Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)
Brouwerij Corsendonk

Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)
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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #39
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,023
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 10.53%
Reviews:
525
Ratings:
1,025
From:
Brouwerij Corsendonk
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  41
Gots
  140
SCORE
89
Very Good
Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.55/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Piss Poor-Pour!!!!!
Another Contract Belgium beer that sucks!
A Du Bocq “Sump” Brew that neither impresses, nor distinguishes.
A hazy golden color beer that promises cloves and coriander, yet delivers a diuretic urinatianary PO box address instead.
A huge disappointment!!!!!!. No more description is required.
A very poor beer - save your money and spend it on something worthwhile, like Tic-Tacs.

Oct 26, 2002
More User Reviews:
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Act25 from New Jersey

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.

Apr 27, 2018
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown euro shaped bottle with a "best before end" date clearly notched on the neck label.

Appearance: Light radiant golden with a mild chill haze and a powdery fluffy white lace.

Smell: Citric and apple in the fruitiness ... earthy yeast also.

Taste: Very crisp with a semi smooth mouth feel. On the dry side, light to medium in body and well composed. Some fruity esters and a flavoured hop bitterness to balance. Dash of sweetness up front ... more grain, husk and yeast dry the brew in the finish.

Notes: One of the more drinkable, yet tame and less complex imported Tripels. Still flavourful and very deceiving for its potency though not as boisterous or flamboyant as other Tripels can be.

Mar 31, 2002
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Mick from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow straw like color. Nice presentation that offers a clean view. Great head from the pour, although not long lasting. It thins out quickly, but leaves a nice thin lace. Fruity crisp taste. Light bodied. Very effervescent, but leaves an excellent aftertaste.

I enjoy this but not as a regular selection or session beer. It is a bit, slightly, on the acquired taste side.

Oct 14, 2002
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Lambstrong from Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Belgian beers and this Abbey brown ale reminded me why.

This beer is sandy golden is color with a rich creamy white head. Noted is free flowing sediment. It imparts a spicy aroma which I would place as eigher grains of paradise or corriander. It has a spicey sweet (almost honey) malty taste. The spices are really well balanced. If I didn't know this was a pale ale I may mistake this for a belgian white ale instead. Just a breat beer.

Nov 29, 2007
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mediajaw from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Jan 12, 2013
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Greasy from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Mar 02, 2014
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sandbox from Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Apr 15, 2013
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kscaldef from Oregon

3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opens with a loud pop, definitely some carbonation in this one. Pours clear, light golden with a head of mixed foam and larger bubbles. Aroma is light yeast notes and a hint of green pepper (kinda strange). In the mouth, there's lightly toasted malt, mild sweetness and fruitiness, and a noticeable alcohol flavor. Highly carbonated, with minimal linger. Something of a boring Tripel. Easy to drink, but pretty low on flavor or aroma.

Sep 04, 2012
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Cooker_stp from New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Nov 14, 2013
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putnam from Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jagged, off-white head over brass-colored liquid...
Intense, characterful aromas of lemon, pine, cumin, cardamom, anise, ...
The flavors are cotton candy, spring blossoms, honey, semolina, anise, lemon peel, olive, pitch and whole wheat flatbread grilled in butter. It tastes like good grain, mashed and steeped in water...oh, I guess that's what it is! I guess obviousness doesn't earn a penalty. At least it's "good" grain. I was hoping for a little more sourness based on what I smelled. Again, lack of "sour" might sound good to most people. Have you tasted a "Margerita" at a bar or restaurant lately? You'll need more than a "wedge" of lime floating in it...but who am I to judge.

Aug 14, 2003
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rapidsequence from Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance: Clear yellow orange, thick white head leaves some lacing. Effervescence almost like champagne.

Smell: Yeast, spice, and alcohol.

Taste: Its quite dry, tasted more alcoholic than it is. Its very spicy and peppery with sharp carbonation. A little bitterness. Sweet on the end.

Mouthfeel: Tingly and nice. The sweetness at the end is coating in a good way.

Drinkability: This goes down fast, but the alcohol is very apparent. Its OK, not at all my favorite tripel.

Jun 24, 2009
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Screper from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

May 09, 2013
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Coren from Belgium

3/5  rDev -24.8%

Oct 17, 2013
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yen157 from New Jersey

4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dense, white head with aroma expected of this type of beer. Many fruits are detectable at first, and when drinking the perfect mix of swwet and sour come out when the beer hit the back of your throat. Long, fruity fininsh. Fine example of a lighter tripel.

Aug 22, 2002
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JoeyBeerBelly from New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml cork/cage bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - hazed golden yellow color with a big fluffy white head that stayed around, due to the constant carbonation bubbles rising, and left some 'hieroglyphic' lacing.

S - yeast, bread dough and sour fruit.

T - sweet upfront with sour bitterness leading to a dry finish and sweetness on the lips.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - pleasant and easy to drink.

Mar 26, 2009
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kjkinsey from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Dec 02, 2011
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robertjskelton from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Aug 04, 2014
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Shiredave from New York

4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, bright, sparkling gold color, streaming carbonation and a tall, pillowy, snow white head that leaves a text book example of "Belgian lace".
Aroma is lemony hop and sweet , bready malt.
Initially soft and honey-like up front, nearly full bodied and smooth on the tongue with soft pear-like fruitiness. Tangy, earthy hop flavors kicks right in and flood the mouth with dry bittering while doughy sweetness balances perfectly.
Finish is warm and lightly alcoholic w/ mellow dryness and lingering grainy malt.
A Belgian Classic and a great pairing with rich or spicey foods.

Feb 06, 2004
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markgugs from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Apr 20, 2014
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emincems from Turkey

3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 01, 2018
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raindog814 from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 23, 2016
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UnionMade from New York

3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Cochonne goblet at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Appearance is a light hazy golden amber, with a rather short head, for a belgian beer. I was watching her pour it, and it was very foamy, but the head died down almost immediately. Aroma is definitely malty, with that belgian sweetness. Smells mildly sour, with plenty of fruity goodness and a bit of caramel. Taste is very nice, although not the best belgian I've had by a long shot. Lots of candi sugar, which has an almost saccharine sweetness in this particular beer, faint metallic quality, light clove, fig, and caramel flavors. Nice and complex. Carbonation is mild, with a slightly sour finish. Body is medium to light. This is one of the most ubiquitous belgians in my area, bottle wise. I was meaning to try it when i was first discovering beer, and i wish i had. I've tried so many other belgian abbey style ales that this one just didn't really impress me. Something about it was just a little off. Good, but with a sort of unrefined quality...or something. I can't explain it, but it certainly wasn't as good as some other tripels.

Jul 25, 2003
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rangerred from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with just a small fizzy white head that is quick to fade away. No lacing to speak of.

The aroma is a pleasant bouquet of flowers and spice in the way of coriander and a touch of orange peel. The pilsner malt really comes through in the aroma as well.

The flavor has quite a bit of bread malt and is almost reminiscent of a pilsner at first. This transitions into coriander along with a touch of citrus in the way of pear and apple. Very light bitterness along with more stickiness than I was expecting in a tripel. This beer, being only 7.5% abv, should be quite dry but this one isn't.

Overall, an ok tripel but far from great. A little too much spice and malt and not dry enough. Probably won't pick this one up again.

Jan 05, 2014
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz Bottle from the Wegmans Dewitt NY for $5

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove, citrus, grapes, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads, grains, and citrus. There is also a green grape flavour.. almost like a white wine and some hops.

Overall – Not my favourite mix of flavours, but a very solid beer for sure. This would work well for the summer months.

Sep 19, 2013
Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale) from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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