Brouwerij Corsendonk
Brewed at Brasserie Du Bocq

Style: Abbey Dubbel
Turnhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1724   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Dark brown w/ a pretty much white head. Great looking beer! Nose of malt (dark fruits, choc. and cooked meat). Yeasty and malty w/ a decent hop profile. Creamy. Good, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stouby (4622) - Holbk, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2005
Draught, at Delirium Cafe. Brown with large light brown head, mostly diminishing, excellent lacings. Aroma moderate malty and hoppy (brown sugar, caramel, burnt/roated, sweet brown fruit). Flavor moderate sweet and bitter, normal duration. Medium body, creamy, soft carbonated, the strength is felt. Served to cold. Very large in taste, creamy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brainskins (14) - evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Pours a dark reddish brown with a large white head that quickly diminishes. Smells sweet with raisin, apple, and a smokey oak scent. Very well balanced between sweet and sour. Taste like raisins and apples, roasty malts, and oak. Finishes bitter and sour and leaves an oakey aftertaste. Delicious !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kepano (277) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Pours a wonderful murky dark brown with red-orange highlights. A huge mountainous head rises majestically in my Trappist glass and leaves thick uneven lacing as it diminishes. The aroma is sweet and enticing, with notes of apple, banana, vanilla, cinnamon and warming red grapes. The flavor is slightly sharp but smoothens with the appearance of smoked malts. I had a fabulous goat cheese to go with it and the combination was simply delicious. Red wine is noticeable in the flavor while apple reappears briefly. Sadly the brew leaves little aftertaste to work on between sips. A delightful beer aside from that fact!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LesStewart (11) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2005
I didnt get the kind of head the rest of the reviews here note. Perhaps I served it at the wrong temperature. I also didnt experience the flavors to be as potent as others noted. I suspect I have myself to blame for this. But I offer this warning, dont drink this beer too cold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14288) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Bottle Dark brown color with a large off-white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Good smoky fruity aroma. Medium body with smooth texture. Full well balanced sweet fruity flavor with a small sour finish. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (4074) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2005
Pours a hazy reddish brown with a lively yellowish head. Some lacing. Smells of yeast and some fruit. Very lovely aromas of malt, yeast, port, fruits and some wood. Sharp sweet finish. Very nice and complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altkencru (143) - USA - OCT 31, 2005
One of my favorite dubbels. I think its flavorful and smooth. Gets veryssmooth with aging, but may lose some character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Good and strong, a good beer to sip on. Slightly sweet character thats not too oppressive. Hint of hops, and a hint of raisins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarrettB (1573) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2007 This review needs to be like the beer: punctual. Corsendonk is a swift beer, faster and more ephemeral than anything else Ive drunk. I drink some beers with a forced velleity in order to prolong the flavors life, and I drink some beers at a snails pace because theyre just downright undrinkable. But the Corsendonk is too quick for that. Its flavor slips by the tongue before the neural signals can pass to the brain leaving the drinker agog and confused. The color is browner than it is red, and the smell has a copious hints of wine, grapes, alcohol and assorted dark spices. The lacing is strong putting on a show worthy of box office sales. But for the life of me I cannot discern the flavor. It is woody perhaps, but far too quick for me to delve any deeper into its shrouded taste. Sadly, its a good taste, so I wish it would last just a bit longer, but like a torrid love affair it is indescribably good but imperceptibly fast. In a way it is like a haunting phantom it appears to some only to disappear moments later, but in the spookiest cases it leaves a low wail that penetrates the listeners and embeds itself in their memory. The Corsendonk Pater has likewise made a resounding entrance into my memory, though its wail is less macabre and more a fond reminiscence of a good flavor tragically lost to the brewers whim.

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