Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large white head, golden body. Fruity aroma and a well-balanced taste. A "gentle" and very drinkable beer.
kindestcut (30) - Addison, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My latest foray into the Belgian beer world...
The Corsendonk poured a cloudy gold, lighter than the Orval but similar to the Chimay Cinq Cents. At first pour, the head rose like a volcanic eruption and I had to wait quite a long time for it to go down so I could continue pouring.
The aroma is dominated by floral and citrus, which explains the taste. More than the Chimay White, the Corsendonk Abbey tastes like liquid tulips. There is a tad of bitterness and citrus which round out the flavor but I find the floral a little too much. The mouthfeel is great, a beer that has just enough carbonation to keep my interest and suggest the next sip will not be soon enough.
This is a good beer. It's not my favorite of the Belgians but even a mediore Belgian beer (and this is far better than mediocre) is still damn good.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden with huge head. Malt, yeast, and wheat in the nose. Slightly sweet malt and some fruit. Very nice tripel.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
light pale color, medium white head. Yeast, sugar, spicy aroma. Bubbly and effervescent. Flavor is spicy, clove, sharp carbonation, medium dry finish. Body is a little thin, and I prefer softer carbonation.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2003 A nice big mild Beligium. Huge head. Floral and citrus notes. Sweet and dry finish.
JorisPPattyn (8395) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pale gold; huge, thick, VERY regular-bubbled white head, fast dissipating. Fresh citrussy smell, pale malt and good hops. Thick sweet taste with an unrefined burnt-grain flavour. Finish is better, flowery flavour, but retronasal again citrussy, this time completely artificial. Keeps hanging around, and I’m starting to wonder if this dishwasher aroma might have to be taken literal in the establishment. Medium-bodied. Bit sticky. Strange aftertaste – not pleasant, can’t pin it down. The nose promised delights. The disappointment is all the greater. Most important: there ain’t no such thing as a Corsendonck brewery. There’s just a very able De Keersmaecker salesman in Oud-Turnhout.
jgb9348 (5067) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very slightly hazy golden colour with orange highlights. Very thin (<1 centimetre) large bubbled white head. The small bubbles rise VERY FAST from the bottom of the glass, but i'm not sure what that means. Aroma of yeast, bread, wheat, corn and a residual sweetness. Light to Medium-Bodied; Tastes of hops, coriander seed, wheat, yeast and a strong flavour of corn. The beer finishes with a sweetness perhaps from bananas and caster sugar, but is pretty pleasant. Overall a pretty spot-on beer for the style, and worth trying...because you can most likely find it in your area! I bought this 75 cL bottle from World Market in Pentagon City (Arlington), Virginia and sampled it on 30-August-2003.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice fruity peach,spicy yeast aroma.Sparkling medium blond appearance.Dry hoppy flavor at first then yeasty tropical fruit flavors set in as it softens.What a suprise to discover one of my favorite Belgian Tripels.
johnkauf (1) - Savannah, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Abbey ale pours with a nice amber color with a soft, white foamy head. A softly balanced bouquet of malt had hops. Full bodied pale ale, bold malt flavor with crisp hints of citrus and lightly hopped finish. Wonderful.
omhper (20931) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled draught at Freys Hörna, Stockholm, Sweden
Amber coloured, clear, brief head. Rich toffee aroma. Sweet and rounded. Beautiful stable, soft maltiness and soft mouthfeel. Velvetty finish with low bitterness. A very likable well balanced beer.