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 cvstrickland
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a goblet yields a clear dark brown body with amber highlights and plenty of floaties, capped with a creamy finger of light khaki foam. The cap retains stubbornly at a thick broken sheet and leaves a few small puffs and a hefty swatch of lacing sloped on the side of the glass.

The smell of the drink is fruity and malty with a dash of citrus.

The drink is fruity and a bit nutty with chocolatey dark fruit and dry, biscuity malt laced with a velvety touch of banana. As the drink progresses, a bit of yogurty sourness and spicy yeastiness achieves prominence, then dark wheat toast sprinkled with caramel and dried apple moves in to accent a dash of powdery dryness and a metallic mineral note in the finish.

A sudsy sizzle of carbonation disperses the drink quickly across the palate. The feel is otherwise extremely smooth, and the drink refreshing with a clean finish.

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Photo of scottg
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a 2 finger creamy tan head made up of little bubbles with great retention, yeast floating around in the glass. Aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, and sweet malt. The sweetness of caramel, vanilla & chocolate mix with some mild hops for a very balanced flavor with each taking a leading role from sip to sip. Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation. Great drinkability, every taste makes you want another.

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Photo of kinger
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first dubbel so I don't have anything to compare this too so I will rate it solely on the beer itself. Poured slowly into my glass this beer is an intensely rich brown color that produces a pillowey head. Crazy amounts of lacing stick to the glass and the foamy head never goes away. After this beer warmed up a thick aroma became present. Very earthy tones are present, the aroma is malty and slightly sweet and nutty. The longer I let this one sit the more intense the aroma becomes it is similar to the previous Belgium styles I have had and really wonderful. Robust flavor that is exceptionally crafted. Very malty indeed with some subtle roasted qualities. The flavor doesn't sway much from the nice aroma although it does seem to be a tad more mellow. The tinge of sweetness in the aroma is also present. Overall I was surprised how much I liked this dubbel, It only got better until it was gone.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour dark brown with a slight fizzy head.

Instant aroma of dark bread, dark fruits, chocolate, and brown sugar.

You taste what you smell, and then some. Alcohol is also present. Specific hits of the chocolate, raisin bread, dates, and burnt sugar.

Medium body to the point of thinness -- it is a surprise as your nose and tongue are hit with so many different smells and flavors that you expect this to be a chewy one -- it's not.

I gave the drinkability score the lowest of the lot in this review. The alcohol is a kicker here, and this is not in any way a session brew - 1 or 2 and you are done (and the 12 oz. bottle was $4.00). I like this alot.

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Photo of santa109
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at L'autre-oeil in Gatineau, QC.

A: Poured a very dark mahogany with very little head into a chalice. Despite the small head, the head retention was very good.

S: A tad fruity with ripe apples and darker fruits. There was also something that reminded me of almonds in there. And a bit of candy sugar.

T: Complex and hard to define. Some fruits with a bit of smokiness and phenols. It got much better as it warmed.

M: Light to medium bodied with a nice low carbonation. Bit of a drying finish.

D: Goes down easily with absolutely no alcohol in the taste.

Overall, this beer really got better as it warmed. I was a bit disappointed initially but it grew on me.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick rich brown color. Small tannish head.

S: Lots of smells hitting the nose. Chocolate and caramel hints, with plums/raisins/dates and alcohol.

T: Creamy complex taste. Lots of caramel taste, with some wood undertones as well as raisins and plums. Despite the smell of alcohol, it could not be tasted.

M: A good medium body beer, leaves a nice dry finish on tongue and mouth.

D: 7.5 ABV which will not allow for drinking it as a session beer, but a very complex and robust beer worth drinking.

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Photo of biegaman
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is a collection of notes taken over the last two years. It is a compilation that includes having the beer fresh, on-tap in Antwerp, a 330ml bottle at one year of age, and a 750ml bottle at two years of age. My score is averaged out from these three different experiences.

A withholding appearance, a dense, dark and concealing shade of brown, almost black off angle, which suppresses the beer's ruby and venetian red highlights that become apparent when held to the light. On level, the beer is adamantly dark but with some light behind it displays a brilliant clarity. The head is often an abundance of egg shell white, but not on every occasion.

A distinctly Belgian yeast releases what might be perceived as a kitchen rack full of spices along with notes of figs, raisins, faint caramel and increasing with warmth, gingerbread.

The yeast also adds a mild, complimenting tartness. A dominantly big malt presence produces a long, graceful, coating finish with the aftertaste of cinnamon and brown sugar. A very light roast from the malts and a certain degree of dryness from the yeast.

Like all good dubbels, there is a long range of flavours: very pronounced ginger bread and rye, hints of caramel and toffee, an oak like dimension, spice of cinnamon and chamomile, blanched almonds and plenty of dried fruit with resounding notes of raisin and figs. A dimension of flavours that are woven in an intricate - yet subtle - way.

My impressions of this beer have varied a lot, ranging from 'mildly enjoyed' to 'really frickin impressed'. Where I'd rank it among other dubbels, I suppose, depends on which experience I draw on. Suffice to say, Corsendonk is a fantastic brewery, who offers nothing but refined, artisanal ales - the very ones Belgium is renown for.

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Photo of Phocion
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased just over two years ago, stored in my basement. Cellar-temperature 750ml poured into two tulips shared between myself and my new, equally-beer-geeky roommate. Dark ruby-brown with a very large, very resilient rocky dark beige head which fills the glass. Excellent thick lacing throughout.

Aroma is filled with dark fruits; figs, dates, etc. with a nice dose of Belgian yeastiness. Mildly spicy, cloves in particular, and some brown sugar.

Flavor is somewhat smoky, with all the aforementioned dark fruits and yeastiness. Slight hint of dark chocolate as well.

Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation somewhat weak, but that's probably a victim of the age. Overall, a very smooth, very tasty, easy drinker.

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

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle, beer is a pretty ruby-brown color with a huge, pillowy, cream colored head. The smell is very fruity, almost like spiked fruit punch. The flavor is actually quite mild, a slight fruitiness of dates and figs. I was expecting a bigger palate punch but it makes for a very drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is light in body with a nice but not overly agressive carbonation. I much prefer this to their tripel.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a light tanned head, great lacing as well as retention. Has a dark brown color with ruby at the edges.

Smells of fruits (raisins mostly), wood, yeast, spices, earth and toasted malts.

The taste has a Christmas cookie resemblance (IMO), but I am not sure what kind. Lots of toasted malts, raisins and yeast.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as midnight, majestic crimson purple when held to the light--intimidating and full-bodied with a half-inch white head resting evenly... grape and raisin scents are strong... chocolate and coffee as well--complex and bold... effervescent, lively and smooth... moves quickly through the mouth, yet leaves easily... easy-drinking and dangerous... a confident yet well-mannered taste of light hops, soft smoke and fruitiness that plays on the tongue, with flirty sourness at its finish... I was pleased to pair my second glass with a cigar (quite versatile) and though the weather is on the chilly side, the backbone of this ale stiffens the will... impressive.

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Photo of beerindulger
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First time trying the brown ale and I wasn't disappointed! Poured lusciously into my Corsendonk glass with a generous head. The smell was of sweetness like chocolate with some hop and malt overtures. The taste, yes the taste was silky smooth with the chocolate coming through but also a coffee taste! Most enjoyable!

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Photo of Portertime
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very pleased to get this beer into my store because I have heard many good things about it. Had it slightly chilled in my Duvel chalice. Poured a nice hazed brown color. Nose had a sweet powdered sugar quality to it with some hints of chocolate and caramel. Taste was malty, confctioner sugar, caramel with a nice hop balance and smooth as butter. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Atron67
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Brasserie V in madison tonight

A- arrived at the table in the corsendonk tulip glass with a big fluffy tan head and a dark brown cloudy body.

S- yeasty, slightly sweet probably from some dark candy sugar, near molasses but it might just be the yeast making it seem different. light fruit character to it. little hops, as i said slightly sweet finish

T- very good, a malty beer. caramel and crystal flavors, belgian candy charachter, has a very yeasty finish but it works well here and pretty much replaces any hop type finish. clean smooth and delicious especially for an ~8 % er.

M- pretty highly carbonated. medium body, lighter than expected.

D- went down smooth

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Photo of Nesued
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Color was a reddish brown poured into a Corsendonk chalice. Ample head formation from a moderate pour, small frothy bubbles forming that remain long after the beer has settled Not much lacing as the head receeds.

Smell - Candy sweet nose with a malty presence. Grassy with a distinctive belgian yeasty aroma. This smell I remember from my sampling of other high-quality Belgians.

Taste - Spicy initial offering, a malty presence as well. A bit of a thinning as you go to the middle of the sample but the finish is fine and mellow. 7.5%? I can't tell at all.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation leaves little to detract from the taste. As mentioned above, there is a thinning during the middle, however I'm wondering if this is just my limted experience with the style, and trying to equate it with the bolder trippels or strong dark belgian styles.

Drinkability - Yummy. I have been focusing much of my tastings on the more robust belgians and this brings me back to the allure of the dubbels. Of the dubbels I've had, this ranks in the top two. Something that could be exceedingly habit-forming. To me, a nice light, yet deep in character beer that will make you want more.

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

12-oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Dark chestnut brown with a large off white head that slowly dissipates into a thin cover of foam on surface.

S = Fresh baked whole wheat bread, light spicy yeast esters, well balanced.

T = Great malt tastes with light spicy yeast in the background. All in all nice flavors but not as strong or concentrated as I would like. Also, very tasty but in some ways almost more like a Scotch Ale than a Belgian Dubbel. Very good but not within my expectations.

M = Medium bodied, carbonation a little too strong, decent mouthcoating.

D = A very drinkable beer, quite sweet, pretty smooth, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0.33L Bottle, drank 4 months after its Best Before date.

Poured into one of my Corsendonk stemmed glasses it looked great. Deep ruby red, clear but thick looking too. A huge light biege coloured head sat on top, lovely.

Yeast and malted barley really hit your nose, a good smelling Dubbel.

Strong malty taste with a treacle sweetness which isn't over the top. Not sickly sweet, but almost.

The sweetness dominates everything else, but it enjoyed the experience and have done many times before. Not the best Dubbel by any means, but not the worst either.

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a thick, white head with solid retention and excellent lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some fruity undertones.

T: A sweet malty taste with a fruity, bitter aftertaste with the raisins making themselves evident.

M: Pretty smooth and full-bodied made it very nice on the palette.

D: A pretty drinkable beer with a nice combination of a smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel and a nice, malty taste with the fruity undertones. Definitely worth a nice session with, if given the opportunity.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep reddy brown, clear, massive foamy head

S - belgian yeast spice, fresh lemon, nuts and a whisp of chocolate

T - sugary dark plums, sweetness is reserved by attenuation and moderately high bitterness, lots of yeast derived spice, dry nutty/toasty finish that hints at chocolate, but not quite

M - mouth filling, airy, highly carbonated, but gentle, keeps things moving and easy to drink, despite the noticable alcohol warmth after just a sip or two.

D - A little overcarbonated at first, seems like I'm drinking all foam instead of beer. A touch too spicy and bitter, and not enough dark malty flavours to back it up. After the carbonation calms down a bit, the beer opens up and becomes more enjoyable. Dubbels ain't my favourite, I prefer the big daddys.

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

A: Chestnut brown body with a nice off white head. Served in a Corsendonk glass, which makes me happy.

S: Bready malt wafts from the glass. Pretty thin aroma though.

T: Nice bready malt profile with a touch of spiciness to it. Has a good sweetness that caries through though.

M: On the lighter end of medium bodied with good carbonation that tingles my tongue.

D: A delicious brown ale all around.

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Photo of Hujak22
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter glass.

A: Poured a deep, dark brown, close to cola black and had a thin tan head. Not much light gets through this drink, but appeared lightly carbonated.

S: Wow! Amazingly rich of roasted nuts and coffee, some hints of dark chocolate and caramel. Very malty, heavy nose.

T: Very complex flavor. Slightly chewey with a small hoppy bite up front. After that, a very warming to the tongue blend that's quite nutty and malty. Has some accents of oakiness and dark chocolate. The feeling of the alcohol comes and goes in each sip.

M: I was surprised at how light in body this beer is. Very smooth and warming, leaves a slightly dry finish.

D: Dangerously drinkable at 7.5 ABV, I could enjoy this for a long time. Don't drink too many at once though, you'll start to feel it. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Scottasaurus
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thick grayish-brown head. The color is a very nice brownish bronze darkened more by fine sediment. Smells of heavy yeast with a hint of dates. This abby brown ale tastes like a combination of a Belgian pale ale and a dubbel. It starts off with a smooth nutty taste accompanied by a touch of fruit and finishes dry and tart. Mouthfeel is decent, totally dependent on the pour. The carbonation is moderate to strong, but not overwhelming, making this a filling brew.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark brown with an inch of ivory head, the head remains throughout.

Smells of earth and hops and toasted malts.

The mouth is immediatley met by the taste of toasted malts and port and finally a hint of chocolate.

Rich and creamy in the mouth, a bit heavy on the carbonation. Great after taste.

Very drinkable. Wish I'd bought more than one. I'll definately buy this one again.

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

A: VERY carbonated. dark Brown with a large white head, Cloudy.

S:Very rich-smelling.

T: strong hop flavor.the Hop flavor is pleasant..

M: Dry A little overcarbonated , a little hoppy/bitter after a couple minutes, I did leave it to warm up 57 degree or so (original cellar temp 53.3 degrees) and the harshness of the hop mellowed out, and was quiet good, still a little dry for me but good.

D: Drinkable.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barkeep poured last of 2into chalice at Strip House in Manhattan for work dinner.

A: Black and beautiful with visable thickness and mild carbonation and minor lacing.

Smell: Earth!! i.e dirt but in a good way of course.

Taste: Textured maltyness

M: grainy and flat

D: Medium, full body beer. Need to try again on tap or in 750ml bottle.

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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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