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Brouwerij Corsendonk

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by thierrynantes on 11-11-2010

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 40
Photo of bark
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : clear amber color, with white foamy head (some lacing).
Smell : yeasty and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : caramel and fruits flavors, a very sweet finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Zet
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of khmel
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

.33 liter bottle in a mug

A: Dark golden/light amber color. Clear. White foamy head, 2 fingers at pour. Decent retention.

S: Very faint notes of fruitiness and caramel. Underwhelming.

T: Very pleasant and more than expected from the smell. Quite a bit of sweetness, caramel notes. Some earthy yeast flavor in the finish with a slight bit of alcohol. The 8% ABV is well hidden behind the sweetness. Malt flavors become more pronounced as you go.

M: Crisp, medium bodied. Dry but well-rounded, quite a bit of carbonation.

O: A solid, enjoyable beer for it's style. Even somewhat reminiscent of some quads I've had, though drier and lighter. Found myself at the end thinking I'd happily try this brew again.

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Photo of Filosoof
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: almost perfect look; two fingers, lasting foam; cognac-colour;
S: pear, citrus, smells like the Corsendonk Agnus, but with a bit of caramel and celery;
T: as an Agnus-addict this taste was a little disappointment; good, but no more than that; a bit too sweet and too short of hops/bitterness to complete the taste.
M: I thought it was 5%, but looking on the bottle I was surprised to see it was 8%. The sweetness hides the alcohol completely. The carbonation was quite right.

Drink it extra cold, to suppress the sweetness. Otherwise this one will be your disappointment too.

By the way: I don't see this beer on the website of Corsendonk anymore. Has it been withdrawn, not competing with the other Corsendonk-success-stories?

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Photo of DJLehnherr
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Corsendonk Rousse from Brouwerij Corsendonk
3.57 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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