Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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899 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 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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Photo of vwcraig
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Dawg's Bottle Shop
Poured an appealing golden-orange color into a goblet. Thick,bright white uneven head about 2 fingers high. Settled to a half-inch head with a slow-rising column of carbonation.

First smell was very sweet and kinda soapy.

Tasted like an average tripel but was very bitter and drying. Also noted a metallic taste as it warmed.

Mouthfeel was on the lighter side with a pleasing amount of carbonation.

Not one of my favorite abbey tripels but I may try to review again at a later time.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice frothy head, really thick, w/insane lacing and impressive retention. Some floaties in the mix add a nice touch.

S: Sweet-smelling, yeasty aroma with a clean hop nose.

T: Tasty malt or earthy flavor with a fruit-like middle, followed by a dry hop finish. Alcohol hidden well, great tasting beer.

M: Dry and smooth on the palate. Somewhat rich and silky, yet creamy and well-bodied.

D: With a great flavor combination, and a satisfying finish, would drink a few not noticing the modest, yet still formidable, abv. despite its being lower than the average.

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Photo of psinderson
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into oversized wine goblet.

Appearance: Nice bright golden color with a thick, powerful white head of foam that looks almost like whipped cream. Lots of little effervesent bubbles.

Smell: Noble hop aroma with a malty background. Some fruit sweetness lingers. Some alcohol present, but not strong.

Taste: A fruity malt up front with a slight hoppy finish with some alcohol. There's no much in the middle; lacking a little complexity.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is perfect. The taste sticks on the tounge a little bit, but not bad.

Drinkability: This is a beer that hides the ABV pretty well with only a couple of hints. Goes down well...drinker beware!

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

Finally got a chance to try this brew. From a large corked bottle, this one pours a clear golden-yellow color with a huge white head. Very good lace, intricate and sticky. The aroma is herbal and earthy. There’s a little peppery phenols and a rustic cereal character. The yeastiness is present, but not as pronounced as I’d expected. The brew is a little dry, with a very herbal hoppiness that presents a solid bitterness, lasting throughout the taste. Fairly high carbonation, combined with a medium body. The finish is spicy and bitter. Very enjoyable.

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

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale yellow with an off white tall and frothy head which rose and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity and earthy wtih a lgihtly spicy and peppery nose. The aroma contained a lightly sweet presence as well.

The flavor was earthy with a light Belgian yeast spice and low pepper. The earthy and lightly woodsy hop presence was cause for a well balanced dryness on the palate.

The finish was dry with a light malt impression and an earthy, peppery character into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium with a high carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. A decent Belgian Pale Ale/Tripel.

Corsendonk Agnus in proper glass at Strijdersjhuis in Brugge on 9/13/06.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale honey color, creamy head, resulting in considerable lace and a bit of sediment. Bouquet is malty, some spice, with a bright lemon zest. The taste features refined malts and yeast, lemon and spices, a hint of cherry and candy, with a little alcohol at the end. Full yet mellow mouth, bright on the front palate, creamier and a little sweet on the back. Great drinkability. Should definitely be served at the suggested temp of 45-55 degrees F.

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Photo of Viggo
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty old bottles, so wasn't sure what to expect as I haven't heard of anyone trying to age this.

Pours a hazy gold, pretty chunky, thick white head forms, lots of lace and great retention. Smell is sweet, citrus, yeast, spices, very malty, nice. Taste is malty up front, very grainy and yeasty, citrus, lots of caramel in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with high carbonation, but quite smooth going down. Turns out to be pretty good. I'll sample it fresh again.

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

One of the few interesting things available at the store I stopped by... Paired it with a fresh salad and shrimp scampi over orzo.

Appearance: pours a pale gold color, mostly clear with some haze (probably hadn't had enough time to settle after traveling). Nice big head, good lace. Pretty much what you expect from a Belgian golden ale.

Smell: It's amazing how distinctive Belgian yeast smells. Lots of that Belgian character, sweet citrus, some spicy hops in the background.

Taste: not as complex as a tripel should be, but not bad.Sweet at the front, but finishes nicely on a dry note. Some fruit and yeast flavors, and a bit of spice. Some alcohol, as well.

Mouthfeel: On the high side of the carbonation scale, light-medium body.

Drinkability: Above average for sure, but (at least at the price I paid for it) too expensive to want to buy again.

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

Appearance: Pours a beautiful and effervescent hazy golden yellow, with a lacy and equally bubbly head. The head subsides a bit, but remains at a lower level as long as beer remains in the glass. Not a whole lot in the way of yeast sediment, which surprised me. A friend brought this back from Belgium, so it's probably a bit fresher than most of the bottles I've enjoyed.

Smell: Before it warmed up, my weak nose detected a definite spicy character, with a coriander-like scent being most prominent. Hop aroma was slight at first, but as the beer warmed up it seemed to be more noticeable. I would also say it has this yeasty scent I can't really describe well except to call it "pleasantly earthy," and reminds me of one or two saisons I've had-- most notably Foret. Overall, the smell is pleasant, but not as interesting as I expected.

Taste: A great balance of bitter, sweet and earthy, especially as this one warms up. While the hop aroma is subtle, hop flavor is in the foreground. I definitely should have let the bottle sit on the counter for a few minutes before popping the cap! If, like me, tripels on the sweeter side scare you away, this might be a beer for you.

Mouthfeel: For a pale ale, this beer has some noticeable body to it. Mouthfeel is very interesting-- some fine (and not at all excessive) carbonation to be sure, but also not as light as I anticipated.

Drinkability: Excellent. Great balance of flavors. The body is a little heavier than some of the tripels I've tried, but it's not overwhelming. The alcohol is well disguised by the dominant flavors.

This one definitely benefits from warming up slightly-- the flavor really starts to take shape after a few minutes in the glass. I'm sure my patience would have been well rewarded! I am curious to know if some unmalted wheat was used in brewing this ale; I could be completely off, but the haze, mouthfeel and nice head retention lead me to suspect this might be the case. Overall, I would certainly recommend this beer to anyone who appreciates hoppier Belgian golden ales and tripels that tend towards the drier side. Recommended.

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Photo of klewis
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden with a big frothy head. Moderate lacing.

S: Spicy and phenolic with a touch of alcohol.

T: A light malt flavor at the start gives way to flavors of spice and citrus and plenty of hop bitterness. A good time for your tongue.

M: Medium-full body with a good deal of fine carbonation. Quite warm in the finish.

D: A very nice beer indeed. Complex taste and a nice mouthfeel make this a great drinking experience.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy yellow color with a generous head. Smell is sweet, with many spices involved. The taste is not as big as I was anticipating. It mostly consists of the same spices and sweetness, but there fails to be any real explosion in my mouth like traditional belgian tripels. This beer would probably be alright if one hadn't tried a tripel before, but once you've had the best of them its not great.

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Photo of Foxman
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a vivid, flashy gold, clear and quite carbonated. Two fingers of tight white, creamy head settle over some time. Points of fine lacing dot the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings an earthy and mildly sour grain sweetness, along with touches of vanilla an, butterscotch, and crisp green apple. A light, general hop and spice bouquet mitigates the alcoholic air.

Upon tasting, a moderately sweet and somewhat grassy grain character is crisped by an edge of apple and clove. A rounded yeast note cohabitates the middle with zesty pepper and a thin stream of alcohol. The finish is a quick drop from hint of residual biscuit to a dry, lingering bitterness. It's reasonably tasty, but the impatient ending is disappointing.

Medium bodied, the feel on the palate is very dry and crisp, and a rapid remnant of the finish.

It's like a novel that's 3/4 great, but the author gets bored and chintzes on the ending. It's not an abject failure, but it doesn't deliver on some fair upfront promise. The crispness and sassiness add a refreshing aura, but the ABV parnters with the other missteps to make you wonder if it's worth drinking in the future. So the bottle is finished, and really, so is my curiosity about this beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although the beer is promoted as a trippel, I would say it is closer to a traditional Belgian pale ale. Moderate head given the style, nice lace. Cloudy, dark straw color.

Malty aroma with very little hop. Despite the alcohol level (7.5%), it's not discernible.

Refreshing malt flavor, low hop taste. Full bodied like most Belgians. Slightly above average carbonation.

Easily consumable, this is an excellent introduction to the Belgian world of beers. If you find this enjoyable, you'll likely find most of them delicious.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hamersly's Bistro in Boston has a fairly interesting beer list; this was one of them. It was a nice yellow color with an amazingly thick, sticky head. It had a sweet aroma. Taste was spice and honey, very pleasant. Good mouthfeel, not too thin. A nice beer to have on a warm summer day when you're waiting for a good meal.

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

A - a pale golden yellow pour, with a 1/2 finger of white head, almost no carbonation visible

S - a typical belgian aroma, ginger and coriander type aroma with a honey and hops background

T - that same spiciness translates well to the flavor, along with that subtle background hoppiness, a very nice balanced flavor

M - very smooth, had 3 other Bud drinkers try this and they all liked it

D - high, smooth and tasty, a nice abbey ale

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

Light gold in color with good carbonation. Smells like a Czech Pilsner with light fruit and spice in the background. Dry, tangy, apple, clove, citrus with a very slight bitterness. Light and smooth. Slightly salty finish, long finish. Adding the yeast from the bottom takes away the dryness and adds spice.

Personally, I like to drink Belgian beer with no yeast at first, then add some of the yeast from the bottle later. This is one beer that tastes quite different with the the yeast mixed in. I don't think I would know it was the same beer if the top half and bottom half were poured into two different glasses.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked champagne bottle, 2005 edition, served in a balloon glass. It pours an unfiltered golden-orange with a finger of white head that leaves rings and sheets of lacing. It smells spicy and phenolic with notes of lemon, banana, along with some tartness and faint alcohol. The body is medium to thick and fairly smooth, and the beer is grassy/spicy, with hints of pear, melon rind, green apple?, wheat, faint yeast, a mild bitterness, and a bit of alcohol. Not too complex, but still a good, highly drinkable tripel.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

POP! went the cork upon opening this beer. There is something just so damn cool about beers that have corks. I have yet to drink a beer with a cork in it that I did not like. Beers with corks instead of bottle caps just kick ass plain and simple. Anyways, this is the first Belgian beer I ever tried and it was introduced to me by a good friend so my review may be a bit biased. Poured into my snifter. This beer is a nice cloudy golden color with copperish/orange highlights, like a good pale ale should be! Nice, white foamy head is about 2/3 inch thick when poured before settling to a nice surface coating with excellent lace. Aroma wise there is definitely some sweet malt and floral hoppiness along with some grapefruit, citrus like smells. As far as I am concerned the taste of this beer is pure perfection as far as Belgian pale ales are concerned. Big, bold sweet, candied malt flavors with a bit of clove, spice and orange are present and the taste is rounded out with some citrus, floral, hop flavor. Very good balance between the sweet malt the the citrusy bitterness. The aftertaste is a bit dry and bitter (hence the hops). Just the right amount of hop bitterness. Has a very crisp, yet frothy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. I find this beer to be quite drinkable as well. The perfect Belgian pale ale for me and the best I have yet to drink. I challenge someone to find another Belgian tripel and tell me that it is better than this one! If so I will try it and be my own judge!


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Photo of moderndrunkard
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer foaming! Beer foaming! Uh oh! Running to sink! Spilling beer! Oh god, precious beer!

Alright, alright. Deep breaths. Everything's going to be ok....

Yes, <ahem> anyways...

This beer pours a cloudy, light yellow color. I like it to call it Hefeweizen yellow. Not too much head in mine. It dropped all over the floor and sink I suppose. Not altogether unappealing.

The smell, though, the smell...ahhh....sweet and yeasty. Wheaty too. Can effervescence be a smell? cause if it can, then this beer's got it. There's also a slight sourness, like a tiny presence of lemons. Extremely invitigng. I don't even want to drink it anymore, just smell it all night long, baby. Ok, maybe that's a lie. I confess. I do want to drink it.

I do drink it. And it's spritzy. very carbonated. And tangy. A little spicy, as any good wit should be, with a mild nutmeggy, cinnamony flavor. Very refreshing, and a great summertime beer. Much more full-bodied than Hoegaarden, which will you give you points with me everytime. I could drink a couple mroe of these and be pretty damn happy.

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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
3.95 out of 5 based on 899 ratings.
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