Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale AleCorsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale

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Brouwerij Corsendonk

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of rangerred
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Very effervescent and pours up a good amount of head but doesn't have much retention. The head is a pure, but a bit sickly, pure cotton-white while the body is a dull pale amber which appears as a golden straw when held up to the light.

Nose- Starts off with rounded cloves, then moves to a mellower banana. Some notes of apple but they seem a little thin. Tasty aromas, just not very noticeable ones. Swirling shows the apple as more tart and gives the cloves and banana more presence. Solid and pretty standard for a tripel.

Taste- Very strong front of cloves but it isn't as bothersome or as ashy as many times I feel the cloves or phenols can be. Cushioned by banana which rounds it out. Some ashiness on the finish along with a tiny bit of wood. Flickers of apple and spice- some cinnamon, some basic Belgian yeast spice. This beer seems to be a bit of creeper. It didn't seem very complex at first but several notes appear after a little time. This is very accessible (very gateway) but also should please a more knowledgeable palate. Balance and integration are very good. Definitely not in the same league as a La Fin du Monde but it does get close to St. Bernardus. I certainly would take this over a Westmalle. Some straw and grain start to show up on the finish. Good to really good beer but closer to good.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with a nice smoothness. Minimal carbonation. Mouthfeel works very well with the overall flavor profile. Little bit of a dry finish. Does have a little zing that is uncomfortable at times.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and pretty accessible. The ashiness of the cloves does start to build as it opens up but it seems the straw balances it out a bit. 5 to 6 dollars seems like an okay price for a bottle but I'd probably rather have Karmeliet, Bernardus, or La Fin du Monde.

Overall- Good beer with some inclinations toward being a really good beer. Very good representation of the style which I believe could also be a good introduction. Definitely worth a try.

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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 Keith2020
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crisp but not sharp like most Belgium beers. Great, very light taste of apples and crisp fruits. It's a delicious beer that goes down easily. That's what she said. No, she did. My wife enjoyed this one as well. Beautiful solid gold color. Hold this one up to the light.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this is good. I love the Trappist ales, and while this doesn't quite measure up in my opinion to Orval, this does offer quite a lot. If you want to consider it a Tripel, which many while not since it is rather subdued and innocent, then it has some great flavor and an exceptional mouthfeel, which is creamy and yet just crisp enough. The taste consists of butter, milk, of course yeast, and some submissive hops. Overall, this is a nice fully ale that is worth the $4 for 11.2 ounces if you're looking for a yeasty but minimally hoppy beer. It's not as good as Orval, and it's not nearly as bold as most Tripels, but if you're prepared for that, then this is worth trying.

Note: It's shocking this beer is 7.5% ABV as it could easily pass for 5.0% ABV or less.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow with a white head and plenty of yeast. Aroma has yeast driven fruityness and malt sweetness. In the flavor, fruit notes of pear and apple. Dusty yeast with a firm, candi sugar like malt profile. Medium bodied and semi dry in the finish. Overall this is a good brew, and the 3 liter bottle was a nice elegant touch.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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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 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 ryan1788a5
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a Unibroue chalice.

A: Bright golden color, great clarity. The rocky white head retains at two fingers. Lacing is stubborn, sticky, and foamy.

S: Malt scents are very bready and doughy. Yeast is spicy and reminiscent of pepper and incense. Perfumey and slightly chalky. There's also a decent amount of dry, herbal and grassy hop character on the nose.

T: Yeasty and spicy up front. Lots of tropical fruit. Pineapple esters, juicy fruit gum, and perhaps even some melon. Pear and apple. The beer is bone dry as a whole. Bready and cracker malts. Herbal and peppery hops with a zesty citrus compliment come out toward the end. Alcohol spice is very well masked. Bone dry finish of earthy and subtly funky yeast, spices, and herbal hops.

M: Medium bodied. Very creamy and extremely smooth. Intense, sharp, scrubbing carbonation adds a huge crisp bite and really does a lot to enhance drinkability. Warming alcohol sensation.

O: Hoppy for a tripel. Maybe not the most complex of the style, but it's very drinkable. There's a lot to love about it.

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Photo of khmel
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into beer mug

For the sampling I left the yeast from the bottle conditioning in the bottle, but poured it into my beer about 2/3 of the way through so as to experience both aspects of it. Review from after adding the yeast will be in parentheses.

A: Slightly hazy medium golden. Abundant carbonation. Large soapy head, low retention. Average lacing (after bottom pour: VERY cloudy, like unfiltered wheat beer.)

S: Light fruit notes, predominantly banana, grape. Slight alcohol smell. (after pour: more bready/yeasty smell prevalent.)

M: High carbonation, bubbly. Light to medium bodied. Very crisp finish (after pour: denser, less crisp.)

T: Belgian yeast, bitter hops up front, malt comes out at the end with a little alcohol. (after the pour: more bitter, yeasty.)

O: Overall not a bad beer, definitely worth trying, but a little too dry for my preferences. If you get it bottled, definitely worth trying both with yeast left out and then added in.

UPDATE: I believe that when I first rated this, I hadn't sampled enough tripels to know what I was talking about. I've now sampled many and consider this a high-class tripel, far above many others. The nose is deliciously fruity with pear and apple notes, though not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is gloriously smooth for this style, definitely not light-bodied, but with a balanced, dry finish. The head had LONG retention with lots of lacing—a beautiful looking beer. Trust the bros "outstanding" rating on this one, not the user rating.

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

Appearance: Pale, orangish-gold; slightly cloudy; big head; good lacing

Aroma: Citrusy; spicy (coriander); light hints of honey

Taste: Citrus notes on start; zippy mouthfeel; slightly sweet, juicy malt on finish; pretty tasty

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with three-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple mintues. Pretty good lacing.

S: Belgian spice and yeast. Citrus, banana.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Toasted malt, sour, and Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and warm going down.

O: This is a good Tripel but not as good as Westmalle Trappist Tripel.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Style/abv: tripel/7.5%

Smell: light hue of lemon zest, ginger, and very delicate hop notes

Taste: slightly bitter malts, tart citrus fruits, with a very dry champagne-like body and taste; this beer goes down like a flowery pseudo-saison

Pairs well with aged white cheddar, figs, and black grapes--and of course toast crackers

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Photo of tviz33
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL bottle in to Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a pale straw yellow with a nice three finger white head.

S- Belgian spice, bananas, and some aged fruits.

T- Pretty standard taste for a tripel, about what I'd expect. Nothing out of the ordinary, maybe not as sweet as I'd like or expect it to be. It also seems to be a bit watery.

M- The feel is light and crisp. Very refreshing on a hot day.

O- This is enjoyable, but noticeably less complex and enjoyable than something like La Fin Du Monde. I'm still glad I gave it a shot though.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: All white thick compact head is what fills the glass. After quite some time the head settles and the liquid starts to rise; clear golden. Rich lacings.

S: Yeast and spices, sour and dry. Lots of green apples and quite some citric notes as well.

T: Dry, sour and yeasty. Malt. Sour green apples. Crisp.

M: Long sour and dry aftertaste. Body is rather light and carbonation is held back.

O: A nice Tripel, perhaps on the more sour side, but still I like it!

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Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, orange-gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: hay, apricot, and honey

Taste: big apricot, pear, hay, and honey

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight alcohol/funky bitterness, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: I really enjoyed this one. Super smooth, light, and fruity. The flavors really pop on this one. If I am looking for a beer in this style, this would be near the top of my list.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle for $3.

Matched against De Ranke Guldenberg in my personal ongoing Tripel bracket.

A: Handsome gold with a bone-white head which simmers down to a thin layer of lacing in two minutes. No visible sediment. Very active carbonation.

S: Baked pears. Light esters. Something almost vegetal and haylike. Sugar scent opens up as it warms.

T: Good, though maybe a little simplistic for the style. One of those tripels where it's tough to identify individual flavors, especially since everything is a little muted in this one.

M: Thin for a tripel, watery on the back end. Also lacking the explosive carbonation of the best examples.

O: Pleasant and subtle, but imperfect. Loses steam as it warms and the wateriness becomes apparent. The clear loser to Guldenberg in the head-to-head, though I now realize that's a poor pairing.

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Photo of ckollias
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden hue with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a slight trail and ending in a fizzy lace.

S: Strong sweet Belgian yeast aroma with fruity alcohol mix.

T: Good mix of sweet and tart in the beginning, followed by a fruity middle and hoppy tart finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Impressive tripel – great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blonde and pale. Big lacy white head. Great retention. Looks amazing.

Bready aromas with fruity esters. Gooseberry, apple, and rhubarb. Hint of coriander. Very likable.

Semi-sweet with that pomme fruit and floral spiciness. Apple, quince, gooseberry, and apricot. Light vanilla creme and some pretty staunch bitterness for a sweeter tripel.

Low carb. Wet and medium in the body. A little slick.

Quite enjoyable in my book. A tripel that I can always come back to.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into an oversized Southampton snifter at low altitude in NY. Bottle reads "Agnue Tripel Ale" in contrast to the photo here.

A: Pours a hazy dark straw color with a thick stark white head. Nice retention and a good deal of lacing here -- a good-looking beer.

S: Apple and pear notes up front with a good deal of spicy coriander and white pepper in the background. Moderate strength aroma overall and appealing.

T: Opens with pear notes, followed by a bit of coriander and a slightly peppery finish. Not overly sweet. The flavors work well together, but I find the flavors a bit subdued overall.

M: Medium-bodied with a good deal of carbonation and a dry finish. Fits the style, but nothing special.

O: A solid tripel overall with a good balance of flavors. Not quite as complex as some of the best, but a good beer overall.

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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 Marius
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Clear pale yellow with a tall white head with poor retention and visible carbonation. Citrus, yeast, a bit of bananas, honey, overripe apples, floral hops. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a honey-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of confer
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked and strapped bottle. Beautiful pale yellow, looks unfiltered. Giant white fluffy head that hangs around.
Smell is that sweet tripel aroma.
Very sweet and the sweetness grows even more in the aftertaste, not as much flavor as many other tripels.
Lots of carbonation make this beer very light. It goes down very easy. Definitely a beer to look for again. Thanks to Joe P for giving this bottle.

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Photo of IPA35
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a sample kit of Belgian beers.

Opens with a puff sound and some smoke.


A golden beer with a big head that fizzes away quickly because of my epic glass cleaning skills. Still it leaves about a pinky of head. This one is filtered or atleast without secondary fermentation in the bottle.


Smells like tripel, quite pleasant actually. Less spicy that your Westmalle Tripel and more on the pear and banana and ofcourse still rather spicy with pepper and such.


It starts out with a sweetness. Only slightly fruity. Spiciness and then a rather big bready maltiness. A malt-forward beer this one, or should I say a malt-forward style of beer? Only a light hoppy bitterness, most noticable in the aftertaste. It becomes more appearant as it warms up, revealing the tiniest hint of a sort of West Coast flavour.

Not all that complex or anything.


Medium body with lots of carbonation.


A very solid beer. Not overly special but worth a try nonetheless.

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