Corsendonk Apple White | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Brouwerij Corsendonk

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 09-01-2008

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by blakesell:
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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml caged and corked bottle into a German Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance- Beer pours cloudy and yellow with a huge pillowy head that rises insanely high to the top of the glass, a full 9 fingers going by the finger judgment scale. Lacing is slow to die down but eventually does and does leave some ample lacing.

Smell- Apple is no joke here, crisp apple cider scents with a light witbier wheatiness and pilsner malts. A dry champagne nose is also present, a light graininess is also coming in as the beer warms. Very suitable for the style along with a lot of apple.

Taste- Sweet tart fiji apples, lots of wheat content, a lot of honey flavor, the taste actually goes against everything that makes up a witbier. The smell was closer to what a wit should smell like along with an overly apple scent, the taste is completely off. It is sticky and sweet and a good beer that I don't mind tasting, but so off style that I have to dock it at least a half point.

Mouthfeel- Strangely sticky for the low ABV. It also gives the perception of warming which shouldn't be possible at all for such a low gravity beer. Medium bodied, not near as highly carbonated as the appearance suggests, I would call it medium low in carbonation.

Drinkability- Smooth and drinkable. Not something I particularly prefer, but it is a smooth drinkable ale. As Corsendonk goes, this is the least likely to be repeated of their lineup.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a light hazed burst of sunrise gold, imagine a keller bier or a really yeast wit bier, large voluminous bright white head is fluffy like some cotton candy. Lacing is fine but speckled, head retention is pretty solid.

Aromatics first off the bat I'm picking up sharp citrus zest with a touch of spiced anise. Apple is there but not at the forefront the wit bier combo outweighs the apple at least in the nose.

Flavor battles it out, instead of harmonizing I feel the apple and citrus with wit spices are opposing forces on my palate. As the label puts it beer brewed with spices (coriander, orange zest, and licorice) with natural flavors. No apple juice here just some apple extract, however I'm proud to report that it doesn't reach the artificial Jolly Rancher green apple that most of these Belgian flavored beers usually pull off. The coriander is light and anise tones are very modest, again heavy citrus peel bitterness with a juicy apple finish sums up the flavor profile for me. Alcohol plays real no effect on the flavor this is much like one of the Welch's sparkling apple ciders but with more yeast and spice flavorings. One for the girlfriend to sample, don't attempt a whole 750ml bottle a dessert beer with Belgian candi sugar added to the mix for sure.

Mouthfeel is light and airy with fluffy soothing carbonation, light bodied slightly sticky with residual sugars. You could definitely reduce this and pour it over any dessert as a syrup.

Drinkability is okay as an aperitif or a dessert beer but not one to stand on it's on. I may get a sugar high on this one, it doesn't do any justice for Corsendonk I love their abbey brown and the Abbey pale isn't bad, this one just turns their label into a Lindeman's wannabe.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Cleveland. A fresh smell, apple. Yellow cloudy appearance, lace. Its apple juice, carbonated. Real apple juice or artificial flavour added? Average mouthfeel. OK drinkability.Hay, straw, sugar, on the too sweet side.orriander, spritzy carbonation.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold, with a thick head and no lace.

Aroma is like fresh apple juice. Appealing and delicious!

Taste is sweet and thick, and reminds (not surprisingly) of a smoother, less alcoholic cider. Not too sour or artificial with the apple. Nice touch.

At only 3.1% ABV, this one's easy to drink and quite mellow.

My aged bottle seemed to have blended the apple, coriander, orange zest, and licorice into a light cider. Not bad at all, but not one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork & cage with a metallic gold and green label.

Pours a very cloudy peach colored body (looks like a mimosa) beneath a frothy head of bright white that drops readily and leaves only minor lacing.

The nose displays coriander / spice, orange peel, mild sweet apple... it's more witbier than apple in the aroma, but the flavor is more apple than witbier! It expresses distinct, sweet apple upfront, followed by a note of anise, wheat malt, and then some orange at the swallow followed by more anise in the finish.

Interesting and low-alcohol, this makes an easy drinking beer at parties, or an excellent apertif or after-dinner drink. And it would probably pair fairly well with sweet items for dessert, maybe gingerbead cookies and vanilla ice cream or carrot cake.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The name is not deceiving at all...

A- Bright almost glowing yellow color. Similar to the color of Allagash white. Nice white head. Really glowing, I cannot stress that enough. Cloudy and hazy at times, carbonation bubbles came through though.

S- Smell was sour apple. Green apples to be exact. Some spice, but mostly apple. Real apple and not that fake syrupy stuff...

T- Exactly what I expected. Fascinating and damn tasty. Granny smith apples, apple pie, corriander, spice, and a real nice wheaty bite. I was surprised at how good this beer tasted. The flavors are not cloying at all.

M- Slick and light bodied.

D- This could go down all night long. Easy drinking with the ABV being so low. Tart, sweet, somewhat sour. A very interesting and tasty brew from Corsendonk.

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Photo of muskie4817
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of errantnight
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, almost milky pale orange straw with an abundant, creamy head that leaves little lacing and dies down quickly but has superb retention (so maybe my glass was to blame for the poor lacing). I don't mind hazy beers, but the milky/dirty look knocks this down a bit in my book.

Aroma is rich and complex, musty apple against a light warm spice, but it's towards the licorice or star anise end, a bit earthy and a hint of sharpness to it. Rich and complex, but I also don't love how it pulls together.

The taste hits home the blend of apple flavoring, although it's more of a red delicious than a granny smith, and the finish is sweet instead of dry, and musty funky instead of sharp and tangy. Blend of flavors with a nice bready maltiness and the subtle interplay of spices make this enjoyable, but it's a bit too sweet (and expensive) for a refreshing summer or spring brew.

Mouthfeel is very nice, creamy with a bit of a lift at the finish, but moderately bodied.

Despite my reservations, it's an interesting and complex brew, and it gets marks for that even if I find it a bit sweeter and a bit richer than I'd want in a wit, particularly such a low ABV wit. Masterful touch with the spices, here, however.

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Photo of liamt07
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 750ml into some tulips. Civic day tasting.

Poured a very pale yellowish white. Moderate retention and lace. Nose of apple cores and flesh, some light tart green apple notes and mild citrus rind. Taste has some light tart notes initially, but has a general apple juice profile to it. More red apple notes than green apple, with the sweetness overpowering the tartness and minimal acidity. Moderate spicing. Low bubbly carbonation, would've liked a strong mouthfeel with a bit more spritz. Mild tartness in the finish, a general air of apple juice is really all that can truly derived from this; fairly artificial if that. Alcohol content improves its drinkability.

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Photo of Dilan25
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of SadMachine
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy pale straw yellow in color. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a thin film over the entire surface of the beer and a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Very light/mild aromas of citrus and spices but the aroma is dominated by the smell of apple juice.

T: Tastes like a sweeter than normal witbier, there is a light hint of the wheat flavors, some light citrus notes, and very light hints of spices. But overall there is a moderate presence of the apple juice with just a slightest hint of bitterness but the lingering flavor is sweet.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely refreshing, extremely easy to drink, and extremely enjoyable. I could easily drink this beer all afternoon long, even on the hottest day.

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Photo of Beeradelphia
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of BuzzFee
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of wonothesane42
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mactrail
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This stuff is quite lovely in the tall Maredsous glass with a big pile of foam on the bubbly pale golden brew. The smell is musty and cidery. Mouthfeel is quite spritzy and soda-like.

The first sip is like the last-- sweet and fruity. The apple flavor is quite good. It reminds me of the Mexican sidra, only sweeter. This doesn't really taste much like cider since it lacks the bitterish edge or even the acidic tang that is more appealing. I fail to detect any beer qualities except for the handsome, persistent white foam.

I don't quite know what to make of this. If you call it a fizzy apple drink with a light touch of alcohol, it's quite good. If this is supposed to be some kind of beer, much less a Witbier, it's hard to make the case. Whatever this is, it's quite a tasty but sweet soda-like brew. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Ibis Market in San Diego.

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Photo of salvy31
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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