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Review of Corsendonk Pater Dubbel Ale

04 Feb
Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Corsendonk Pater Dubbel Ale produced by the Brouwerij Corsendonk located in Oud-Turnhout, Belgium.

Let’s go ahead and jump to the website, corsendonk.com, and see what kind of info we can drum up about this particular brew.

Corsendonk Pater is brewed with roasted malt, hence its deep, dark, reddish brown 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. 

That sounds good enough.  Let’s pour.

This beverage came in an 11.2 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 6.5%.

It poured a deep brown color with some deep ruby highlights showing when held toward the light.  The cap was tan and smooth, however just a touch fizzy.  It was sized well and the retention time was solid.  The lacing was alright, yet it did seem to fall back into the liquid fairly quickly.

The nose was a bit subdued, although I was able to pick up some notes of dark breads and dark fruits.  The fruits were along the lines of raisin and plum.  A touch of chocolate and caramel added some sweetness and a light waft of clove and yeast added some more complexity.  It didn’t smell all that roasty to me to be honest.  It was balanced well, but like I mentioned, just a bit relaxed for what I had anticipated.

The taste seemed to put forth a bit more of the chocolate than the aroma did.  A solid dose of yeast was to be had as well.  The dark fruits were accounted for again.  The breadiness fit right in line.  Mostly like wheat bread I thought.  I got a nice little nutty savor also.  I didn’t really find a whole heap of any of the clove or spiciness.  Oh well, it still had a very pleasant taste.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin bodied.  Very smooth and slick, however just a wee bit watery.  The carbonation was good and a sturdy dose of flavor was left behind on the palate for me to ponder between sips.

Overall, I found the Corsendonk Pater Dubbel Ale to be a fairly authentic and genuine Dubbel Ale.  It might not have been quite as intricate or boisterous as some of the others of this style can be, yet it was still very good.  The drinkability was outstanding. I think that I could put several of these down during a sitting.  In my mind it would be a great beer for the Fall season.  I would not have a bit of a problem with picking it up at that time of year.  Actually, I don’t think that I would ever turn it down if it were offered by a friend.  Have you guys ever tried this beer?  If not, pick up a bottle and give it a test drive sometime.  I think you may find it to be worth the time to sample a bottle.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.8 out of 5
Grade:  B+

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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Corsendonk, Country: Belgium

 

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