Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)
Brouwerij Corsendonk

Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)
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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #36
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,347
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 10.78%
Reviews:
518
Ratings:
1,005
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Brouwerij Corsendonk
 
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Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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Photo of jkblr
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle marked 02/01/21 poured into a Corsendonk tulip glass at fridge temp 7.5% ABV. The beer pours bright light honey in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island leaving behind some lacing. The aroma is clovey yeast and some sweet malt. The taste is yeast driven throughout with clove up front transitioning to semisweet malt before a bubblegum flavored, yet firmly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with well above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good. This beer does a lot of things right, but the massive forced carbonation affects the feel and taste too much to be top shelf.

Note: let this one sit in the glass for 15-20 minutes too warm up and let some of the excessive carbonation blow off. You will pick up some apple and pear and the bitterness won't be as intense.

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Photo of jonb5
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Golden, clear, small head which disappeared fairly quickly, left lots of lacing around the side of the glass.

S: Phenolic esters gave off quite a fruity aroma.

T: Basically followed the nose, started sweet but towards the end it started to develop hints of starch which made it slightly bitter.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Quite a nice, light Tripel

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Photo of EMH73
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazy golden color with a very well retained one inch white head that left lacing all the way down the glass, some fine carbonation visible. Smells of Belgian yeast, cloves, bubblegum, bread and apples. Taste follows the nose with additional flavors of pear, pepper, coriander and sweet malts. Medium bodied and carbonated, slightly dry mouth feel. a classic Belgian Tripel.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of grainy malt, pear and apple, clove and Belgian yeast. Flavor follows, with mixed grain malt, apple and pear, Belgian yeast, clove and coriander. Spicy and mixed grain finish with a little husky grain. Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. A spot-on Belgian tripel. The malt, yeast, fruit and spicing are all classic for the style. This is comparable to the tripels that made me start loving this style many years ago.

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Photo of scootny
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Life is so strange. This and the Dubbel were my house beers over thirty years ago. They were always in waiting, at least two 750 ml bottles of each at all times. For me to come face to face with the fact that I had never reviewed either of them on BA was an eye opener. Yet here we are.

So this is a lovely beer. Deep golden with a lightly cloudy state. Lovely thick head with a good amount of lace. Stays and fades slowly. Stays covered all the way down to the bottom.

Nose takes me back. Loads of bubble gum and cotton candy sugar. Light dinner roll breadiness. Faint alcohol sweetness. Some honey, a bit of pepper. Mild hops give a touch of earth to balance.

Taste is so malty, sweet and mild. Pilsner malt in spades with lots honey and a healthy bubblegum. A firm hop bitterness follows. Lots of Fuggles give a solid earth dryness along with a mineral edge to create a quenching finish with a cracker body coating my mouth and a light bit of mild hop dryness. Not a trace alcohol.

Feel is full on crazy. Each sip brings a blossoming creaminess that fills my mouth. Dry quenching and easy drinking. How can a beer do all that while being crisp and dry, begging you to session it like there's no tomorrow.

This is a world class beer that I am embarresed to have overlooked. It's a unique take on the style while remaining true to it. I loved it way back when, without the sophisticated beer knowledge I have these days. I love it even more tonight.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Its good, but not as good as many other Belgium Tripels. I likely wouldn't seek this one out on its own. But when I see the Corsendonk variety 4-packs which include this beer I usually pick one up.

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Photo of OlaB
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a big top of white head that dissolves slowly and leaves some decent lacings. Aroma is of apples,lemon,yeast,honey,biscuits and spices. The taste starts of sweet and dry with notes of fruits and spices while in the back is some slight notes of bread and biscuits. The finish has some slight bitternes with some floral notes. The finish and aftertaste is a little weak. Mouthfeel is smooth with some crispness. Prickly carbonation with a medium body.
A fairly good and enjoyable triple, but falls a little short to be among the best ones out there.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Clean gold with a frothy white head
Smell: sweet fruit and spice (corriander, clove)
Taste: sweet malt flavors of brown sugar, fruit (apple pear), with spicy yeast
Feel: medium body, medium-low carbomation

A solid tripel.

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Photo of Act25
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Up there with Fin Du Monde, and not quite Chimay or Bernardus.
a) Pours a wine-like slightly hazy, golden body with a mounding three-finger white head that laces well in a white wine glass.
s) Funky yeast, wheat, medicine cabinet. see-saw of sweet and white pepper.
t) More spicy, mineral, and yeasty, Sauvignon blanc/ chardonnay like, easy afternoon sipper.
f) It's crisp, sharp minerally, with a dry finish. A lighter tripel with a meditative yeasts, tongue ticklers and alcohol warmth.
o) Love these beers and this is just below top tiers. Try 24.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

a: clear, vibrant pale orange color - almost copper - color with a large 3 finger, frothy off-white head that fades somewhat quickly

s: lemongrass, earthy grains, sweet green pears, a mix of red and green apples, Belgian yeast spice, sweet citrus, and some sweet grains

t: loads of pears, apple, and sweet grain up front. A mellow Belgian yeast spice behind that along with some lemongrass and those earthy grains. definite phenols in this one. a hint of pepper, sweet malt, and a big bready note to close it out

m: solid medium mouthfeel with high carbonation


o: a solid Tripel. It's definitely not the best i've had, but there is nothing wrong with it. It could use a touch more of the fruity esthers in here, and maybe a bit more spice. Other than that, a nice beer to drink

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear yellow straw with a medium head and limited lace. Nose is mild for the style. There is a bit of spice and earth, but the esters really aren't what I was looking for. Taste is more-or-less what you'd expect from the nose in that it is straightforward and doesn't have a dominating aspect. A touch of yeast and some pear, and something like a sharpness/tang as well. I will say the mouthfeel is really nice like champagne. Overall, just okay.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear light amber, with a small head, and a good bit of lacing.

This smells like green apple, floral hops, clove, and light spices.

This has a nice dryness to the finish, which helps make it work. There's some apple and pear, with clove, and a bit of syrupy sugar, which luckily isn't that strong.

This is medium bodied, starts crisp and ends syrupy, with a good level of carbonation.

This isn't exactly my favorite style, but this is definitely pretty nice.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lighter golden color - semi clear. The head is frothy, white, 2 finger, and fairly long lasting.
The nose is somewhat spicy. I also, to me, get a slight apple aroma.
Taste - is fairly light flavored up front. I do get some spices, and sourness on the backside.
Crisp feeling, and decent body.
Not bad, and an interesting beer.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours clear amber with a huge head. The aroma is sweet and cola-like with some of the spices coming through. The taste is sweet upfront but it progressively becomes drier and even bitter toward the end. Yeasty esters all around. A nice Tripel.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy gold color,above average carbonation. Aroma is yeast,candy and floral ,spice,with a mild scent of malt. Taste is identical,smooth and crisp ,high carbonation didn't harm the feel and had a clean dry finish. I'm a big tripel fan and didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. A pleasant surprise and one I will definitely have again

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- A beautiful slightly hazed golden colored Tripel with a super white head that is puffy and active on the underside....starts about 3 fingers thick in my tulip glass and slowly settles to a finger and a half. The carbonation is plentiful and aggressive looking, as there is a combination of large and petite columns cascading to the top of the liquid, and there is a large amount of small foam patches clinging to the side of the glass! A very nice looking brew to say the least!

S- There is a distinct alcoholic presence noted and there is sweet candy sugar quality as well. Fruit throughout the smell as well, with candied apple, apricot and maybe a little bit of a banana ester. Slightly floral, slightly grassy and everything is bound together by a yeasty bread/biscuit quality.

T- The overall taste is sweet (honeyed) and of spiced fruit......plus there is a heavy yeast/bread/biscuit richness about it. The malt is caramelized, and it's like candy sugar has been added to give this an extra zest. The booze really isn't that bad but it is present and adds a quirky metallic flavor that lingers in the background throughout the entire taste. The fruit I get is again of apple character and the finish is a little cloying and lingers long after the swallow.

M/O- Medium bodied and with plentiful carbonation, this really is quite easy to drink and I'd have no problem having a couple of these....it doesn't fill the gut and the booze, even though it is noticed on the palate, for the strength, it is reasonably well hidden. Ive had better Tripel style before but I don't think this is a bad beer by any means....probably just in the middle of the pack as far as overall quality is concerned.....give it a try!....I'd get this one again.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, lidl. BBE 12/04/20 so this was only bottled two months ago.

Pours bright golden, voluptuous rocky head.

Spicy noble hop intermix with spicy belgian yeast, bit of alcohol and bubble gum .

More spice in taste, some mild marmalade hop flavour , light malts. medium middle bitterness that gives way to a drying finish. Medium body, high carb.

A very good beer

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, Lidl, Bristol - Pours clear golden with a large white foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - yeasty/bready notes, spice overtones, Taste - Sweet at the front, yeasty/bready, light spice, slight malty notes, crisp bitter finish. Solid well balanced tripel.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Watching House of Cards 1x03. Bb Nov 17. Usual pear/apple notes but less body and carbonation than usual, smoother and less dry, more sweet

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Photo of Viaduck
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a very generous & very white head. Aromas of honey, banana & Lucky Charms cereal. Tastes like Kings Hawaiian bread but not too sweet. Excellent flavor & feel. Very refreshing.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Clear golden in color, two fingers of rocky white head, great retention, lively carbonation.
Aroma - Quite yeasty, hint of banana, light coriander.
Taste - Sweet but dry biscuity malt, not as much banana as the aroma, faint apple, puckery, yeast is fairly mild but does have a bit spice. Finishes fairly dry with just a plain residual sweetness. Alcohol well hidden.
Feel - Medium bodied, soft but refreshing carbonation, dry.

Overall - One of the more subdued Tripel's I've had. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for in it's drinkability.

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Photo of BrendanHurley
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich golden color with a foamy 3 finger head. Head disappears quickly but layers stick to tulip glass. Typical visible carbonation for a tripel.
Smell: More mild mix of spices and flower in scent with a strong kick of alcohol near the end. A lighter scent overall for most tripel ales.
Taste: Lighter to medium body. Mixes of spices and coriander flower with a lighter taste of crisp apple for an ale. Alcohol is present and strong for a lighter content tripel. Not as large of a full body flavor with banana tastes. Still very crisp and a pleasant alternative for most tripels.
Feel: Lighter feel for the palate which still holds with a sticky and dry finish. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a tulip Duvel glass.

A: The body is yellow with minimal haze, being very crisp. The head is white, one finger thick having good retention but no lacing.
So: The aroma is very yeasty and has a big malt profile just like a BPA.
T: The taste is very sweet at the beginning, going after a cider acidity finishing on a mild bitterness.
M: The body is medium. Carbonation is nominal. No alcohol noticed.
O: It's a good Tripel for an entry level.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought one of these at the local liquor store-- it was a new arrival, so of course I had to get it.

Smell is different than other beers , very distinct smells coming together-- malt, apple, and spices are all noticeable. Taste is just as the smell would point to-- mostly malt and green apple, but the spice and hops come in at the end of the beer taste. Beer is balanced, and considering it is a Tripel, was lighter and pretty smooth overall. Feel is not very carbonated, and dry.

This is a good beer and would drink again. This is the first beer from Corsendonk that I have tried, not sure why it is hard to find here in Central Indiana-- at one time I saw a variety of beers from this brewery in virtually every store I went into, then I couldn't find a variety anywhere for a while! I'll blame the distributor here on that one.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a hazy, dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, fruity. Taste is yeast, malts, spices, hints of green apples, a bit boozy for 7.5%. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but didn't really meet my expectations.

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Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale) from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1005 ratings