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Brouwerij Corsendonk
Brewed at Brasserie Du Bocq

Style: Abbey Dubbel
Turnhout, Belgium

bottled
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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1601   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Marketed as Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale in North America.
Launched 1982 by Jef Keersmaekers as Pater Noster. Brewed by Brasserie Du Bocq since launch.
Ingredients: Caramel, Pilsen and Munich barley malts, and Saaz, Kent and Hallertau hops
Brewed with roasted malt, hence its deep dark reddish colour. It is a mellow, dark, top-fermented beer, refermented and matured in the bottle to obtain a lively, bubbly beer with a rich head


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Red-brown body topped by a thick lasting off white head with good lace. Sour yet slightly sweet aroma with vinious notes and hints of berry. A touch sweet and malty flavor with a touch of spice and fruit. Full bodied and dry with a wierd almost numbing sensation on the tongue.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6473) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 Hazy red/Brown color with huge head and some lacing, medium-bodied. Apricot, nutmeg, floral aroma. Fruity and bittersweet chocolate twang with some underline sweetness, fizzy. Good balance with a port like finish. A well made Belgium Brown, a favorite of mine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2861) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2006 Great looking, dark with a nice thick head. A little hint of citrus or zing is a better description when sipping it. Cant taste the alcohol at all.
Ah, how young and innocent I was. Lets see if things have changed.
12 oz bottle, best before 14/10/06, been sitting on this one for a bit waiting to rerate. Let this bottle warm for 30 minutes. Poured into a Corendonk slimmed tulip glass (not the one in the pic). Pours with a very large head, thats sitting for a while. Color is murky brown with a ruby-copper translucence. Cannot see through the beer and have to catch the light just right to see into it. Once that happens one can make out a lot of bubbles just going crazy inside. Aroma is strong, malty with a Belgian sweetness. Digging deeper I feel an effervescent, lively character. Just shoots through the nostrils. Mouthfeel is a perfect combo of carbination and medium body. Leaves a sweet belgian aftertaste. No hint of alcohol throughout. The taste is what I have come to seek from Dubbels. Nothing over the top. A strong malt presence but well balanced with a the sweetness. I get a slight hint of chocolate. It is a beautiful beer and still damn good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (6283) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Beautiful thick dark pour. Light brown head with no lacing. Aroma of raisins and faint hint of alcohol in the nose - but overall extremely malty and pleasant. Very cloudy appearance with lots of sediment. Flavor - detect raisins, dates and the alcohol is hidden well. One of the classics and probably the best Abbey Dubbel I have had. Overall - excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2003
Opaque chocolate brown w/ large, cottony light brown head. Fresh yeasty nose w/ notes of fruit (raisins), light smoke, & toffee. Very carbonated feel. Flavour is sweet (caramel, toffee) & fruity (raisins, plums) at first, lightly acidic, vinous & woody in the middle, and bitter chocolate in the finish which linger with the flavour of a cherry blossom.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DC (14) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2003
This is a kickass Belgian Brown Ale. Don't drink the bottle, though, only on draught is it good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2003
Bottled. Crimson with a large fluffy white head. Sweet raison and malt aromas. Only slightly sweet relative to some Belgian's but nicely balance. Lacked depth and length.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5412) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2012
May, 2003 Looks muddy. Smells good - smoked cheese. Taste is like a watery spiced malt loaf. I didn’t find this interesting or attractive. I played with it for a while - took it out to the theatre and bought it some new clothes - but we just didn’t get on. Some beers are like that. [2.1]
June, 2012 330ml brown bottle Chrissie brought back from Brussels. Browny red appearance. Malty sweet. Quite clean, though yeasty notes linger in the finish. Light mouthfeel, especially for a 7.5%. Awareness of alcohol in the swallow, along with a touch of woody spice. A quite pleasing beer - easy drinking, tasty and satisfying. [3.5]

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2003
Pretty good but nothing special. Better than the light ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2003
Pours an amber brown with frothy head. Fruity maltiness in the nose and flavors. A touch sweet but still a nice brew.


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