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De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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De KoninckDe Koninck

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BA SCORE
82
good

506 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Koninck NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 11-26-2000)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light brown to amber with a nice full light beige head, good carbonation, and lace. Nice balanced complex aroma and flavor: toasty, malty, yeasty, fruity, spicy ... Light-medium bodied with excellent drinkability !

Well worth buying more -- was purchased as a single to try it.

Per label: 1833. Fragrant hops (Saaz).

Per M.J. - G.B.B. book: Vienna and Pilsner malts. OG 11.8 P / 1047. Saaz hops (added 3 times).

Best before: 07/16/04
Tasted: 12/31/03

($1.49 / 11.2 oz / 33 cl)

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4.8/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin, bubbly white head that dies to a collar.

Smell: Solid Belgian pale ale malt and hop characteristics throughout, with that perfect yeast tinge.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Rich, full, thirst-quenching, and smooth. Very balanced and tasty, with the perfect mouthfeel. Barnyard malt characteristics with almost pilsener type hops.

Drinkability and Overall: A classic. The perfect, easy drinking yet full flavored and full bodied Belgian ale. Definitly one that's perfect for a session.

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4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a burnt orange/amber hue. Initially has quote a frothy head but I found that it dissipated mostly. The beer is carbonated however. In the aroma I am picking up pear and apple, and apricot fruit flavors. As I sip, the flavor stays true to the aroma with ample fruit esters, intermingled with toasted malt. A touch of hops in the finish Very light mouthfeel, and very refreshing. I wish this was my 'everyday' beer!

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4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can you say? This is just another fine Belgian beer. The fine blend of malt & hops is not necessarily exceptional but is noteworthy. They definitely know what they are doing. I prefer the Cuvee to this one but I still really enjoy the flavor. Very smooth and clean on the palate with an enjoyable nose to compliment the flavor. I had this with a chicken in pesto sauce & cheese which turned out to be a great combination. Again I will highly recommend this one to try and it will not be unusual to find it in my fridge at home.

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4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from local specialty shop

A - Pours a light red with little head which dissipates quick.

S - Bananas, sour esters from the yeast, and a bit of my favorite biscuit malts. This is going to be a good beer.

T - Bananas, sour, and biscuit malts. Really pleasant. Maybe some clove too.

M - Good. Nice and light in body with a slight hint of saaz hops at the end.

D - Overall, a great beer. This could be a great session beer because of the low alcohol. Really pleased with this purchase.

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4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 33cl bottle to wide mouth goblet. Comes out with a ruby/amber colored body and has tons of bubbles within, though a very small white head that gives way to a few lacings and a big ring around the outside of the glass where the bubbles from the body of the beer accumulate.

Nose: On the first breath I'm immediately hit with a strong strawberry tartness. Other berries are present, namely raspberries and other brambles. The hops come out as a lightly dusty dry feeling that's tinged with floral aromas. It smells very inviting and refreshing.

Mouth: This beer tastes precisely how it smells, with big berry flavors up front and a drier, sour/bitter hop finish in the back. It's very fizzy upon entering but smooth by the time it's ready to be swallowed. Leaves a gentle bitterness behind and completely masks the taste of alcohol. Very easy to drink!

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4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber with a huge head and a bready nose this beer is a truly great example of a Belgian session beer. Malts are the main part of the taste but the hops also show up to create a great balance that makes this very drinkable. The beer finishes semi sweet with the nice yeasty tang at the end

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4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber in color with only a trace amount of head that dissipate into a thin lace. Nose is sweet with notes of apple peel, dark fruits, spice, and is also a bit medicinal. Creamy medium-bodied brew with a complex flavor. Taste is lightly toasted sweet malts up front followed by a malty bread flavor. Middle has notes of doughy yeasts and lots of spice such as vanilla, clove, and allspice. Fruity towards the end with notes of ripe apple and a touch of plum with a dry finish. I prefer their Cuvee beer to this one, but this is still a very enjoyable brew.

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4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange / amber in the glass with a moderate white head that melts slowly to nothing.
I honestly couldn't descern any aroma in this beer so I'm going with the majority decision and giving it a 4...what the heck, it definately wasn't a smell I didn't like in any way...I couldn't smell it.
Taste is an immediate combination of sweet malt and sharp grassy fresh hops. There is somewhat of a biscuit quality to the flavor an it finishes just as it starts but with a faint hint of lemon on the end.
This may be the most perfectly balanced beer I've had. Nothing overpowers and nothing gets lost.
Mouthfeel is crisp and tingly from the hops and carbonation.
Nice stuff.

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4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of favourite beers, which I sampled widely on tap in Antwerp in 2007. I generally find Belgian Pale Ales a little heavy on the alcohol for my preference, so this beer at 5% is a real treat. A real biscuity malt flavour with a lovely ale profile (unique antwerp yeast I'm told), and a saaz hop tingle that leaves you wanting another one.

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4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Surprised to find this gem on tap. Borders a caramel brown and strawberry red. Snow white, thinger thick head with excellent retention. Visible carbonation with a steady stream of bubbles floating to the top.

Little light on the aroma, some nice fruity esthers.

A nice, almost english, biscuity malt. Very clean throughout with some light, juicy, strawberry flavours. Hops provide refreshing crispness. A faint belgian yeastiness to finish.

One of the best session beers produced in Belgium.

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4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep reddish-copper in color with an off-white head that holds OK and leaves a good collar with some whispy surface foam, and some good lace. The aroma is bold and welcoming with a gently dark fruitiness, a soft spiciness, some toasted maltiness, and a light suggestion of hops. The body is medium-light with a very fine, and somewhat limited, carbonation level. Very smooth in the mouth with a light caress on the tongue from the gentle effervescence. The flavor is delicate; with a toasted, biscuity maltiness from Vienna malts, a light spiciness (I think from both the yeast - or a possible spice addition - and the Saaz hops), and some medicinal phenols that smooth as the beer warms. Well balanced. The finish is short and dry with just a minimal lingering earthiness. This beer is very drinkable and continually beckons you to have another sip! Very clean and crisp. Quite surprisingly full of character (though not complex) for a beer that starts at only 11.8 Plato. This is what I think of as a standard Belgian artisinal ale. Well worth seeking out, and probably worth buying by the case.

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4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance would have been better if my daughter (yes, she's over 21) who brought it to me had not slurped off the head to keep from spilling it. But, I can't blame her for sneaking a taste, as it was such an enticing brownish amber in the De Koninck glass. This is a refreshing crisp ale, with perfect carbonation and a smooth palate, finishing with a lovely but quickly fleeting slight bitterness. Good full mouth that matches well with the subtle nose as you quaff. Overall, a good beer for year-round pleasure, but especially suited to cool-but-not-cold seasons.

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4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from the AOBF! This cloudy amber beauty is topped with an off-white foamy head and a thin trail of spidery lace. The aroma is citrusy and slightly peppery with a hint of spices. The medium bodied malt is lightly sweet and quite crisp. The citrus and spicy hops and in abundance. Lightly fruity with faint camphor flavor. Fairly complex!

Photo of aaronh
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of drinking this beer at the Sharp Edge. Medium amber body with a thin off-white head, but there were lighter amber highlights that almost seemed to sparkle. The aroma had a hint of malt and fruit, but nothing exceptional. The taste was smooth, perfectly balanced hops and malt with a nice bit of character that must have been from the yeast. Finishes a little dry, but this lends to its drinkability. Enjoyed the second half of this beer with dinner, and I must say it goes very well with food. Not a unique beer when compared with other Belgian ales, but a very solid, balanced, well-crafted ale.

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4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle, poured into my Corsendonk tulip.

Very nice looking amber brew, with some crimson highlights, topped by a lightt tan head, with average retention and collar, but nice lacing.
Nose is as I generally expect from the belgians; here is not surprising or bold, but very pleasant; my "standard" aroma: malty, mildly sugary, fruity, mildly yeasty with some added spiciness, but very little in the way of hoppiness.
Light to medium on the palate, is highly drinkable, with little carbonation. Flavor is very good, but delicate; mostly malty, biscuity and fruity. Some spiciness on the way to a somewhat dry end.
As good as a "light" belgian gets, a good summer or session option for belgian lovers.

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De Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
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