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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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeasty smell, a nice yeasty head for a few minutes after the pour. Creamy smooth in the drink but with metallic in the finish and real metal and dry aftertaste. Coriander and a spot of more potent spice, though not complex. Medium mouthfeel. Another bottle two years later, light yelow with much head. All yeast story.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at The Belgians Are Coming held in Old Town Newhall in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice floral presence that comes through especially well in the aroma.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours a clear golden yellow color. White head with medium retention.

Aromas are of sugar, honey, malt, and yeast. A little bready but only if you really look for it.

Tate is sweet, malty, bitter, spicy, and a tiny bit boozy. The spice and the bitterness were a nice break from all the sweeter simpler brews of the evening.

Medium body and carbonation, quite drinkable.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a muddy looking golden color with a white head on top. The head settles a little bit but keep a white cap on top of the beer. The smell of the beer gives off some soft Belgian yeast aromas, some bread and grains with just a hint of spice also. The taste of the beer is sweet and had a good bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied and has a good softness to it. Overall it's good brew once it warms up a bit.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that took a very long time to die down but never completely faded away, also leaving lots of lacing around the edges of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of yeast in the nose along with some notes of bananas and peppery spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has a slight amount of sweetness. The flavors of spices aren’t that strong but are most noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer finishes dry.
O: I thought that this beer was a solid representation of the style and rather easy to drink, especially when compared to other tripels.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After the Corsendonk Brown, I expected a tremendous beer out of this one, especially since I am a huge Trippel fan. The straw to yellow color is on target. Nice carbonation, white head and incredible retention and lacing. Aroms are subdued, but nice. Fresh fruits, honey, chardonay like, mildly tart, and perfumy alcohol woven around peppery spices. The taste was a slight let down. It becomes a little too chardonay like. Less malty sweetness than I expected and a lower body too. All of the tartness of lemons, grapefruit, white grapes, and pears that I like, but lacks a bit of round sweetness going into the body. Remains alcoholic and perhaps a little phenolic. I think in their attempt for greater alcohol, they lost body and smoothness. Still, a world class beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part 2 of the Corsendonk gift pack.

This beer pours a hazy golden orange colour, with a finger or so of thin, puffy white head, which leaves a small ring of lace around the glass, of which there are floaties milling about in the eddies at the base. It smells of cloves, banana, coriander, citrus, bread yeast, and a bit of alcohol. The taste is lemon citrus, biscuit grain, yeast, some booze warming, and moderately bitter floral hops. The carbonation is a bit high, the body medium weighted, and a bit creamy, and it finishes dry.

A bit difficult to drink - the flavours seem somewhat out of whack, and the alcohol isn't particularly well integrated. I think I like the Pater dubbel better.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy head that retains reasonably well and leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: Bready and yeasty, with the vaguest of hints of candi sugar, white pepper, banana and allspice

Taste: Sweet and bready, up front, with all of the flavors from the aroma, along with a brisk peppery zip on the back of the tongue; after the swallow, the candi sugar and peppery flavors rack it up a notch; slight vegetal and metallic aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Although both the aroma and flavor is rather restrained for a tripel, the lack of complexity actual makes the beer all the more drinkable

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow ale with a super huge white foamy head with great retention. Aroma of sweet fruit with some very perfumy hops and a distinctive yeast presence. Taste is a nice mix of sweet malt with a floral and sweet qualities to it, subtle spices presence with some interesting yeast signature with a somewhat dry finish. Body is a bit lighter then expected. Very nice example of the style.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden hue with a three-finger, fluffy, white head of thick foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled funky and a little like a band aid. There was a fairly strong yeast aroma, too.

T - It tasted spicy and yeasty. A touch of sour funkiness with a caramel and grain backbone that adds needed sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a very dry finish. A light to medium bodied tripel with a slight alcohol warmth.

D - This is a pretty good tripel that is easy drinking and hides it potency quite well.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to WhyBeNormal for sending this bottle to me in the N00B BIF. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pour brings a light golden color that is mostly transparent with a several-finger white head. Good retention and quite a bit of lacing as it goes down. Thin cap and a good collar. The nose brings hay and some light earthiness along with some grain and a bit of floral hop character. Flavor is light and refreshing with hay and grain plus some mild bitterness and a bit of a floral quality. Pretty clean, yet fairly uneventful. Mouthfeel is a bit thin with good carbonation. Good beer overall. Quite nice. Thanks again.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 11/22/2013. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, floral, grass, pepper, light honey, bread, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, grape, light honey, floral, grass, bread, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, bread, light honey, floral, light pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, earthy hop, and yeast flavors; with a nice fruity/malt balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel and is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice tripel style. All around nice balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a big, two finger head of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, golden body. The head is supported by streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass and settles very slowly, leaving moderate lace as it goes.

S - A light aroma of bready malt with some spicy hop notes. A little bit of fruity pear in the background from the yeast.

T - Lightly sweet, biscuity malt up front with some fruity yeast. Light, herbal hops appear in the middle and interacts nicely with an emerging note of pilsner malt honey. Fruity pear and vanilla notes become more prominent in the finish along with a lingering note of dry, rich malt and well though out herbal hops. The fruity yeast notes linger along with the hops after the beer is gone and fade slowly.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a nice, dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, the flavor profile of this beer is subtle and perfectly balanced. Each of the primary elements of this beers flavor, malt, hops, and yeast, is present in just the right amount and at just the right time. The hops compliment the rich, continental malt very nicely and the yeast is just strong enough to set things off and mark this as a proper belgian beer. A true classic, I have often overlooked this beer because it is so readily available and offers no thrill when I see it on a store shelf. Having it again for the first time in several years, I am reminded that it is a better beer than many other, rarer, examples of its style.

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Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first Belgian style-Pale Ale from Belgium I have had.Good floral aroma,real yeasty and fruity flavor.High alcohol content but real easy to drink,became stronger as it warmed.

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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 ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.3L - $7.00 served up in the appropriate Corsendonk glassware at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, golden-orange body with a frothy, white head.

Smell: Pleasant, inviting aroma of sweet-scented honey, ground peppery spices, chilled fruit juices, and flowers.

Taste: Honeyish candy quality with a light, light touch of breadiness. Fruity, juicy blend of fresh pears and apricots. Meager dusting of earthy spices. Light, understated bitterness. Soft floral tones throughout. Serves up a teaspoon of fruit puree on the drying, lightly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Delicate stickiness to the overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Who knew beers named after old ladies could be so lively, so spry, so invigorating. Not me!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bold goldenrod with the usual flurry of bubbles creating the usual massive crown of foam. The manila colored cap is frothyfirm and something less than sticky. It doesn't possess much of that Belgian magnificence as it melts and doesn't leave much in the way of glass coverage.

The nose gets things back on track. Although it could use a little more power, I can't fault the sun-ripened orchard fruitiness complemented by a modest sprinkling of spice. It's hard to tell from the aroma alone if the beer will be predominantly sweet, predominantly bitter and dry, or a combination of both. I guess that's what the taste buds are for.

I like the first half of each mouthful better than the last half. Abbey Pale Ale starts out like any other well-brewed tripel, with a mixture of pale malt, barely ripe apples and pears, and clove spice. It finishes as crisp and as dry as any beer of this style that I can recall. The net effect is a lack of complexity due to a premature evaporation of what should be lingering flavors. And there's nothing worse than premature evaporation.

Obviously, that last statement was a joke because this isn't bad beer by any stretch of the imagination. I like each ounce better than the one that came before, but it still doesn't give the world's best tripels (or Belgium's best... same thing) a run for their money. A little more candi sugar would a long, long way.

The failure to create and sustain a proper Belgian ale chapeau should have been my first clue that the mouthfeel would be less than stupendous. I don't mind the light-medium heft one little bit, but the bubbles are slightly too aggressive when they contact the tongue... at which point they die too quickly. As a result, the beer has less creaminess and less expansiveness than it might have. Since the bar is high here, I'm still going with an above average score.

I don't like Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale as much as I like Abbey Brown Ale and Christmas Ale, despite the fact that I've given all three identical flavor scores (Christmas Ale was my first Belgian beer and I have a sneaking suspicion that I'd score it higher nowadays). If you like a certain austere elegance from your tripels rather than the down and dirty aggressiveness of a 'Mad Bitch', give this one a whirl.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD of 11/13/09

Pours an effervescent & somewhat hazed straw color with 4+ fingers of pearl-white fluffed up head. Good head retention & so-so lacing

S: Grassy & lemony notes, plus doughiness

T: Grassyness, lemons & pepper up front, along with warming boozeyness. As this warms; grainyness, apple peel, banana, white grape, apricots& lemons as this warms. Finishes with jammy notes, white pepper, phenolic notes

MF: Slick, a little prickly, but warms throughout

Drinks alright, but a bit too complex too session on. A solid but not spectacular tripel

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although the beer is promoted as a trippel, I would say it is closer to a traditional Belgian pale ale. Moderate head given the style, nice lace. Cloudy, dark straw color.

Malty aroma with very little hop. Despite the alcohol level (7.5%), it's not discernible.

Refreshing malt flavor, low hop taste. Full bodied like most Belgians. Slightly above average carbonation.

Easily consumable, this is an excellent introduction to the Belgian world of beers. If you find this enjoyable, you'll likely find most of them delicious.

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one beer I have had the pleasure of sampling from a three liter bottle, what an awesome esperience it was delicious. Here we are on tap. Appearance: Golden amber with a very nice frothing white head, fine Belgian lacing forms looks excellent. Aroma: Candied sugar sweetness, belgian pale malts, spicy doses of hops in the air. Taste: Slightly clovey, sweetness comes in the form of an apple cider like alcohol infused soft tone lacking the alcoholic edge it once had this beer has been knocked down to 6.5%. Mouthfeel: Nice even effervescent carbonation lacks a fuller mouthfeel but still is medium bodied, not bad at all. Drinkability: Incredible a session brew if you can afford it at 7 bucks a pop, I will side with an American micro but this is very tasty and incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold and is much lighter and doesn't have the punch and flavor of the brown ale. Which is absolutely normal since this is the pale ale. Overall, pale ales are less my style and I would tend to side with the brown, which I admit I am biased towards because of personal preference. Rating it on it's style, it is very well made and is definitely worth trying. It is just not my most favorite style is all.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an official Corsendonk tulip glass.

A very VERY soapy quality head and somewhat bright white in color, sits on a simple slightly opaque lemon and gold body. Real nice looking small carbonation rising from the glass. head has some staying power while drinking, and clumps on occasion while consuming.

Nose has some faint malt, fresh grain and a nice sense of flour. Not much esle but pretty solid.

An intersting palate composing itself as an almost "crisp" tripel. Creamy texture gives way to a real nice malt, sweetness comes in on the mid palate, with a mild honey/sugar. Playfully carbonated but not taking away any of the beers flavor. Some slight gas sensations. As beer warms, palate finishes with some soft peach like fruit and butter.

Overall a great tasting tripel.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best before 06/12/08 (not sure if that is international/European or American order, but tasted well-ahead in either case), poured into a tulip glass:

Pours slightly hazed golden yellow with a large towering head that grows then just as quickly settles down to a thin lasting cover. Some spotted lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of citrus peel - orange/lemon with floral notes and bready spiciness.

The taste is of lemon/orange zest. Floral notes and candy sugar come through with some grainy maltiness and some bready spiciness. Fairly light in flavor, but what is there is pleasant enough. It finishes dry.

Light to medium bodied, bordering effervescent. It has a certain refreshing quality to it.

Not the most complex or rich tripel from Belgium, but the alcohol is well-covered and it is easy to drink. It has a nice aroma that doesn't quite translate as richly to the taste. One to choose for a milder version of the style.

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pleanty of sediment in bottle, but pours light pale and just a little cloudy. White head, tiny bubbles when it settles and leaves intricate lacing. Strong nose of melon, rubber bands and coriander. Soft on the tongue, light to medium bodied. Spicy palate, yeast, spice, melons, bubblegum. Hops very late. Crisp finish. Nice stuff, alot going on. 7.5 % well in the background. A standard and widely available Belgian, worth a try if you like the style.

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