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Cuvée De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Koninck NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 07-23-2002)
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Reviews by Pegasus:
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4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy deep amber color with a massive and sturdy tan head that is continually re-enforced by massive streams of fine carbonation. Heavily invested with swirling sediment, some particles floating on the head were as large as flakes of oatmeal. The lacing is dense and excellent.

Aroma: Sweet aroma of caramel, nutty yeast, mild spices, faint fruits, and alcohol.

Taste: Begins with a moment of intense honeyed sweetness, quickly followed by rich toasted malt and earthy notes. Towards the end of the taste dark fruit notes, spices, alcohol, and mild medicinal hops appear. The finish is dry.

Mouth feel: Rich and creamy, quite excellent.

Drinkability/notes: A truly glorious beer. Wine and spirit snobs who disparage beer should try Cuvée De Koninck and be humbled.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2003 19:15:36 | More by Pegasus
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Photo of rekel


4/5  rDev +5%

07-13-2012 14:36:48 | More by rekel
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4/5  rDev +5%

12-02-2011 03:12:51 | More by rab53
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a brown color with an off-white head, about a quarter of an inch. Nose was extremely mild, light roasted malt sugar I guess. Taste was a little better; some mildly interesting caramel malt, a little graininess. Light dried fruit. Feel is too thin. Overall, weak. This is Belgian?

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2008 15:32:00 | More by soupyman10
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3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance: amber-red color, foam not persistent
Smell: notes of coffee, caramel and liquorice
Taste and mouthfeel: heady beer, which weighs alcohol in the taste
Drinkability: an average beer in the Belgian style strong dark ale

Review added 11-24-2007, translated from french 2-29-2008.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 18:40:22 | More by thierrynantes
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3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
It has a '99 date stamped on it.
Appears a dark hazy brown with a small off white foamy head and scattered lacing.
Smell is of oxidized old cork, vanilla, caramel, and sugary syrup.
Taste is of sweet malt & syrup...nothing really good standing out.
Mouthfeel is of light, sugary syrup. Unbalanced mess. Aging perhaps?

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 17:23:47 | More by weeare138
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Started to pour a clear orange golden color with a nice off white 1/4" head, but as I was pouring a chunk of yeast came falling out into my beer and dispersed as flakes. I am tempted to scrap this one and open another beer. We'll see...Aroma: A dry and slightly papery aroma dominates the nose. There is a good bit of caramel along with some serious fruit flavors like peaches and mangos.Taste: The flavor is also sweet and peachy. The oxidized aromatics didn't really carry over into the flavor of the beer that much. The fruit basket is a little hard to get past, but if you can, you will notice some caramel and vanilla flavors. The beer is medium to light bodied with a dominant sweet balance the whole time. It doesn't really even have the attenuated dryness that a lot of the Belgian beers do, so it ends a bit heavy for "only" being 8%ABV.Opinion: Well, I went ahead and drank the beer even with the chunks. It wasn't too bad, and I will be a lot more careful with my next bottle. In my opinion, the beers balance was a bit off. It had too little support for the malt and yeast flavors, so it left one hanging. It is also in a tough category to hang in. Overall it was OK, but not one that I will be seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 22:39:46 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of asabreed

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl. bottle purchased for around $2. There's a cool hand on the bottle cap. Stop? Go? I'm in either way.

Appearance: A hazy orange amber color with not too much head and only a bit of spotty, though not thick, lacing on the side. Still, and this may be odd, but I love seeing the yeast floating in the beer, and this seems like a beer you may want to avoid if you personally don't; the floaters rushed out into the glass, and now they're sluggishly spiraling around the glass. And the color's damn nice, with those two attributes saving it from a lower rating. And I did pour it a bit cooler than it probably should've been poured.

Smell: Major tart apple skin, sourness, a bit phenolic, some sour cherries, sweet and fruity malt, and a bit of funk to the discernible Belgian yeast. Though it doesn't necessarily reach the complexity of others of the style with the myriad aromatics that surface, this is surprising for how pleasant it is.

Taste: I was surprised by the brandy-like alcohol bite, though it was not unpleasant, which soon surfaces to the sourness that was hinted at in the nose. They mention the use of hops on the bottle's label, and I assume they're working here as more of a catalyst for the complexity of the sourness and the sweetness, because I'm not really getting much. But the fruitiness is nice, and though I wish the finish was longer, there's only a tinge of bitterness before the sour and sweet notes of fruit rest on the palate. For what they're trying to do it's done very well, as they are, it seems to me at least, not trying to go for complexity through the roof, which serves this very well. I was surprised and pretty impressed overall by how well the sourness and vinous notes worked, and how much it's present and working well with the other elements of the brew.

Mouthfeel: A nice creaminess that I thought at first may be due to the cloying body, but it turns out it's not that way at all. Carbonation comes closer to the swallow, deceiving you into thinking maybe it's insanely thick and huge. But alas, by the end it hits the palate for a burst-and-quickly-gone compliment to the entire process of the swallow.

Drinkability: I was surprised by this one mainly by the price, as it was around $2 for a single bottle, which means a 4-pack (Would this come in a 6-pack? I'm assuming now, but I could be wrong of course) would even be cheaper. The alcohol's hardly discernible at all as far as I can tell, and though it was nice at a cooler temperature, as I have a few swallows left in the glass now, it's still getting better. I'm impressed more and more how the style differs from brewery to brewery and the distinct things that make them original, unique, complex, and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 04:20:00 | More by asabreed
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours out heavy and brown, with some alcohol and brandy smells in the nose. There is no way to remove the fine particulate matter through the pour, but who really cares? This isn’t a lager. There was a quickly dissipating head with a substantial lace and stickiness.

Like most beers, you need to get used to this as the glass progresses, but your are rewarded for your efforts and perseverance. This is because of the fact that there is a brandy-like quality to the initial tastes of this beer, and it is ubiquitous. This is perhaps a similar quality to Chimay white, a fermented grape winey-ness.

As the beer progresses and warms it really becomes malty and rich to balance out the winey-quality. This and the beer maintains a really nice carbonation level throughout the whole thing. In fact- you shouldn’t be talking about the carbonation level at all, and here it is perfect.

Lastly, this is not a session beer. Drinkability in the classic sense is low, but at the same time, by the end you wish there was more.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 13:32:40 | More by andjusticeforale
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, 7/20/05 at their Christmas Beers & Interesting Winter Warmers in July Fesitval.

Appearance: Pinkish red color with a puffy white head like foamed milk. Not very stiff but reasonably sticky on the glass.

Smell: Lively and light champange like nose with a sweet malty scent and a very fruity character. Very strong berry scent.

Taste: Syrupy sweet with a scotch ale like caramel and molasses flavor. Very dark roasted malts come through though the beer does not have a terribly dark color. It's alive with fruity esters and phenols and more berry flavor --a light blend of cherry and raspberry. Very malty with pretty much no detectable hop contribution. Near the end a more citrusy/grapefruit character comes to life. This beer is definately more flavorful and rich than the color lets on.

Mouthfeel: Sandy and syrupy, medium bodied with a light carbonation feel on the mouth. It looks more lively in carbonation than it feels on the palate.

Drinkability: Goes down easy despite the slightly heavy caramel and molasses taste. Clean and yummy. A pleasure on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2005 23:25:22 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of Sixpoint

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good beer.

I think most people would agree this is a well-crafted beer - you can definitely taste and perceive the hops, malt, and yeast - and how they interact with each other.

My sample poured an amber color - actually, a rather light amber. It left a nice lacing down the glass, and had a rather neutral aroma. Just a faint whiff of yeast spiciness and alcohol.

The taste was well-balanced - very light on the palate, with not too much aggression considering the strength. A taste of soft pale malts, perhaps winter barley, and some light crystals. Just a little bit of flavor hops in the finish, and slight alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel was light to medium, and overall, a rather drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 01:42:15 | More by Sixpoint
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale malt scent that shows its elevated abv. and a slightly fruity yeast aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a pale malt taste that is not that complex. It goes down slow and finishes warm and dry with a slight yeast aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average Belgian ale. It has little complexity and yeast characteristics. It's one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 21:37:51 | More by WesWes
Photo of shippos

New York

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tons of clumpy yeast floating in the bottom of the bottle before opening. opened and tried to decant carefully to not get a ton of yeast in the glass but it was useless. poured with a thick whte ehad on top a clear golden honey color with yeast clumped together floating around everywhere. depite the yeast it's get a 3.5 anywho. dry fruity hints of pepper an alcohol witha soft sugary hint. soft body with a refreshing carbonation in the mouthfeel. good drinkablility.

noticed the best before date was in 2003, wonder if that was why the yeast roused? still it's 8%, should've held up alright.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 20:26:47 | More by shippos
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2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

from the bottle. poured a golden color with a off white head had good lacing. aroma sour, yeast, straw, skunky, some malts. flavor a strange sourness a lemon and a orange that not ripe, hints of malts, yeast, grapes a dryness in the mouthfeel. the sourness took a lot away for me. I sometimes like a little sourness in my beer but this was a little on the weird side

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 22:15:37 | More by walleye
Photo of apintofknowledge

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After enjoying a my recent discovery of De Konick ale at the suggestion of a knowledgeable bartender, I certainly had to try the Cuvee De Konick when coming upon it in a local beer store.

The color was much lighter than I expected (after drinking the mahogany-colored De Konick ale). It was a rich golden-coppery hue, with a pure white head. From the aroma, I could tell I was in for something strong... the alcohol was certainly present, along with a fruit & yeast character that reminded me of a ciderhouse.

The taste brought forth flavors of mild crisp fruit like apples and pears, along with a spicy yeast with an undertone of mellow malt. The alcohol that was present in the aroma lingered in the finish in my mouth, a little stronger than I would have liked. A nice Belgian ale, but not up to the level of their De Konick Ale offering. And I'm still trying to figure out why the Cuvee is called a Dark Ale when the De Konick seemed darker to me in both color and taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 18:53:11 | More by apintofknowledge
Photo of horndecker

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a beautiful coppery, slightly cloudy look to it with a fine moderate head. It looks well-behaved and quite refined.
The nose is big fruit and malt and makes promises.
And the flavor makes good. The malt and fruit are accompanied by a sherry-like nuttiness and a juicy mouthfeel. Delicious. The alcohol is not in your face, but you'll find out about it later.
The finish is dry and just perfect, nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 01:01:15 | More by horndecker
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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice a crystal clear light amber with a white lasting head which stayed to lace the glass.

The aroma was slightly sour with lactic and farmhouse character. Some earthy hop aroma was present along with some higher alcohols.

The flavor was fruity with a malty backbone a delicate spice and an earthy hop presence. The spice was muted and well mixed with the earthy hops and light frutiness, but was missing complexity. The flavor was slightly sweet at first sip and evolved into a spicy, earthy and alcoholic flavor as time progressed. Some slight lactic sourness emerged as the beer warmed.

The finish was earthy and woodsy with a spicy farmhouse nature that lasts long into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

11.2 ounce bottle. Not very much dark about this beer, might be better put in another style. According to the label originally called Cuvee Antwerpen 93.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 23:14:08 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of Hefe


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a McChouffe tulip from 330 ml. bottle on 11/3/04. Date stamped on back 10/7/04.

Appearance: Copper/tawny in colour with a minimal off-white head that quickly fads to a nice touch of lacing.

Smell: Almonds, hay, hops, caramel malt.

Taste: Strong malt profile, with a touch of balancing hops. Subtle fruity nuances do show up( peach, plum ).

Mouthfeel: Crisp, though bordering on light this does have a nice feel to it.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable, I could easily kick back several.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2004 03:31:32 | More by Hefe
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bronze color with a minimal off-white head. Nutty malt aroma, subtle spiciness and a blueberry-like fruitiness amongst a yeasty nose. Initially malty and sweet with some blueberry notes creeping in again, it moves towards a more bitter and stightly dry finish. Very smooth and drinkable. Carbonation is rather light, but it doesn't detract from the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2004 06:24:25 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber with a 1/4 inch off-whit ehead. Some persistent lacing. Aroma is very fruity with hints of barnyard funk. Lightly bitter.

Tastes fruity. Hints of sour apple. A bit funky. Bitter. A crisp biting bitterness. Blends nicely with the funk and the fruity. Crisp in the mouth and lightly sticky. A bit of a sweet aftertaste. Pretty tasty. A good Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 03:11:15 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the 2004 Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beer Fest.

Served in a 26cl Chimay goblet.

Pale clear brown with a fine tan and white bubbles

Candied fruit with a light fruit leather.

Slightly soapy flavor with a initial sweetness cut quickly by asurprising clean hoppy break that cleans things up

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2004 07:51:41 | More by drewbage
Photo of yemenmocha


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eulogy tap offering 05/04.

Ruby red color, with slight tint into maybe a tawny shade. Pinkish white head, very beautiful.

Very fruity aroma, also a hint of tea. Fresh bread notes.

On the palate is a distinct tea taste, very pleasant. Tea flavors mix with some peaches and maybe passion fruit. Very fruit forward. Big malt in the background with a strong, warm finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2004 01:19:56 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of rdrummer

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Eulogy. Poured a dark amber color with a tannish, long lasting head with good lacing throughout the drink. The aroma was one of malty sweetness and some fruitiness as well. The taste is a complex one with a carbonated malty sweetness with hints of raisins and currants. There is a nice bitter finish that is not strong enough to overshadow the sweetness but balances the taste nicely. It is smooth and creamy in the mouth and I was ready for a second one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2004 21:18:32 | More by rdrummer
Photo of necoadam


3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out a golden color with a nice amount of carbonation which left lacing around the glass towards the end. Smell was kinda funky. It's like hops, barn, and some rotten fruit all mixed in. A little displeasant actually. Taste was a little the same as the smell. Light hops with some medium malts mixed in with some fruits. Grapes and plums it seems like. It was creamy and smooth, I'll give it that. But it didn't really do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 00:20:26 | More by necoadam
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2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: I couldn’t get a thing out of this beer in the aroma category. I enjoyed this outside at the Old Monk (Dallas) and sniff as I might, couldn’t get a darn thing. Started a bit too cold, and I didn’t have time to let it warm.
Appearance: Icky floatys. I’m a fan of yeast in the glass and don’t mind the taste at all, but this was just a bit too much. Layers of thick globs of yeast on a fairly gentle pour, it just took a good bit away from my enjoyment of the brew.
Flavor: A light overall flavor. I noted cherry and chocolate notes.
Mouthfeel: Light body and heavy carbonation
Overall Impression: Just didn’t enjoy this one very much. I think I had a bad experience and will revisit this brew at a later date.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 04:54:47 | More by HardTarget
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Cuvée De Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.