Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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

Served a crisp golden yellow with a diminishing head. The aroma was lightly floral with light fruits. There was a good balance of malt and hops with a slight yeast bite. The alcohol was somewhat present and the beer sat moderately light on the tongue with slight carbonation. This beer was somewhat enjoyable, but not the best of the style.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, named Corsendonk Agnus - Tripel. ABV is 7.5%. Courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. Very pale clear golden colour, huge head. Sweetish and fruity aroma, both fresh and fermenting fruits, slightly yeasty, hints of spices. Flavour is moderately sweet and spicy, there’s an unusual element of saltiness / sea water. Light bodied for its strength, but the alcohol is noticeable. Low bitterness.

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Photo of Stimack
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gave this one a try last evening as I love the other offerings from Brouwerij Corsendonk. This beer poured into a chalice with a golden color, with a yellow tinge to it while also possessing a huge, almost out of control white colored head that had retention and did leave some nice lacing. Not sure if the temp could have had any play on the extreme carbonation that seemed to be at play? The aroma’s where nice, sweet malt that seemed to have properties of rock candy, spiciness and pepper come out along with a citrus fruit like property. The taste is also good, lemon come out in front then it turns to more of the spices that seem to tickle the tongue. Another thing that I notice is the amount of bubbling that is going on, see a ton of bubbles transverse up the side of the glass. This is a good beer, and they way I described it above I guess I would expect to give it a better rating but for me it does not live of to its brother brews from Corsendonk. Overall I would say that this is a solid Belgium Pale but do think that there are others out there that are better and more interesting.

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Photo of crwills
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a tasting with northyorksammy, biegaman, grub, and derek. Thanks guys!

Pours a very pale and surprisingly clear yellow with a huge, bubbly head (which is the only thing that distinguishes it from looking like a light lager). Sweetish aroma, lots of yeasty elements and typical Belgian spiciness. Taste is more of the same with identifiable cloves. Sweet aftertaste.

Good, but not as good as the Abbey Brown.

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Photo of biegaman
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before 19/05/08, enjoyed February 2007.
A nice silk-screened bottle, neatly caged. Pours with huge head with big suds that sit for the entire course. A slightly musty appearance but a very pretty yellow colour. Very pretty I feel. Lots of bubbles throughout the body. Appearance a little "off" style for a tripel but nice all the same. A wonderful bouquet - grassy, floral hops, some coriander and a strong lemon coating. Right on! Well carbonated mouthfeel that carries itself quite well, medium-to-full bodied. Flavours seem to fall a little short. A little too grainy, but a nice malt that shines through. Again that lemony taste sneaks up. No alcohol present. Good, complete, simply lovely.

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Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely more of a strong pale ale than a tripel.

A: Yellow straw, white head, a little retention, good lace.

S: Floral, slightly spicy with a little candied fruit.

T: Bready, floral, grassy-earthyness & bubblegum fruityness.

M: Moderate body is somewhat creamy. Moderate carbonation.

D: Quite good.

Thanks for the sample biegaman!

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Photo of Braudog
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle: Poured with the promised giant head of white foam. My bottle was extremely sedimented. Light and airy aroma, not undifferent from a European pilsner. Lightly spicy palate , but not as flavored as I’d thought. Disappointingly bland. (#2639 - 1/7/07)

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

quarterly tasting party feb 21/07 with northyorksammy, Derek, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. biegaman contributed this one, so thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged, dated 09/05/08.

pours pale yellow with a big fluffy white head that drops slowly and leaves lots of clumpy lace.

aroma is nice. lots of yeast. bit of sourness. very fresh, earthy aroma.

taste is good. light bitterness. bit of yeast. bit of sweetness. light funk. nice bready malt. alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation works well. nice light body.

drinkability is great. very good, balanced, and very drinkable.

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Photo of Biffster
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep gold, with amber notes. The head is fluffy and persistent, with a pretty lace on the glass.

This has a rich, floral and spicy aroma, with notes of vanilla and fruit - pineapple, mango, and banana predominate. There is also a hint of spicy hops - saaz or spalt or something similar.

There are big fruity vinous notes at the sip. It is spicy and phenolic with a balancing malty note at the start. It opens up at the swallow with more spicy and hoppy notes that combine with a lingering warmth in the finish. There is a pleasant lingering spicy finish.

There is a light to medium body with a tight fluffy effervescence, giving a very light fluffy mouthfeel with a pleasant warmth and no off setting astringency.

This is always a favorite of mine. It is a great and tasty Belgian. It may seem a little small for a triple based on America's "bigger is better" beer culture, but this is an extremely well made and well balanced example of the style.

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Photo of BeerHonky
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber-ish yellow thats got a nice clarity to it. On top is a fluffy white head that, if you aren't careful, could go wild and engulf your beer vessel. Looks good. Smells slightly of the typical belgian spices and fruit esters...corriander, cloves, banana, etc. Now, in a tripel, I expect a nice big, pungent nose, but this one was disappointingly weak. There were only slight traces of these aromas. Taste was unfortunately weak as well, although not entirely upsetting after taking a few whiffs. There was also a faint detection of skunk in the airy mouthfeel which wasn't too distracting. The beer is, despite its shortcomings, rather drinkable as its flavors are much lighter and the mouthfeel being so light. So overall, I wasn't really too impressed with this one. I would not buy it again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Delirium Tremens tulip-style glass. Huge froth on top of hazy pale orange beer, really nice looking. The smell was a touch skunky, maybe this was sitting on the shelf for a long time. But I could still smell the yeasty aroma so it wasn't a completely poor aroma. The flavor was really good, similar in a bready yeasty way to St. Bernardus Tripel. Maybe a tad more sweet upfront than the St Bernardus, and the mouthfeel was very very thick. Really good Belgian pale ale.

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

I was able to buy this for what seems like a nice price, $6.05 (including tax) for a 750ml bottle. If I like it I may have to pick up a few more.

Bottle opened with a nice loud pop. Stinky, smelly initial aroma from the bottle. Poured into a large Ridel wine glass. Huge frothy very white head and dark yellow to more gold brilliantly clear with wild constant action of rising bubbles. The head leaves in a rather short order, but leaves a sticky spotty lace. Aroma includes a barnyard quality (that fades away in time) but is equally including, and maintaining, malty qualities of sweetness, softer/lighter fruitiness and somewhat sharp spiciness, all wrapped in a complex and pleasing manner.
The brief yet obvious dryness stands out, especially in contrast to the preceding sweet, fruity maltiness. The tickling of the tongue with an active carbonation seems to stimulate the taste buds, but this is subdued by the drying and a dulling light bitterness quality of the hops. The initial sweetness, with nice soft light fruity character is quite nice. The yeast and hop flavors that follow aren't' quite as pleasing, but nice enough. There appears to be some mild phenolic and yeast flavors in a peppery direction. The carbonation remains light and full, yet softens up really nicely as the bottom of the glass approaches. Moderately, to more, filling, which makes consuming the bottle easier.
In a general drinking process this is quite enjoyable. Varieties of flavors, lightness, and texture from the carbonation. The nice sweetness stands out, which makes the dryness such a stark contrast. The carbonation forces a more gradual consumption, which is fine. The alcohol is very well hidden with no sense of burning and little evidence in flavors. Enjoyable.

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

Pale gold color, a big cloudy with some floaties in the beer. Oh, what the Belgians can get away with! Monster creamy white head with excellent retention.

Clove-like phenolics, maybe a hint of banana. A bit of malt and maybe some spicy hops as well (hard to tell with the complex aroma). Despite the complexity, the aroma is clean and nice.

Spicy yeast character in the flavor - same clovey phenolics noted for the aroma. Well attenuated and fairly dry at the finish. A spicy, dry-finishing beer very in keeping with the Belgian Tripel style.

Light/Medium body and moderate-high carbonation. Very smooth, with some very gentle alcohol warming. Very nice mouthfeel in the spirit of the style.

A highly drinkable, big Belgian ale. Alcohol and phenolics are present but not overwhelming. The light body and dry finish make it very drinkable, and very in the style. Good stuff.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours light (almost yellow!) and bubbly, with a perfectly white head that sticks to the glass and lasts throughout the drink as a thin layer of dust. Aromas of biscuity malts, light candi sugar, and sharply earthy hops. Understated but beautiful. On the palate, subtlety is the order of the day. Very light body here, and light alcohol for the style, with the flavors following suit. Some pear fruits come out first, followed by a burst of sweetness and a snap of bitterness as the hops show themselves. Sharp carbonation. Dry, bread-and-pepper finish that lasts just long enough. Overall, this is a delicate, subtle triple, with no cloying sweetness. It's wonderful and full of flavor nonetheless.

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

Part of my Corsendonk Gift pack that also included a glass, and a bottle of Pater Brown Ale. 0,33 Litre brown bottle with painted label, 7.5% alcohol.
Poured into its own Corsendonk footed tulip glass. A very nice looking cloudy golden. Thick white head that threatened to overflow if pouring too aggressively. Beer always looks better in the proper glassware.
Lots of smells of citrus, orange, lemon and spices. Taste also has some citrus, light lemon tang, with some hop bitterness at the end. A complex blend of flavor and aroma. There was lots of sediment left int he bottom of the glass. Pretty full body texture, smooth and creamy, good carbonation.
A very drinkable beer, not overly intense with the alcohol well hidden. Overall, a very nice example of a Belgian Tripel.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice example of a triple. I shyed away from this one, as I had reviewd it once before and gave it a D+. After having it again though, I'm not sure why I rated it so low.

It poured a nice golden body, with a thin 1" head. Smell is of citrus and sugar. The taste is nice.. very sweet and citrusy. The level of carbonation is good, with small but plentiful bubbles. I would have this beer again.

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Photo of stcules
1.93/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Golden color, no bubbles. White and abundant head. It falls down quickly.
In the smell, a big sweet, warm fruitiness, sugary, exaggerated. Candy sugar, pear. Not balanced, too sweet.
The taste is too sweet too, and boring, with an exaggerated fruitiness (pear, pineappple, ripe peach).
Hop? Where?
No. Too sweet.
Not undrinkable, but why one would to drink it?

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

A- Big white head on a pretty clear golden body. Thick lacing that stays for VERY long time and lacing sticks to side of glass also.
S- Big fruit smell. Things like bananas and other mild fruits around that. Some European hops also. A hint of alcohol also.
T- Fruits, breads, and a light warming from alcohol pretty much hit you all at same time. The yeast plays quite a big role in this and comes through quite nicely. The alcohol gives off quite a bit of warming saying it's only 7.50%. Big fruit flavor comes through too. It's banana with something else just cant pin point what the other one is.
M- Medium body and pretty high carbonation.
D- It is very tasty. Probably will buy this again if I am in the mood for a triple.

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Photo of JasonA
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark yellow with lots of carbonation. Head quickly dissapaites into little lacing and a bit cloudy in the body.

Dont get much. Maybe some pale, yeasty smell. Little boquet, not what I expected from this "Pale Ale" labled tripel.

Pale, yeast, little hops, sweet. Leaves a bit to be desired for the style.

Sits a little syrupy, kinda nice. Good carbonation, medium bodied.

Decent flavor, not a bad tripel. However, doesnt really distinguish itself from others of the style. Prolly not one I would actively pursue or look to have.

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

Poured into my snifter glass after warming a bit.

Appearance: Pours a luminous golden yellow with a big sudsy white head and very active carbonation.

Smell: It is a big aroma of fruit, lemon, malt, Belgian yeast and light peppery and floral hops.

Taste: Starting like the nose it is lightly sweet and malty with a Belgian yeast, bread, coriander, lemon, orange and alcohol. With a crisp dry feel. This beer drinks like milk and honey and flowers (to be poetic). It is a straightforward easy drinking beer. More of a BSPA than a tippel. It does have a bit of a unique/odd medicinal aftertaste like a Halls Lozenge, but after warming to it a bit it was inoffensive and even intriguing.

Mouthfeel: Adequate carbonation in an almost medium body. Some warming effect from the vanilla booze is left on the palate.

Drinkability: It is a very flexible easy sipping beer. Though not a session beer, it could go before during or after a meal, with or with out cheese and certainly (as my PA Dutch dad would say) ‘more-ish’.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was first introduced to this beer by friends on a trip to Brussels, Belgium. Since then, it has become one of my sustainable favorites. I decided I should take some time to sit down and really review it: (#143351 per cork) out of a 750ml corked bottle.

A- Poured into its very own Corsendonk footed tulip glass, nice release of carbonation to a 3 finger creamy, sudsy head. A very nice golden/ mello cloudy color. Overall, a very enticing look to the beer in the glass.

S- Intense initial smells of orange zest/peels, nice citrus aroma, with a hint of lemon, light hops, and spices.

T- A very refreshing, light lemony/tangerine...with a sense of cooled fruit cakes. A nice hop bitterness, that shows it's best complexity at about 55deg. The sediments of this beer are incredible, with a nice orange bitterness, full body texture and great finish to the bottom of a nice beer.

M- Nice creamy texture, great comination of flavors/carbonation/and body in the mouth.

D- A very drinkable beer, smooth, not overly intense, but shows great complexity. Overall a very nice refreshing Belgian. I've had beers with more complexity and distinction, but I truly do enjoy this beer every time I drink it!
As stated on the bottle: Zalig Genieten "Gloriously Enjoy"

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Photo of EPICAC
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Berenbak in Antwerp

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden. A thick, foamy, white head thins to a quarter-inch layer leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Very fruity, with strong sour apple aromas, yeast and light spice.

Taste: Light, sweet fruit upfront, mostly sour apple. This fades into a peppery and grainy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, a little bit of creaminess.

Drinkability: Tasty and easy to drink, with a nice refreshing quality.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours with a huge fluffly/soapy white head (about four fingers in height). It has excellent retention and slowly evaporates to a creamy and constant half-finger cap on top of the beer. Sticky and chunky lacing is left along the side of the glass as you drink this beer. The color is pale straw with some honey-like colors as well. There is a lot of visible carbonation activity.

Smell - Slight sourness up front with notes of floral and fruity hop aromas. Dates, figs, plum, and apricot make up this fruit scent, although the aroma isn't of over-ripe fruit, as with Belgian dark ales. Some sweet slightly burnt sugar smells in the middle. A sweet and bready malt scent ties it altogether. Only slight alcohol is present on the nose.

Taste - Tart sourness again up front, with the same fruity and floral character as in the smell. The burnt sugars really come out strong after this initial hop flavor, with emphasis on a sightly burnt flavor overall. A malt foundation comes through, slightly sweet but with overall sourness paired with it. It has a bready and slightly over-cooked (but not roasted) flavor. Moderate to low alcohol throughout.

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation, but not of a level that is unpleasant or overly "bitey". Fairly light-bodied and has a moderately dry mouthfeel and dries up significantly more into the aftertaste. Low smoothness, but as to be expected for this style.

Drinkability - Quite refreshing beer overall. It is light in body and easy to drink. One 750ml of this stuff will be no problem at all.

This stuff paired excellently with my tortellini pasta in a garlic cream sauce with some cajun, blackened chicken on top. This is definitely a recommended brew, and likely a wonderful pairing beer to compliment many styles of cuisine.

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Photo of medic25
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow color, with a frothy white head. Pleasant yeasty smell. Taste is lighter and less sweet than other tripels. Crisp dry flavor, a little spicy. Clean, peppery aftertaste. Probably one of the first Belgians I was ever exposed to; still one I enjoy breaking out.

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Photo of aquaderek
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in my wine cellar for about 1 year. Poured into my Michael Jackson, Beer Hunter, tasting glass. It pours with a thick head that diminishes to chunky creamy clumps. Looks very appetizing. The nose yeasty orange brown sugar. Taste smooth and creamy, I like this beer nothing is overpowering, just smooth and drinkable.

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