Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale AleCorsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk
Belgium
corsendonk.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
898
Reviews:
488
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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36
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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy head that retains reasonably well and leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: Bready and yeasty, with the vaguest of hints of candi sugar, white pepper, banana and allspice

Taste: Sweet and bready, up front, with all of the flavors from the aroma, along with a brisk peppery zip on the back of the tongue; after the swallow, the candi sugar and peppery flavors rack it up a notch; slight vegetal and metallic aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Although both the aroma and flavor is rather restrained for a tripel, the lack of complexity actual makes the beer all the more drinkable

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Photo of movingtrain
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay glass.

Pours a light gold with 1/2 finger head on top. Good carbonation forming in the Chimay glass, some good yeast floating around in the glass, too.

The smell is malty, wheat, biscuit...very bready, some light hops. Smells like wet grass, dirt...this one is very earthy in the smell.

In the taste there is some serious sweetness. Hops resonate across the tongue, very light and effervescent. Carbonation is doing quite well. Man, this is pretty funky, too...some caramel and light vanilla notes...garden vegetable, compost. Bitter on the back of the tongue, but not overpowering.

Overall, this is an exceptional beer...I am really enjoying this one. It's funky, and I am liking the hop notes coupled with the funky Belgian flavor. As the beer continues to warm up, it gets better and better. Hoppy, funky, an sweet. Drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a wonderful looking beer. A pillow like delicate head rises above the beer. Immediately starts sticking lacing everywhere. The beer is a pale yellow color with a slight haze.

Aroma is fruity, fresh and also spicy. Nice yeast notes.

Candied sugar is the first thing that comes to find. Pears, Strawberries and light apple. Plenty of spice to boot. Banana, coriander and white pepper from the yeast.

Very light and refreshing. Delicate.

Very drinkable. Very good beer.

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a beautiful golden yellow, with a fluffy white head, good lace.

S: Pear and apple juice, chardonnay grapes, a bit winey.

T: Major pear and yellow apple notes from the yeast. Malt is bready, a mix of sourdough and puff pastry. Hop character is minimal, the brew is dominated by the great yeast flavours.

M: Soft carbonation, very smooth, alcohol silk - but with no ethanol flavour or burn, a bit of a spiritous aspect to it.

D: One of the most full-flavoured tasty Belgian pales I've had, if I was judging it in that style, didn't know it was a tripel when I had it, I guess that explains the big flavours. A must try.

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Photo of lilbug09
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgium beers are usually very carbonated. This one was not an exception. As soon as the bottle is open the head starts forming. it was a white thick head with lacing as it decreased. The lacing does seem to disappear as you drink.

My bottle had a lot of sediment. The color was like straw- a hazy golden yellow. The smell was malty and a hint of coriander. But is not an overwhelming strong smell. The taste is crisp and sweet, some hints of banana. the mouthfeel is very light and bubbly. it is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Best Buy: 14/03/09

Poured into my St. Bernardus Watou glass a very nice cloudy yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger creamy white head, tons and tons of nice thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some bananas, and corinander. The taste is slightly sweet, nice maltiness, yeast notes, with a touch of bananna/coriander. Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy texture. Very drinkable, this is an awesome little brew.

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Photo of thekanna
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Brasserie Beck in Washington, DC.

A: Lovely golden yellow with almost 1/3 of the branded glass as white, fluffy, lacy head.

S: Like dew on a fresh-cut grass field. Floral aromas (tulips, maybe?), hay, and a slight peppery taste provide this with almost a saison-like scent.

T: Subtle aromas of flowers and cut grass. Banana and cloves are there, but not overwhelming. Finishes with a nice european peppercorn spice.

M: Nicely carbonated. Somewhat watery though, but the bite at the end rounded it out and was not off-putting at all.

D: Great tripel, and a well-done representation of the style.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The drink had a pale yellow appearance with a rather large head with good retention. I sensed a slight metallic aroma from the beer, mostly mixed within a yeasty, biscuit-like flavoring. Pretty sour in general, with that metallic taste in there. Great carbonation; really helped in making a crisp drink. Overall, pretty darn good.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely head of natural CO2 which lasts until the last sip. Very nice.

Smell - white grapes, pears, slight sour
taste - white grapes, bready, slight sour
mouthfeel - delicate soft head/carbonation.
drinkability - fantastic beer

Very well balanced ale. Complex with lots of flavors complimenting each other...very enjoyable.

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Photo of scurvy311
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a delicious beer. Appearence is the only aspect of this beer that is uninteresting. It smells like what I think a Belgian beer should. It has all those flavors without those more hot fusol flavors that some Belgians tend to have. A beutiful color is topped only by the balance of malt ( hint of sweetness), hop bitterness, and smoothxester profile. One of my favorite goto beer. Also in a corked bottle that surpasses the beauty of any champaine Ive ever had.

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Photo of mvmechE
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"This ale is best before 19/10/06" greets me on the label as I pop the cap on this 12 oz. bottle this Easter, April 12th 2009. Not my first Belgian Strong Ale, but certainly my first that had bottled-aged a few years.

Poured a milky amber shade, clouded by significant yeast which never completely settled as the crisp carbonation sent them spinning back midglass. A spongy, white 1" head developed and diminished in the first minute. Tame in the nose, I got hints of fruit and the work the yeast had done.

Spicey fruitiness transitioned to a more dominant yeast profile (sweet and then tart), ultimately finishing quite dry; although the richness of the yeast lingered in the mouth. I enjoyed the carbonation on my tongue after swallowing, it seemed to reintroduce the initial spice as the beer finished. A thin lace speckled the glass as I sipped it.

I'd say this Belgian is lower on the complexity scale, but what it did well allowed me to enjoy it from beginning to end. The interplay of the initial mouthfeel and lingering taste on the palate demanded I continue to sip. An enjoyable cycle until my glass was empty. Try it out.

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Photo of dotsonjamesg
2.51/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I have always been a fan of Tripels and Quads and such, though lately I have grown a little tired of them. It seems like all the good beers around here are sweet beers and drinking sugary beverages all the time gets a little old. I miss hoppy and aggressive beers from home. I can't find much of them around here so I guess I am stuck.

I found this brew next to a bottle of Chimay and thought I would give it a try.

Appearance: The brew pours a dark, clear body with a one finger off-white head. A little lacing here but the head quickly dissipated.

Smell: The nose is real light and sweet with a tinge of earthy and spicy notes. The brew isn't very aromatic, which is kind of a bummer.

Taste: The brew isn't what I thought it was going to be. I was expecting a sweet brew with rich spicy notes. This brew is in fact fairly light bodied and bitter. There is a presence of hops and a slight malty sweetness and some slight spiced notes, not much else; no complexity or big flavors here. The brew is actually pretty boring; what a disappointment.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: The brew promised big hopes but really failed to deliver. I will never buy this brew again and I advise you to do the same. Its not worth your time and it definitely isn't worth your hard earned money. Booo!

-Dotson

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Photo of merryjoulton
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The foam exploded as soon as I popped the cap off. I had to pour immediately and the glass ended up being 75% foam so I poured a second as well. Appearance was very pale, head retained well throughout. Smelled of sour malt. Tasted of sour malt and ethanol, very heavy on the ethanol. Mouthfeel was decent, but there was a very unpleasant lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of Zeisloft
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Made my choice to drink at Max's on Broadway. The beer looked and smelled great. I thought the beer was over spiced and hid many of the good flavor. It was smooth and not too heavy in the mouth, which made it go down easy. I would have to be in the right mood to have this beer again. but I wouldnt put it past me.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml cork/cage bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - hazed golden yellow color with a big fluffy white head that stayed around, due to the constant carbonation bubbles rising, and left some 'hieroglyphic' lacing.

S - yeast, bread dough and sour fruit.

T - sweet upfront with sour bitterness leading to a dry finish and sweetness on the lips.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - pleasant and easy to drink.

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

From a 355 ml. bottle marked 22/05/10-H-10:24. Sampled on March 24, 2009.

The pour is pale yellow with a frothy, foamy white head about two fingers deep that never really goes away. No sedimentation.

The lead aroma is the yeast with something citrus and herbal like close behind. Medium mouthfeel. The flavor begins yeasty and ends with a drier, herbal finale. A good Abbey ale.

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Photo of untamedbeer
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It has that hazy golden color you'd expect from a Belgian pale. Very apparent fruit in the aroma. Spicy fruity Belgian flavor without being overly sour. It has a fairly intense sweetness up front, but it doesn't linger. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

I could totally drink this in vast quantities while overlooking a river valley on a clear, warm summer day.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first tripel in a while was a good one.

Pours a beautiful golden color with a ton of head.

Scent of bread and fruits, fairly complex but attractive.

Taste of biscuit, Belgian yeast, and a bitter aftertaste.

Mouth is biting and dry with a thin body and medium carbonation.

Very good, cheap for style, and drinkable.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 10/29/2007 (bottle BB 12/01/08):

Pours a very watery pale yellow color, humungous white frothy head, somewhat lasting. Aroma of very light flowers, straw, sweet. Somewhat musky aroma. Not strong. Grape and light sweet fruit smell, some malt. Grape fizzy musky tastej grapeskins, floral. Soft mouthfeel. A little warming Kinda bland. Better as it wams.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip for an orangish body with yeast particles floating in it. Also, the brew came with a voluminous three-finger head that took forever to die and I could hear it descending (like the sound of rice krispies when you add milk). Has that great Belgian smell, hints of hops and yeast to create a fruity smell like orange and banana along with some mild caramel malts. Taste is more of the same as the beer is a fluffy medium body but also a little thick. Smooth and quasi-creamy, the caramel malt is really assertive with the hops for a sweeter, milder fruit taste that is subdued and finishes easy. There are other malts in play as well, such as nut or bread, maybe even toffee. The fruit tastes are pronounced: orange, banana, hints of apple. An easy going triple that I can have anytime.

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Photo of chiefydawg
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very carbonated, leaving a nice whitish 3-finger head on top of a light golden body. Effervescence rises like Alka Seltzer. Head coats the rim of the tulip as it subsides

The fruitiness of a ripe pear and crisp green grape are apparent. Ditto with the yeasty, musty smell that come to mind immediately upon whiffing. Then as the head settles I get the sugar acute and clean yet of course sweet.

Candi, fermented and not, coats the mouth gently yet firmly. Very soft and velvety on the tongue. There is a wholesome, sweet white bread dough to it as a nice surprise, and some natural yeasty spiciness to accompany. The alcohol is like an active fireplace across the room: doesn't quite get you warm, but you feel it and it is comforting. Not getting the "distinctive hop bouquet" promised on the bottle, but I do appreciate the work the flowers do to help dry up the sweetness, plus that earthiness it adds throughout.

Another dangerous Belgian Tripel. I could drink these all day in the summer and all night in the winter as versatile as it is. Not as complex or strong as I've had, but that does not score badly with me on this. Just makes me feel like drinking more!

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours a clear golden yellow color. White head with medium retention.

Aromas are of sugar, honey, malt, and yeast. A little bready but only if you really look for it.

Tate is sweet, malty, bitter, spicy, and a tiny bit boozy. The spice and the bitterness were a nice break from all the sweeter simpler brews of the evening.

Medium body and carbonation, quite drinkable.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet... pale yellow color with a creamy white head. The smell definitely hinted at some fruit, the yeast came through. Smells like a Belgian, definite spices.

Very refreshing taste, pleasing to the palate and no surprises from the aroma. Very nice beer, not a bold or breathtaking tripel, but good and refreshing.

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Photo of hopdog
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a bottle.

Poured a lighter and hazy yellow color with a larger sized frothy head. Aromas of yeast, fruity, some citrus, and bananas. Tastes of the same banana fruitiness, citrus, and with very light spices in the finish.

Notes from: 07/27/04.

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Photo of marcpal
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Flying Fish tulip glass.
Bottle Graphics: 4/10. Plain.

A: Poured a pleasant gold color, transparent with a foamy head that started overflowing but came to a nice subtle thin head. There was some residue in the glass and the lacing was thick. I can't get over the gushing though, it was foaming all over and the sediment at the bottom was an unpleasant surprise.

S: Mostly fruity, primarily the banana yeast notes. The yeast produced a nose that was far more sweet and spicy than bitter. Not overtly Belgian but you surely recognize its ethnicity. Candy like sweetness.

T: The citrus shines through but that is all that shines through. Musty with a mothball taste to begin that turns into a spicy flavor. The yeast was not as distinct as the nose, although the banana still comes through in waves. Admittedly I had to seek them out, but within the flavors there was clove and something currylike: tumeric, coriander, ginger. Entirely too sweet, cotton candy and buttery tastes.

I find it hard to believe there is much hop usage here. Although I don't find myself enjoying the taste of this beer, would be a good pairing with some Indian naan bread.

M: Cleansing biting carbonation, little hint of alcohol anywhere in it. I would prefer a little less spritziness but that was not a major deterrent.

D: OK at best, different than the customary tripel. Too much on the zippy side but that is what some prefer- I do think that for the style and what I was hoping for, it needs some more balls.

From the few beers I have had from this brewer, I am not pleased at all.

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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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