Today Corsendonk is not a brewery but a brand which relates to the Priory of Corsendonk in Oud-Turnhout. The priory was in existence from 1398 to 1784 and, of course, the monks brewed beer. Unfortunately that fact was not enough to prevent its closure and forced sale by the Austrian Emperor Joseph II. (Shame he didn’t take after his ancestor – and beer lover – Charles V!)
All good stories have a happy ending, though: Corsendonk came back to life in 1982 when the Pater beer was brewed by arrangement with the Brasserie Du Bocq to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the municipality. Today Du Bocq brew all the Corsendonk beers (pale, brown and christmas ales).
Corsendonk Pater is actually a dubbel, although it is sold in America as Abbey brown ale. It has
a nice fresh bread and fruit smell with a little bit of grain. Pours a dark reddish mahogany with a good medium lasting tan head. The fruit together with a slight but pleasant sour taste comes straight through followed by the grain and smoky dark malt.
A warming 7.5% vol.alcohol and a well balanced bitterness coming from a mixture of Saaz, Kent and Hallertau hops round off the taste and help to give a good finish.
One of the best non trappist dubbels I’ve tried and you can buy it at the supermarket! (In this case, Carrefour)