Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale) | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
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 chiefydawg
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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 +0.8%
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 +7.8%
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 -6.8%
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 -19.6%
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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Photo of nightcrawler
4.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had this beer many times and this review is from the most recent tasting.

The color was a filmy tan/yellow, but in a good way. We had stirred up the yeast on purpose to make the esters as obvious as possible. I smelled obvious banana and apple peels. It made my mouth water in anticipation.

The taste is very close to the smell. It is surprisingly smooth, yeasty with a small amount of bitterness. The ale also changes as it warms. By the time a glass hits room temp, the taste of the ale comes almost completely smell. Alcohol blends into the taste as a warming. The mouthfeel is silky, just a hint of being thick.

Excellent ale and I have more than once drank more in one sitting than I should have.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint, 9.4oz / 750 ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. "Best before" date of "21/02/10" stamped on label around top of the bottle.

A: Hazy folden/amber. ~2 fingers of white head, which dissipates slowly to a thin, but frothy/dense cap. Ample lacing noted.

S: Yeasty, moderately sweet grape/raisin/fruitiness.

T: Moderate sweetness of grape/raisin/apples. Bitterness is moderately low. Perfect touch of Belgian/yeasty sourness. Alcohol is expertly blended. Nice dry finish. Absolutely fantastic.

M: Carbonation is moderately high/fine. Nice and creamy/ full mouthfeel...goes down delightfully smoothly.

D: Superb. Drinking 25 oz. bottle was a pleasure and far too easy. 7.5% ABV only noticeable in your ability to type and walk...

Future outlook: Fantastic beer that I wish I'd tried sooner. Will certainly purchase again.

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Photo of BierFan
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Lots of carbonation. As soon as I started to crack the cap the carbonation stirred up a lot of the yeast in the bottle but after I poured it there were no yeast floaties to be seen. Nice looking semi-hazy orange with a small white head that's showing no signs of dropping.

Smell: A fair amount of vanilla, a little bit of apples/pears.

Taste: The vanilla and fruitiness from the smell are present in the taste. Very creamy. It kind of reminds me of New Holland's Black Tulip Trippel, and I wouldn't be surprised if New Holland stole this beers yeast to make their tripel.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dull hazed beer that is peach colored with a white head. Nice bubbles of fine carbonation work their way up through the clean liquid.

Scent is mild and fruity. Pears and cantaloupe mixed with light cereal grains.

Taste is on par with the scent. There is a nice fruity taste that dances from pears to apricot to cantaloupe. A light peppery spice with a good bit of carbonation rocks your taste buds.

A nice easy drinking beer. It's not huge or aggressive but a fine bodied enjoyable brew. Tasty and smooth.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a slight cloudy brass-gold with a billowy white head which displayed very good retention while clinging to the glass walls leaving a thin sheet lacing on the way down. There was a light presence of yeast particles with a moderate visible carbonation.

s: The nose opens up with some bright grains, bananas, and a light fruitiness as well some citric hops.

T: a nice citric hopping, some floral notes, musky grains and a light fruitiness of soft pears and apples from the yeast. Alcohol is very well hidden for 7.5% with an overall fruity flavor which finishes dry and crisp.

M: a tight carbonation, with a nice tingling sensation with crisp grains and a dry finish off the tongue.

D: Good, clean with a well hidden abv and bright crisp grainy flavor that definitely is worthy seeking out.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -3%
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%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.3%
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 -12.3%
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 +0.3%
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 -4.8%
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 +5.3%
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 +2.8%
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 -5.3%
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 -24.4%
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 -4.8%
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%
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 -9.8%
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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Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale) from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 978 ratings