The Corsendonk Dark Dubbel is a dark Belgian ale and has caramelized malt on the nose whilst being mild on the palate with well-balanced bitterness, toasted bread, liquorice and coffee… I had the pleasure to enjoy this beer during a holiday in Belgium and I believe its definitely a perfect candidate to start our new Beer category within this blog.
From its foundation in 1398 the Priory of Corsendonk comprised a rather important brewery and malt-house. In 1784 the Austrian Emperor Jozef II ordered that the monastery and the brewery had to be closed. From 1906 onwards the brewing tradition of Old Turnhout was continued by Antonius Keersmaekers and in his brewery the famous Pater beer was brewed. It was particularly from 1982 onwards that Corsendonk beer became famous. Corsendonk beer became famous. The beer itself and the bottles were made a registered trademark. The simplicity of the design of the bottles recalls the early Middle Ages. The sales went from 840.000 bottles in 1982 to 9 million in 1990.
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.
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