Corsendonk Rousse
Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Brouwerij Corsendonk
Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #130
Ranked #26,333
3.56 | pDev: 14.61%
Mar 10, 2022
Nov 11, 2010
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Photo of misteil
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by misteil from Ireland

man, having just come off drinking a bottle of faro, i was quite ready to enjoy a less sweet beer, but here we are again with a very sweet beer, almost cloying but not quite, brown bread malt flavours, toffee, almond, oaky, quite sweet indeed, little bit of bitterness on the finish, light to medium body with medium carbonation, sticky, odd beer, goofy name, not bad, not good

Mar 10, 2022
3.75 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Mar 05, 2022
2.85 by DvdP from Netherlands on Dec 06, 2020
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2.69/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75
by JonnoWillsteed from England

I've just realised that Corsendonk use a generic 330ml bottle and info on the specific beer in it can be found on a paper neck lable.
L- Quite deep amber, clear, pours with 2mm fine-bubble just off-white head.
S- Just some mild spices.
T- Rich, then swiftly into a spicy edge. Then back in to a notably sweet note.
F- At 8% I'd prob expect an alcohol 'zing' on my palate but not here. Perhaps the sweetness smothers it.
O- The notable sweetness of this beer just doesn't work for me, at all. That was a real surprise coming from a $-Belgian monastic beer. Sad to say I wouldn't buy it again.
330ml bottle BB 03/07/2022. Bought from BeerOfEurope (UK).

Mar 16, 2020
4.59 by Shan-man from New Jersey on Feb 07, 2020
4.05 by 88caprice from Virginia on Jul 25, 2019
Photo of scootny
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by scootny from New York

This is a great looking beer. Brilliantly clear with a deep ruddy amber' almost the color of the red label circling the neck. A thick creamy head that leaves a lot of lace and a nice covering.

As I take in the aroma, I get sweet brown bread, alcohol, dark candi sugar. Light hops.

Taste is sweet, malty and lightly bitter. Simple and delicious. Traces of figs and and toffee. Finish is mildly hopped with a faint minty alcohol and dark fruits and bread. No hint of the strength of this brew.

Feel is crisp, lightly creamy and smooth. Much lighter in the mouth than the abv would have you expect.

This is a surprise winner. If I had a sixpack of these I'd be in trouble. This is so easy drinking, so sessionable that it's made for trouble.

Jan 09, 2019
3.57 by chrishiker1409 from New York on Dec 14, 2018
3.66 by pkalix from California on Aug 26, 2018
3.75 by SSGCujo from Wisconsin on Jul 04, 2018
3.83 by brutalist from Pennsylvania on Apr 20, 2018
Photo of Dzu
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dzu from Russian Federation

Poured from 0.33 l bottle into tulip.
L: Light ruby with a massive white foam head.
S: Citrus, belgian yeasts.
T: Sweets, caramel, plums, red berries.
F: Medium body and carbonation,
O: Too swwt fro me but very good.

Apr 14, 2018
3.75 by paulish from New York on Mar 12, 2018
3.91 by Luiz0930 from California on Jan 30, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by KonigObHops from Ohio

This beer did not our quite as red as I would have expected. It was mor of a red-tinted copper color. The head was a very fluffy ivory. The Belgian lacing was nice.

The aroma was malty with a hint of cherry and some cloves.

The initial taste was sweet, but not overpoweringly so. There is some acidity up front as well. The middle had some nice peppery notes, and the beer finished with a bit of cherry that warmed on the tongue. Hops were very smooth throughout.

The mouth feel was crisp up front with a smooth finish. The beer was well balanced. For an 8%, you would expect some alcohol on the tongue, but it’s not there, which could make this beer dangerous!

American craft beer lovers will probably be wishing for more hops since that seems to be the hallmark of most craft beers these days. This red ale has that signature vinegary hint to it, but other than that, it does not adhere to the style. Instead, this is a smooth, subtly fruity beer that goes down easy.

Dec 26, 2017
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3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Wonderful net of lacing.

Malty sweetness, some hints of peppery belgian phenols.

Overbearingly sweet to the taste, though there are some nice crackery malts in there.

Fairly unique.

Feb 07, 2017
3 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation on May 18, 2016
3.81 by Antyk from Belgium on Apr 17, 2016
4.02 by dougbreathe from France on Mar 28, 2016
4.1 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Mar 28, 2016
Photo of Dentist666
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Poured into tulip.
Pours clear amber/copper with rose hues beer with thick off-white head, moderate retention.
Smell - malty, peppery, belgian yeasts, resembles tripel
Taste - sweet malty, fruity, peppery, belgian yeasts, uncommon. Hops are forgotten.
Sticky body, smooth and silky, medium carbonation. Pleasant texture.
Unique brew.

Mar 19, 2016
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3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by bark from Sweden

The colour is amber-copper (30 EBC), the liquid is clear. The tree finger head is compact and amber, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is bitter-sweet with some metal/iron, caramel and red fruits (raspberry jam and cherries). Some chemical meaty notes. I don’t like the metal notes.

The taste is very sweet, almost like drinking unmixed fruit squash. Red fruits/berries, caramel, strawberry flavoured candy and some brown sugar. Medium body. The aftertaste is more balanced with caramel, brown sugar and rosehips. Some dry/bitter notes and mixed spices (nutmeg, allspice, cloves) in the background. The smooth finish is all brown sugar.

The carbonation is very strong, the small bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is sticky.

Too sweet and one-handed for me.

Jan 19, 2016
2.26 by franzhelmut from Italy on Dec 12, 2015
3.98 by SassaDog from Iceland on Nov 07, 2015
1.5 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden on Nov 05, 2015
3.62 by JMUduke from Taiwan on Oct 23, 2015
3.43 by JamFuel from Sweden on Oct 06, 2015
4.09 by Yoann from France on Aug 06, 2015
3.78 by der_meister from Ukraine on Aug 04, 2015
Photo of Zet
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Zet from Netherlands

Nice promising dark amber look with a heavy head of foam. I like the bottles as well, with the text printed directly on the bottle. Makes it very, well, abbey-ish. Nice spicy and yeasty smell with lots of cloves present. The taste doesn't seem to match the smell however: fruity, with hints of cherries, peach and caramel. Very sweet, a bit too sweet for my liking. Hop bitterness seems to be lacking. 8% abv, but this beer manages to hide this well. Not a bad beer, but like I mentioned before, too sweet for me.

Jul 08, 2015
2.92 by rpopescu from Netherlands on Jun 19, 2015
3.25 by aztraz from Sweden on Jun 05, 2015
3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Apr 26, 2015
3.11 by Rivoire from France on Apr 07, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by patre_tim from Thailand

A: Golden like peach juice, cloudy, lots of fine bubbled carbonation and a huge 5 finger yellowish brown head with an almost pink tinge. Some random lacing.

S: Lemony like a lemon pie, Belgian yeasts. Much like a triple. Some light spicy pepper notes.

T: Sweet, peppery, guava, cloves, really interesting.

M: Medium syrupy body with light carbonation.

O: Really interesting brew. I was pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness of it, so I love it. Bought in Kunming, drank here April 4th, 2015.

Apr 04, 2015
3.5 by mattfancett from England on Aug 27, 2014
3.5 by Kampfar from Germany on Aug 08, 2014
3.75 by Nordin on Aug 02, 2014
4.75 by kwkim from Korea (South) on Apr 24, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by DJLehnherr from France

My favorite of the Corsendonk beers. The rousse poured out darkish amber, with a red tint perhaps, and a smallish white head. A bit yeasty scent, but the smell is overwelmingly citrus: orange and lemony.

The head has settled to a haze. Very sweet on the taste, a nice round, fizzy sweetness on the front of the tongue: orange, lemon and graphs flavors. Other spicy notes that I can’t place. A very good overall taste, but almost hard to call this a beer, the sweetness is so overwhelming. Very little to no bitterness and hops. A little alcohol flavor on the finish, but I was quite surprised this was an 8% ABV beer. Nice texture, quit a lot of carbonation. Very easy to drink. Reminds me a bit of a berry Weiss, but the flavor is even less complex and maybe smoother. A nice taste, but it doesn’t linger very long. The alcohol content will catch up to you quick after a few sips!

This is a great, easy-to-drink beer, especially for when you want a break from a “beer-tasting” beer, or for those friends who claim they don’t like beer. I think it would be perfect in the early springtime with noodles and prima vera vegetables.

Feb 27, 2014
Corsendonk Rousse from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 55 ratings