Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale
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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #14
Ranked #4,901
4.03 | pDev: 11.41%
Brouwerij Corsendonk
Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown AleCorsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale
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Reviews: 609 | Ratings: 1,223
Photo of 7ways
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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 allboutbierge
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A complete orgy of taste on your tongue. This brew is truly a work of art. Tastes of raisins are prominent while strong notes of cherries, spices, and about a million other flavors. My palate is not very experienced and I fear this review may not do it justice. This brew is that complex! 7.5 abv offers a nice mellow feeling to compliment its seemingly limitless number of flavors.
This is the favorite beer of my buddy who is a brew assistant at West Virginia Brewery and he gave me one to try one day. All I could say was WOW...
The mouthfeel is solid but nothing exceptional. Though its taste is its strongpoint they also detract from its drinkability somewhat.

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Photo of ordybill
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%

A great dark beer. this is an excellent example of a Dubbel. It has a creamy tan head that lingers and has an excellent earthy aroma that is a great match to its rich malt flavor

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Photo of Phocion
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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 dacrza1
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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 pkalix
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark brown, with ruby peering through and around the lighter edges. incredible frothy head, medium and larger bubbles mixing with tight, smaller ones, diminishing to just a thin layer on the top.
the smell is . . . peat? smells like a peat-y dark brown i've had in the rare british or scottish ultra-darks and renegades....
the taste is of malts, some alcohol, and (maybe?) some dark fruit. i really like this taste compared to the dubble from La Trappe yesterday. the bottle lists raisins and 'black chocolate'.
mouthfeel- it is a nicely weighted brew, nice medium body, easy on the tongue. BA says it's a 7.5%, but my bottle says it's 6.5%.
overall- i really like this one. i've had the tripel, and i've had some varied experiences with the dubbels, but this one is a great one to come back to. so easy, so flavorful (even with the slight alcohol), i'd love to try this one on tap....?

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a rich, dark, coppery brown, slightly cloudy (due to being bottle fermented). A big, tan head at start that collapses evenly to about 1 inch reasonably quick, then slowly drops to about 1/2 inch as you quaff.
Smell is rich, sweetly sour with a hint of fruit.
Taste is warm, smooth, malty, a slight sourness. Carbonation plays on the front of the tongue. Later, hints of smooth dark chocolate and finally smoke appear. Very complex and extremely well balanced. Aftertaste is just superb, the actual taste of the beer lingers pleasantly for a long time without becoming bitter or going off in any way.
This is an absolute "must drink" beer. A definite "Top Ten" of all time beer, and obviously, one of my short list favorites.

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Photo of carln26
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a cloudy brown color with a thick tan colored head composed of huge bubbles. The head settled quickly back into the beer and left a light delicate lace on the side of the glass. The aroma has a great spicy character. Nutmeg, allspice backed by hints of bread dough. There is fruit their too. I catch some dates, but also a citrus character. The first taste brings the spice to the front. The flavor literally tickles your tongue. The doughy character is backed by a tartness. Kriek, possibly cranberries come out in this stage of the flavor. Citrus there too, I want to say orange rather than grapefruit you detect in some beer. Full, slick mouth feel leads to a great drinakbility.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
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 jtw5877
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a real thick white head. Super complexity, a multitude of flavors, super smooth, super balanced. I am at a loss for decribing the different aspects of the flavor. Every taste brings out something new as the beer warms. This is my first Belgian beer, thank God for Belgium!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Says is best enjoyd before 5 -12-02 n the label, from a 12oz. non-corked bottle. It pours with a hazy deep reddish brown with a pink toned creamy head. The aroma is still delivers a smokey great nose of apple, fig, raisins, and possibly other fruits. Very sweet in the aroma not a lot of hop character there. The taste is a little stale, and I am going to get another bottle. It is still enjoyable, but the flavors are not present which usually are in this abbey ale. The fruity sweetess is all there with some spicy kick to it, but it has mellowed and become much smoother a very drinkable creamy robust mouthfeel is still here. However the drinkabiltiy of this beer unless you have it on tap is kind of low due to the fact that it's flavors are so complex. I love this beer, and the first time I had it was at Fuel and Fuddle where the bartender gaves us a free 750 ml corked bottle, and that day my friends and I learned what beer is capable of. A very smooth and creamy flavor that goes down much too easy for the alcohol in this somewhat aged beer. Not my favorite beer, but definitely one that I found full respect for due to the lesson it served to my palate of being so complex.

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05/14/13 At Rattle N Hum, NYC. On tap. As a big fan of their Agnus Tripel this did not disappoint. A full rich flavor perhaps more suited for months with at the end of their names, but in a world of uncertainty, why wait. If you find this as a choice not only could you do worse, you will.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby-like hues around the edges. Two-finger dirty beige head that slowly moves down to a 1/2 inch of head.

Smell: Slightly "off" scent of sweet raisins and dark fruits and bready malts.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sweet buttered raisin flavor at first. Some tangy cherry like flavors. Settles down to a smooth malty, slight sour, but oh so enjoyable end. Some carbonation but the mouthfeel has a smooth mouth capturing feel. Medium in body.

Overall: Excellent and a thing of beauty in every regard! Must try!

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Photo of jhtipton
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful murky brown ale with rich creamy head and nice pop! Smell is great. Like figs and raisins and malty. Thanks to sully for providing this gem. Tastes wonderful, warming, and a welcome treat after weeks of mediocre German fare.Mouth feel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation from the bottle aging process. Overall one of the better belgian dubbels i have had and with the 7.5% alcohol, something nice to warm the gulliver with.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a great and interesting brew... i think it is a whole lot better than the corsendonk pale ale that i had yesterday. It pours out a semi dark and cloudy.head is off white and light.

the aromas can tell you that this beer is going to be rich, complex, and good! hints of fruity spices in the aroma, and smells like beer with a box of sun-maid raisons.

the taste is great.... very full and complex like the aromas suggested. It is very carbonated, more than i thought. the taste also has strong taste of raisons. tastes sweet and sour. there are many fruity hints in this beer, and there is a little bit of an alcoholic taste. the mouthfeel is full and pretty much saying what i said before... the carbonation retains thoughout the whole swallow.

overall, this is an incredible beer! i had the pale ale yesterday and didnt think too much about it, so this one really suprised me. its not the best for its style, but definelty one worth trying.

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Photo of EvilPumpkin
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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 feuematt
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown ale with a slowly fading head and sediment at bottom of bottle...taste is chocolate, dark fruits, chocolate and alcoholic warmth. Very good brew!!

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Photo of stevoj
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet for an abbey dubbel but still great.Raisins is the foremost taste and aroma that comes to mind, hints of molasses, brown sugar, prunes. Pours reddish brown with oil slick head. Mouthfeel is also slick and finish is mildly dry. Truly enjoyable.

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Photo of ojiikun
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally reviewing the beer that got me introduced to 'real' beer, almost half a decade ago.

Poured from the classic 750ml bottle into my tulip. Dated over a year into the future, so clearly an expiry and not a birthday. Very dark, very clear, with light that shines thru a nice amber. Can be made foggy later on when you swirl up all that yummy yeast!

Smell is sweet and fruity. Clearly some esters coming out, since there is without a doubt something tropical like pineapple or maybe pear skins. Caramel malts, but not as much as you'd think from the colour. Lots of candi. Cripsp yeast, not too funky, but very fresh. Hints of light spice like corriander or cardamom. Touch of booze when warm.

Taste is heavier on the malt, with the molasses rather restrained. Mineral water and yeast come forth, less sweet than the smell. Not really too bitter - herbal at times if anything. Pecans.

Mouthfeel is really quite good. Light on the tongue, almost evaporating before you swallow. After a whole bottle, the lips can get coated a bit.

Simply legendary drinkability. Well balanced and even restrained, but very detailed nonetheless. Even pairs well with food, though it does seem a bit like a pity!

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
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 johnd513
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
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 patelc75
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Strong caramel malt with classic Belgian candied sugared taste. Serves a big head if you're not careful. Musty aftertaste than sits on the tongue with lasting caramel malt and dark fruits (that are hard to figure out). Light hops, not too much but enough to balance the strong malt taste. Touches of fruit and chocolate. A smooth medium body with just the right amount of carbonation.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours opaque brown to almost black into a Corsendonk brewery tulip. Thick light khaki/tan head that thins throughout the experience to about half a finger of head that doesn't cling to the glass.

S: dark roasted malt and coffee/ espresso notes are strong with yeasty undertones. Dark pitted fruits, caramel and brown sugar.

T: an extremly dark roasted malt and slight bitterness from the hops but not a lot of flavor from said hops. Dark cocoa and slight caramel, ends with a little green apple.

MF: rich and creamy and almost chewy; very effervescent and astringent.

D: this is an outstanding beer for an exceptional price. I got a bottle of this the pale ale and two glasses; this is one I will be actively searching for.

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Photo of nem2006
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer. Drank from a 750 ml corked bottle. Pours a deep brown with a nice, slightly tanned head.

Has a sweet nose of chocolate, stone fruit and maybe a slight hint of coffee. (Wife said she caught some molasses)

The taste is full, but not overpowering. Coming on smooth and finishing smooth. It starts sweet, malty, stone fruit, a little chocolate. Fades into a little fruitiness from the yeast before an ever so sudden hop bitterness at the end.

This beer is smooth from start to finish. A very balanced beer with full flavor and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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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