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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

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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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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Abbey brown ale poured Bronze brown with a medium head that settled into a nice lace. The smell was of raisins,prunes and fruits. The taste was crisp,clean,spicy raisin and smoky.

The feel was malty,spicy with medium carbonation.This is a really good ale that actually gets better as it warms up.This brew is exceptional.
To all Brown Ale lovers, this is a must have. I felt the carbonation could have been a bit less. That said,I loved it and the alcohol sensation on the tongue was good.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a dark brown with a one finger tan head. It smelled of dates, raisins, caramel, and sweet tea leaves. The taste was sweet with raisins, dates, fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, with an alcoholic after note. I was easy to drink but carbonated to the point where I wanted to sip. It popped on the palate and the head clung to the glass all the way down.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a chalice. This had a thick, brown appearance. There was a nice, slightly brownish head and some good lacing.

With the smell, you get some malt and fruits, along with yeast. Nicely complex.

The taste was very good. There's malt, yeast and hints of nuts and apples. It's a very well-balanced taste.

This one had a good mouthfeel: a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. It's so well made and goes down so easy, you don't notice how thick it is.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

I have heard great things about this beer and it was 9.00 for this bottle so i have high aspirations.

A-A thick creamy dark roasted pour with a 5 finger head. I couldnt get it all into my pint glass and had to wait a minute. A light tan head takes minutes to go away. The head actually looks rocky/mountainy then level.

S- scents of roasted malts fill my nose. I can detect a bit of spices from the beer, maybe pine.

T- A nice creamy malt flavoring. roasted/wood caramel taste lingers around for a bit and i love it. Not too hoppy but i can def taste the malt.

M/D- very smooth yet thick and creamy as it goes down. Not a long aftertaste but good enough to hang around in the palate to let you know it was flavorful.

A phenomenal beer and i will def get another one.

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

Beige medium sized and lasting head. Dark brown colour. Aroma of dried fruit and malt. The flavour has brown sugar, caramel and dried fruit with chocolate notes. Medium bodied. Some sweet/ sour finish.
A very flavourful brew. It is not the last time I will dring this beer.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice rocky head , good lacing.

Smell has a faint grainy, yeast profile.

A sweet caramel start , with some fruitiness , alcohol is well hidden. Small amounts of hops lend a muted bittering taste.

Mouthfeel is medium , nice dry finish.Good carbonation.

Overall a very nice double.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark ruby/copper with a foamy, rolling head that recedes rather quickly.

S: Plum/prune aromas, a little earthiness, woody, spiciness. Some light,creamy caramel.

T: Dark fruit, sugary, soft malts. Some warming alcohol on the finish.

M: A little foamy & airy feeling. Could have a bit more body, but it's certainly smooth.

D: Quite nice... soft & easy to drink. Pairs nicely with some sharper cheeses, as well.

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Photo of bdevilbullet
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours an attractive nearly opaque brown with a slight off-white head.

S - A pleasant combination of smells including raisins, sugar, and fermented fruit.

T - Definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum. That said, still a very tasty dubbel.

M - Ok mouthfeel but it feels a tad over carbonated which slightly reduces the overall experience.

D - A very drinkable dubbel. The alcohol stays relatively in the background for a 7.5% beer.

Overall - One of my old stand-by Belgians that can be counted on to provide a very good if not spectacular experience everytime.

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

Three bubbly fingers of off-white head cap this red grape-brown body--exquisite. The smell is loaded with fruit, most prominently grape, apricot, and apple. The taste combines these fruit beautifully with light caramel in a highly carbonated brew. A slight metallic aftertaste thankfully fades early, but detracts from what would otherwise be a five-star mouthfeel, with the carbonation unwavering.

This is really exceptional, very delicious and durable. Outstanding, one I'm wishing I had consumed earlier, and I won't wait nearly as long again to grab this.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

25.4 fl oz corked brown bottle' served in a goblet.
Best enjoyed before: 01.06.09; No. 4191.

Light maple with auburn; almost mahogany, hues. Creamy, porous tanned head with stable retention. A few trails of patchy laing.

Moderately sweet caramelized sugars; spicy nutmeg amidst a rich caramel and toffee. Notes of licorice and saffron along a wall of musty yeast.

Belgian candied sugar; semi-sweet, rich flavors. Powdered milk chocolate and toffee. Corriander, saffron, and licorice spices with a cutting, over-the-top carbonation. Fig and raisin with plenty of phenolic notes.

Medium bodied; over carbonated and too active on the palate. The texture certainly takes away from this Dubbel's soft flavors.

The flavors are promising, but reserved and almost diminished due to the over-carbonation. Pleasant, but disappointing from such a big-time brewer.

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Photo of tiger88
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in Nashville over the weekend. I really like this beer. Lots of carbonation which was unline the others we were tasting at the time. Great "Brown ale" taste that feels the mouth and nose while you sip. Definitely in my "to get next time" list.

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

A: Poured a dark caramel-cola color with a huge fluffy beige head that was fully lasting.

S: a nice roasted nuttiness.

F: The initial flavor was malty with a deep roasted caramel and nuttiness along with a fresh fruitiness (cherries, plums). The beer finished with a nice fruitiness (cherries) and some sweet molasses, cinnamon, and a dark roasted nuttiness. The finish was quick and very clean.

M: The palate and carbonation was soft providing for a smooth and creamy mouthful.

d: Overall a great brown with a nice underlying fruitiness from the yeast with a great roasted palate making for a incredible drinkability factor.

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Photo of windigo32
2.36/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Dark brown with a thick white head that disappears. There was a lot of carbonation and the bottle foamed over when opened.

S: Slightly tannic and earthy. There is also a nutty, almost "iron" smell to it like dried blood has.

T: Again, "iron" and a nutty taste. No apparent alcohol and a slight taste of malt.

M: Felt very carbonated and fizzed on the tongue like Pepsi does.

D: Frankly, if I knew what this one would be like, I'd have just ordered the Pepsi that it felt like. I'm wondering if there was something wrong with the bottle I had.

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Photo of Strix
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle.

Looks like apple cider, cloudy and brown with a big head.

Fruity and floral notes in the smell. Banana, spices, apple.

Taste reminds me of apple cider in a way too. Tastes are a little mellow, banana, subtle malt, spices. I guess I was expecting some thing more complex.

Mouthfeel is kind of weird for me on this. Overly dense, again, very reminiscent of cider. Kind of flat.

This was not a bad beer, but not worth it given how expensive it was.

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

11.2 oz best by 2009.

Pours out a deep tawny with plenty of fine carbonation and a thick brownish white head. Notes of molasses and brown sugar ease in. Pepper and toasted grain and some banana also show up.

Rich brown sugar aided by cinnamon and orange rind followed by a quick hit of hops and some banana fruitiness. A little bit of chocolate and some mild pie crust in the finish. Medium body and incredibly smooth. Everything about this is agreeable and it's a shame we don't get it in Texas anymore.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a very medieval looking 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a big snifter, a massive four finger solid tan head rises above a beer that looks black, but shows some crimson highlights when held to the light. The head gets nice and rocky as it slowly slides to about a finger over the course of a few minutes. Beautiful.

S - Deeply yeasty and obviously Belgian from the first sniff. I smell lots of doughy yeast along with black ripe banana, creamy milk chocolate, dried dates, brown sugar, and baby food. This has hints of banana baby food, but also other mashed up pureed fruit and a mashed sweet potato aroma too. Very complex, unique, and interesting. Toffee and caramel are apparent also. I like the mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows vibe!

T - Mashed ripe bananas, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. This reminds me of something my mom used to make called "lush" and consisted of cream cheese, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream on top of a graham cracker crust.

M - Full bodied, lush, and softly carbonated. Rich and silky with some obvious sugar on the palate. Sugary initially, the midpalate is silky, and the finish is extremely dry and steely. This beer pulls a complete 180 after starting ridiculously sweet and creamy, then getting yeasty, dusty, and dry as hell at the end. Awesome!

D - A little too sweet despite the dry finish. I had no problem finishing the 750ml bottle, but there is no way that I would session this beer. It's a good wintertime celebration or dessert beer, and the alcohol is completely transparent.

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Photo of Jbino34
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer as a Christmas gift; a good Christmas gift I's say. Not a clue what it really was (blank bottle) at first but after reading the neck label, very happy to have.

Appearance is interesting, I'd say. Pours a beautiful chestnut brown which is impressive and a tall head (a bit thin though). The beer seemed a bit hazy though, and the head fell very quickly.

Smell is very sexy - pure Belgian goodness. Hints of fruity Belgian yeast and fresh; a glorious aroma. Roasted malt notes come through.

Taste is very good. I can't say that I have had many Belgian browns but a nice blend between an abbey ale and a nice english brown; fairly impressed with the style. The fruity esters of the yeast really come through in this beer. I'd say it is less roasty than I originally figured from the aroma.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. It isn't bad but it is not very exciting. However, the carb level is high and it does pop. It does not coat my mouth though, I would think it would with a high alcohol level and a good amount of roasted malt.

This beer is very drinkable. The 750 is easy to put down. Each sip is very nice as you get a great whif of that aroma. Belgian yeast is very impressive - the unique flavor qualities never get old; they are very subtle.

I'd have to recommend this one.

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Photo of EvilPumpkin
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this exceptional beer at a comedy show and so drank it straight from the bottle. I have to say that the beer was the most enjoyable part of the show. Although I can't comment on the appearance, the brew tasted and smelled wonderful, with a strong malty flavor and some fruity hints. It was very drinkable, not too intense and very enjoyable to sip on. Overall I would recommend this beer.

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

750ml Bottle

Best By: 04/11/06

Pours a nice cloudy brown color, lots of carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, which leaves some nice creamy sticky lacing. The nose is malty, good tones of figs, raisins, and plums, chocolate, and slight yeasty/smoky. The taste is very nice, malty, dark fruit, slight chocolate, yeasty. Full body, a well rounded/complex brew. Very drinkable, really liking this one, pretty tasty.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter, the liquid is quite good looking. The brew is brown with lots of good carbonation. The head is 2 full fingers of tan foam with a rocky surface that fades leaving good lace.

The smell is good, yeasty, caramel malt with a touch of alcohol.

The taste is good but nothing out standing. A sweet caramel malt with some notes of dark fruit is dominated by a yeasty flavor.

The mouthfeel is good, medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is ok, a fine brew but nothing outstanding to get me to want more. Prosit, MK

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Photo of Tilley4
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dangit, I just can't make myself like Belgians. I've tried quite a few now but the only one that I really truly enjoyed was the Chimay Blue.

This actually pours quite nicely. Darker than most other Belgians, nice fluffy head.

Smells very fruity and sweet, definitely note the raisin in this.

Tastes better than most Belgians. There is a hint of darkness here that is not found in the others I've tried.

Overall, it's probably a good example of a Dubbel, but just not for me. I guess I'm too much of a hophead. Either that or my tastes aren't sophisticated enough to enjoy the Belgians. Either way, I just can't dig them.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very pricey brew in my area, with a four-pack going for nearly $13... was shrewd enough to pick up a single 12oz bottle which still ran me a hefty $3.50... Pours a beautiful, dark, mahogany-brown tan color that resulted in a fluffy white head that had some staying power... smell is malty, with a prunish aroma... taste is very complex with an almost root-beer, licorice flavor that tingled on my tongue for awhile after the first-sip... I really enjoyed this brew, put for the price, not sure I'd pay again unless I could find a single... definitely interested in the pale version from this brewery... the taste is sweet, but an alcohol presence is certainly noticeable.. a good brew, Definitely recommended....

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very dark brown color with a small head, smells like alot of belgians, yeasty with lots of roasted malt. tastes awesome, rich and full with lots of robusts flavors, yeasty and sweet, little distinct hop flavor but you know its there mouthfeel is full and rich very good beer

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

33cl bottle poured into a nicely shaped Corsendonk tulip. Best before date of 24/05/07, so it must be pretty ripe.

Dark, nearly solid brown with some red hue. Thick, fluffy two-inch head, a bit tan and very long lasting. Frothy lacing that compliments nicely.

Scent is alcoholic and sweet. Pungent grape juice and dark prunes with a hint of spice.

Smooth and creamy on a medium-full body with appealing carbonation levels that don't overpower. Follows up with sooo much grape juice and blackberries, plenty of malt packed in and quite tasty with an earthy finish. Hops give a nice leafy edge. Wine-like...

Yeast and alcohol are well melded. This is incredibly rich and packed with flavour. However, it is a bit cloying and sticky. Agnus is terrific and this one is just as good. Very robust Belgian and well done, A+.

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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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