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:
897
Reviews:
488
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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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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Photo of gmfessen
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is golden in color with millions of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass up to a sparkling white, soapy head. Smell is sweet and spicy. Slight fruitiness and clove smell. Taste is much the same with a slight alcohol presence and warming sensation on the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light with a bubbly, aggressive carbonation. Drinkability isn't bad. I expected more out of this beer, I guess I've had better Belgians than this and I expected this one to be up to par.

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

Poured this into a Corsendonk tulip (awesome)

A: Pours a pretty pale golden honey color with a huge off white head that hangs around. Some moderate lacing.

S: I get a nice flowery and spicey smell. Maybe clove and coriander?

T: Much like the smell clove with a floral hop character. Doesn't have any bitter hop bite, just a flowery taste.

M: Light, smooth, but nice carbonation.

D: 7.5% abv but this is a nice easy drinking tripel. I think it has a very high drinkability for the style. All around good beer.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a wide mouth glass.

It pours a cloudy honey color with a white head that dosen't hang around to long but also dosen't dissappear right away.

The smell is a rich sweet orange scent that is very pleasing to the nose.

When the beer first hits your tongue it has a velvety feel about it that taste of leather and then changes to a sweet spicy clove with hints of orange in it. The finish is slightly bitter but also very clean. Drinkability is very good, the alcohol dosen't over whelm the taste of the beer nor dose it burn as it goes down.

It's a nice tastey triple.

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

0.33L Bottle, drank 2 mouths later than its Best Before date.

Solid Golden Amber colour with a good white head, pored into one of my Corsendonk stemmed glasses it was bound to look good.

My nose has real problems picking up the esters others claim, this smelt OK but nothing stood out for me.

Belgian Tripel beers all have that slightly tart, strong hop flavour and this one is up there with the best of them.

The flavours stay in the mouth, the fizz is there, but not over powerfully to ruin the aftertaste, it's a well balanced beer.

Been a fan of this beer for years, didn't realise I hadn't reviewed it before.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - I love the bottle...it's really classy and Medieval lookin'. A massive four finger ghost-white head manifests above a clear honey-gold tulip brew that has a few chunky pieces of yeast floating around in there. The head is really rocky and hard looking, like broken up eggshells. A good amount of lace is left on the glass and retention is excellent. A pretty beer. Viewing the world through my snifter, I'm reminded of those yellow aviator sunglasses that are supposed to help with visual acuity.

S - Gentle aromas of yellow flowers, honey, freshly mowed grass, and honeydew melon drift lazily out of the glass, while more aggressive sniffage brings up some tight boozy aromas that smell nice...like wood lacquer or that lemon scented stuff that you clean hard wood floors with (I wouldn't know, mine are fake wood laminate).

T - Some honey and melon notes are overpowered by a harsh lemon flavor that I don't really care for. Adjusting to the palate shock, I'm enjoying the acidic taste a little more, but this is still a bit off IMO. Behind the chemical citrus notes, there are spicy and yeasty flavors ...I feel that if it weren't for the interferring lemon wheat notes this would be a much better beer since there are some really nice flavors to be found behind the fruit.

M - Light bodied and moderately carbonated with one of the driest mouthfeels ever experienced in a tripel. This finished tart and bone dry....like eating powdered lemonade mix (without added sugar).

D - This is a weird one. In a blind tasting, I might have guessed that this was a boozy American wheat ale or even a witbier. This isn't bad beer, but it is one of the most tangy twangy lemony wheaty beers that I've ever had. This is not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but not quite I expected.

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a depressingly average glass (hey, I'm living in a dorm in Germany, my resources are limited).

A: Pours clear with a substantial head which dissipates rapidly. Aggressively carbonated; not unlike champagne. Some yeast residue, but mostly clear.

S: Nothing noteworthy, but definitely pleasant.

T: Refreshing, with banana/citrus overtones and a decent amount of hops.

M: Very light, almost floats in the mouth. Slightly creamy; definitely dry.

D: I am very disappointed I don't have another of these lying around. This is definitely a beer I could have more than one of.

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Photo of blakesell
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottle is Vintage aged from 2006 stored in my closet in near-perfect cellaring conditions.

Appearance- Beer Light hell (the style, not the place) golden with a three finger head of foam. Yeasty dregs all through the beer lingering. Clear lacing clings around the sides of the glass.

Smell- Saaz and Belgian Pilsner malt, coriander and grains of paradise. Belgian yeast character thick in the beer. Fresh mowed grass and slight citrus notes.

Taste- Light and flavorful. Belgian pilsner malt thick in the taste. Light and refreshing with some citrus and plenty of Munich hell (once again, the style, nothing against Munich) character. Fruity from the yeast exclusively and lager like in consistency. Slight brettanomyces on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, well carbonated, creamy, not warming. Not astringent, hoppy, but balances similar to the pilsner/helles style. Yeasty, almost sour, very balanced.

Drinkability- Smooth and easy drinking. Not as pleasurable as the Brune, but still a wonderful balanced Belgian Tripel. Possibly bottle conditioned with a lager yeast. Very nice.

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Photo of kenito799
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into chalices. Best before May 9, 2008.

Hazy golden honey-colored brew raises a faomy cream olored head that persists to the finish. Spotty faomy lace. Nice tripel look.

Very pleasant fresh honeyed apple-pear notes.Nicely yeasty. The mouthfeel is extremely effervescent and crisp, giving quite a lightened effect for a largish beer. The flavor is deliciously spicy with corander and clove, crisp apple-y fruitiness, and a surprisingly dry finish. I very much enjoy this restrained sweetness as attempts at the tripel style are often too sweet (see Golden Monkey). The spicy dryness keeps this brew very drinkable and I finish it faster that I would like. Very nice!

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

A: Very carbonated. Light gold with a largewhite head. Very transparent. Bubbles still in liquid stick to the side of the glass like a soda.

S: Banana, hops, and other fruit.

T: metallic along with a secondary hop flavor.. Hop flavor is pleasant, and it's followed by a hoppy, dry aftertaste.

M: dry - I like it. A little overcarbonated as the appearance suggested. Non-astringent.

D: Drinkable, but I'll stick to the Abbey Brown Ale.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour was a bubbly cloudy gold with a two finger white head. The aroma of citrus and honey was present. The taste was close to the smell with a alcoholic after note. The carbonation excites the palate so I wouldn't try to slam this beer down. Enjoy it. It is easy to drink.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip glass at McCleary's in Marietta, PA on 2/27/08.

A - Cloudy golden body with huge, dense three-finger white pillowy head. Lots of active carbonation as well as some yeast particles present. Good head retention that left some rings of lacing around the glass.

S - Sweet, fruity yeast with grapes and white wine notes. Mild floral hop bouquet with some citrus fruits as well as traces of perfume.

T - Starts off with a fruity sweetness and a semi-spicy yeasty aspect, then gets a bit more spicy in the finish. There's a mild citrus fruit flavor and white grape presence throughout. Hops are pretty reserved, but some floral qualities come out in the flavor. Quite yeasty overall.

M - Medium body with a creamy texture and fairly fizzy personality. Finish is dry with a bittersweet bite on the tongue.

D - Very smooth, drinkable tripel with subtle flavors and well-concealed alcohol presence.

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

Nice big carbonation greets the eye, no surprise there, hazy golden color with a light but creamy all-white head that hangs around for a good while and leaves plenty of nice lacing in it's wake.

The nose is very sweet, sugary, big sweet fruits in the yeast, and a spot-on tang on the nose. the aroma is busting out of the glass.

Oooh...sweet malt! English Toffee, dark berries in the fruity and slightly tangy yeast flavor that balances the big malt, sugary sweetness very well indeed. Black liqurice and lemmon way down deep. The hops are earthy and mild, not as much hop-bite like some Triples, this one is a subdued flavor that just works great overall.

This is a medium, almost full-bodied feel that is crisp, lively but damn smooth.

This one goes to the top of the heap as far as Authentic Belgian Tripels are concerned!

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Max's in the aftermath of 72 hours of Belgium.

The beer pours bright gold color with very good head retention and lacing. The is complex on the nose, with some nice sweet malt, a touch of citrus from the hops and some underlying spice. The beer is medium bodied on the palate with moderate sweetness. The beer has a cherry honey flavor, but the dash of bitterness from the hops keeps it from getting tiring to drink and adds to the complexity and enjoyment of this beer. The beer is medium sweet and quite drinkable for it's abv.

My favorite of the beers from Corsendonk. Delicious.

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Photo of becktone
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

red into my new and recently acquired Chimay Glass. The beer is golden yellow in color, is clear and has nice head retention. The head is a foamy cream-leaning more towards a rocky head- and leaves sheets of lace. Looks great in this glass.

Nose: Big sweet malty aroma in this brew. There is also some spicy notes here, whether from phenols or from the hops I cannot tell. Bit of clove in there as well from the yeast. Alcohol is hidden quite well. Could be a bit more potent, the aroma is quite short lived, almost disappearing as soon as you take your nose from the glass.

Tongue: The first thing about this beer I notice is a very sweet character on the tip of the tongue, some fruitiness there as well. Spicy phenols are present as well as some bitterness and alcohol that quickly balances out the beer. The beer finishes with a spicy hop character. Nice complex and great beer, but in my opinion it is too quick, the flavors come and go too quickly.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is light in body and has higher carbonation that scrubs my palate clean...As I get deeper into the bottle the carbonation seems to be toned down a bit more, making this beer easier to drink, not so much foaming in the mouth, still though I feel that there could be just a touch less. The beer finishes dry, and leaves my mouth watering for more. A mixture of sweetness and spice lingers in the aftertaste, reminding one of what this beer tastes like. This is a beer I'd drink again, but I think I'd rather try more before coming back, I definitely prefer La Fin Du Monde to this

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a chalice. Had an orangish, amber color, with a lot of visible particles in the beer. Cloudy texture. Big head that lasted awhile, along with the lacing.

This beer had a slightly weird, pungent smell when opened and poured, but it disappeared and gave way to a nice fruity, citrusy aroma.

Had a good, solid taste. Some apples, citrus and maybe a bit of malt. My only complaint is that it leaves a somewhat bitter aftertaste. This is a very minor issue, though.

Fairly lively amount of carbonation and a dry finish, as the mouthfeel goes.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beers. Granted I have a bias towards Belgian beers, specifically this style.

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Photo of BravoTwo
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Good light pale amber-gold with a light foam head and crisp small carbonation bubbles.

S - Fruity up front with apples and a light hop nose.

T - Very clean and tasty, with fruity esters and a delicate hop flavor on the back end. Very floral in taste.

M - Light carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel.

D - Highly drinkable stuff. Not as flavorful as some other belgian tripels, but a very well done example of the style.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one beer that has been seen on a regular basis ar al of the liquor stores that I frequent. Finally decided to give it a try. I poured this one into a deep tulip glass. Ar foamy fluffy white head emerges slowly and the bright orangey yellow golden liquid appears. Smelled floral and sweet- a cpmpletely full aromatic experience. Tasted spicey ad rich, tons of peppery spices, some fruity zest, and a hoppy punch. Smooth going down, very enjoyable. world class.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corsendonk's brown Abbey ale was outstanding, and the pale Tripel version is just as good if not better... this is some seriously high-quality stuff... some of the best around... This brew was completely terrific in almost all respects... pours a gorgeous cloudy, hazy color with impressive foamy head with some sediment visible... smell was great - full of fresh grapefruit, citrus and fresh flowers... taste was above and beyond - complemented the aroma strongly with strong floral and citrus notes dominated by an overall sweet, candied flavor that really hit home... mouthfeel was outstanding, and as far as the 7.5% ABV, you can forget about detecting any alcohol - this beer is all candy and sweets... great finish with a wonderful aftertaste... can't really say anything bad about this one... a must-try... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold and is much lighter and doesn't have the punch and flavor of the brown ale. Which is absolutely normal since this is the pale ale. Overall, pale ales are less my style and I would tend to side with the brown, which I admit I am biased towards because of personal preference. Rating it on it's style, it is very well made and is definitely worth trying. It is just not my most favorite style is all.

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Photo of belgianalien
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden color, can be poured clear if desired, I tend to swirl the last few ounces to puck up the yeast in the bottle. It results in a clouded pour and -in my opinion- a richer and better taste. The collar is pretty persistent and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: This triple smells a bit sour and yeasty. There is a definite hop and dry grain undertone.

T: I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. I was expecting a very heavy alcohol taste and a sour finish, but I was met with a full bodied crisp slightly hop infused feast on my taste buds.

M: In one word: smooth, almost silky (even poured cloudy). Nice carbonation to keep the buds alive.

D: This is one of those beers I could sip any day. This is not a beer to just slam over, but rather to savor and sip.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think I should have let this sit for a while. I may have popped this one too early.

Very cloudy golden color with one of the most persistent heads that I've ever seen. Very large, fluffy head to this one.

Smells a bit skunky. Not a very pleasant aroma, but the date says it is good til 09. Hmm..

Nice crisp bite to this one. Very characteristic of a tripel. Spicy in the beginning with a nice bite at the finish and a bit of a warming alcohol kick at the end.

Pretty good tripel.

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