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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale

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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 mdagnew
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a dark mahogany brown colour. Creamy head poured quite big and rocky then faded to a very light layer... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Quite strong yeastiness, toasted caramel maltiness, bready, spicy dark fruits (raisins, figs), light aniseed, spicy, brown sugar / treacle sweetness, quite noticeable alcohol...

Taste – Toasty maltiness, belgian yeastiness / breadiness, spicy thin fruits (raisins, some oranges), some medicinal notes, light treacle / molasses sweetness, peppery, pretty noticeable alcohol..

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry.. Light / medium bodied.... a little harsh to be very drinkable in my opinion...

Overall - An OK beer.... Worth a try... Probably could have done with some aging though just to mellow the slight harshness...

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Photo of beeroclock
2.7/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I did not enjoy this beer much. It smelled of oranges and wheats. Tasted some of the bready orange/sugar flavor, but it seemed unbalanced. Too much going on and not enough good flavor to help it out. I enjoyed the feel of the beer and the appearance. This beer was below average in my opinion.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An opaque (this is the first beer in a long time I can truly say is "opaque") mocha brown ale with a monsterous head and a fair amount of lacing.

S - Raisins and dates with stewed apples and a slight smoky character. Strong presence like a nice port wine. Currants and a touch of yeasty alcohol are in the mix.

T - Brown sugar and maple syrup with a bit of raisins and concord grape juice - though it was from being cloyingly sweet, in fact the sweetness is barely noticeable.. The aftertaste is a bland lingering concord grape juice fruitiness with a touch of a grassy hop. After that there is a bit of a lingering maple / brown sugar flavor.

M - Carbonation is very high, frothy and medium bodied. Not very refreshing. A little gummy in the mouth too.

D - Okay. Not the greatest beer ever and the carbonation is nuts, but it tastes, smells and looks nice.

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

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. Named "Corsendonk Pater - Dubbel". ABV is 7.5%. Bottle conditioned. Deep brown colour, large beige head. Pleasant aroma of dark fruits, caramel, candy sugar, spices and oak, a hint of smoke. Pleasant flavour of oak and malts, some candy sugar and caramel but not too sweet, moderate hops. Nice.

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

330ml bottle, poured into a Delerium Tremens glass

Pours with a dark rich brown body, woody mahogany hints around the edges. Bubbly tan head forms about an inch thick but soon settles down to form a thin tan form over the beer. Not much lacing evident

Smell, rich yeasty alcoholic malt, dry syrupy fruit character, a few raisiny esters along with a hint of phenolic character. Whiffy heady alcohol along with some bready malt, yeasty aroma of freshly baked brown bread

Taste, crisp and alcohol tinged bready malt, rich digestive biscuits. Some dried fruit, lingering sweet brown bread once again. Spicy yeast character along with a little bit of sweet molasses probably derived from the candied sugar

A dubbel worth seeking out, lots of yeast, brown bread and dried fruit flavours.

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Photo of Matteox3
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased on tap at Trooper Thorns, Reading PA. Consumed in proper glass for aromas.

One of my first experiences with Belgians, so take this review for what it is worth.

This beer was dark and smooth, good pour, head was wonderful. Aroma was very bold as was the flavor, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Alcohol was more prominent in the taste than Chimay (which I dont like), but the taste was more complex and enjoyable overall.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark brown with nice head. Mild lacing present around the glass.

Smell - Raisins, plums, pears and lots of dark candy sugars. Smells wonderful. Mild smokiness is, also, present.

Taste - I didn't smell the chocolate but I can taste it now. Otherwise, not much to add to the smell. Some subtle cinnamon and spice notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Nice carbonation which lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability - Bring on some more!

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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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Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 1,154 ratings