Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

very good
898 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2001

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Photo of sitarist
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light, cloudy, golden color. Head is huge, fluffy not dense. Head last a good minute, lots of bubbles.

S- Almost candy like, apples, yeast, not as complex as other triples Ive had but very nice.

T- Malty sweet, yeasty dough, sugar? I dont taste the fruit that my nose picked up. Not as complex as I thought it would be. After a few mouth-fulls I can taste faint hints of apple and bananas.

M- Heavy carbonation, light body.

D- I could drown in this or any other Belgian triple.

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

Appearance - A hazy pale golden color with a head that retains quite well and leaves some lacing.

Smell - Sweet malt, fruity (citrus and green apples) and spices.

Taste - Malts with some sweetness. Citrus, faint banana, apricot, a bit of yeast, some spices, warming alcohol and some bitterness in the finish with a bit of metallic taste.

Mouthfeel - Quite carbonated, medium body, creamy and dry.

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

Thanks to Mel for the treat. Served in a ridicuously oversized wine glass with a cloudy/yeasty pour. Dark amber to brown in color. Aroma is of red wine and freshly baked bread. Sweet and pleasant. My initial flavor impression is of dark chocolate and raisins - bittersweet and dark fruits. Its not hoppy, not phenolic and not very belgian-like at all. Again though its sweet and pleasant. Mouthfeel is light and finishes sweet. The bottle was shared with my friend and was finished quickly.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from a 75 cl.

Pours a lemony golden, barely hazy color with consistent rising bubbles and a sudsy white head that retains well.

Smells of lemony tartness, fresh grainy malts, and yeast.

Tastes citrus tart as well, with a hint of esthers and grainy malts.

The feel is of potent effervescence and otherwise light-medium bodied.

A tasty treat, lower on alcohol than some, so it easy to drink, but not the best trippel I've had by a long shot. Worth trying. Probably not going to top my list of beers to buy when I think of trippels though.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel glass

Golden yellow pour with floating sediment. High acting white foam. Retains full finger for long time.

Light orange smell, otherwise minimal

Belgian taste wild mild alcohol burn at the finish. Very nice complex mixture of fruitiness and malt coupled with that Belgian taste. Solid carbonation in the mouthfeel - everything pretty much works together to deliver top notch taste

Extremely drinkable for a Tripel, tasty and very enjoyable.

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Photo of haddon
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a golden honey color with a nice 2-finger head and lots of carbonation

S- nice smell of cloves, bananas, bread & yeast

T- really light on the front end. slight malty backbone with light notes of bananas, lemon. almost a salty dry finish with a lingering taste of alcohol at the end

M- light body with a little too much carbonation. was a little off-balance to me

D- something is missing here. little too dry and salty for me. a little more sweet malts would added a little more depth

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

Pours yellow off clear with a medium size head and some lacing, but not too much.

Smell is nice, bananas, cloves, honey, yeasty.

Taste is some more bananas, some thick bready malts, peppery and clovey spice, a bit of apricot and a touch of alcohol on the finish and a little metallic stuff which is the only thing taking away from the taste.

Mouthfeel is great as with most Belgian triples, nice carbonation, and a long lasting aftertaste.

Overall A very drinkable nice triple, but nothing too distinctive to set it apart from the bunch. Quite nice though.

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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 doot
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet. Formed a small white foam head with little carbonation. Color was a light golden with great citrus smell and flavor.

This beer was brewed "by the master crafstmen in the classic Belgian "tripel" style". A little lighter in body than most of the other tripels I have had, which increased its drinkability. Drank very well and left a pleasant after-taste.

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy gold with fluffy off-white head. It smelled like lemon zest and clove and sour yeast, with salty and grassy hops and a bit of alcohol. It tasted like waxy lemon and sour yeast, with some salty and grassy hops and pepper. It was slightly thick and oily with moderate carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this tasted a bit strange, but was at least clean and drinkable. It had nice body and hid the alcohol decently. There was nothing unique or exciting about this beer, but perhaps age would help mellow out the waxy and salty flavors. But while this beer is fresh, I'm really not a fan.

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

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

A: Golden, dark, cloudy, yellow. Pours into a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Quickly settles, leaving sparse, bubbly carbonation on the surface of the brew. No lacing to speak of.

S: Light, grainy malt. Grass, hay, baked bread, and a honey citrus sweetness.

T: Really light, salty malt flavor. A nice bittersweet hops. The hay, subtle sweetness, and lemon are complimentary.

M: Light body. Bitter aftertaste.

D: Good sipping beer.

Great atmosphere. Pretty solid appearance, great nose. Complex, full flavor, and light body. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of tosshin
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: lots of sediment. generated a nice head that disipated very quickly. the beer is a golden color
s: lemon, honey, and alcohol. smells similar to a chard.
t: malty backbone, honey, citrus, warm alcohol. nicely bitter, slight touch of dark fruit
m: medium body, very carbonated, smooth finish
d: this is actually a tough drinker for me. the alcohol stands out way too much and is not well balanced.

this might have been a bad bottle. there was A LOT of sediment on the poor for a bottle that has been sitting on the shelf for a while.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Corsendonk Chalice
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Part of a 'Gift Pack' with Pale, Brown and the glass.

Pours up a hazy, golden brown/orange color. It's a good thing that I'm not afraid of yeast chunks, because the nucleation etching is keeping the chunkiness in constant motion. Over three fingers of thick, fluffy, off-white foam makes the head, which rises, completely intact, above the rim of the glass by almost a full inch. Retention is incredible. Lacing is craggy and very sticky.

Big yeastiness explodes from the glass. Mild notes of spices and orchard fruits. Candi sugar sweetness. It's a nice nose, but somewhat understated.

Mostly follows the nose, with the yeast and fruit flavors being more balanced. Notes of pears, apricots, peaches, bananas and apples. Mild presence of a light malt backbone. Candi sugars are very well blended. Lightly spiced with corriander and a touch of clove.

Body is medium, with a smooth and nicely creamy, yet light enough to be enjoyable, feel to it. Medium to high level of carbonation, which works very well for this one.

Very drinkable, indeed. I don't know why it took me so long to get around to tracking this down and trying it.

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

Poured into my Chimay goblet. Pours a cloudy golden, tinged with a bit of red-orange in the light. Two fingers of fluffy white head, lots of carbonation visible. Sweet red fruit on the nose, yeasty smells, some sharp hop scents.

Big carbonation in this one, and it's the first thing you notice. Somewhat dry, with a little bit of a nip from the hops. In the background there's a nice interplay between sweet fruit and mild citrus, reminiscent of tangerine. Carbonation obscures what's going on. Spice is present, but light.

I've had and loved many tripels, and this doesn't seem characteristic of the style.

The 'abbey pale ale' disclaimer helps, but this isn't at all what I was after--the carbonation and the sweet flavors remind me of an Asti sparkling white wine. It's interesting.

If I was jonesing for a Belgian and there was nothing else around, to include the better Belgian-style domestic micros, I'd go for it because it's a good beer, but I just can't call it a good -tripel.-

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

A: A light golden color with a two finger white fluffy head. Nice full ring lacing.

S: Sweet fruits on the nose with candy sweetness and a touch of hops.

T: Sweet and tart fruits with flavors of pear, apple, pineapple and some white grape. A full candy sweetness comes through but is held in check with some nice hop bite and some bready malt. A nice yeasty spice fills the mouth through the entire taste and makes a really great tasting beer. I liken this though more to a BPA than a tripel, it was nicely balanced and very drinkable like a Belgian Pale.

M: Medium and coating, a bit prickly but dry at the end. No hint of the 7.5%

D: High, I really enjoyed the full bottle and loved every sip. Very drinkable beer.

Again, this beer reminds more of a Belgian Pale due to the drinkability and balance (less sweet). A very good beer that I am really happy I tried, in fact I think I'm going to grab another bottle or two to enjoy later. If you like Duvel, this beer is for you as it reminded me of it. Great.

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Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a golden yellow color with a two-finger pillowy white head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears with hints of orange rind.

Tastes similar to how it smells, but with hints of spices. Sweet malt flavors serve as the background and are joined by pear and spices - mostly clove. The finish is crisp.

Moutheel is good. It has a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass with no problem and could have another.

Overall this isn't a terribly complex trippel but everything that is done is done well and all flavors are crisp. Worth a shot.

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Photo of abar22
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a DFH Signature Glass

Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale pours a pale golden color that has copper hues when held to the light. Huge foamy white head that barely settled in thanks to the DFH Glass. The lacing was just as impressive leaving a huge thick band all the way around the glass.
The nose is very aromatic. Pungent floral hops lead the way though there was a hint of something lighter and fruitier in the background. Clove, pepper, and other spices were battling for nose time as well. Smelling this beer made me hungrier than most for some reason. Nice.
Spicy carbonation leads the way at first sip followed by sweet floral hopping that takes you through the body to the finish. The finish itself is the downside to the brew. There is something oily(hop oils?) that coats the mouth during the wet finish that feels off. This oily substance seems to leave a metallic after taste that isn't all that enjoyable.
The after taste makes this beer a one and done for me which is a shame because the beer opens up well. If that oil/metallic tastecould get in check this would be a much better Tripel.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden color with a large fluffy white head that has good retention and leaves a lot of sticky lacing behind.

Smells lightly of yeast and citrus with some spices and a very light floral aroma at the end.

Taste reveals a lot of fruit like pear and apple along with more citrusy fruits in the finish. Lightly spicy, a bit bready and a very faint hint of honey also present.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not quite as captivating as some of the top tripels out there but solid all around.

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Photo of david18
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I haven't had this beer in a while. I was very surprised that beer advocate calls it a triple. I think it's more exactly like what they call it; a belgian pale ale. I enjoyed it quite a lot. It's like a duvel with a little less alcohol only a little more fruity. Good appearance, very good smell and taste. One to try again if it's been a while for you as well.

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Photo of Geiseman
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Belgian Triples are the macadamia nuts and cheesecake of the beer world, they are so rich small amounts can overwhelm.

After 3 Duvels I have to move on or nap,
Corsendonk Agnus Triple was a great find, it gives you the Belgian Triple experience with great drinkability. A high percentage of Triple's are too sweet for me, but that is not the case with Corsendonk

If you like La Fin du Monde and Duvel I think you will enjoy this beer

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Photo of bbeane
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured into a snifter... Golden/amber colored with nice white head that recedes somewhat quickly. Lots of yeast sediment. Appears to be pretty active

S- Very sweet and fruity smelling

T- Very delicious. Don't taste very much in the hop department, but definately very sweet and fruity like a belgian triple should be

M- Very light bodied, and super smooth.

D- No question about it... very 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 TheSarge
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Tripel is the most nonintrusive beer I've had to date. What I mean by this is that it's an enjoyable beer for even the lightest of beer drinkers, but it's not the greatest example of a Tripel.

With a moderate pour, Corsendonk makes a vast amount of rocky white head, which dissipates very quickly. The body is golden and has a slight haze to it.

Aroma characteristics are of metallic hops, fruity ester, and a slight hint of honey.

The taste is well balanced with a light hops presence and a light fruity grape and honey flavor. Altogether, it's almost champagne like flavor.

Again, this is the most nonintrusive brew I've ever had: very in the middle and sure to please even the most non beer drinker.

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Photo of erz316
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big 750 ml corked bottle into westmalle chalice

A - a light amber/honey colour with a slightly yellow head, maybe its just the beer underneath it. the dull white, as we shall call it, head settles down (not that it was gushing at any point) and perfectly coats the top of my damn stupidly crooked chalice. beautiful bubbles coming up from the bottom keeping the head alive. for some reason as the beer warms, or maybe it is my lighting, the head turns distinctively bright white. it does keep that thin layer of head throughout the whole damn bottle. thats like 4 glasses by myself, at midnight ne'er the less.

S - I'll have to let this warm up even more as the nose is still quite clean... spicy with some citrus like hops. extremely faint, but as with most beglians, a lot is packed into a little, perhaps too little for my palate anyways. more malts or something noticeably sulphuric becomes noticeable once adequately warm

T - initial tastes is of a classic tripel: pale malts and apples, slight spiciness but not much compared to others in this stage. the finish gives some more flavours ...or does it? well apparently nein, it doesnt. some apple flavour is released during the finish, and if one 'chugs', not to say that I am trying to use this beer as a sleeping agent, a certain beautiful crispness comes out, but over all it keeps pretty consistent with the pale malt flavour, nothing exciting. after taste is a bit grainy, some sweeter malts in the fade out, but not much else, a very ephemeral aftertaste.

MF&D - body seemed fine, nothing special, nothing bad. carbonation was good and gassy for the first half of the bottle. the beer wasnt that creamy and mouth coating but I can harldly say I care about that kind of stuff after so much beer. a decent brew, but I have better equal price choices that I would pick from now on.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance: Clear yellow orange, thick white head leaves some lacing. Effervescence almost like champagne.

Smell: Yeast, spice, and alcohol.

Taste: Its quite dry, tasted more alcoholic than it is. Its very spicy and peppery with sharp carbonation. A little bitterness. Sweet on the end.

Mouthfeel: Tingly and nice. The sweetness at the end is coating in a good way.

Drinkability: This goes down fast, but the alcohol is very apparent. Its OK, not at all my favorite tripel.

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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
3.95 out of 5 based on 898 ratings.
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