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 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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Photo of rallison
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don't know if I'd call this a tripel, but it is a decent beer.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a massive, 4 finger fluffy white head that never, ever dies. Smells of mild pale malts with a bit of Belgian Yeast.

Taste is decent - touch of sweetness from the malt with some Belgian yeast and earthiness. Not very complex, but decently tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice - decent enough carbonation for the style.

Drinkability is good.

Overall, a good, but somewhat boring, Belgian pale. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I wouldn't turn down a pint of it either.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgian Chalice

A - Yellow corn color and slightly cloudy with tons of yeasties floating around the glass. Probably the most I've ever seen in a glass, perhaps I should have poured more carefully. Head is large at about 1inch and slightly rocky, but it fades quickly to a thin layer. Lacing is moderate but not too sticky.

S - Smells much like a good tripel, with yeasty belgian spice right up front and a slight dose of sweetness. Hops are slightly present in a dry, citrusy manner.

T - Smooth and refreshing. Light fruity and hop bitterness with great dose of Belgian yeast spiciness. Lemony pepperness.

M - Very nice tingle from carbonation and a medium body. Ends with a bit of dryness and still some residual sweetness.

D - Apart from the appearance, this is a very solid brew. Wonderfully refreshing and light but full of flavor and complexity. Very little alcohol effect. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretaste notes: Not a true abbey ale like the Trappists, this is a Belgian beer brewed in the abbey tradition. The label on the pack I bought it in instructed me to give this one a bit of aging before drinking, but I'm going to have a couple now and set one aside for later.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a clear golden color with the slightest bit of haze. Massive foamy top here, had to wait a bit for the head to go down to finish pouring the bottle, even after only letting the beer trickle into the glass tilted. Sticky lacing remains after head retains for a good few minutes. Yeast was poured into a shot glass and drank separately.

Smell: Classic light Belgian aroma. Belgian yeast with light fruits, subdued though. Milder aroma than some others I've had.

Taste: Very mild, especially for the style. Enjoyable taste without hitting you in the face with alcohol taste, allowing some of the other characteristics of the brew to come out. Light fruits as it enters into the mouth... sweet leading into some hop flavors, then finishing crisp and smooth. Hops become much more pronounced as the beer warms. Very nice, but don't let this one warm up too much.

Notes: At 7.5% this is mild to moderate in comparison to some of the other Tripels out there, but without sacrificing flavor... However it was the relative lack of complexity that puts this beer into a lower tier than some of the other Belgians out there. Nevertheless, this was a good one that I may pick up again.

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on queue in the fridge for a few weeks, today its number was called.

A: Nice straw yellow in color. Pours with a nice fluffy head. Fades to a very thing ring with an island the shape of Alaska, I kid you not.

S: Very mild for a triple. There is the nice fruity yeasty aroma, but somewhat subdued.

T: Very nice. A very classy yet mild triple. It has all the flavors I have grown to love. Lemony Citrus, Clove, Bubblegum and a hint of hops. It's a great beer.

M; Full bodied yet nice and light. Effervescent, yet finishes dry. Bartender pour me another please.

D: Yes! If I could get this in a 750 ml it would be perfect. I had to settle for the little brother though (355 ml). It is an easy drinking beer that tastes great.

Overall: I love Belgian beers sooo much now. I visited several years back. I just wish I knew then what I know now and had a true appreciation for what they do. This is such a wonderful beer. It's not over the top at all. Its easy drinking, it tastes good, it’s Belgian, and its beer. What more can you ask for. Oh yes I know how bout the Corsendonk Brown or chocolate perhaps. I just happen to have a brown in the closet waiting its turn. I will put it in the fridge so that I can enjoy it in the very near future.


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Photo of Illinick
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw gold and after vigorous pour opaque. Big explosive chunky head that dissipates and remains at about a 1/2 inch. Above average lacing.
S: Yeasty and slightly earthy up front. Followed by tart baked pineapple, apple and some pear.
T: Follows the nose with some yeasty flavors up front, slight candi and some tart baked citrus and pineapple flavors. Some spice peeking through at mid-bottle and finishes with a creamy tart fruit at the end. Finsihes dry and is somewhat sweet and dry at the same time throughout.
MF: Creamy MF that finishes on the dry side.
Overall: A solid tripel that unfortunately does nothing to attain its potential. An OG to be sure and a solid intro to the style. Doesn't let down, but does nothing to "wow" you either. Just plain solid.

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Photo of giblet
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

update: i had this again. this time out of a 12 oz bottle from a 4 pack. again the pour and head and lace were very impressive. the smell was fresher and the taste was quite pleasing. i am upping my rating on appearance, smell and taste. i am happy i gave this another chance. a very refreshing light ale.

maybe the first bottle was not as good...more likely my palate was not as ready!


i had very high expectations for this beer. paid eight dollars for a 1 pint 9 oz corked bottle. poured into a snifter.

appearance was decent, large head good carbonation, slight haze and very yellow color. smell was decent. not a strong smell but some citris and freshness. the flavor was the major let down. i expected stronger tastes. this tasted good but was very light.

glad i tried it. i will not buy it again cuz for 8 bucks i can find many that i like more.

suckem up and movem out.


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

Pours a hazy pale golden orange color with an explosive soapy white head, left some light lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is of candi sugar, tart apple, & honey. The taste is sweet from the candi sugar, some honeysuckle, granny smith apple. The brew tends to stay on the sweet side. The feel is well carbonated and finished a bit slick and sweet. Besides being a bit unbalanced on the sweet side, this is a pretty good tripel and at 7.5% alcohol you can drink a few and still remember your name.

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Agnus Dei (Abbey Pale Ale) from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 977 ratings