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Cuvée De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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Cuvée De KoninckCuvée De Koninck

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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
Belgium

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

On tap in the proper glass. Off white head that fades, but leaves a good lace throughout. Dark amber color. Yeasty, fruity, and malty smell. Taste explodes with malts, fruits and carbonation action. Slightly bitter finish, but not enough to mask the malts. Great taste and drinkability. Will go back for more.

thefireman, Feb 01, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter shade of amber with a thin head that was gone pretty quickly with not much lace either,aroma is malt/fruity with a light roasted tinge.Taste is a little yeasty and sweet with some nicejuicy,fruity flavors as well.For 8% abv this is very easy to drink,a tasty beer but there are alot better Belgians out there in my opinion.

oberon, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served: On tap, in Belgian goblet sort of glass.

I remember that the color was a dark amber, but didn't write about it in my notes. You'll just have to find out for yourself.

The aroma smells little like beer and a LOT like Scotch. The flavor starts out dryish, with a grainy maltiness with a rasin like sweetness waaaay in the background. Then the warming surge o' alcohol kicks in mid sip, rejoined by the dry flavor notes near the end. The sweetness comes in mear the end of the swallow, and also increases as the brew warms. A very interesting ale, worth trying for the whiskey-malt nose alone.

sponberg, Jul 23, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant surprise to find at one my favorite watering holes the Sharp Edge Creekhouse, this beefed up version of DeKoninck amber is maltier, spicier, and overall better. Appears a shimmering ruby amber brown body with a tan thin head, lacing appears spread evenly almost perfect appearance. Aroma is full of sweet malty tones with slight shots of bubblegum like notes and vienna toasted malt tones with a nut finish in the nose, great aroma. Taste consists of sweet but not cloying flavors, a lot of malt goes into this one with a nut quality the syrupy sweetness mixes well with the pleasant warming bite of alcohol this beer sends me. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a syrupy texture to it, and a mild carbonation that mixes just right in my mouth. Drinkability, well I would stop after a couple this is a great beer just a little sweet and there should always be room for new beers.

WVbeergeek, Jul 13, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite sweet and even a bit brandyish, strong yeasty taste aswell, and just to out of whack, quite malty and spicy, however, and not bad at all, a bit fizzy aswell.

rastaman, Aug 15, 2002
Photo of DagFishHead
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear dark-amber body. Generous and fizzy off-white head fades to a thin cap with frothy dollops created by continuos streams of fine bubbles. Thick clingy lace.
Smell: Sweet and toasty malts, booze-stewed foxy fruits (grape, cherry, peach). Earthy, musty, bready tones. Hints of peat and oak.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth medium bodied sweet toffee malt with fruity notes to start. Top stays lush with a tart yeastiness and fuffy effervescence. Aftertaste dries to semi-dry with a fruity character and bitter/earthy/toasted spices. Alcohol brilliantly hidden.
Drinkability: Very nice if you like 'em a little sweet and foxy... oh, and the ABV catches up with you eventually too.

DagFishHead, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of asabreed
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.

asabreed, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer appears to be a bigger version of the standard "De Koninck" that was the brewery's only product until 1993 when this beer was introduced. It has a full 8% ABV.
Pours a clear, deep amber body with a creamy off-white head that holds fairly well and leaves some very nice Belgian lace. The aroma is malty, somewhat fruity, and lightly spicy. Very nice! The body is medium, with a very fine, restrained carbonation. Very smooth in the mouth with a light caress on the tongue from the gentle effervescence. The flavor is quite rich. It's very malty with a gentle toasty character, and some of the distinct De Koninck spiciness. Some medicinal character is present, but well integrated, and seems much more an important part of the flavor profile than a drawback. This is probably what some tasters percieve as being similar to "Scotch". It finishes with a flash of fruitiness followed by a lingering, sweetly toasted maltiness and a light licorice note. Exceptional. Very unique. Absolutely worth seeking out.

NeroFiddled, Sep 21, 2002
Photo of andjusticeforale
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.

andjusticeforale, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of kwill
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours amber with very little head. This beer has more floating sediment than I have ever seen. Smell has a sharp spicyness and the 8% ABV comes through.

Taste is just like the smell. Spicy with a bit of malt and very little hops. There is a slight taste of sweetness after the initial spice flavor. An effervescent mouthfeel that finishes clean and a bit dry.

A very drinkable beer that stands up very well against other Belgian ales. I will definitely be looking for this beer again.

kwill, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of edchicma
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was fine with a nice head, but smell was a bit off, yeasty, but not that pleasant. Taste was initially sweet, then fruity and with a tart finish, Mouthfeel was medium bodied and slightly slick, but with a lightly dry finish. Easy enough to drink, better than average....but not the best Belgian I've ever had.

edchicma, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
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.

rdrummer, May 23, 2004
Photo of weeare138
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?

weeare138, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of Globetrotter
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a brown 75cl bottle with a white and brown label featuring what looks like some Greek Olympian about to throw something, but who's arm is held back from a much larger hand from above. Sugar is an ingredient. Best before 8/25/04, I opened it on 11/22/03.

Pours an almost clear pale copper reminscent of iced tea, or cognac. The head is medium sized and not very firm. Retention is good, but the lacing is only decent. The nose is mild, mainly malt with a touch of fruit. Medium carbonation and a slightly heavy feel greet the mouth. The taste is subdued - malts and a bit of cherry, followed by a good bit of hops. The finish is bitter, with a touch of licorice. Aftertaste brings back the fruit, then another hoppy bite. Not a bad brew, but there are certainly better.

Globetrotter, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
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.

Pegasus, May 07, 2003
Photo of soupyman10
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?

soupyman10, Feb 25, 2008
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.

Hefe, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of horndecker
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.

horndecker, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of Sixpoint
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.

Sixpoint, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Apr 20, 2005
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.

necoadam, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
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.

crookedhalo, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of shippos
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.

shippos, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of apintofknowledge
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.

apintofknowledge, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of BrewMaster
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.

BrewMaster, Jul 22, 2005
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Cuvée De Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
84 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.