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De Koninck Blond - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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De Koninck BlondDe Koninck Blond

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BA SCORE
80
good

46 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Koninck NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 07-14-2005)
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Reviews by sewald:
Photo of sewald
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on its original snifter glass. A nice, cloudy golden yellow body with a small and non-persistent fluffy head, with no lace. Herbal and floral smells, also slight smells of wood and caramel on finish.
Low on carbonation, this beer is very bitter, full on mouth with hop and alcohol tastes on finish, making for a dry aftertaste.

As another fellow BA member said, I expected more from this beer and the only surprise was on its interesting aromas. Overall this is an ordinary belgian beer.

sewald, Mar 13, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden orange pour, nice medium white head. clear. The nose is malty and semi-sweet, some yeast and spice. Taste is of malt, some swet caramels & raw sugar, some citrus....flattens out towards the end however, lingering hints of citrus or ornage peel. Somewhat lively mouthfeel, light. I found it somewhat sweet for a blond. Would preferred some more hops to it. Not the best of the blonds of there but adequate.

Popsinc, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of mattfancett
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy beige yellow body with lots of initial foam. More alcohol than yeast in aroma. Medium or lighter mouthfeel with some yeasty taste. Not exceptional, ordinary Belgium, but better than their red. Quaffable.Grassy, citrusy, average carbonation. Dry aftertaste.

Sammy, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of thagr81us
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, spice, and spicy hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, earth, earth hop, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. If I am honest, I really wasn’t that overly impressed with this one. The flavor was a little too one-sided for my liking as the earthiness was definitely the dominate factor taking place here. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it was the way this one came across that made it not as enjoyable as some others I have had from the style. Worth trying if you are a fan of earthy brews, but that is about it.

thagr81us, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of elricorico
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange colour with next to nothing for head.

Smells like a fruity syrup or jam. Some kind of sweetened berry or a marmelade perhaps. Also a bit flowery, though that seems to be underlying the sweetness. Fairly appetizing.

Taste is a bit of a surprise after all the smelling. The potency is reversed, and the finish stands much stronger than the sweetness at the start. The beer starts of tasting like a falsely sweet orange flavour, that brings to mind a syrup or jam more than a drink, but as it finishes, there is a substantial amount of flowery hops. Within the finish lies a bit of an alcohol burn that lingers as the last impression. I think I would prefer that the balance was more like the smell here. It isn't bad, but I think it could be better.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky with a more than adequate carbonation. No real complaints in this department. The beer goes down well enough, but doesn't really invite the desire for more.

Overall I would say it is about average, even though there are some nice qualities to it.

elricorico, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a tangerine-orange with a quickly rising bright white head that was 3 fingers high soapy and actively fizzy. Unfortunately as quickly as the head rose it receded as well leveling to a polished clean surface it no time. The lacing was clean while the visible carbonation was moderately strong composed of micro bubbles that rose at a fairly rapid rate.

S: The nose had soft dried lemon peels and flowers coming through along with a light funkiness and fruitiness of apricots. A nice mixture of pale grains and soft dry wheat comes through in the malting as well providing a nice backing.

T: The flavor is crisp and bright with a fresh lemony-lime twang and semi-dried tangerines against a pale grain buttery sweetness. Notes of candy-sugar come through while a fresh lemony hopping adds a thirst quenching kiss that was wet and well received. The finish finds a soft herbal hopping with a warm fruitiness of pear juice and pineapples. Overall the flavor was bright and crisp, packing a punch alcohol wise and delivers a big bold flavor per style.

M: medium full with a crisp carbonation. Upon the swallow a nice presence of tart citrus is detected on a short lived fade.

D: Good drinkability and good enjoyability. If not for the 8%abv this would be an all day drinker for me. A bigger, hoppier and funkier version of a blond that I found mouth watering.

beerthulhu, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark yellow color ale with a huge foamy white head with excellent retention. Aroma of nice lightly funky Belgian yeast with good sweet malt presence. Taste is quite refreshing with a nice dose of sweet malt and a light funky yeast presence at the end. Body is above average for the style and carbonation is excellent. A good example of a Belgian Pale Ale which seems underrated here.

Phyl21ca, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of thekanna
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Dr. Granville Moore's in DC.

A: A thin-looking yellow/amber brew (though not nearly as thin-looking as a typical macro lager) with a small head.

S: Faint smells with some overall hay and grass field freshness, as well as lingering fruit sweetness.

T: Light, watery honey and some resonant spiciness. Somewhat zesty and sour from a citrus fruit taste that pervades the brew.

M: Thin, somewhat watery, with a slight slickness.

D: Drinkable, but because it's like water.

thekanna, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of irishkyle21
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a soapy white head. Little retention or lacing. Has a clear yellow color.

Smells of Belgian yeast, fruits, sweet malt, light earthy hops and sugars.

Tastes of a bit of citrus, earthy, fruity, slight biscuity malt and some spices. Not all that bad but there are certainly much better BPA's out there.

irishkyle21, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of tatterdash
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a thin white lace that laces quite well. Aroma was malty with a few whiffs of fruit, not too aromatic. Taste was sweet malt and crisp from the hops, very enjoyable and the ABV was extremely well hidden for 6%. Fruity notes appeared as it warmed, and it got smoother. This quite nice and I will definitely have it again.

tatterdash, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came as part of a gift pack, 330 ml brown euro bottle, best before date 05/10/06. Pours out a vibrant deep honey golden hue, but with minimal head retention. Grassy and clover-like hops on the nose, with a little bit of spice and some sweet grain in the background. Grains and grass form into a well-balanced marriage in the flavour, and carries out this relationship throughout from beginning to end. Light notes of spice and honey pop up in the middle to join the happy couple. Mouthfeel suits this flavour profile well, it's light but has a fullness of texture as well. A fine combination. It's a decent blonde for what it is, nothing over the top or exceptional, but what it does, it does right. I'd pick up more when it's available.

IronDjinn, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of atigerlife
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful golden color with a small creamy white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a collar. Small carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is slightly citrus, slightly hoppy, slighty sweet and slightly medicinal. As you can see, nothing jumping out.

Taste is some malts, spicy, fruits, sweetness. The flavors were light and had a slightly off aftertaste. Not a lot going on.

Mouthfeel was creamy, light, with a dry end.

Overall, an OK brew, drinkable. But, not one I would search out again. Not offensive, but not inspiring.

atigerlife, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a glass of this in Amsterdam while attending a trade show. It was one of the offerings on the floor of the show. It was not the most interesting beer I had but I have to try everything and it was certainly a welcome alternative to the ubiquitous Heineken.

Poured a clear gold color with a nice effervescent head. There wasn't much in the way of aroma but you could smell the ale yeast slightly as compared to a heineken. Flavor, again, was ok, not great but certainly interesting enough to hold my attention for 12 ounces.

david18, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Absumaster
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A orange, yellow beer with a small head that settles.

Smell is bready with phenolic notes, that has similarities with Leffe blonde. Lots of clove and lychee.

Taste is malty with notes of bread crust and strong clove. The yeast adds a fruity and spicy layer. Bitterness is low and drinkability is good.

Absumaster, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Shiloh
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A meduium dark and cloudy orange with a thin head and light carbonation is the picture.
The body is full.
The nose is lightly of brewers yeast.
The taste has a light malty sweetness to start but of short duration as the sugarless fruit mash kicks in and quickly overpowers to end.
Very nice.

Shiloh, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of roblowther
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep golden in color with a dense creamy head. Smell is very floral with a metallic undertone. Taste is sharp at first with the hops adding more flavor than bitterness. The metallic taste comes on strongly in the finish. The mothfeel is soft but a bit undercarbonated. The drinkability is limited by the finish, which is just too tinny for me. I'll stick with their standard offering I think.

roblowther, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of grub
1.95/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours a deep yellow with just a thin wisp of white head. head disappears almost immediately and leaves no lace.

aroma is odd. kind of unpleasant initially, sort of old sock funk. but after breathing for a few minutes it seems normal. bit of clove. bit of honey sweetness.

taste reminds me of that old-sock funk. kind of dms meets old socks. lingering unpleasant bitterness. bit of sweetness, but not enjoying this one.

mouthfeel is ok. light carbonation, medium body.

drinkability is not good. maybe this is an off bottle (which would be odd as the other 3 in the 4-pack were fine), so maybe i'll have to try this one again.

grub, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of BlueRidgeBeerHound
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

BlueRidgeBeerHound, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of nighthawk
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330mL bottle from sample pack poured into accompanying chalice. Best before date stamped on back label.

Pours a dark yellow, almost a copper. Thin white head is tightly bubbled and sinks into the beer. Minimal lacing produced.

Nose has some phenols, a sweet fruit, almost candy and just a hint of pepper or clove.

Taste is an odd mix of medicinal flavours, with some sourness and fruit sweetness mingling in the middle. Finish is bittersweet.

Mouthfeel is medium-thin with a bit of stickiness. Carbonation livens it up a little. Mildly drying finish.

While there's nothing overtly offensive about this beer, it's not that great either. I'd drink it again if handed one at a party, but I doubt I'll ever purchase it.

nighthawk, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of berley31
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured similar to the DK Amber: small, white head, and a slightly hazy body. Nice dark golden color, with some light particles floating about.

S: Have yet to be impressed by the aroma of a De Koninck beer. Here, light traces of yeast are detectable, and some alcohol as well. Is that butter I smell as well?

T: Yep, maybe that was butter... I can taste it as well. Slight bready taste as well, and a very light presence of alcohol in the finish. Goes down great, though, and opens up and improves as it warms up a bit.

M: Nice, medium body and creamy texture, with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D: Not exactly boiling over with flavor or personality, but this one is a very nice-drinking beer, and I enjoyed it a little more than the DK Amber. I wouldn't be opposed to drinking this again at all.

berley31, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a hazy gold honey color with excellent head retention and lacing. There is a nice citrus presense on the nose, which includes quite a bit of lemon. I was a bit worried this beer might be on the sour side, but the beer comes across as light and just a touch sweet, with just enough citrusy lemon to keep it all interesting. The beer is fairly complex with a nice interplay of different flavors. The beer has a nice light, creamy mouthfeel, and I get flavors of honey and melon, backed by the lemony citrus. This beer actually comes across as very refreshing and I could see myself knocking back a couple of these, provided I was feeling particularly flush with cash. Drinkability is this beers strong suit as the abv. is completely disguised.

Just delicious. Another fine beer from De Koninck.

John_M, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of funkengruven
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured an interestingly cloudy with little head and no lacing. Smell is somewhat sour, some strange aroma in the nose. Flavor is sweet, with a touch of sour, not too bad actually. I found this one actually improved significantly as it warmed. Mouthfeel was rather refreshing since this is a rather light bodied brew, this also made it quite drinkable too.

It's not the most attractive brew out there but it's not bad. Worth a try.

funkengruven, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Blonde. :D Straw-yellow, with a touch of chill haze. Pours with plenty of white head, which fades, but leaves a nice lace.

S: Fruitier (tropical pineapple) than their 5% pale, with maybe some tertiary alcohols as well. A hint of bready malt in the background.

T: Similar to a light-coloured fruit-bread, with plenty of candied pineapple. It's slightly more acidic, and doesn't have any of the darker caramel flavour that their 5% Pale has.

M: Body is lighter than their 5% Pale Ale, carbonation is a little higher.

D: Light & digestive, but very gassy!

Derek, Feb 07, 2006
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De Koninck Blond from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
80 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.