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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2001

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Photo of IronLover
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow with a slight haze and a big dense foamy Belgian head. Lively carbonation that adds to the spicey /peppery flavor. Fruity apple and sweet malty aromas. Flavors aplenty with a sweet maltiness in the beginning, a spicy, peppery middle and a hoppy citrus lemon finish. A fairly dry finish but with some bitter aftertaste. Lots of different things goings on here. All kinds of aromas and flavors along with the beautiful look of a Belgian ale. The higher ABV is not at all noticeable.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a tight head of bubbles of pure white, about two fingers... yellow orange and a bit cloudy. nose of belgian sugar cane blended nicely with the malt. heavy floral, lillies and lavender, pine wonderful blend. no overall sugar sweet. a tad bitter dry finish with some straw qualities of munich malt. mild citrus honey. i nice triple for those that are turned off by the sugariness of belgian beer.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corsendonk Agnus. My 1st serious encounter with it.

Initial golden clear, big soapy head disappearing quickly, modest carbonation.
Smell is malty, yeasty and spicy.
Equal taste, like a classic triple: malty, hoppy(pine and citrus) and spicy. Not sweet but bitter aftertaste: dry finish.

Very decent tripel: refreshing and complex at the same time.

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Photo of argock
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by 18/01/12 on neck label. Purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with 2-3 finger big-bubbled head with decent retention and a few spots of crispy lace around the top of the glass.

S: Strong green apple, pear, and clove spice mingle with light herbal hops and some husky grain with warming.

T: Very clean and dry overall with light fruity flavors of apple, pear, and green grape dominate but give some way with warming to some husky grain flavors and herbal hops.

M: Very highly carbonated which is a bit prickly and detracts from the smoothness.

D: A good brew that treads the line of tripel and Belgian pale ale which is definitely better tasted with some warming to bring out more malt complexity and gives the carbonation a chance to tone down. Decent but a little lackluster. I like the Corsendonk Brown Ale better.

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Photo of tchenery
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer looks great. Very bubbly and fully carbonated. I don't think this head is going anywhere. It is a very light straw colored yellow. It looks extremely refreshing and inviting.

The smell is a little on the 'old pilsener' side, but it still smells good. It definitely has that Belgian taste of very bubbly and light with a slight warming feel to it. The light pale malt shines through for me with a slight hop bitterness on the tail end that is masked fairly well by the carbonation and bubbles. It does leave your tongue a with a little burn though which is actually quite nice.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, but dry. This is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of tjd112
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into Corsendonk tulip

Appearance - Golden colour body, white head, with some lacing and head retention

Smell - A degree of hoppiness

Taste - Hoppiness, with a touch of apricot and butteriness

Mouthfeel - Light to medium

Drinkability - Very

Overall - A solid beer

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Photo of Thiestru
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750-ml. bottle into my Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy golden with an insane 2 1/2 finger head... that stays there. Seriously, crazy retention.

Smell: Belgian yeasts and fruit. Yum!

Taste: A non-cloying fruity sweetness and that distinctive Belgian yeasty maltiness. A bit of tartness.

Mouthfeel: Good, but not quite as thick as I expected. Very slightly watery, but it goes down well.

Drinkability: A 750-ml. bottle is plenty for me, but I enjoy drinking it. It's refreshing and tasty.

It's been too long since I last had Corsendonk's brown ale, so I don't know how this compares, but this stands well on its own, if not absolutely world-class like Chimay Blue. Recommended.

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Photo of Vixie
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow with a huge white head. Reminds of how Duvel looks, but with a deeper color.

Smell is very lemony, reminds me a bit of lemon scented furniture polish. There's a bit of grass in there as well, and maybe just a hint of the malt.

it tastes a lot like it smells, the first thing to hit is a lemony citrus. I can also detect some orange, as well as a bit of a peppery spice. The finish has a bit of a floral hops taste to it.

Not sure if it's the carbonation or the citrus notes, but this is one of the better mouthfeels I've had from this style. It's a bit like a carbonated soft drink in that you get that burning sensation on the tongue.

Overall I really liked this one. It is a bit unusual in the amount of citrus flavor it contains, but I feel it worked in this case. The spice and hints of hops at the end helped balance, keeping it from being too sweet.

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Photo of animal69
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviwed on 5/02/2010

A- pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow-gold w/ all kinds of particulates churning with the carbonation, would have given a 3.0 if not for the fairly rocky, long lasting white head, getting kinda sick of "chunky" belgians

S- smell is typical belgian, green fruits and beady malts up front, a bit of a sour, vinous grape-like note mixed w/ grassy hops and a touch of that belgian yeast "funk" as it warms, little to no alcohol detected

T- taste is similar to smell with more bready malt than green fruit(apple/pear?), a bit tart w/ some "herbal" hops providing more flavor than bitterness, nicely balanced trippel, i get just a touch of lightly toasted nuts and some mineral/metal as well, finishes quite clean & crisp

M- a dry, light-med. body on this one with tons of co2, the little pieces of "stuff" was a bit off-putting, but not enough to detract here

D- a nice drinker by all means, and a very nice trippel, just still kinda weird drinking the solid particles, i had to take off for it somewhere

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Photo of benfons
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear blonde, big head that stays, looks great.

S: Bread, hoppy, some citrus, some spices.

T: Bread/grain, spices, and a hint of citrus and rock candy. Very hoppy aftertaste.

M/D: Alcohol level is right, carbonation is as it should be.

Overall a good beer, altough not the best of its kind.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours into a tulip glass a hazed pale yellow with a thick pure white head; billowing from the top of the glass.

The smell here is tangy with peppery notes. Very earthy yeast aromas along with a lemon/orange citrus note, bananas, grapefruit, and other fruity esters playfully waft through the nose.

The earthy tastes of the yeast are upfront for me in the taste. Following is a crisp orange flavor, and an intensely clean malt taste. Sweet, spicy, and simple, this beer is just plain good.

Mouthfeel is medium with fairly intense carbonation (par for the style) and excellent drinkability.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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 bort11
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, poured into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale tulip. Tall fluffy and light white head that has solid staying power. Wispy lacing sticks to the edges of the glass. Body color is a light straw yellow, good clarity through the body. Streamers of carbonation spiral from the bottom to the top.

Smell is very mild, slightly musty and dry. Sure sign of Belgian yeast. Other aromas include lemon grass and a little honey. Taste is more pronounced. Still very dry and crisp. Lots of lemon peel, lemon grass, a little coriander and green grass. Very light touches here and there.

Mouthfeel is very light and fluffy, with a dry and clean finish. Goes down very smooth and very drinkable. Even though the ABV is a little higher, it is still very refreshing on a warm night.

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden wheat color that is slightly cloudy and pretty heavily carbonated, leading to a huge 3 inch head that I've come to expect from some of these Belgians. Decent retention, but lacing leaves something to be desired. Pretty good looking beer though.

A nice fruitiness comprised of apples, pears, and bananas greets the nose, followed by a bit of spice and clove. Not the strongest nose, but the sweet-spicy combo makes up for it.

The flavor mirrors the nose, pretty much to a T. Not the strongest I've tasted, but this is a good Tripel. Pears, apples, bananas, and clove and spice. The flavor starts out running strong, then fades away before you can swallow, so that takes a couple points away.

Highly carbonated, but with a light body and semi-crispy feel on the tongue. Still, instant rush of sharp carbonation takes away from the feel a bit.

Overall, this isn't a bad Tripel, just not the best that I've had. All the ingredients are there for a great beer, it just falls a bit short because of minor flaws here and there. Make no mistake, though, this is still a tasty beer that I'll have no problem finishing.

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Photo of drtth
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Corsendonk tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is slightly hazy apricot color with a ½" creamy fine bubbled off-white head that leaves foam on the sides as it recedes to about ¼" and then remains at that thickness for a while, fed by the steady streams of effervescent carbonation. Sipping leaves interesting patterns of lacing that are a combination of small patches, speckles and leggy trails. Even during the last 1/3 of the beer there is a 1/8" head that leaves a sheet of foam and lacing when sipping.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and clean with touches of white pepper and citrus zest, mostly lemon and orange.

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from the nose, there is a bit of spicy pepper flavor but mostly the flavors are orange and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with lots of prickly carbonation. The finish is medium long and ends in zesty citric bitterness.

Drinkability: Well this is an OK beer, but I'm not thinking I'll be having another unless it is with food. The flavors are a bit simple and one dimensional and by the end of the beer it's a bit too much like drinking orange soda bittered with zest.

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

Pours hazy amber gold with a huge 2-3 inch foamy white head (depending on the pour) that lasts for a long time, leaves mushroom cloud sculptures and has great lacing and sticks to the glass.

Smells of yeast, malt, sweet sugar cane, orange peel, pepper and spices. A very inviting nose that always smells good - I can say this as I've had this beer many times prior to this review.

Tastes of wheat, grains, honey, malt, grass, orange peel, pepper, mild spices like cinnamon and cumin, lemon zest, a subtle malt sweetness and whole wheat bread that's soft and moist. Could be some clove mixed in as well as some other fruit and hops. Really nice flavor that has a mix of all the beer basics and spices.

Medium to high carbonation, with typical Belgian taste of strong yeast, malt and a slight alcohol kick. The mouthfeel is light and on the creamy side, and the finish borders on bitter, with the citrus notes dragging out in a good way.

Very tasty, a very good and well balanced beer that gets more flavorful as it warms. A definite recommendation.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Disclaimer: I have been trying to get into Belgians for quite some time and have yet to have one that really impresses me; until now.

Freshness date on bottle reads 20/02/10= Feb. 20, 2010.

Review on 3/10/10 poured from bottle to my trusty tulip.

Amazing "pillowy" head, bright straw color, lots of "floaties".

thin body, crisp and clean with a rabid carbonation with a great frothy mouthfeel.

Mild candied sugar and spice up front with a beautiful citrus (orange) hop presence with mild undertones of a grassy hop as well.
Finishes the same with a mild bitterness and lingering flavors previously listed. Hides alcohol amazingly well.

So easy to drink and so tasty, wish I had another. This beer was given as a gift and I look forward to finding one that isn't past it's freshness date!

I wonder how much better it can get...

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden/straw color with large bubbled white head, but the head wasn't very thick and lacked good retention. Nose has musty fruits. On the palate there's a fruit syrupy sweetness up front, then a honeyed-Champagne like middle to finish with a lot of carbonation and a woody-metallic tang at the end. Certainly not a sessionable beer for me but not bad on the drinkability.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden color with a large, but relatively thin looking white head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lace.

Smell: Heavy yeast, with some grain and citrus notes.

Taste: Begins with sweet fruit flavors, finishing with heavy yeast flavors and citric tinged bitterness. Lingering, bready bitterness in the back of the mouth. Lighter and a bit sweeter than other tripels I've had.

Mouthfeel: Thicker body with stimulating carbonation and a dry finish. Carbonation is a bit heavy.

Drinkability: Not the best example of a tripel available, but this beer holds its own. Still a savory beer and definitely an easier drink than many tripels.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C. Super Cloudy
H. Golden yellow
N. Wheat and Lemon

Higher carbonation on the front that hits you like a fresh can of soda, big wheat taste with a hint of lemon that lingers throughout. Much better and more flavorful than the Sterkens. A great one for those who love wheat beers. Also good for post mowing the lawn on a hot summer day, or good for a summer evening hanging out with friends over hot dogs and ribs...mmmm ribs....Actually, I think it would complement ribs with spicy bbq sauce very nicely with side of coleslaw that's light on the mayo, cheesecake for desert.
Score: 4

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Photo of Jeffo
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: A careful pour makes a medium two finger white head with good retention. Gamboge orange in color, opaque, with lots of carbonation evident. Slowly fades to a thick foam cap which remains until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the sides. Good looking triple for sure.

SMELL: Decent nose of toasted malts, green apples, pears and peaches, as well as some spicy yeasty qualities. Some coriander in there as well perhaps. Pretty nice.

TASTE: Follows the nose well. Some toasted malts and fruity esters, apples, pears and peaches again. Spiciness from the yeast too. The aftertaste has some sweet malts and spicy notes, including touches of pepper. Strong but short lived, leading to a dry finish.

PALATE: Medium body with higher levels of carbonation. Light and fresh on the palate, for lack of other descriptive words. Not overly creamy, but that doesn't detract from the overall feel on this one. Goes down smooth and finishes relatively dry on the palate. Nice job here.

OVERALL: Good triple for sure. This is a much better triple than their double is a double. Everything just meshed better on this one. Very nice looking and drinkable until the end. One to try if you like the style.

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Photo of MikeGill
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured carefully into a tulip glass. Cork gave a nice loud pop which must be due to the methode champenoise.

Cloudy honey color with an amber hue. Tall fizzy head and spotty lacing. Big time Belgium yeast and orange blossoms on the nose. Some mild fruit salad notes as well.

Tangy with orchard fruit flavors up front. Well balanced with light malt sweetness, floral hops and muted alcohol warmth. Finishes with dried apricot, white grapes and expensive honey spiced with clove. Plenty of silky Co2.

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Photo of portia99
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle (best before 1/9/11) received as a Christmas gift. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a huge 4 fingers of whipped cream head and a neverending eruption of bubbles coming up from the very bottom of the glass. Takes a several stage pour to get a reasonably full glass of beer. If appearances mean anything, it will be worth the wait.

S - Very fruity and a bit citrusy hop aroma hits me first. Behind that is a distinct spicy aroma and Belgian yeast character. Some sweet and bready malt in the background. Excellent smelling Belgian pale ale.

T - Belgian all the way (if there was any doubt). Tons of spicy cloves, yeast, and fruitiness. Flavor matches aroma pretty well, although the overall balance of the flavors differs from the aroma. Aroma holds more hops while flavors are dominated by the spicy Belgian yeast character. Bitterness is on the mild side fitting nicely with the other flavors for overall effect. Some soft bready malt blends in nicely as well. Not much for alcohol in the flavor...a bit unusual for tripels, but not at all unwelcome.

M - Carbonation is high giving a nice effervesence throughout. Despite the high carbonation level, still seems to have a soft, silky feel in the mouth. Body is light to medium with some residual sweetness leaving a bit of a coating on the roof and sides of the mouth. Very nice.

D - For me, tripels can sometimes be a little bit much, especially in alcohol heat and feel. This one doesn't have much of that burn in it. Overall has a smooth feel with tons of Belgian character and flavors. Very enjoyable, would definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a new Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden color with a large, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing. The head isn't quite as robust as I'd expect from a tripel.

Smell: Has a heavy yeasty smell up front. Develops into a fruity/estery smell with hints of bananas. Is actually reminiscent of some hefeweizens.

Taste: Starts yeasty and slightly fruity. Develops into a bitter, slightly spicy flavor. A little light on flavor but good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied with a nice carbonation bite to it.

Drinkability: A decent tripel that's pretty drinkable. It's not the most flavorful tripel out there but it's still damn good. I bought this beer on a whim because it came with a glass so I wasn't expecting much. That said, I'm really pleased with this beer. Buy it and get the glass too!

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Photo of MURF0320
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not really a fan of Tripel's (my favorite is La Fin Du Monde), but the owner of a beer store asked if I wanted this for free so of course I took it.
Hazy golden color with lots of sediment. White head that can fill half the glass if poured too fast, but dissolves quickly. No lacing.
Smell is sweet, fruity, and yeasty.
Taste is sweet and tangy with banana, pear, and grapes. Finishes with a spiciness of coriander, and yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with a nice carbonation bite.
Drinkability is good as a desert beer, but I don't think it would make a good session beer. Dry with a nice, mild aftertaste.

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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 901 ratings
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