De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV
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Reviews by skizziks:
3.18/5 rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Deep copper beer with ruby highlights, very clear, under a very thin off-white head. Not much foam but very good retention.
Aroma is tough to pull out. Biscuit and caramel, no apparent hops, some red apple fruitiness. Faint all around.
Flavors also seem restrained. Sweet caramel malt, biscuit, more red apple. A growing citric tartness seems out of place, a cause for concern over the health of this bottle. Just enough bittering to balance, the dry finish leaves a lingering fruitiness. As I make my way through the glass, the tartness threatens to dominate and some sherry and paper begins to surface. This bottle has apparently led a rough life.
Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. A little chalky in the mouth and slightly astringent. The astringence I attribute to age and abuse along with the oxidized flavors, staleness and sourness. Thing is, it is still a very refreshing beer that shows its potential. Unfortunate that the long voyage has been so damaging, it just makes me want a fresh example that much more.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2009 20:10:25 | More by skizziks
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3.64/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
330 ml bottle poured into a tulip
A- Golden orange, dark, in color. Fizzy off white head. Retention is okay.
S- Very mild grain, mild wild yeast esters. Gives a sweet and tangy aroma, a little berry-like.
T- Mild grain again, with a slight berry/citrus tang in the finish.
M- Light in body, slightly dry and tangy finish.
O- Very mild, but has some really nice characteristics.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2014 03:03:40 | More by BWED
3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Ordered on tap at a Calgary ale house (1600) and arrived in a genuine De Koninck tulip glass. This iconic Belgian pale ale is in fact a fairly dark orange to reddish amber hue, with a little white lacing left on the glass as one proceeds. Aroma is classic Belgium, fairly strong and redolent with sweet and fruity yeast esters, caramel malt, and bright floral hops. Everything is well-integrated although the floral/herbal hop notes from genuine Saaz are striking. According to Roger Protz in "The Taste of Beer", Saaz is the only hop used and with a fairly heavy hand I'd add. The aggressive hops lead the way on the palate, evoking lavender and fresh perfume, layered over a fairly rich caramel flavor with a little vanilla creme and dark raisin. I also get some green fruit sourness and the body is fairly heavy with a lot of residual sugars. Satisfying. Finish is similarly complex, with a rich buttery character, lingering sweetness and some booze accompanied by a dry pepper spicy bitterness. One is left with an overall impression of sweet dough, dessert sugars, and bitter medicine all bound together in a way that works, although some might wonder about a clash between the latter two components. I like it, personally.
Serving type: on-tap
11-02-2013 22:27:20 | More by CalgaryFMC
De Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
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