first "good" beer. It's not as good as I remember but this is still a good beer.

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

This corked bottle has been sitting in a gift tin in my beer cellar since buying it on my way home from Belgium in March 2007. Served this past weekend as a post Valentine's Day dinner drink, with a dessert of chocolate tortes. Poured into a Corsendonk tulip glass. Light brown in color. Very large head. Good carbonation for a cellared beer. Smelled reminded me a bit of chocolate, dairy, and freshly baked pastry. Taste was very agreeable. Some cocoa, hint of raisins and bananas. Not as hearty in the body as other Belgian dubbels, but other aspects made me overlook this. A great beer to drink on it's own or with a sweet snack. Worth the wait to open on a special evening.

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

A- dark brown, thick bubbly, fluffy 3 finger head that dissipated quickly.

S- smells fruity and yeasty.

T- slightly sour, sweet, slight metallic twang. spicy finish, very slight bitterness.

M- heavy carbonation, big bubbles, very smooth.

D- very well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a slightly tan huge head. Great head retention and lacing on the sides of my glass.

Smells of dark fruites, pears, plums, apples, brown sugar, yeast.

Nice sweet candy sugar taste.

Very smooth, lightly carbonated, had no bitterness at all to my taste.

I could have a couple of these since its very smooth. I personally prefer quads though.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from a 12 oz. (355 ml) bottle.

The appearance is an almost opaque ruddy brown with a large tan head. The head holds nicely before receding into a thick film whilst leaving nice lacing.

The nose is mainly dark fruits with some toffee and spices. There are some bready notes as well. The same flavours are present during the taste, with just a touch of bitterness. The alcohol is apparent but not too overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is as smooth as silk with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high; I wish another bottle (unopened) was around.

This is a nice example of the style.

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Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle best by 05/01/09. Poured into a chalice.

Pours a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and about a half finger of light brown head. Aroma is very subdued at first but really comes alive as this beers warms. There is a decent amount of malty (somewhat caramel) sweetness, a touch of fruity esters (raisins), some light phenols and a bit of soft, almost rose-like alcohol. Taste is pretty good, the flavors here are a bit more robust with a moderate malty sweetness and a bit stronger dark fruit ester profile (namely raisins) and a low and short lived bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty goo with a medium+ body, moderate+ carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth. Drinkability is pretty good. This brew becomes infinitely more complex as it warms. It is fairly interesting with a good complexity. I was easily able to finish the entire 750 and was pleasantly surprised at just how much this brew evolved an improved as it warmed.

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

Pours copper-brown with a fluffy off-white head. Not a lot of lacing. Malty, caramel aroma. Heavy phenol/medicinal scents with nutmeg and earthy bread. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected; the carbonation makes this much easier to drink than other, syrupy dubbels. Mostly dark dried fruits blended with candy and brown sugar in the taste. Again, the alcohol, while not very high, is noticeable. Sweet without cloying. Not what I expected, but a good beer, nonetheless.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Pours dark garnet with a thin ecru head.

S - Smells of dark fruits; succulent ripe figs and plump raisins. There's a little bit of maltiness swirling around my nostrils as well. Exceptional aroma.

T - The taste is just as magically delicious as the aroma. Dark, sweet candied fruits, roasted malts, a very mild hop punch, wheat, some mild spices.

M - Creamy, silky, mild carbonation.

Notes - I just got Corsendonk'd... and I liked it.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Ruby/brown sugar with a yeasty rising head.

S: Ripe fig, date, raisin with some light spicing and a trace of cleansing hops.

T: Bitter dark fruits, dark wheat, some light spicing and light hops.

M: Sort of thin and dry, but refreshing.

A good go to beer. Most better beer bars have it.

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

Poured dark brown color with a large off-white head that diminished slowly with good lacing.

Good smoky fruity aroma.

Medium body with smooth texture and soft carbonation.

Full well balanced sweet fruity flavor with a small sour finish of moderate to long duration.

Good brew that is top six for style of the beers I have tasted.

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

A- lively rascal of a beer, big bubbly khaki colored head, full of good sized bubbles but still sturdy, settles to a thick disk and gets creamier as it shrinks but retains itself very nicely. beautiful dark clear rosewood-mahogany with tangerine and golden highlights and shades of ruby with deep bright orange. 2nd half of the bottle i got all the yeast and fogginess.

S- intense yeasty phenol aroma with lots of spicy complexity and a band-aid type smell. clove, nutmeg, and pepper, a whiff of alcohol, and a ton of sweet and sour fruits and berries. toasty sweet bread like cinnamon-raisin bread but light on the cinnamon. grape, blueberry, currant, melon, and black plum, a hint of caramel.

T- earthy stone mineral water taste says wsup real quick then disappears until another fast appearance near the end. in between is a husky communion wafer taste with some more band aids, and some clove, pepper, and banana, along with fermented grape juice, apple, and plum, blackberry, old dry wood, cobwebs, earthy hop bitterness at the end with peppery flavor and an almost roasted touch of malty smoke.

MF- leaves a juicy residual feeling, medium sweet becoming lightly dry, intense carbonation at first dissipates fast and by mid glas the effervescence is juuuust right.

D- fruity and very yeasty and goldilocks in many aspects, tasted a bit like stale cracker but even if this was not intended, still held up with lots of yeast flavor and fruity notes making it a pleasure to drank.

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Photo of morimech
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 25/05/09. Pours a dark reddish brown with a large tan head that has good retention. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Has a rich aroma of dried, dark fruit such as raisins, figs, and dates. Some spice notes as cloves and cinnamon. Overall it reminds me of a spiced fruit cake.

The flavor consists of a rich malty base. It is not overly sweet however. Has slight vinous qualities with the fruit notes that elevates this above other dubbels. Bit of a dry finish. I like this one because the flavors are not cloying. Alcohol is well hiddened with just a mild warming affect going down the throat.

Feels lighter than other dubbels. The carbonation could be just a bit overdone.

My favorite dubbel so far. I liked the flavor and a bit drier finish. Much more drinkable than others I have sampled.

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

a: Clear coppery brown with golden edges. Pours with a huge, craggy white head.

s: Brandy-like aromas of dark fruits (raisins) with some muted candied sugar.

t: Mirrors the smell with the addition of dry, yeasty flavors at the end.

m: Lively and long lived carbonation.

d: Approachable and complex.

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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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