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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

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Photo of hellsing3
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bring on the monks.

A: This Abbey brown ale has a beatiful dark amber color with ruby highlights and a great off white/tan head about 3 fingers worth.

S: It was not easy to pin down this one but here we go. This brew has a clean crisp smell to it, i could smell dark fruits like plum and raisin and a possible hint of honey.

T: This deliciously rich malty flavor made me forget the 7.5% abv. I could taste slight tones of chocolate, raisin and a sweetness that reminds me of a nice port, very enjoyable.

M: This beer travels through my mouth with great balance from front to back.

D: I found this ale to be very enjoyable. It has the right amount carbination and perfect balance. a great beer from beginning to end.

I loved this beer i will drink more soon i promise. I also must now finish the 25 oz. bottle i started to drink at the start of this review. I will pray for the monks tonight.

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

Sampled: 9.7.06

The beer pours rich dark brown, with ruddy highlights in the light. 2 fingers of fluffy head form and dissipate, leaving little lacing.

The aroma is light spice. Hints of cinnamon and old fashioned candy over the yeasty malts.

The flavor carries the spiciness from the nose along with some dark fruits. Figs and prunes provide an earthy root flavor, almost a sassafras. There’s a sharp bitterness throughout. The beer is mildly carbonated and the alcohol barely makes an appearance.

Fairly easy to drink, the 7.5% doesn’t slow one down. But this beer was far more bitter than I was expecting from a Belgian dubbel/brown.

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Photo of pbr85
2.73/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I seem to have a different opinion of this beer than everyone else, but I'm sure I had a good bottle. Poured a cloudy, odd brown color with a small head that disappeared quickly. It has a sweet wine aroma, with some burnt caramel scents. The taste is very sweet, I mostly tasted caramel. It is really carbonated, which took alot away from the flavor. For a $4 bottle, I was expecting more.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured black with a very thick head and nice lacing. The smell is sweet and malty. The taste is bold and sweet. There are lots of sour tones with some spice. This beer melds its flavors incredibly well. The mouthfeel is full – the carbonation is noticeable. This is a delicious beer which I plan on buying often – I look forward to one long lazy day with just me and Corsendonk!

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Photo of Gish
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark brown, beautiful head and good retention.

Smell - Earthy with a hint of fruit.

Taste - Strong initial taste of raisins and malt, reminds me a bit of wine. Slightly bready aftertaste, not unpleasant though. The alcohol is not very detectable. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - A good bit of carbonation, medium body, very smooth.

Drinkability - Easy to actually drink, but the moderate sweetness might limit me to one or two.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About what I expected from a Belgian brown ale- Cloudy brown appearance with a big cloudy head. Aromas were sharp dried fruits, almost wine-like. Sweet and bready malts- hints of yeasty champagne, almost too sweet. Very active carbonation, hard to sip because of the never ending bubbles in your mouth. A surprisingly light mouthfeel for the dense flavor. I'll stick to their Christmas ale.

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Photo of kenito799
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, poured into goblets.

Dark reddish-amber with large rocky head. Nice lacing.

Great Belgian yeast aromas, fruity banana, and a rustic, on the verge of fishy, sourness. Nice sweet maltiness with some caramel roast and an edge of tangy sour, balanced hoppy finish. Really need to let this warm up some and it mellows out.

A solid, drinkable Belgian dubbel, on the crisp and sour side of the style. Very old world. My best in class is Achel Brown 8, this brew is a notch down but will happily drink it.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not my favorite beer.. I guess I don't really care for this style. It was a bit too raisiny for my taste, and slightly medicinal. Good mouthfeel though, and poured a nice head. Very cloudy, not sure why. A good example of this style though, worth trying if you like dubbels.

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

Had a 2001 bottle at Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish-brown. A one-inch head fades quickly leaving a ring of bubbles.

Smell: This reminds me a lot of the De Dolle Stille Nacht that we tried at the Belgian Beer Fest. Strong notes of caramel and toffee, with a nice vinuous character.

Taste: Caramel and a little bit of a dark fruit sweetness. The fruity sweetness strengthens in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, low-carbonation.

Drinkability: Sweet, a sipper.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hands down one of the best Dubbels I've ever had. Doesn't actually look like much, as Dubbels always have that odd dirty brown color for some reason, but it certainly smells lovely. Raisins, currants, malt, a nice complexity and depth.

The taste on the other hand is pure liquid raisin, which might not really do it for many people, but it tastes great to me. The malt perhaps pulls itself out a little on the finish, and the whole thing has a tiny bit of sweetness that keeps the raisin flavors from becoming too overwhelming.

Exceedingly drinkable, as tasty as can be....absolutely a wonderful brew. Highly recommended.

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

Deep black stout-like color with a bubbly tan head.
Earthy fruit aroma; raisins, plums. Not picking up the label claim of black chocolate.
After the initital malty/raisin flavor fades the chocolate makes a welcome appearence.
Rich, full mouthfeel, doesn't expand throughout the mouth and nose but the flavors linger nicely on the tongue.
Enjoyed taking my time sipping one and then poured a little more.

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Photo of sabrills70
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged brown bottle with best befoe date of 2/15/08 on the bottle neck label. Pours a medium brown with a huge beige head, decent longevity and good lace. Yeasty and dried dark fruit aromas. Lots of malt flavor mixed with dried dark fruits & apples with a decent hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Somewhat creamy and slightly thick yet relatively easy drinking. A decent brew and worthy of its name.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer has a clearly marked best by date on the bottle. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet. This beer has been a frequent companion in my glass. The beer always reminds me of my best friends as we typically imbibe large quanties of Corsendonk.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a pleasing mohagany coloration. The head of the beer is about 1/2 inch high with a creamy biege coloration. Thick sheets of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The beer is loaded with fruity esters apple, pears and raisins. The beer also has a nice combination of candy malty sweetness. This combines nicely with a chocolate, cloves, ginger a dash of cinamon and a bit of peppery coriander. Yeastyness envelopes the overall smell.

Taste: The taste is a pleasing combination of both sweet and sour fruityness. The beer is pleasingly malty giving way to cloves, cinamon chocolate and green apples. Dam tasty stuff!

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer is a medium bodied well carbonated beer. The carbonation practically makes this a light bodied beer. I like this beer alot. It was one of the first Belgian ales I ever drank. It is a must have for get togethers with my best friends. It is one of the few beers we all enjoy.

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Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, lot#142217, BBD 01/09/09 had to break out the corkscrew to open this

pours chestnut going to mahogany with efferevesence & a 4 fingers+ sand colored head. Gianormous lacing superior head retention

Sweet rock candy taste & breadyness with choclate & a little nuttyness up front, fruttyness follows. A slight citrus hoppyness
& some sour notes emerges as it warms. Dryness, earthy hops& brown sugar emerge as it warms further.

S: Hints of breadyness

MF: Medium bodied, slick & very well balanced

Great drinkability, such a well crafted dubbel! This is one I could find all over france & belgium& never dissappointed. Although the lack of nose is a let down.

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Photo of shivtim
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cool looking bottle. Pours brown/red with a thin off-white head. Nose is spicy alcohol. Taste is interesting but a bit harsh... in a mild way, if that makes sense. Gentle flavors of spicy pepper and coffee float to the front. Alcohol is heavy in the finish.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are average.

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Photo of AaronMcDonald
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle served out of a balloon wine glass.

A: Wow, this is one of the best looking beers I have seen. Color is mahogany. Pours an excellent creamy head that lasts the whole beer.

S: Mostly of chocolate and malt. Did leave a little to be desired.

T: Malty and chocolatey with some spiciness and fruit flavors.

M: Very smooth. Is highly carbonated so a bit tingly.

D: Very drinkable and smooth.

Would very much like to try this on tap.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. The beer was cellared for 2 years.The best by date was 12/07/08.
The beer was very cloudy,a sort of pale brown looked like apple cider.
An amazing head,off white a little towards tan or mocha.Extremely creamy,very retentive,clinging and lacing down the entire sides of the goblet.
The aroma was intense of raisins,fruity,winey,sweet,slightly burnt,chocolatly and alcoholic.A very complex,interesting aroma.
Tastes of raisins,chocolate,very fruity,a nice tartness,a slight hint of an alcohol presence.The aging of the diminished a lot of the yeast taste.
A very creamy texture,rich tasting,very dry.tart,a prickley tounge feeling,yet light and airy feeling also.
This beer would be great with some cheese.A fairly drinkable beer for a Belgium.A great drinking experiance. Discribing the beer,I couldn't find the word,untill I seen the back of the bottle "robust" a perfect word for this beer.
A must try Belgium.

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Photo of beerphan
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle -> goblet
best by: 20/12/07 B 10:09

Pours mostly foam after uncorking, probably should of let it sit after pulling the cork. Eventually... a dark dense brown with ruby edges. A thick rocky head that retains well. Thick bulky shelf cliffs of lace dangle off the glass. Carbonation is robust.

Nose: Dark malts, yeast, and a spicy pepper.

Taste: Dark burnt malt, dark chocolate, and spices, with a smokey spicey dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, a supberb mouthfeel.

A fine drinking ale.

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

Dark brown beer with a very large, foamy head that never dissipates.
The smeel has hints of raisins and caramel, with underlying alcohol. The aged, large corked version is fruitier with lots of berries as compared to the new, small bottle.
The taste is very good: malty sweetness, caramel, chocolate, and again, raisins. It finishes somewhat dry.
Mouthfeel is very good, and aged versions lose a bit carbonation and feel creamier. It is not exactly a beer to have by the dozen, I prefer it as a night cap, but still goes down easy.

Aging it lends a fruitier nose and creamier palate, otherwise it does not change it much.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown body with a very creamy-looking off-white head.

Smell: Enticing malty aroma of chocolate, red grapes, spices, and a slight yeastiness.

Taste: Plenty of malt sweetness with rich, full flavors of chocolate fudge and toffee. Light floral bitterness. Smokiness and the fruity taste of port wine lurking in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Immensely smooth with a very soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Look, this beer had me jumping up and down and juggling bananas. Would a BAD BEER be able to do that?

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Photo of startle69
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew is the culmination of all things great in beer!

A - Pours dark crystal with a volcanic head - looks like it should be sitting in a museum display case

S - Raisins, chocolate, port, perfecly balanced sweet and sour notes that are so well blended yet independantly defined

T - All components of this beer are orchestrated so well together that it creates a taste that never leaves your tongue - never

M - Awesome carbonation with a little warmth from the alcohol

D - Keep em coming!

In my opinion this is what every beer should be. Simple yet complex, highly drinkable, and oh so satisfying! There is not much better out there.

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Photo of Viggo
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old bottle, sampled after the old bottle of Agnus I had kicking around.

Pours a hazy and chunky brown/red, big loose tan head forms, lots of lace and great retention. Smell is sweet, very vinous, caramel and cherries, fruity, some alcohol. Taste is sweet and malty, toffee, fruity, very vinous, grapey, nice though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation but pretty smooth, very mellow. Not bad, as with the Agnus, I'll try a fresh example again.

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

Best before 11/08/07.

Corsendonk Brown is indeed that -- deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and good clarity. An initially sizeable off-white head eventually settles down to leave significant lacings on the glass, and lively procession of bubbles continues to issue upward.

The nose is of dark fruit and spice, characteristic of ales in this style. Some light caramel and toasty malt also feature. Ditto the palate, where peppery phenolics, moderate bitterness, and a prickly carbonation give way to a smooth maltiness that hints at chocolate and molasses before finishing fairly dry. The alcohol (7.5%) is pretty well-integrated, but provides ample warmth to let you know it's there.

This beer is quite good indeed (come on, how Belgians aren't?), but it didn't quite impress me as much as Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale did. The carbonation isn't necessarily higher than it should be, but for me it comes across as a little rough at times. And I could go for a little more complexity in the aroma. But still... worth looking into, especially as part of a larger survey of the wonderful ales of Belgium.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Riley's here in Madison for a mini Belgian Brown/Dark ale session - thanks expatsteve.

Pour: burgundy in the glass, tangerine-amber to the light under a big ol' eggshell white head.

Nose: citrus peel, cinnamon/nutmeg, musty yeast and herbal tea. Gives an amazing aromatic potpurri impression that I could inhale all afternoon.

Taste: dusty spices, lemon-pepper, cinnamon/nutmeg, dried citrus peel, raisin/date with a musty yeast finish. Bordering on Xmas-brew territory, but much more restrained and refined in execution.

Feel: light body with a yeasty grit and light, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: Insanely aromatic, close to Winter Warmer territory but has enough going on and is crafted well-enough to avoid that gimmicky style. A treat for the senses.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown, with some appealing orange ruby hues. Big 1 1/2 inch head with nice lacing and good thin suds cover. Low visibility, with low/medium (more medium) viscosity.

Aroma: Raisins, molasses, lemon peel, chocolate, with cloves in the background. Hints of banana.

Taste: Bread, honey, chocolate and a little coffee, making for a roasted quality to the aftertaste. Balanced with some nice mild spicing - anise, cloves. Toffee developments, along with a little fruit. A few hints in places of lemongrass and pepper. Nice plum developments as it warms alongside sweet bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Light - a little bubbly but the carbonation isn't particularly aggressive. Nice sweet malt finish, with a hint of metallic hops.

Drink: This isn't as complex as some other Belgian darks and dubbels, though this is about as drinkable a beer as you'll find. Nice balance, though not as immediately fruity as I would have expected. This beer could be sessionable or stand on its own. Impressive.

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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 1,147 ratings
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