Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

very good
893 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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Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a slight haze and a big head. Nice light aroma of yeast and malt. Cloves, pepper, and grass round out the nose. Good esterous taste with a blend of spice and just enough hops. Good amount of lighter fruits; pear, green apple, and a little banana. Very nice.

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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a thick white head that lasts throughout. Aroma is slightly spicy with crisp, light fruit notes. Has a sweet almost champagne like taste to it but not too carbonated. Apple, pear, light raisin flavors balanced by slight alcohol warmth. I enjoyed this one very much.

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Photo of HomebrewPgh
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now THIS is a tripel! I've had this before and thought I had already rated it. Nice yeasty and spicy aroma with a hint of hops and clove. Pour was a beautiful light gold with a huge 3 finger head and tons of small rising bubbles and great sediment. Taste was delicious. Extremely dry and spicy. Pear, apple and yeast in the front with a strong bite from the carbonation and a peppery element in the cheeks. Great beer

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Photo of petitearvine
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Westvleteren chalice (on second thought not the best glass, a tulip would have been more fitting)

Appearance - Poured a 1-finger white head, with medium retention and nice lacing. Gold/orange body. Medium but steady carbonation.

Smell - Lots of fruity notes, some coriander, malt and some yeast

Taste - Again fruity, mostly apple, yeast and some spicy notes on the back of the tongue, light hops give a pleasant slightly bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Smooth and enjoyable, but carbonation is just a bit too low, which also hurts retention

Drinkability - alcohol is well disguised and at 7.5%, objectively not very high for a triple. Quite drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of dolemite77
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with a fluffy head. Nice lacing. Aroma is grassy and citric. There is a grassy/earthy undertone to the flavor, but mostly it is crisp, clean citrus. I wouldn't want to do it to this beer, but if you started a trend of serving this with a slice of lemon, I think it would become popular with the crowd that can't appreciate this one on it's own.

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Photo of kinger
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Four pack been sitting on the shelves for years, blew off the dust and poured into the glass. Vibrant gold color with a touch of orange, crazy carbonation and a huge fizzy white head. Aroma is of blended sour fruits and grass. I pucker a bit as I sip on this relatively lively on the tongue not real crisp with the finish. Flavor is earthy with notes of pears and grapefruit. Don't know quite how well this should hold up under long storage and this pack is considerably old. Still interesting and enjoyable, would like to find a new bottle and compare.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this with a smoked salmon, brie, and onion sandwich at the sterling Sun Singer. A dense, airy light brick of white froth tops a cloudy golden body; good duration and rings of lace leave a very good first impression. Good, malty nose with ample spice (ginger, coriander, and a dash of cinnamon) and fruit that translates well into the taste.

Speaking of which, this might have merited a slightly higher taste score, but didn't receive on as I'll explain. The flavor is very good--lots of apple, pear, berry, with spices--and it's smooth, very easy to enjoy. Yet the mouthfeel is a letdown, especially for a Belgian Tripel. This lacks effervescence without exactly being flat. As a result, it's not unlike a good, malty, sweeter, kolsch. In fact, I only realized it was a Tripel when I looked it up to write this review. It's certainly good, but the mouthfeel is a disappointment and, as a result, somewhat adversely affected the taste. More effervescence would have enhanced the beer's complexity.

Nonetheless, this is quite good, although not nearly the equivalent of Corsendonk's Christmas Ale or Abbey Brown. Well worth trying, and enjoyable.

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Photo of RobH
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

A: Pours a bright golden color with lots of bubbles and a rising white head.

S: Smells of a typical Belgian Pale Ale with fruity esters and some yeast.

Taste: Tastes as expected, that being the typical, pleasant, trademark fruitiness from the Belgian yeast strain(s). Nothing especially stand-out, though, in this example.

M: High carbonation through a light body. Again, seemingly typical to the style.

Drinkability: Not too high in ABV% for a Tripel, making this one a very drinkable beer.

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

Poured from a corked 750ml into a Corsendonk tulip glass. Cork #4191, whatever that means.

Pours golden with a huge fluffy white head with decent retention and lacing. Lots of carbonation rising.

Aroma is sweet, grassy, light hops and some yeast.

Taste is sweet, grassy, apples, pears, apricots, light hops, malts and some light citrus. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very cleansing.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. Nicely refreshing and smooth. Hides the alcohol. Perhaps not a "typical" tripel, it is a beer worth getting. Also, I love the bottles!

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

Nice clear golden color with a strong white head which left surprisingly little lacing. Nice looking beer though.

Smelled somewhat bready with a hint of citrus.

Tasted along the same lines as the smell, along with some caramel overtones.

Excellent mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carbonation coupled with a nice smoothness in a medium body. Very pleasing in this regard.

I could see enjoying a few of these at one sitting with no problem. The ones I had were not aged, and supposedly this gets even smoother and more rounded with age. I kept a couple bottles which will stay in storage for a while just to compare. All in all, a very nice pale ale.

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Photo of Greggy
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly white ale looking upon pouring. A hit forms but dissipates rather quickly.

S- Lemon, grainy, fairy simple and almost bland.

T- Nice heat right off the bat with notes of pepper, apricot, green apple and some pear. The finish is mainly dry with pepper and some residual green apple skin.

M- Medium carbonation is fitting but could use more per style.

D- This was an enjoyable tripel and worked well with pizza, but there are countless other tripels that can be enjoyed more for the same amount of money as this one.

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Photo of adamette
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Der Braumeister in Cleveland, Ohio.

A Golden yellow body, very little or no head by the time that I had it delivered to my table by the waitress.

S Not much, mild hops.

T Moderately hoppy, actually a little bit forgettable.

M Thin to moderate mouthfeel.

D Fair due to forgettable taste.

Notes: Not my favorite tripel or my favorite Belgian. Not a terrible beer but, as I have written, forgettable.

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Photo of Quej
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light, lots of violent carbonation, massive bubbly head.
S - Mostly sour smelling, lots of yeast and sour fruit.
T - Not unpleasant but not strong either. Slightly sweet and mostly sour taste of green fruit, apples, pears, grapes and citrus. A good strong Belgian blond ale.
M - Nice light body, and nicely carbonated.
D - Perhaps a little strong to be very drinkable, but it drinks very well for its abv.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a Consendonk tulip glass.

A - clear light golden straw color with a thick foamy, ice cream-like head that is very well retained

S - sweet malt and fruity yeast aroma with a slight hop spiciness

T - like aroma, sweet malt up front with fruit-like notes and a very slight amount of hops on the finish

M - medium body with high carbonation

D - This is a decent, well-made beer. The Trappist varieties perhaps have a little more complexity though. I have to admit though that Corendonk pale was one of the first Belgian beers I ever tried I still have a fondness for it years later.

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

I drank from a Saucer Flight at the Flying Saucer in Columbia S.C.

Appearance: The body is transparent with very dominant gold colored body. This beer has a great fluffy whit e head.

Smell: It has a little bit off an overly fruity dessert like flavor with.

Taste: The first thing that comes to mind is fresh fruit. There are biscuit like tones with some spices really picking up the flavor as you drink it. It is as a slight bitter like metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin with some fizz bite.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. I guess it would be a good once and a while beer.

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Photo of mwa423
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - The six pack I had was full of floating yeast, while this is basically harmless, I generally don't enjoy things floating in my beer. The pour is a dark maize with a thick head that shrinks down to a nice lacing.

Smell - Has a nice malt smell with a bit of spice

Taste - Excellent Belgian taste with plenty of malt and citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel - Also excellent, very smooth with just a slight bite in the aftertaste

Drinkability - Very good, I was skeptical of the yeast floating but I didn't notice it. If you are a fan of Belgian Ales you will absolutely like this. Bonus points for the ABV, which seems higher than your average Belgian Ale

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Photo of FrognutUnl
2.92/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white 2 finger head that hangs on quite a while leaving a small amount of lacing in its wake. I am not a terrible fan of the floating yeast, though I know it won't kill me. The nose is crisp and tart with notes of apples and yeasty bread. In taste, it is also tart and crisp with mild malty sweetness, notes of apple and maybe a small bit of clove. Mouthfeel is a bit thin compared to others I have had in this style, low-medium bodied.

I am a little disappointed, as their brown is pretty damned good and this was just so so. That being said, I would probably buy it again if the price were right.

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Photo of kuykendall
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance= a pale Gold color, and due to a miss pour on my part way too much head, but that's operator error.

Smell= Smells of straw and grass, with mild malt character.

Taste= A bit lighter than most Belgian Pale ails, with a hint of hops, but a good beer none the less. I know the Serving directions on the bottle say for 45-55 degrees, but it seems to open up more if it warms a little. Then the pale malts hang in you mouth and coat your tongue. I can't really detect any alcohol, but I really think it would spoil the taste. This beer seems almost fragile on the tongue.

Mouth feel= A very soft mouth feel.

Drink ability= Definitely a drinkable beer, although pairings would be difficult outside of cheeses and crackers. I think this beer would go well with Piea.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden yellow color, with a nice white head. In the aroma, a sweet maltiness. In the taste, a sweet malt and a dry sugar taste. A small bite, and medium mouthfeel, with a dry maltiness in the aftertaste. Nice pale, easy drinking, and non offensive.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet, this beer is a clear, dark golden with a small-medium white head that drops off after a few moments leaving a foam film.

Smells heavily of citrus, as well as a bit of sugar and notes of sugar. More is revealed upon tasting, when other fruits come out (apples and pears maybe?), along with hops and a bit of alcohol.

Good mouthfeel, and pretty decent drinkability. A good all around tripel that isn't too artificially sweet like some others out there.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Hazy golden in color with thick big bubble head that fades in patches leaving clumpy lace.

S - Apple citrus and biscuits.

T - My 1st thought was 'Duvel?'. Nice apple and citrus hop with a very crisp finish.

M - A great Belgian for sure, I love the mustache that comes with these.

D - Very high, but no joke @ 7.5%

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle-conditioned 12-ouncer is awakened, angrily hissing at the bottle opener, and leaps quickly to task making lively white foam that soon crawls out of the bottle and into the light. Poured into a chalice, the drink is fiery orange-amber and hazy with a nice puff of white foam that settles at a creamy sheet and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell is fruity and tangy with citrusy, resiny hop notes.

Taste is rich and malty with a big wave of fruity, grassy, resinous hops. Flavors of soft banana with juicy plums and cantaloupe work well with a dark, warm blast of black pepper.

Great medium bodied feel with nice carbonation and superb drinkability.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast... poured into a Corsendonk goblet...

Poured a crystal clear light golden colour. White head poured very big and foamy and a steady stream of carbonation bubbles rushed to the surface maintaining a pretty thick covering throughout. Lots of clingy lacing..

Aroma - Quite a lot of spicy yeastiness to the fore, ripe and tart fruits (apples, light banana, lemons, grapefruits), some light candy sugar sweetness, peppery, freshly cut grass, some over cooked veg hints, light vanilla, lightly toasted bread...

Taste - Tart, over ripe fruits which are maybe a little cloying (pears, lemons, sour apples), bready and yeasty, quite a lot of metallic notes, sea salt traces, floral, peppery, light liquorice, some grainy harshness, again some cooked veg..

Feel - Sharp and dry initially then smooths out... light bodied... quite refreshing but maybe a little sickly to want more than one...

Overall - An average Tripel... there are much better examples out there... worth a try once..

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Photo of hdofu
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer to say the least, thin white lacey head with a golden color. Smell is of fermented apples and spices. Taste is unique, like cloves and nutmeg ontop of a light malt flavor with subtle hints of malt. Mouthfeel is really bubbley and crisp. It has a pleasant taste and I could drink more then one, but for the price it wouldn't be at the top of beers I'd buy list, but it certainly would be far from the bottom.

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

12 oz bottle from Victoria Gastro Pub in MD

A - Billowy head, light pale color.

S - First hit is slightly hoppy, but overall like a pale ale.

T - Rich 1st hit, nice hop/malt balance. Tastes sort of like a Sierra Nevada Pale, quite refreshing and crisp and ... fresh!

M/D - Bubbles galore, smooth sipper with refreshing flavor.

Perhaps the best beer of the night among several. A good beer to sit down and drink without thinking too much about, but also has an above average taste with some complexity to tease the mouth and senses including a great initial hit. Quite happy with this.

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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
3.95 out of 5 based on 893 ratings.
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