Brouwerij Corsendonk
Brewed at Brasserie Du Bocq

Style: Abbey Dubbel
Turnhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1722   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Pours a lite brown with an off-white frothy head. The nose is very vinous and has notes of vanilla, raisins and maple. The flavor is a bit on the tart side, but has an underlying complexity with sweet apricots and other fruits. The body is med. The finish is long. I like many others far better than this but it is certainly good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - JUL 14, 2005
rich brown color with brown head that does not diminish. Sweet malty flavor balanced by hops. very pleasant beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Nice strong Brown ale. Pruney Malty chocolately taste. Very well balanced refined Brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6566) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (330ml). In a Corsendonk tulip glass. Pours with incredible head - light mocha, tons of little bubbles, not much bubbling in the beer, somewhat murky reddish brown - even with a careful pour, it was half foam!. Aroma quite sour/tart, raisin, stewed prune, stale wine, vinegar, over-ripe apple, a little bread-doughy. This bottle is about a year old, flavour is incredibly mild (more than younger bottles) slightly tart malt, melange of wine-steeped fruits (see above), with a pleasant cru-ish finish. A hint of hops as it warms up, would be interested in a vintage bottle - say 5 years? Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LawofCreation (8) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 6, 2005 does not count
Man this is some good beer. I had to hold the glass at about 178 deg. or else the head was like woah. And man, what a head. After it settled, it was great, nice n fruity. Left a sort of creamy taste, sort of like that childhood memory of drinks from Sonic. This beer was a beautiful chocolate color. Only gave it a 3 on appearance because it takes like 3 years for the head to settle if you pour this out at any greater than 5mL a min. Still an awesome buy if you havent tried it. Good cold or even slitghtly uncold which is nice if you are going to take awhile to finish your glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Huge billow of lasting light tan head that leaves very nice lacing. Half way through the glass there is still a nice skim of head. Amazing. How do they do that? Oh yes, and the beer itself. A nice tawny brown. Very clean, sweet aroma. Maple syrup. Figs. Some clove and banana, but very subdued and part of the whole, rather than the main thing. Flavors of brown sugar and some toasty flavor that compliments the brightness of the carbonation. A little bit smokey.Some definite bitterness, but none of it lingers into the finish. Mouthfeel is very pleasant. A nice take on the classic Belgian sugared up palate. There is something creamy there that makes it feel a bit more substantial than most dubbels, though still quite delicate and drinkable. Overall: 17/20 This is a very well made dubbel. It has lots of the types of flavors that I expect in the average dubbel, but displayed with much more restraint, balance and subtly. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUN 30, 2005
33cL bottle. Ah, its been awhile since Ive had a darker Belgian. This thing pours like a beaut. Dark brown with a decent size head that recedes but never disappears. The aroma is a bit thin: vinous, cherry and a little bit of port show up. Flavor is much better than the aroma, raisins, cherry, port, and a slight hint of molasses. Finish is rather dry, but not too much so that it turns you off. Very playful mouthfeel with the active carbonation. As you get toward the end of the glass, it gets sweeter by the sip but remains dry. Overall, its rather good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 30, 2005
Aroma is pleasant; spicy Belgian yeast, cherry, vinous notes. Pours a very nice ruby brown, fairly clear, very nice off-white head. Body is thin. Fruit, raisins, sweetness in the flavour, slightly tart. Finish is fairly flat. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Pours a nice brown color with a nice tan head. Aroma is nice and yeasty and the flavor is fruity and grows on you in a quick type manner. Overall not a bad brew at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2005
dark brown color with a tan head. initial smell is sweet, yeasty, and fruity. taste is rich, fruity and chocolatety. a really really good dubbel actually. almost killed myself opening it because the cork blew off. it was quite unexpected. a really nice beer all in all.

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