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De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

De KoninckDe Koninck

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452 Ratings

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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Koninck NV visit their website

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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Photo of BWED


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
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Alberta (Canada)

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
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3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle decanted into a tulip glass. 5.2% ABV.
Appearance: Brilliant mahogany. Light, broken cap of foam (4/5).
Aroma: Apples and pears. Gingerbread cookies. Then the Saaz show up wearing their earthy, floral perfume (3.75/5).
Taste: Cidery and sweet. Tastes a little like someone spiked it with white wine. There is a suggestion of bitterness at the end, but it never really turns into much (3.25/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation (3.5/5).
Overall: This beer is slightly sweet, a bit phenolic, and very easy to drink. My only problem with it was the hops. I understand Saaz are inherent to the style, but I really struggle with this particular hop. I just don’t like it very much. Fortunately the bitterning was dealt with a very light hand and I was able to look around them for the most part. Overall, very nice (3.5/5).

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 05:51:20 | More by mhaugo
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice clear copper color forming a medium bubbled and aired light yellow head. Low retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Strong caramel and the traditional Belgian bready yeast aroma. Sweet and fruity in the nose. Caramel and crystal malts. A bit metallic and a bit spicy too

T: Slightly sweet upfront becoming quickly softly bitter. Strong notes of Belgian yeasts, very bready taste. Notes of toffee, caramel malts, roasted malts, crystal malts. Metallic notes and some spiciness. Mild hops bitterness in the end

M: Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Caramelish/metallic aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Nice brew. Traditional Belgian Ale

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 13:59:06 | More by eduardolinhalis
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper hued amber with a small beige head, mild lacing. Aroma is fruity, apples and pears, yeast with some biscuit malt and caramel. Taste same as aroma with some bready yeast flavors, fruity with mild tart flavors. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet fruity apple and pears, yeast and bready notes. The ending has a pleasant mild tartness, some light bitterness and a nice caramel malt flavor. Overall I found this to be a very good and tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 18:48:03 | More by Samp01
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New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this beer a few weeks back at Top Hops. I never had this before and didn't know what to expect and after downing most of it, I have to say that this is a bit underwhelming. Relative to the stronger examples of this style, this was much lighter in body and taste and not even spicy at all. This was a good beer for the Summer but because it was so malty and easygoing, there wasn't a whole lot else going for it.

The pour was decent as this had a reddish-brown hue to it, a moderately fluffy head, and just a bit of lacing that quickly fell down the sides of my pint glass. Not much of an aroma to this and the taste was that of sugar, caramel malt, and a splash of apple, pear, and plum in the back that turned into a hint of booze. That quickly faded into sourness in the back and all of this slid right down as the carbonation was light and the mouthfeel was a bit weak, with just a hint of creaminess thrown in for good measure.

I could have had more than one in a sitting, since I didn't feel any of the alcohol aside from the taste. While I only bought one bottle of this, it was enough for a sitting. I like Belgian beers but don't expect one to be of the "lawnmower" type. That's what this was and with so many better offerings out there, only a true aficionado of this style should give this a go.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 22:41:02 | More by JerzDevl2000
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New York

4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glows iridescent, deep copper (SRM 14-16) with a 2 ½ inch, white mousse that settles to form a ½ inch blanket and leaves no lacing.

The fruity funkiness which emanates from the bottle gives way to orange peel citrus and light floral notes in the St. Hermes tulip.

Well balanced with fruit and spice which are distinct from subtle apricot. A short, subtle finish accentuates earthiness that is light – similar to white wine – and develops with warming.

Medium body with lively, fine carbonation, light alcohol, and a dry, woolly texture.

This is a great beer to help settle down with after a day in the hot sun. This is by no means a lawnmower beer, however, as it has much more to offer. A contemplative nature would also allow it to accompany afternoons of conversation.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 19:44:05 | More by SLeffler27
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3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty sure this is the correct beer....

Bottle says 05/2013
L3010 18:07

A= Pours a nice amberish brown color with a thin finger of head that rises and falls fast into a thin layer on top of the glass. LIttle retention but there is some.

S= Has a typical Belgian yeast aroma. There is a little caramel malt in it and some yeasty spiciness.

T= The taste is nice and light on the Belgian yeast which I like but it still is present. A solid yeast profile with a little spice. There is a caramelly malt flavor as well that comes through providing a little sweetness.

M= A nice level of carbonation. Sometimes Belgian beers are too carbonated for me.

O= This is a solid brew. I was told that this is what New Belgium modeled Flat Tire after and while they didn't quite get all of the nuances in this beer I would say it was an admirable effort.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 01:12:10 | More by jjanega08
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber; big frothy head, long lasting

Aroma: biscuity malt; light hops; peppery yeast

Taste: thin juicy malt on start; good Belgian yeast flavor in mid; finishes slightly hoppy and semi sweet

Remarks: great flavor, but a little thin.

Did not score A, S, T, M at that time; please disregard

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 12:22:23 | More by IchLiebeBier
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2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught in Belgium. Served into a bolleke glass. Cost was 2.10 euro. ABV is 4.9% according to the beer menu. Reviewed from notes taken in Summer 2011.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and nice retention. Body colour is a nontransparent gold. Hazy.

Sm: Light aroma of caramelized malt, cream, and floral hops. Not a lot going on.

T: Amber malts, floral hops, a weak barley foundation, some cream, and fair caramel. Lacks sufficient body. More simple than I expected. The cream is nice, and it's pretty well balanced, but overall the build is less than par for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: Pretty decent, and well priced. Give her a go, but don't expect much.


Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 20:53:22 | More by kojevergas
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3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/2012.

5.2% ABV per the label.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 03:30:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A medium amber with an orange hue and great clarity. The persistent head pour a finger of off-white creamy foam with some big bubbles.

S: The aroma is pretty malty with a a bit of earthy and spicy hops aroma; having a medium-strong malt aroma with a notes of biscuit and caramel. The hops aroma is moderately-low and the esters are low and very Belgiany more British ale like fermentation character.

T: Malty and fruity having a medium-strong malt character with flavors of caramel, biscuit and toast. The is a medium amount of light colored fruit like Nectarines and oranges. There is a medium amount of spice what seems like a medium-low portion coming from the hops and a bit more from the yeast. The hops also add and earthy flavor. The alcohol brings bi additional sweetness

M: Soft and creamy with a medium-full body and a moderately-strong level carbonation.

O: A malt driven beer with some spice; it's like a British Ale rubbed elbows a Belgian brewer. It's an unexpected and little brewed Belgian style. If you approach this beer expecting a typical Belgian you might not be too impressed unless you get it not tap where it is truly sublime.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 23:38:18 | More by MadScientist
Photo of FLima


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color and made 3 fingers of head, thick with good retention that left marks in the tulip glass.
Nice mild aroma of malt and herbal hops, some sulfur notes. Good carbonation with medium bubbles.
Elegant and flavorful taste, balancing malt sweetness and caramel with a mild bitterness from its hops and a hint of condiments. Slightly dry and malty aftertaste that comes right a way.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 03:11:17 | More by FLima
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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a clear slightly dense dark copper body with a lumpy oatmeal grey head that is supported by a strong carbonation of microbubbles

S- The soft fruity note from esters fades to a hop note but it is pretty clean. As the beer opens there is a white plastic aroma that grows.

T- The dry flinty hops have a clean lagered taste and a soft canned fruit note to a dry finish. There is a hop pungency that lingers but it fades as the beer opens.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp carbonation.

O- This is a very interesting beer with nice hop notes and some interesting fruity notes packaged in a pretty dry dark lager. The aftertaste does get a bit bitey even though the hop flavor fades. There was no date stamp on this bottle so I will have to try this on tap if I can find it for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 15:39:08 | More by rhoadsrage
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3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown bottle of 330 ml, poured into a tulip glass. Light amber colour, with a thin, maybe one finger, head, off-white in colour, with low retention.Very light lacing left behind.No activity in the glass.
Aroma is mostly of malts, some caramel, a bit fruity and some light traces of alcohol, although it's only a 5,2% beer.
Mostly caramelized malts on the taste.Very slight bitterness at first, becomes more intense and dry on the finish, plus some acidity on the aftertaste.
Medium on the body, highly carbonated.
Good beer, a bit too expensive for what it offers.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 23:36:39 | More by Douberd
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3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The pour is a lovely reddish-amber color with a thinner head than I expected. Toasty, biscuity nose with a touch of floral hop notes and some fruity esters, primarily cherries, pears, and apples.

Light to medium body. Fruit and malt sweetness predominates. Toasty, nutty flavors up front that develop to apple, pear, and banana notes at mid-palate. Finish is fairly sweet with a hint of pepper. No alcohol presence at all. Exceptionally well-balanced.

A classic example of the style. Proof that you don't need massive amounts of hops to make an interesting and satisfying pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 00:15:15 | More by deadonhisfeet
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2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: beautiful brown color.
Aroma: not much. A little citrus on the nose.
Taste: citrus upfront fading quickly. Not your typical Belgian beer.
Mouthfeel: light body.
Overall: Not a great beer once you have delved into Belgians, but a decent starter beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 06:09:17 | More by tbsb
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3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear coppery amber with a thin, fine white head that dissipates slowly to a thick film with lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, faint light fruit and hops, missing any Belgian notes. Flavor is biscuit and bready malt and light grassy hops, very faint Belgian yeast and spicing. Tastes very similar to a modest American amber ale with a tiny amount of Belgian yeast. A faint hint of Belgian yeast in the finish. Light to medium bodied. Very attenuated flavor. No off flavors, but not true to style. A surprisingly mediocre Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 03:00:04 | More by LiquidAmber
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New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cheeky Monk in Denver. Pours amber with a short-lived white head and much lacing. Aroma is of fruit, caramel and cotton candy. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is fruit, caramel, some spices and cotton candy. Finish is short and dry. Nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 15:07:14 | More by mikeg67
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3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber? This one's darker than copper, about an even red color and completely clear. Classifications can be tough, and I'm seeing why there are at least 3 labels for it (amber, Belgian pale ale, and Flanders red). A small cap of creamy off-white head is just under a finger tall and leaves come creamy lacing in moderation.
I get lots of wood in the nose with a tart note and something a little acidic/vinegar-like. Definitely Flanders red, as the obviously intentional sourness comes out.
What makes it more obvious is the very tolerable vinegar-like flavor after a note of tart cherries that comes out up front. An earthy yeast is there, not the sweetness of particular Belgian strains, though a flash of candy sugar is there. The woody element comes though in the middle and remains, along with a vinous note. There's a taste of red wine that I've only ever tasted in certain sours before.
It's light-bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy but a little thin. All in all, it comes together pretty well though I can imagine the differences between this and the stellar ones.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 03:10:50 | More by Brenden
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a bolleke glass for the Winking Lizard's Glass of the Month

A- Poured a clear dark reddish brown color with a small soapy head that left minimal lace.

S- Aroma of cherry, clove, and vanilla

T- Notes of cherry, clove, and vanilla. Diet cola type taste on the finish. Very balanced malty flavor profile.

M- Medium body, soft/light carbonation, slightly watery finish

O- A really unique tasting beer and easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2012 02:30:06 | More by Hoptometrist
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United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the classic bolleke.

Mid brown body and glorious slight off white head with the fancy glass it was a fair sight to behold.

Real rich aromas of sherry and balsamic vinegar.

Super malty taste, malt loaf and red wine tastes
medium mouthfeel quite low carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 20:33:55 | More by EmperorBevis
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3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours medium amber with no true head, but just a skim ring of white.

Bread and caramel in the nose. Something is missing.

Some toasted bread and a touch of caramel, some fruitiness in the malt. A little candied note as well. Some pear, but mushy and slight bitter that leaves unbalanced.

Too sweet and needs some more fizz to clear palate. A bit of a disappointment. Not horrific, but we can do much better

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 23:37:25 | More by OtherShoe2
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2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 4/11/12

01 2012 on the label

Deeper shade of honey brown. Quite clear. Three finger head of foam compresses to a rippled, billowly slab. Pretty good retention. Not much lace.

Aromas of bread, caramel, paper mache, tree bark, way over-ripe apple and tangy fruit overtones. Hops are very faint. The smell is somehow ominous. The taste starts off with a punch of tangy fruit that seems out of place, at least to such a degree. From there, bready malt picks up, but is weak compared to the fruity aspect. The aftertaste has an artificial bent. Medium body with moderately nippy carbonation.

Overall impression - I just can't get past the fruity twinge with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 22:51:36 | More by Ryan011235
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New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 00:46:27 | More by Neorebel
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