Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)
Brouwerij Corsendonk

Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)
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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #37
Ranked #6,584
3.99 | pDev: 10.78%
Brouwerij Corsendonk
Very Good
Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)
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Reviews: 518 | Ratings: 1,005
Photo of Florida9
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very light pale yellow in color. Forms a large foamy, but stable, white head. Lots of lacing on the way down. Aroma is somewhat subdued, but what is there is standard for the style: mostly yeastily phenols mixed with a light sweetness and some floral citrus. Taste is likewise typical for the style. Most yeasty phenols, a touch of band-aid, moderate sweetness, and some orangey citrus. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Mild bitterness.

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Photo of seedyone
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
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 TheMcCollums
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was one of the first tripels that I had, and I was impressed by the depth of flavor. The aroma was fragrant and full of delightful spice, as was the beer itself. The mouthfeel was one of the best parts; nice carbonation, and full-bodied without seeming dense or heavy. Words I would use include spicy and nutty, with a lovely long finish and little bitterness or sourness to speak of. I have not had many tripels yet, but would recommend this beer to anyone who was interested in a moderately complex and tasty sipping beer. Would certainly buy again.

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Photo of dougbassett
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #50 of the ones I've reviewed here.

There are a few Belgians that, at least in my neck of the woods (Philadelphia) seem to be omnipresent. I don't know why, they're not necessarily better or worse than any other Belgians, but for whatever reason if a bar or a restaurant or a beer store sells Belgians, they'll have these. Maybe its distribution?

One Belgian you can find throughout Philadelphia is Corsendonk, both it's dubbel and tripel. I had the dubbel yesterday and rather liked it, its a little less sweet and more "bracing" than other dubbels I've tried.

The one in the "1001" book is this, though, the tripel. Pours really wonderfully, a sort of brownish yellow that I suspect is hard to come by, because I don't see it all that often in tripels. The nose is flat, biggest disappointment of the beer IMHO, although after a bit you'll get dried fruits, alchohol, some citrus, a bit of honey. Mouthfeel is exceptionally soft, almost silky, though somehow it manages to retain its effervescence in the glass, no mean trick.

The flavors are about what you'd expect for the style: dried fruit (especially raisins or prunes), some xmas spice, a bit of citrus. A dry blast at the end makes this a bit crisper than other beers in the style (their dubbel has something of the same effect).

While I do think the nose is deficient all in all I think this is one of the better tripels out there, nothing overwhelmingly fancy but exceptionally well-made. Arguably a good entry point into the style, actually, due to its intrinsic competency.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip. Nice coloring, slightly hazy orange to golden amber, with a quickly dissipating two finger head. Aroma is grass and wheat. Taste increased in complexity as I drank the beer, I got a strong malt kick on my first sip and after a few more started picking up the wisps of fruit like pear apple and raisin. Towards the end I even started to pick up some honey and citrus. Overall an awesome

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

Pale and golden with a lively white head. Hints of light fruits, some pears, white grapes, orange peels, and a touch of yeasty bread. A bit of clove as well. Very classic Belgian pale ale and tripel flavor. Goes well with a flaky white fleshed fish with butter and rosemary. Effervescent and light, this beer makes for a nice compliment with dinner.

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Photo of dank203
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

big yeast funk, spice, orange slice, everything nice. solid tripel, loads of carbonation making for fun excess swirling, cool bottle, at first it seems less tinted but its just lack of a paper label, lets some more light in but at least it isn't a green bottle. look forward to more from this brouwerij. this is close to westmalle but it doesn't pack the same punch

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

11.2oz bottle (stamp on label = 14/02/15 H 12:29) poured into a Tulip glass. Slow pour to leave the yeast sediment behind. Was mostly successful on the pour - only a tiny bit came along.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a hint of brown/grey tint to it. Beer glows a bit the way it defracts the light. Thin off-white rocky head that died back to a ring at the edge of the glass. Some islands and strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Fruit/berries, sweet, and a hint of banana. Just a hint of citrus too as the beer warms up.

Taste: Crisp, sweet, hint of honey and apple, with a strong herbal / spicy finish of German style noble hops.

Mouthfeel: Robust, but not fizzy, carbonation that scrubs the palate. Tiny bit sticking to the teeth. Nice thickness under it all.

Overall / Drinkability: A definite sipping beer, but I wish I had a larger bottle, so good marks for drinkability. Good with a meal (fish and green beans) but I think it would hold up all on its own....although I think it would always be better with some food. I can't quite put my finger on it, but a beer like this seems best with food. By itself it does quite well, but I think more of the flavors are notable with food to contrast against. A solidly outstanding beer.

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Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light lemon-yellow color with a 1/2 finger head in a Trappist glass.

Immediate stone fruit aroma- peaches and more. As the beer warmed up, more spice,and more prominent in the balance of aromatics. Stone fruit aroma and taste are less common in a tripel.

The mouth feel was not too carbonated. This transitioned well into the taste which continued with
stone fruits: peaches and apricots.

The finish rounds off the beer: dry and perfect accompaniment to the fruit-spice character of the aroma/taste.

Overall: I really enjoyed this Belgian Tripel. Different than others in the style.

Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Photo of JCarey
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I found this hidden between some American 'Abbey' style beers at my local Wine and Beer shop. Seeing as how I'm on a Belgian kick as of late I figured I would try one from Belgium to see how they stack up against their American hybrids.

Golden, tan hay-like color, slight haze, with vigorous head that attacks my tulip glass like a Belgian should. Long lasting thick lacing and cap.

It took me a while to get anything out of the aroma, but now that the head has died down substantially and I've drank a bit of it I'm getting a nice, strong Belgiany smell. More farmhousey than it's American brothers, with a strong green fruit presence. Like a dry champagne with malt. Nice breadiness to the aroma, as well, which I love.

Taste is a super clean, pale Belgian. Right away I can recognize the differences between this and an American BPA/Tripel. Slightly drier, more robust yeast and malts, less hop presence but with a nice bitterness that you would expect. Nice yeast spiciness without the feeling of being a 'Spiced Belgian' beer. Bready, nutty, and fruity, this would go great with some fresh pears, goat cheese, and good sourdough bread.

Mouthfeel is a reminder of the effervescence, with a light and tingly character from the dryness.

Superb brew with some good live yeast in the bottle. I could see this doing well as a Cellar beer, and I will be picking up another bottle. Belgium does make some fine beers, and there are plenty of American brews up to the task of taking them on in their own game.

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Photo of rangerred
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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 -2.3%
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 -33.8%
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 +2.3%
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 +8.8%
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 +3.5%
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 -4.3%
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 +0.3%
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 -2.5%
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 +5.5%
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 +5%
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 -6%
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 +9.3%
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 -3.3%
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 -1.5%
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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Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale) from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1005 ratings