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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2001

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Photo of stcules
1.93/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Golden color, no bubbles. White and abundant head. It falls down quickly.
In the smell, a big sweet, warm fruitiness, sugary, exaggerated. Candy sugar, pear. Not balanced, too sweet.
The taste is too sweet too, and boring, with an exaggerated fruitiness (pear, pineappple, ripe peach).
Hop? Where?
No. Too sweet.
Not undrinkable, but why one would to drink it?

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Photo of dotsonjamesg
2.51/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I have always been a fan of Tripels and Quads and such, though lately I have grown a little tired of them. It seems like all the good beers around here are sweet beers and drinking sugary beverages all the time gets a little old. I miss hoppy and aggressive beers from home. I can't find much of them around here so I guess I am stuck.

I found this brew next to a bottle of Chimay and thought I would give it a try.

Appearance: The brew pours a dark, clear body with a one finger off-white head. A little lacing here but the head quickly dissipated.

Smell: The nose is real light and sweet with a tinge of earthy and spicy notes. The brew isn't very aromatic, which is kind of a bummer.

Taste: The brew isn't what I thought it was going to be. I was expecting a sweet brew with rich spicy notes. This brew is in fact fairly light bodied and bitter. There is a presence of hops and a slight malty sweetness and some slight spiced notes, not much else; no complexity or big flavors here. The brew is actually pretty boring; what a disappointment.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: The brew promised big hopes but really failed to deliver. I will never buy this brew again and I advise you to do the same. Its not worth your time and it definitely isn't worth your hard earned money. Booo!


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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.55/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

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Photo of tigerpaws
2.58/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew just didn't impress me. Poured with almost no head and was very light looking almost clear. It had more of a smell than aroma IMO sort of skunky. And it didn't remind me of any pale i had ever tried, but the worst thing about the beer was the awful after taste. The first belgian that I have tried that I won't drink again.........CHEERS

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Photo of Geert
2.64/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A: Clear golden beer, with a nice white head.
S: Very aromatic, but not necessarily in a good way. It is somewhat soapy, perhaps because of the (over) use of cardamom?
T: Spices come through, again a little soapy. Not much else going on, a little sweet.
M: highly carbonated, a little "contracting".
O: Highly spiced, not my cup of tea, allthough I wouldn't throw it out.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on Cinco del Mayo 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
I guess that I would have liked this better on a hot summer day. It has almost a champagne-like fizziness that I just didn't like. I wasn't too impressed. I must say, however, that I couldn't detect the 7.5% ABV

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Photo of GreenCard
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light gold, great clarity, one finger of foam which flattens out to a thin even layer

Aroma: light honeyish scent w/ a dusting of clovey phenolic, a hint of grain and yeast

Flavor: light malt sweetness with a fair amount of dusty grain, a hint of herbal hop flavor, finishes dryish with a lightly spicey aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, lots of prickly carbonation (burp!)

Overall Impression: Definitely one of the better "mass-produced" abbey ales. It is actually botte conditioned (as opposed to Grimbergen or Leffe). A bit too gassy though. Not much complexity. Corsendonk Pater is definitely better.

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Photo of bark
2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The colour is deep yellow with a little hint of amber, the liquid is clear and the compact foam is white, compact and slowly dissolving.

The smell is sweet sour with the notorious scent of fermented wheat. There are some traces of sour apples and buns.

The carbon dioxide is quite powerful with very small bubbles.

The taste is sourish, something typical for Belgian wheat beers. Except for the somewhat acid tones, there is a taste of sour apples and Jerusalem artichokes. The first taste is followed by a small sweetness that slowly is replaced by a growing, full-bodied bitterness. The aftertaste got some notes of sweet buns and raw potatoes.

A nice example of the Belgian abbey ale style. Although the alcohol is pretty strong, 7.5% abv, it was not noticeable in either smell or taste.

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Photo of aquatonex
2.86/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I would have rated it higher if I had liked it, but I'll try and put that aside to rate the quality...

Pours golden-greenish with a copious head that lingered for a fair amount of time. Very frothy and composed. Fairly complex smell with a lot of smokiness, alcohol, and a myriad of noncitrus fruits. Taste matched the smell but was less invasive. Not a well balanced ale, a bit too much smoky flavor which caused this very acrid taste. It made me cringe a little every time I drank. But, if you like smoky then it's great. Mouthfeel was very good. It needed more balance between flavors to really enjoy the taste.

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Photo of teromous
2.87/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy light straw colored body that is packed with carbonation bubbles. The head is a thick and fluffy white cloud. Some lacing.

S: I notice a slight metallic scent right off the bat, then some fruity pair-like scent, and a little bit of alcohol coming through.

T: It's a bit flat on flavor. There's some mild bitterness, a bit earthy, some cardboard, a tiny bit of spice, and the flavor is not that fresh tasting.

M: The mouthfeel is light and bubbly, fades quickly in the mouth, and leaves a mild dryness in the mouth. It is very drinkable.

O: Overall it wasn't bad, but it wasn't exceptionally good either. I don't know how fresh this beer is, but it isn't the best tasting tripel. It has a very nice presence in the mouth, but is extremely lacking in flavor and the scent leaves much to be desired.

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Photo of FrognutUnl
2.92/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white 2 finger head that hangs on quite a while leaving a small amount of lacing in its wake. I am not a terrible fan of the floating yeast, though I know it won't kill me. The nose is crisp and tart with notes of apples and yeasty bread. In taste, it is also tart and crisp with mild malty sweetness, notes of apple and maybe a small bit of clove. Mouthfeel is a bit thin compared to others I have had in this style, low-medium bodied.

I am a little disappointed, as their brown is pretty damned good and this was just so so. That being said, I would probably buy it again if the price were right.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think I should have let this sit for a while. I may have popped this one too early.

Very cloudy golden color with one of the most persistent heads that I've ever seen. Very large, fluffy head to this one.

Smells a bit skunky. Not a very pleasant aroma, but the date says it is good til 09. Hmm..

Nice crisp bite to this one. Very characteristic of a tripel. Spicy in the beginning with a nice bite at the finish and a bit of a warming alcohol kick at the end.

Pretty good tripel.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lacking in depth for a tripel. A bit on the dry-side, with some pear-like fruit flavors and sourish malt with a bit of clove phenols. Lacked the layers of fruityness or spice that I look for in a tripel. Pleasant and drinkable, but not something that I would search out in the future.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very cloudy with a good amount of sediment. There was not much of a head, but decent lacing. Hints of honey and malt in the aroma. There is a burnt sugar taste that turns dry in the aftertaste. This beer is lacking a few things. There is very little carbonation and the taste isn't well balanced. I just had a Karmeliet Tripel last night and this one is definately not in the same league, but it is not a terrible brew.

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Photo of adamette
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Der Braumeister in Cleveland, Ohio.

A Golden yellow body, very little or no head by the time that I had it delivered to my table by the waitress.

S Not much, mild hops.

T Moderately hoppy, actually a little bit forgettable.

M Thin to moderate mouthfeel.

D Fair due to forgettable taste.

Notes: Not my favorite tripel or my favorite Belgian. Not a terrible beer but, as I have written, forgettable.

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Photo of clvand0
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a medium head and some lacing on the glass. The aroma smells strongly of wheat and spices with some malts in the background. The flavor was very yeasty with some citrus notes. This is a pretty good Belgian wheat.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.08/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of travolta
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Cloudy straw yellow with a tint of orange. Frothy tiny white bubbles. Sticky, wet lacing. Becomes rocky while the head disipates. Retention is beter than average.

Nose: Citrus and other crisp fruits. A little yeasty note. Orange peel.

Taste: Crisp carbonation, orange at first, maybe some other tropical fruits just before a sweet cracker taste. Frothy at the end.

Notes: Not much taste to speak of. I think that this is what can make this beer appealing. You won't blow your socks off. This is a great Belgian to warm up with. I disagree with the price, it is too high for what you get.

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Photo of mortarit
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wel it time to start writing some reviews to catch up to some of ya big drinkers.

750ml bottle

Does it really matter what glass i pour it into? Beer glass, Hefe-weisen I think

I thought this was a pale ale but I see that it is a tripel. I am not very fond of tripels but will give due repects to the style. I have to compare it to Duval since that is the only few I have had to judge it by. I like this one much better due to the smoothness of the taste. I do taste some fruit in here like oranges. I shaved off some points for the cloudyness. I think a tripel should be clear.You can correct me if I am wrong.
If I wanted a tripel to represent my fridge I would go with this one.

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Photo of rarbring
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is light amber, has noticeable flakes, small bubbles, an off-white high head, some lacing and good curtains.

Earthy aromas, stable, dirt, lemon peel. Rather musky and dusty.

The taste is a mixture of acid old vinegar, lemon peel, then some old cheese and dirt. A moldy character.

High carbonation, small intensive bubbles, a dry finish.

This was a 2007 bottle, had already peaked. Must try a younger, better stored one.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a small juice glass (I was at the in-laws, that's all they had).

A: Light golden straw color. Pure white head.

S: Lots of yeast, some light fruits and some light spices.

T: Light fruit and yeast. Some banana, maybe some citrus. It's your standard Belgium tripel flavors except much more tame and much lighter. It's almost like "tripel light".

M: Light bodied, crisp and clean.

D: This is a very drinkable beer due to the fact that it's so tame and less flavorful compared to other tripels. I guess that's the one thing it's got going for it. I wouldn't get it again, there are many more tripels out there that are far better.

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Photo of merryjoulton
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The foam exploded as soon as I popped the cap off. I had to pour immediately and the glass ended up being 75% foam so I poured a second as well. Appearance was very pale, head retained well throughout. Smelled of sour malt. Tasted of sour malt and ethanol, very heavy on the ethanol. Mouthfeel was decent, but there was a very unpleasant lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sample best-by date is this month.

Aroma- Very clean pilsner malt. Faint herbal, spicy, and vegetal hop nose. No alcohol. Aroma is very faded and flat, though not overtly oxidized.

Appearance - Deep gold with thin white head. Fades fast and leaves no lace.

Taste- Lush fruit- pear. peach ginger. white tea. Malty -honey flavor. Lively spice with a hint of perfumey alcohol on the back end. Deeply malty but spicey yeast and chalky dry finish keep the word "sweet" out of the picture entirey. Lingering mineral aftertaste. With a slight hop bitterness. Unintense but pronounced goldings flavor throughout.

MF- Stingy carbonation, stiff but medium-light body.A little alcoholic heat.

Reminds me of a more substantial Achel. Very typical Tripel. No Suprises here.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden body. Bigass thick crop of ivory white head. Retention is outstanding. Carbonation looks vigorous. Nose is bready and sweet. A little spicy (peppery). And yeasty. Decent enough. Flavors are subtle, bordering on bland. Stale yeast and delicat sweet malts. Light pepper. A little wet cardboard. Mouthfeel is very prickly with carbonation. Body is light-medium. Just a little charged and gaseous in the mouth, but not overboard. Average Tripel and not one I'll seek out again.

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