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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale AleCorsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale

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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 ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +4.3%
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 +1.3%
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 -13.1%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +6.3%
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 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 +3.8%
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 +8.8%
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%
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 +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle
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 +2.5%
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 -6.3%
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 +10.3%
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 +17.3%
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 -3.3%
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 -36.9%
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!


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Photo of merryjoulton
3.17/5  rDev -20.4%
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 -13.3%
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 +2.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +13.8%
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%
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 -16.1%
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 +1.3%
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 +9.3%
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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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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