Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale AleCorsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Moosehunter
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tasted many Belgian beers and this is by far my favourite.
Tastes much better in the right glass too.
I like the taste, the feel and the strength.
I have not managed to buy Corsendonk Agnus as yet in the UK but make sure that I always stock up when I am anywhere near Belgium. I would welcome an English supplier.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.92/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Disclaimer: I have been trying to get into Belgians for quite some time and have yet to have one that really impresses me; until now.

Freshness date on bottle reads 20/02/10= Feb. 20, 2010.

Review on 3/10/10 poured from bottle to my trusty tulip.

Amazing "pillowy" head, bright straw color, lots of "floaties".

thin body, crisp and clean with a rabid carbonation with a great frothy mouthfeel.

Mild candied sugar and spice up front with a beautiful citrus (orange) hop presence with mild undertones of a grassy hop as well.
Finishes the same with a mild bitterness and lingering flavors previously listed. Hides alcohol amazingly well.

So easy to drink and so tasty, wish I had another. This beer was given as a gift and I look forward to finding one that isn't past it's freshness date!

I wonder how much better it can get...

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Photo of csrbv
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my all time favorite brews! I loved it the first time I had it 20 years ago, and I still love it now. Not as heavy as many Belgium dark beers, but still very complex.

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Photo of billybob
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a hazy straw yellow with a four finger fluffy white head with a very easy pour that settles to a rocky one inch with patchs of sticky lace. aromas of apples, pears, and hint of spice, wheat malt mixing with fruit flavors and slight spice and touch of hops make for a great taste. i think the lower abv 7.50 % works so much better for this style than the higher abv tripel styles. mouthfeel light, dry, carbonation ok. really liked this one and would buy it again.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awfully amazing ale from Corsendonk. I overlook this too often.

A gorgeous huge head, lays like a snowdrift - fresh and lovely. A Michael Jackson "head-shot" pour - look in any of his fattie guides to int'l beer and you'll see what I mean. Lacing wants to drape, but only spatters. Soft sunlight yellow color, gold-tinged. Hazy yet bright.

Farmhouse spice and fruit characteristics to the smell, yet not as pungent as a saison can be. It's definitely a tripel profile, but it's wonderfully fresh-baked yeasty bready - and lightly fruity, sugar-crystalline sweet - combining to create a brioche-like aroma. Soft, herby noble hops waft above and to the back and fresh apple/pear notes surge up through the middle to the fore as well. All wonderfully blended and proportioned.

In the taste, naturally, the bready/brioche angle, apple/pear flavors, and the mellow farmhouse spice flourish magnificently and long linger lightly. A filling foundation of malt in the initial feel, settling light and dry with vague champagne characteristics. The alcohol is in my ideal range. I do not smell or taste it, yet a super-soothing warming feeling arises slowly along the way. The hops, floating through quietly, round out this beauty with the perfect touch of seasoning.

As close to perfect drinkability as I've encountered with the style. This should pair fabulously with a wide variety of autumn-seasonal cuisine - both dinner and dessert.

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Photo of scottwestphall
4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer completes me. I LOVE this beer. The appearance is incredible. Golden and cloudy with yeast still floating in the beer. The head is thick, white, lasts a long time and leaves lacing at each level you drink. The aroma is sweet, sugar and yeast. The flavor is sublime with a hi of fruitiness that smoothly transitions into a slight bitter bite that is just enough to cleanse the pallet before your next drink. This also leads to it being an easy drinking beer and one that is strong enough at 7.5 alc to make its presence known but doesn't sneak up on you. I honestly think this may be my absolute favorite beer. 

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint, 9.4oz / 750 ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. "Best before" date of "21/02/10" stamped on label around top of the bottle.

A: Hazy folden/amber. ~2 fingers of white head, which dissipates slowly to a thin, but frothy/dense cap. Ample lacing noted.

S: Yeasty, moderately sweet grape/raisin/fruitiness.

T: Moderate sweetness of grape/raisin/apples. Bitterness is moderately low. Perfect touch of Belgian/yeasty sourness. Alcohol is expertly blended. Nice dry finish. Absolutely fantastic.

M: Carbonation is moderately high/fine. Nice and creamy/ full mouthfeel...goes down delightfully smoothly.

D: Superb. Drinking 25 oz. bottle was a pleasure and far too easy. 7.5% ABV only noticeable in your ability to type and walk...

Future outlook: Fantastic beer that I wish I'd tried sooner. Will certainly purchase again.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a plastic drinking glass (it's all I had, what you want)

A: Pours a delightful golden hue with an adamant amount of eggshell foam head.

S: Smells spicy with coriander, thyme, and a dash of cumin along with English ale-like bitterness, saison crispness and a touch of heavy fruit.

T/M: There is a medium amount of carbonation with that saison crispness on the forefront followed by traditional Belgian fruitiness, all in a very well balanced and light package (considering it's a "tripel").

As far as beer goes, this is an incredible brew that is perfectly balanced with complex and full flavors that don't overpower. As far as Belgians go, this is probably the best I've ever had. I realize that's a bold statement, but I said it.

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Photo of scurvy311
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a delicious beer. Appearence is the only aspect of this beer that is uninteresting. It smells like what I think a Belgian beer should. It has all those flavors without those more hot fusol flavors that some Belgians tend to have. A beutiful color is topped only by the balance of malt ( hint of sweetness), hop bitterness, and smoothxester profile. One of my favorite goto beer. Also in a corked bottle that surpasses the beauty of any champaine Ive ever had.

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Photo of yen157
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of gfreed
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A category that, in my view, suffers from great abuse, a good tripel can look like bilgewater but still taste wonderful. Or it can look appealing but taste like bilgewater. Rare is it, then, that I get to drink a tripel that both looks *and* tastes great. As well-behaved as any Belgian beer, you'll find all your favorite tripel characteristics presented in a well-balanced, polite and understated manner. No ham-handed orange-juice yeasties here, nor will you be dehydrated from over-hopping as is so common these days. Dare I say that this is... uh... refreshing? Well, almost. Puts most other tripels to shame.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corsendonk's brown Abbey ale was outstanding, and the pale Tripel version is just as good if not better... this is some seriously high-quality stuff... some of the best around... This brew was completely terrific in almost all respects... pours a gorgeous cloudy, hazy color with impressive foamy head with some sediment visible... smell was great - full of fresh grapefruit, citrus and fresh flowers... taste was above and beyond - complemented the aroma strongly with strong floral and citrus notes dominated by an overall sweet, candied flavor that really hit home... mouthfeel was outstanding, and as far as the 7.5% ABV, you can forget about detecting any alcohol - this beer is all candy and sweets... great finish with a wonderful aftertaste... can't really say anything bad about this one... a must-try... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of neenerzig
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

POP! went the cork upon opening this beer. There is something just so damn cool about beers that have corks. I have yet to drink a beer with a cork in it that I did not like. Beers with corks instead of bottle caps just kick ass plain and simple. Anyways, this is the first Belgian beer I ever tried and it was introduced to me by a good friend so my review may be a bit biased. Poured into my snifter. This beer is a nice cloudy golden color with copperish/orange highlights, like a good pale ale should be! Nice, white foamy head is about 2/3 inch thick when poured before settling to a nice surface coating with excellent lace. Aroma wise there is definitely some sweet malt and floral hoppiness along with some grapefruit, citrus like smells. As far as I am concerned the taste of this beer is pure perfection as far as Belgian pale ales are concerned. Big, bold sweet, candied malt flavors with a bit of clove, spice and orange are present and the taste is rounded out with some citrus, floral, hop flavor. Very good balance between the sweet malt the the citrusy bitterness. The aftertaste is a bit dry and bitter (hence the hops). Just the right amount of hop bitterness. Has a very crisp, yet frothy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. I find this beer to be quite drinkable as well. The perfect Belgian pale ale for me and the best I have yet to drink. I challenge someone to find another Belgian tripel and tell me that it is better than this one! If so I will try it and be my own judge!


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Photo of nightcrawler
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had this beer many times and this review is from the most recent tasting.

The color was a filmy tan/yellow, but in a good way. We had stirred up the yeast on purpose to make the esters as obvious as possible. I smelled obvious banana and apple peels. It made my mouth water in anticipation.

The taste is very close to the smell. It is surprisingly smooth, yeasty with a small amount of bitterness. The ale also changes as it warms. By the time a glass hits room temp, the taste of the ale comes almost completely smell. Alcohol blends into the taste as a warming. The mouthfeel is silky, just a hint of being thick.

Excellent ale and I have more than once drank more in one sitting than I should have.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a yellowish golden color with an orange cast. Slightly hazy. The head is firm and creamy, starting at a good inch or so but eventually dropping to a thin 1/16" covering. Exceptional hold and very nice lace. Streams of tiny rising bubbles add to the appearance.The body is medium/light with a gentle caress on the tongue from the very fine and effervescent carbonation. The aroma offers a soft candyish malt with some light vanilla notes, a mild peppery spiciness, some yeast and a very mild plastic/smoke phenolic. Very soft and inviting! The flavor starts with a sweet and lightly peppery maltiness, reveals more honey-ish and vanilla notes, becomes yeasty with some hoppiness leading to a drying finish with lingering malt and spice. The alcohol is well hidden, but most likely adds to the peppery spiciness. Surprisingly complex and exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of seedyone
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

05/24/12 On tap At Beer Authority, NYC. This is one helluva beer. Very smooth, light and yes I'll say it ...sophisticated. It has so much character it should be appreciated year round. This is one of the few beers I will order whenever and wherever I see it. And so considerate at only 7.5% ABV.

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Photo of BravoTwo
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Good light pale amber-gold with a light foam head and crisp small carbonation bubbles.

S - Fruity up front with apples and a light hop nose.

T - Very clean and tasty, with fruity esters and a delicate hop flavor on the back end. Very floral in taste.

M - Light carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel.

D - Highly drinkable stuff. Not as flavorful as some other belgian tripels, but a very well done example of the style.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy orange with a foamy, long lasting, white head. Pleasant yeasty, fruity aroma. Big, tangy, well carbonated body. Complex flavor of ripe fruit, Belgium yeast, brewing sugar and earthy hops. Long lasting, dry finish. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Bugsey
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, delicious, and refreshing.

Smell is light fruit, apple or pear. Same for tast, but with great balance. Not too much spice or sweet.

Mouthfeel is great. Crisp, clean, and dry finish. No alcohol burn, and no cloying after taste.

Great beer. Kind of like a Fin du Monde.

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Photo of rlw0328
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First impression upon pouring was the great peach, partially amber color.
Smell was of flowers and fruit. In my personal opinion it has a great "nose" to it.
Head was well developed but not so thick it was a burden.
Taste was enjoyable, easily describable as a solid Belgian Ale.
A Great beer to drink by itself or with a nice meal.

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Photo of untamedbeer
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It has that hazy golden color you'd expect from a Belgian pale. Very apparent fruit in the aroma. Spicy fruity Belgian flavor without being overly sour. It has a fairly intense sweetness up front, but it doesn't linger. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

I could totally drink this in vast quantities while overlooking a river valley on a clear, warm summer day.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one beer that has been seen on a regular basis ar al of the liquor stores that I frequent. Finally decided to give it a try. I poured this one into a deep tulip glass. Ar foamy fluffy white head emerges slowly and the bright orangey yellow golden liquid appears. Smelled floral and sweet- a cpmpletely full aromatic experience. Tasted spicey ad rich, tons of peppery spices, some fruity zest, and a hoppy punch. Smooth going down, very enjoyable. world class.

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Photo of Samp01
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden / pale yellow with a nice white fluffy lasting head. Aroma has a nice citrusy hops with lemon and orange peel fruity notes. Taste is a nice sweet citrusy hops lemon and orange peel with some nice malt and yeast. Nice lively carbonation and nice medium body with a nice crisp mouth feel on the palate. Finish is sweet citrusy hops with some lemony orange peel, some light grapefruit and pineapple notes ending with a nice yeasty malty character. Overall a very good flavorful crisp and refreshing brew. I would drink this again, very nice

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Photo of geexploitation
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours light (almost yellow!) and bubbly, with a perfectly white head that sticks to the glass and lasts throughout the drink as a thin layer of dust. Aromas of biscuity malts, light candi sugar, and sharply earthy hops. Understated but beautiful. On the palate, subtlety is the order of the day. Very light body here, and light alcohol for the style, with the flavors following suit. Some pear fruits come out first, followed by a burst of sweetness and a snap of bitterness as the hops show themselves. Sharp carbonation. Dry, bread-and-pepper finish that lasts just long enough. Overall, this is a delicate, subtle triple, with no cloying sweetness. It's wonderful and full of flavor nonetheless.

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rocky one-inch head of large and medium size bubbles covers this ale. Settling to a thick skim, the bright white head remains stable till the end, with good lacing and adhesion on the sides of the glass. The relatively clear dark straw-yellow body clouds up a bit when the last of the yeast dregs are drizzled into the center.

Decent fruity nose with yeasty overtones introduces the brew. A good sip reveals more citrus in the flavor, with some biscuit notes and a slight sweetness in the back palate. Generously carbonated from the bottle conditioning charge, it foams substantially in the mouth, flooding the palate with a dry grain flavor accented by a soft balance of hops and a little tang at the end.

Pair this with any cuisine, and it will improve the entire meal. A classic example of the tripel style, this ale is very well made and a pleasure to drink.

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