Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)
Brouwerij Corsendonk

Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)
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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #35
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,355
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 10.78%
Reviews:
518
Ratings:
1,005
From:
Brouwerij Corsendonk
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  40
Gots
  139
SCORE
89
Very Good
Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)
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Reviews: 518 | Ratings: 1,005
Photo of jzlyo
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is spices, slight white bread and Belgian yeast. The flavor is fruit/lemon, malts, Belgian yeast, spices, slightly tart/tangy in the middle and a mildly sweet finish.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brassy golden with a thick foamy and fluffy white head. It lingers for a while and then dissipates and leaves a nice frothy cap. The lacing coats the glass like a bubble bath.
In the nose there is a sweet honey and graham cracker like malt aroma along with a mild funky and earthy backdrop. The spices and floral aroma begin to come out strongly halfway through. Peppery, coriander, minty and perfumy.
The taste is aligned with the aroma in that it is sweet, honey and graham cracker like on the tongue. The finish is peppery and dry for balance. Medium bodied with gentle but slightly tingly carbonation. Very easy to put away.
A nice tripel that is perhaps on the lighter side, but tasty nevertheless.

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Photo of KonigObHops
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured a bright golden wheat color with an ivory head that was about two finger-widths thick. There was a lot of lacing.

The aroma is earthy with a strong hop head, but also has citrus tones and a hint of banana.

The initial taste is biscuity and hoppy. In the middle, it is almost as if the favor fades, and there is a momentary taste vacuum. At the end some slight citrus flavor comes forward.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp... You could drink this tripel very quickly if you were not careful. There was a lot of carbonation.

Corsendonk is my favorite brewery, but this tripel is rather lackluster. Many tripels taste almost like candy due to the alcohol content and some fruitier notes, but this one is pretty bland. I would go with their evil are pale ale over their tripel any day.

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Photo of Dzu
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33l bottle into chalice.
L: Turbid amber color with a beautiful white foam head.
S: Orange, sweet fruits. Pleasant aroma.
T: Light fruits, lime, pleasant bittersweet.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Classic tripel. Very good to start.

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Photo of Zet
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very lively tripel, with a pale golden colour and lots of bobbles, resulting in an impressive head of foam. This seem to block the smell of citric and malt a bit though. Taste is vineous and earthy, not as fruity as the average tripel. Very balanced, though complexity is a bit lacking. Nice tripel nonetheless.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2016-04-24 in Columbia, PA from a 350ml bottle.

A - Golden-orange with a 3-finger fluffy white head that sticks around with good lace

S - Perfume, bread, orange, coriander, clove and other spices. Pleasant.

T - Orange, butterscotch, some banana, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, lightly toasted bread, very mild bitterness.

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Lightly syrupy at first then dry.

O - Didn't know what to expect and was quite pleased with the fresh, spicy, balanced flavor. Rich tasting without being heavy-handed. Will have this again.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As I finish this below-average batch of my winter soup, I know I will have difficulty repeating this moment because Corsendonk's tripel has made the experience excellent. The reason is simple: I can always make this below-average soup, I can only rarely find Agnus Dei to make my cooking better. For this feat, I offer this rating and review.

Drinking Agnus Dei stimulates my lurking theory: that the new entries to the tripel style have taken on more alcohol and spices so that they can compete with the masters (and make up for that which they do not yet know.) When in fact, the mere 7.5% of Agnus Dei is that its secret yeast makes alcohol and spices a less-necessary camouflage. This is among the Top 10 of the most balanced and soft ales I have Had in my long career.

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium" MJ confirms that "it is of the Tripel family" with "a clear, yeasty, bouquet that is surprisingly light, textured with a great deal of finesse: beginning flowery and developing into a delicately dry finish."

I couldn't have said it better myself. But, he forgot to add that it makes an average kitchen seem good.

7/19/19 Had again. In the only time I can remember in the three years that I started editing my reviews, I did not edit this one. In part because the central message is clear: Belgians do not stand on their own as well as they stand next to food. And Agnus Dei stands well by both, but the later is harder to do. Paired with summer leftovers on a hot day. Multiple forms of relief... from the heat, tasteless food and a lousy week. Is Agnus Dei "the lamb of God"?
I also went on the Corsendonk website and it is simple as expected from a monastic order: but I learned more about their ales that don't get distributed here... and I wish they did. I also learned that the brewer recommends pairing Agnus Dei with mussels. Oh well... there is always next time, maybe even in Oud-Turnhout !

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Photo of Dentist666
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint.
Pours clear golden with abundance of white head, excellent retention.
Smell - not so intense, spices, pear, lemon, yeasts.
Taste - spicy, lemony, peppery
Medium body, high level of carbonation, surprisingly drinkable. Hidden alcohol.
Masterpiece of clean abbey tripel - restrained in side-hues, but still complex.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A weaker sister of this style, this triple relies heavily on bread, with banana notes, which left me mostly unsatisfied.
No harm, no foul but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of StephenHerdman
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden colour with an aggressive head but quickly dissipates. Smell is light and zesty, matching the taste with crisp lemon flavours and a persistant acidic aftertaste. Mouth feel is light and highly carbonated. A good tripel.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It seems the bottle art and labeling has changed since this picture was uploaded, so it has some BAers a bit confused and someone created a separate tripel. My guess is there is only one Agnus, the pale ale and tripel are the same thing.

Bright clear golden yellow, with a big foamy head that slowly dissipates. Persistent carbonation, with a slow and wide distribution of bubbles all throughout the glass, as opposed to just up the middle. After it sits in the glass for a good period it becomes very cloudy.

Aromas of lemon, bright crisp yeast, and maybe some honey and wildflower.

These aromas are accompanied with the taste of naturally developed hints of pepper and coriander without the overpowering flavor of them being added after the fact.

Quite an effervescent mouthfeel.

Listed as only 7.5%, but the bottle conditioning seems to have allowed for some growth on that front. Booze is not apparent, but the aftereffects are feeling quite nice.

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Photo of WellRested518
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let it be known that I don't like MOST trippel's.
Look up^. Cool.

L- Subpar. Cloudy off-gold with a thin crown. I will say that the initial carb screamed of effervescence. Those little scrubbing bubbles always put a smile on my face.

S- The obvious banana & clove seem restrained here, which I really enjoy. I get more candied orange, fresh-pressed cider, pear, coriander, & earthy hops than anything. The grist is also evident, with some biscuit & sweet corn.

T/M/O- More of the candied ginger/orange makes an appearance with a backing of earthy hops. Some citrus with a mild astringency make this a really easy drink. The finish is smooth with an off-dry overtone that just begs for another sip. For me, the subtlety of this trippel makes it world-class.

It's like wearing your favorite pair of jeans to the club. Sure you seem under-dressed, but in the end you're the only person that can have a real conversation. Perks of being a wallflower, I guess.

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Photo of fx20736
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought a single bottle from AJ's Beer Warehouse on 11/21/15. Served chilled in a Duvel tulip.

Look: honey amber, thin white head

Smell: mild medicinal yeast

Taste: bready with a light clove/ pepper finish

Feel: a little thin

Overall: disappointing

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Photo of keithmurray
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - cloudy straw colored body with white head

Smell - ginger, coriander, pear, Apple

Taste - ginger, coriander, pear, apple

Mouthfeel - medium body, high carbonation, spicy upfront, slightly astringent/bitter on the finish

Overall - middle of the road beer for the style that doesn't endear itself to a revisit

Price Point - $3.79/11.2 oz single

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden with a velvety head. Smell of butterscotch. Taste of caramel. Mouthfeel is chewy and smooth. Nice and drinkable, slick and slippery.

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Photo of Wanne
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored beer, with a white head. Standard aroma of cereal from the malt, bit of grass from the hops. Refreshing taste, some grass and herbs. Not a bad tripel, but not mind-blowing as well.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good Tripel. Lighter in .abv than some. Can be enjoyed at any time. Pours a light apricot color into a pint glass. Big, well carbonated bubbly head that fades to a covering of the glass. Good Tripel aroma. Light fruit (apples and pears), Belgian yeast and a little peppery spicing. Taste is good as well. The fruit and yeast are just right with a note of pepper. Mouthfeel is rich. Carbonation level is good. No hint of alcohol and the spices are just right. Not the best Tripel I ever had but a good one all the same.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SRM 3-4, almost clear with three fingers of dense creamy white head that lasts an eternity. The head eventually becomes a pillow, while leaving thick, sticky lace above a continuous curtain of tiny carbonation rising from within.

The Corsendonk tulip glass focuses fruity, funky yeast with delicate horse blanket character. Fresh, zesty spice and floral perfume occupy the middle space, while clove and tangerine bring up the rear.

This ale is crisp, clean and delicate in flavor. While it tiers between sweet, tart, and bitter, the light acidity ties it all together.Lemon highlights a long mild finish with acidic and tart notes.

Refreshingly light-to-medium body with a nylon texture and slightly warming alcohol. Carbonation is explosive and the finish is quite dry.

This is another good beer for contemplation while waiting for dinner and would pair nicely with brie or gorgonzola.

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Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick two fingers head with medium retention.
Nice aroma with notes of honey, green apples, orange marmalade, lemon drops, white grapes, cloves and mild banana.
Flavor with notes of spices (ginger, white pepper), white wine, lemon soda, green apples, just a hint of oranges, pineapple juice and Band-Aid. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with appropriate effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is very well disguised.
This was nice, an optimum attenuated Tripel with phenolic predominating over esters.

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Photo of Agent1
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Excellent lacing. Good head retention. Bright white head with active carbonation. Pale orange/ gold.

Smell - Reminds me of Westmalle Tripel. Lots of white bread and lemon on the nose. Coriander, orange, apricot, pineapple, caramel and traditional Belgian spices. Nothing too unique here.

Taste - Vanilla forward. Quite sweet. Butterscotch is quite strong, helping this stand out among other Tripels from the same region. Nice coriander spice, dry orange peel, classic Belgian yeast and hops, caramel, lemon, fig jam and other subtle spices. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - Amazing. Possibly this ale's strongest characteristic. Highly carbonated, and therefore very sharp/ crisp. Great feel all across the palate.

Overall - This is a very nice Belgian Tripel. It amazes me to think that so many people go out and buy "Belgian-style" beers made by American and Canadian breweries when there are so many unknown Belgian breweries like Corsendonk out there doing a much better job. This is very true to the traditional Tripel style, but also fairly unique in that it's a tad more rich/ sweet, a little less dry, and boasts original flavors of butterscotch. A very nice Tripel!

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Photo of DeepBrew
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into goblet.

A: Hazy golden with medium wight foam, short retention and spotty lacing

S: Yeast, spice, honey and malt

T: Taste follows the smell with malt forward, spice and slight bitter trailing

M: Medium mouthfeel, satisfying carbonation

O: Very solid tripel, drinks great

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Photo of JMS1512
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Such a positive and religious sounding beer, I found it a little unsettling to pour it (with vigor) into my Lucifer snifter. Ah, the ironies.

Look: Fluffy, stark white top-hat of foam. That eventually settles down. A touch hazy, displaying tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Hues of tangerine/nectarine or perhaps, more mundanely, No. 2 Ticonderoga pencil.

Spicy, zesty, florally, bright aroma. A hint of bubblegum from the yeast. Only the slightest suggestion of hops.

Taste: Oh, yeah. I’d say right on the mark for flavor expectations. Sweet malty front, moving into a spicy, fruit middle. It ends grainy, drying with a crisp finish. This guy is like a string quartet hired for an upscale, low-key affair: everything works in quiet harmony to put together something greater than the sum of its parts. A death metal concert, this is not… that’s later.

Feel: Medium or medium minus body, but great prickly carbonation. Not profoundly coating on the tongue, though certainly nice and a good example of the style.

Overall: Great, approachable offering from Corsendonk. This brew reminds me why I love tripels so much, and Belgian beer in general.

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Photo of drmeto
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

T:
-very grassy,lemon upfront
-then a very spicy pepper & Coriander note
-honey,earthy notes
-well carbonated
-sweet and spicy finish with a mild hop bitterness
O:
Not outstanding, but pretty good

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Photo of flyingpig
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£2.49):
This one is another very nice Belgian beer that goes down a treat. The beer is quite fruity and lively with an excellent balance but perhaps falls just short of being a classic, only just though and that's probably just because some of the other Abbey tripels I've tried have set the bar so high. I definitely liked this one more than I thought I would but again sadly it's probably not one I'd pick up again unless I stumbled across in a bar which is quite unlikely as it stands.

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Photo of csrbv
4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
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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Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale) from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1005 ratings