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 ROMER79
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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 -3.5%
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 +9.6%
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 +5.8%
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 -3.3%
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 +8.3%
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 +15.1%
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 +13.4%
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 +17.1%
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%
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%
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 -25.9%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD of 11/13/09

Pours an effervescent & somewhat hazed straw color with 4+ fingers of pearl-white fluffed up head. Good head retention & so-so lacing

S: Grassy & lemony notes, plus doughiness

T: Grassyness, lemons & pepper up front, along with warming boozeyness. As this warms; grainyness, apple peel, banana, white grape, apricots& lemons as this warms. Finishes with jammy notes, white pepper, phenolic notes

MF: Slick, a little prickly, but warms throughout

Drinks alright, but a bit too complex too session on. A solid but not spectacular tripel

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Photo of Lambstrong
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Belgian beers and this Abbey brown ale reminded me why.

This beer is sandy golden is color with a rich creamy white head. Noted is free flowing sediment. It imparts a spicy aroma which I would place as eigher grains of paradise or corriander. It has a spicey sweet (almost honey) malty taste. The spices are really well balanced. If I didn't know this was a pale ale I may mistake this for a belgian white ale instead. Just a breat beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best before 06/12/08 (not sure if that is international/European or American order, but tasted well-ahead in either case), poured into a tulip glass:

Pours slightly hazed golden yellow with a large towering head that grows then just as quickly settles down to a thin lasting cover. Some spotted lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of citrus peel - orange/lemon with floral notes and bready spiciness.

The taste is of lemon/orange zest. Floral notes and candy sugar come through with some grainy maltiness and some bready spiciness. Fairly light in flavor, but what is there is pleasant enough. It finishes dry.

Light to medium bodied, bordering effervescent. It has a certain refreshing quality to it.

Not the most complex or rich tripel from Belgium, but the alcohol is well-covered and it is easy to drink. It has a nice aroma that doesn't quite translate as richly to the taste. One to choose for a milder version of the style.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice gold with a big carbonated head; a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass constantly replenishes the head. Aroma is yeasty and citrusy while the taste is very zesty and crisp, a little sweet, but not as great as some other beers of the style. A tad flat going down, but nothing awful. All in all a solid brew. One of the most drinkable Belgians I have had.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 1999.
Appearance: golden blond color, limpid (yeast), white foam abundant and tight.
Smell: rich and complex, aromatic nose of hops and malt
Taste and mouthfeel: bodied flavour of aromatic hops and yeast, lightly acridity pleasant taste of sweet spices.
Drinkability: good beer in the style triple

Review added 11-11-2007, translated from french 2-27-2008.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12-ounce bottle into my tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Poured a hazy, golden yellow with a mighty three-finger head, most likely due to the hard pour and tulip glass; quite rich looking, at least.

S: Smells like a thin, lemon cake doused in some sort of liquor, like limoncello. It's deep and acidic.

T: The taste is remarkably balanced, given the smell. Bitter, citric hops up front, some phenol and alcohol mix with with the bready malts in the middle, and the finish is crisp, musty, dry and fruity.

M: Mouthfeel is pale and light, despite being cloudy in composure and complex in taste. Crisp and inviting.

D: Deceptively drinkable indeed; the near 8% ABV would put an unseasoned sampler in the shithouse relatively soon if they didn't watch themselves, but it is that consumable.

Overall, I was quite pleased with the Corsendonk Pale Abbey Ale. It's definitely got that Belgian flair and complex, alcoholic trip you'd expect from an authentic tripel. Nicely done indeed.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bold goldenrod with the usual flurry of bubbles creating the usual massive crown of foam. The manila colored cap is frothyfirm and something less than sticky. It doesn't possess much of that Belgian magnificence as it melts and doesn't leave much in the way of glass coverage.

The nose gets things back on track. Although it could use a little more power, I can't fault the sun-ripened orchard fruitiness complemented by a modest sprinkling of spice. It's hard to tell from the aroma alone if the beer will be predominantly sweet, predominantly bitter and dry, or a combination of both. I guess that's what the taste buds are for.

I like the first half of each mouthful better than the last half. Abbey Pale Ale starts out like any other well-brewed tripel, with a mixture of pale malt, barely ripe apples and pears, and clove spice. It finishes as crisp and as dry as any beer of this style that I can recall. The net effect is a lack of complexity due to a premature evaporation of what should be lingering flavors. And there's nothing worse than premature evaporation.

Obviously, that last statement was a joke because this isn't bad beer by any stretch of the imagination. I like each ounce better than the one that came before, but it still doesn't give the world's best tripels (or Belgium's best... same thing) a run for their money. A little more candi sugar would a long, long way.

The failure to create and sustain a proper Belgian ale chapeau should have been my first clue that the mouthfeel would be less than stupendous. I don't mind the light-medium heft one little bit, but the bubbles are slightly too aggressive when they contact the tongue... at which point they die too quickly. As a result, the beer has less creaminess and less expansiveness than it might have. Since the bar is high here, I'm still going with an above average score.

I don't like Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale as much as I like Abbey Brown Ale and Christmas Ale, despite the fact that I've given all three identical flavor scores (Christmas Ale was my first Belgian beer and I have a sneaking suspicion that I'd score it higher nowadays). If you like a certain austere elegance from your tripels rather than the down and dirty aggressiveness of a 'Mad Bitch', give this one a whirl.

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Photo of ralree
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Overcarbonated. Light gold with a large, short-lived white head. Very transparent. Bubbles still in liquid stick to the side of the glass like a soda.

S: Banana, hops, and other fruit. Very rich-smelling. I don't like rich...

T: Weird alkaline taste - very metallic. Strong banana and apricot tastes dominate, along with a secondary hop flavor. Not really feeling this one. Hop flavor is pleasant, and it's followed by a pleasant bread aftertaste.

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

D: Drinkable, but I'll stick to the Abbey Brown Ale from these guys - it's better.

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

A- Crystal clear gold (at least on the first pour) with a nice, fluffy white head that dissipates a little too quickly.

S- Nice and fruity with bright citrus aromas and a touch of clove. Smells sweet and delicious.

T- Spicy yeast by-products are more prominent in the taste than they were in the aroma. A sweet, bready malt provides a nice backing for the fruit and spice flavors. There is a touch of an herbal taste from the hops as well as some metallic/ minerally flavors. Finishes off-dry with a fair amount of hop bitterness.

M- On the light side and highly carbonated, as a tripel should be.

D- Decent marks here lending to the light body and carbonation, as well as a relatively low ABV for the style.

This is a good beer and a nice representation of the style. Nothing mind-blowing, mind you, but solid. I'd have it again for sure. Recommended.

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Photo of bigone4
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle. Best by date clearly stamped on the neck label. 7.5% ABV. They had a suggestion for aging the ale on the back of the bottle, but I did not take the advice. Nice fluffy snow white head that receded slowly leaving a nice clingy lace down the sides of the glass. Bright pale hazy golden yellow color. Very bright yellow with mixed in sediment when back lit. Certainly a decent looking presentation with the brightness of its color and the big fluffy white head. Smell is rather sweet like sugar cookie dough. Mild fruity tones also come into the nose. Slight alcohol esters mixed in with a slight spiced note that hides in the back ground. There are hints of a sweet bread dough flavor that come to mind with the initial taste. Certainly can taste the sweetness brought on by the pale malt and the alcohol. Mild hints of hops in the finish making for a well balance taste. The flavors on the tongue certainly have that distinct Belgium flavor. Slight yeasty flavor mixed with a mild dry bitterness in the aster taste. Easy drinking and enjoyable beer. I will certainly try this offering again.

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Photo of kkipple
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at CW's Tap Room in Columbia. Came in a pretty Corsendonk chalice. Schweet.

A. Fizzy. Orange-yellow, very clear, small sticky ivory head with tons of active carbonation that lasts quite a while. Could use more head, but I ain't complaining loudly.

S. Flowers. Lightly toasty malt. Yeasty, green, citrusy. Hint of coriander.

T. Crisp, bright forward yeasty esters... mild cloves, green apples, sweet pale malts, secondary hop bitters, tart white-grapefruit citrus, spicy... a well blended, simpler Belgian from a more civilized age.

M. Bubby. Finishes dry and slightly "sharp."

This is a pretty solid beer that holds up to multiple servings. Not overly complex, but what it does it does well.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a straw color with a thick head – tight bubbles and nice lacing. The aroma is spicy/floral and the hops are apparent. The taste is spicy and subtle with some earthy flavors – nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is shy of medium. Overall, this is an easily palatable brew that simply works.

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Photo of ablaze
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden-orange with a frothy and fluffy white head that sinks after a few minutes. Light lacing.

Incense on the nose, with lemon zest, floral notes, slight spice.

Immediately tastes like marmalade followed by some scones. Sweet and citrusy oranges, lemons, and herbs. Refreshing granny apple with some faint soft peaches in the background. Light oily-smooth texture that is suitable and decent. This is a light, sweet and spicy carrot cake with a hint of whipped cream.

Nicely balanced tripel that is perfect for introducing someone to the style, and veterans can simply pick up and enjoy. Not overly robust like some tripels, but it has some substance and is rather delicious. Tasteful and satisfying.

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Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale) from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 984 ratings