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 HeyItsChili
4.44/5  rDev +11%
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 -5.5%
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 +2.5%
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 +3.8%
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 +16.3%
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 +6.3%
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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Photo of sprucetip
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. 750 into snifter

Medium brown, clear when held to light, gorgeous ruby highlights. Thick tan head, retention, ring around edge, no significant lacing.

Dark fruit, raisiny, lightly boozy, malty sweet. Complex, balanced, has legs.

Smooth, balanced, complex. Vageuely roasted malt, malty sweetness, and yeasty up front. Raisiny/dark fruity through the middle, clean finish.

Perfectly restrained carbonation, somewhat creamy, medium body, with vague dryness in the finish. Maybe jsut a bit thin in the feel for style and size.

I could toss back a good bit of this without wanting for something else or feeling too full or loaded.

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

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a dark amber, bordering on deep brown, color with a think white head leaving wonderful lacing on the glass. The aroma is more full of fruity notes, raisin, fig, light clove. Very intense aroma, leaving me to wonder if there will be too much on the tongue. My first taste was all it took. This has a wonderful taste of clove, and fruitiness. The balance is wonderful and it is evident that the brew masters have been at it for a while. The brew has a medium body and a great carbonation that allows the flavor to explode in your mouth. This is what beer should taste like. Prost!

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened a 750 and poured some into a tulip glass. Rich and thick tan head rises fast and stays strong after fading to 1/8 inch. Lacing is fair. The color is a beautiful deep brown that might trick you into thinking it's black until you hold it up and take notice.

Aroma of plump juicy raisins, lightly sprinkled with Christmas spice. Pureed dates and fruity plum. Taste is sun ripened dates, some light spice notes, a coy bready maltiness entwined around mouth-warming alcohol (subtle yet evident). Nice complexity here, yet simple to enjoy without having to work hard at it.

Big on body, smooth texture, with just a bit of carbonation burn on the tongue. This is a well dubbel. I will seek this one out again for sure.

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Photo of roblowther
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle. It pours almost black, with no real head to speak of. Smell is sharp, peppery, with cloves and a hint of citrus. The taste is crisp, surprisingly light, with a smoky note in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit watery for the style. Drinkability is excellent, this being a much more refreshing & light beer than you'd expect. The alcohol never makes an appearance at all. Not my favorite example of the style but I'm drinkin' if you're pourin'.

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Photo of PiecefulToker
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I let this warm up for about 15 minutes after taking it out of the refrigerator.

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown, opaque, with a thick fluffy head that rose and stayed above the rim of my Maredsous tulip glass.

S: Very malty. Raisins, dark sugars, dark dried fruits, sweet caramel, slightly biscuity, with yeast fruitiness. This is a great beer to sniff on.

T: A lot like it smells: dark dried fruits, very malty, but surprisingly light and dry with some tartness and acidic aftertaste. Burnt sugar and roasted grains, but not stout or porter-like. Very complex, and highly enjoyable. Sweet from the maltiness, similar to a dopplebock, but with much thinner body and a definite Belgian-esque quality.

D: I wouldn't want more than one of these in a sitting, but it is very enjoyable and surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of kevd193213
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL Bottle. Light brown pour with a great looking thick tan head. Aroma of gingerbread, yeast and spices. Excellent lacing with a taste of yeast, caramel, coffee, thin chocolate and raisins. Great even finish that is lingering but ever so smooth. What a brew!!

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at The Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Brew pours a deep brown with a thick, creamy light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a fair amount of stick on the glass.

Smell is a bit subdued due to a rather cold serving temperature, but toffee-like notes come through along with slight notes of dark fruits.

Body is rather full, with a thick, rounded mouthfeel. Tastes mostly of caramel and a bit of chocolate, with clove-like yeast flavors dancing in between. Rather complex overall, but undoubtedly rather more so as the brew warms.

Alcohol content hinders drinkability, but overall this makes an excellent Belgian session beer, as the clove spiciness is rather subdued and it takes on a character more along the lines of an English brown or a Münchner Dunkel.

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Photo of corby112
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a huge foamy beige head. Aroma of chocolate malt, alcohol, hazelnut, sugar and raisin. Very carbonated with a roasted malt flavor with chocolate, hazelnut and coffee notes as well as a dry hoppy finish.

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Photo of tubaguy
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from a bottle. Coffee-like color with some dark orange hues when held in to the light. The creamy tan head quickly dissipates. Some, but not much lacing. Surprisingly, not a big nose on this one- some hints of malt, slight floral bouquet and something sweet. Taste is good but not at all complex, which is what I come to expect from a good Belgian dubbel. Nice hops level, with subtle maple, pepper and citrus taste. Unlike many other Belgian dubbels, the first sip was the same as the last. Alcohol content is disguised. This is a very drinkable, decent beer but kind of boring. Glad I had some nice Belgian cheese to compliment it.

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Photo of johnd513
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this corked bottle into my Duvel glass. This beer pours a dark mahogany with a large frothy tan head that slowly disappears. Smells of Belgian fruit and yeast. The taste has a spicy sweetness with raisins, chocolate and port. I love the mouthfeel, crisp bubbly and feels great on the tongue.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a chalice mahogany colored with a large tan head. This retains almost nothing by the middle of the glass, not even a collar. Some lacing. Aromas of dark fruit and malted grain sweetness, pretty so-so for style. Sweet and full of flavor, pretty well balanced with the dark fruitiness and a touch of mild candi sugar. The mouthfeel is firm but a little light and over carbonated for the best of the style. Bottom line: a tasty beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before 6/26/2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. It smells like raisins, caramel, chocolate an dsome candy sugar. It's a very sweet and malty aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma with the addition of vanilla and an earthy, spicy and smoky taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating but also starts off with too much carbonation. The carbonation does gets softer as the beer warms and settles. Drinkability is good, it is smooth and easy to drink once the beer settles down a bit. It's not my favorite in the style, but it's still an overall good beer and I would pick this up again.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive pour: deep brown with ruby highlights. Copious, fluffy head stays a finger nearly all the way down. Fruity aroma and hints of gingersnap and biscuits.

Great smooth taste. Some initial tartness makes way for a medium body, buttery mouthfeel, then malts. A bit of chocolate and coffee. The gingerbread aroma comes through ever so slightly in the taste as well. Delicious bitter aftertaste. Very carbonated, but not to the detriment of the beer. Some lacing. Extremely well disguised 7.5% abv; very easy to drink.

A delicious dubbel.

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Photo of 7ways
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip.

A: Hearty, deep brown. Long lasting fuzzy creme head, minimal lace. It looks like it belongs in a painting.

S: Belgian yeast, dark malt, grape, apricot.

T: Earthy, oak, cola, nutmeg, muted raison. Conflict of vanilla vs. chocolate way down in there. Very complex, hard to discern the unifying theme, but I like a challenge. A little smoke on the finish. One of the most perfect combinations of flavors I've ever seen.

M: Wonderfully effervescent, smooth and creamy. Warming.

It doesn't get much better than this.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a goblet.

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head.

Smell is malty yeast and a little fruit- not a lot of smell.

Nice full, malty and fruity balanced beer. There are some hops that make the taste sharp.

Very full mouthfeel explodes.

Very drinkable, balanced beer.

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Photo of ism
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly opaque brown with amber highlights, topped with a generous 2-finger tan head. Subsiding very slowly, it left a tight lacing behind. Nose of sweet malt, raisins, dark fruit, caramel, swirling together. Sweet caramel with a bit of bready malt and dark fruit, crisp and slightly astringent in the finish, dry and a bit of metallic taste as it lingers. Complex yet refreshing.

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

aged since 7/06

a - poured a huge billowy four-fingers thick light coffee-colored head into a tulip glass. the head was long-lasting and coated the glass quite nicely and left thick sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a dark brown color.
s - raisins, molasses, sweet chocolate and bread.
t - spicey and sweet with an underlying smokiness.
m - crisp and bubbly.
d - great sipper.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a creme head. Nose is like tea leaves! Amazing. That's a first. Flavor is tea as well. Wtf? Sweet, we. But man this is like drinking iced tea beer. And I hate iced tea. Smooth feel on both sides. Nice to drink, but this tea thing trips me out. Is it really like this, or is this a fluke, I wonder.

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Photo of KeefD
3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 3L bottle of this with some co-workers. Poured a dark brown color with an enormous amount of foam. Aroma of cola, faint cherries, and sugary sweetness. Taste is all cola syrup up front, followed a minute chocolate flavor, hints of raisin and dark fruit. Overly sweet and undercarbonated for my personal taste.

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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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