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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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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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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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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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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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3.95/5  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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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap ,

pours reddish amber with a thin head of very fine white bubbles.

A ,. fresh. very light spice and yeast. bit of honey sweetness.

T. light bitterness. pleasant crackery malt. hint of clove, more in the mouthfeel than the flavour. light honey sweetness. alcohol.

M. ok. bit of carbonation sting, but it doesn't feel highly carbonated. light bodied and fairly dry finish.

D. alcohol is a little out of balance, feeling like more than 5%. still, an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 10:24:49 | More by beerpirates
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a DeKoninck glass. The beer is deep amber with a light haze. A small eggshell head falls to thin film. A nice lace is left behind.

A very fruity nose has pear and cherry aromas, plus some straw. The aromas fall into the flavor well, with the straw taking over. Bitterness is mild and peppery. The light body is a bit too thin.

Overall, a very nice beer. I'm glad I found it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 22:54:05 | More by Rayek
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4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft, served in a goblet. De Koninck pours a clear golden color, with a one-fingered head which quickly recedes into a thin white line serving only to guard the contents from my thirsty mouth. The beer's smell is almost non-existent; there's nothing there, except maybe some mild grains. It smells like bread.

De Koninck tastes mild, as well. It's got some hop bitterness, but these are not aggressive hops, these are the world famous Saaz hops, which must spend a lot of their lifetime just chilling out, because they're very mellow. There's something else going on, but I'm not quite sharp enough to figure it out -- I'll leave it at a certain barely detectable level of funkiness. De Koninck is crisp, clean, and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 14:23:18 | More by farlieonfootie
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sin and Redemption, in Toronto.

Belgian ales are notorious for having higher than average alcohol strength, but De Koninck is a perfectly manageable 5%. They're also typically known for seemingly permanent plus-sized heads, but the foam on this one looks like it's just had a straight razor shave. No matter, the glistening yet lightly hazy orange-amber ale is quite easy on the eyes.

Perhaps more than anything else, however, Belgian ales can be characterized by the distinct effervescence and spice of their yeasts. Predictably, there's a good dosage of fruity esters and heavily seasoned phenols in this bouquet, which is, it must be noted, far more anchored in prominently toasty, biscuity malt aromas than is typically the custom.

A very fruity start leads to an abundantly malty finish; a pear-like flavour, befriended by a subtle citrusy zest, channels its way into the toasty, nutty-sweet maltiness by way of a constant (but discreet) yeasty spiciness. The taste of earthy, Noble hops is hardly perceptible, but the bitterness they issue is appreciable. It's easy-going but far from bland.

Overlooking the rash of peppery phenols as the pointed by-product of a distinctively Belgian yeast strain, it wouldn't be a far cry to suggest there's something mildly 'English' about De Koninck. More 'moderate' than other Belgian ales, it drinks with the same casual ease as a pint of country pub ale - despite that it's served in a chalice!

De Koninck surely will not be the best beer you have from Belgium, but it's a great intro lesson to their style of brewing. More tempered - but still pleasantly fruity, moderately sweet, sufficiently malty and somewhat spicy - this ale is apt to appeal to a large segment of beer drinkers, particularly those with developing tastes or newly adventurous palates.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 20:10:40 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bier Markt in downtown Toronto. (I went into this thinking I had ordered the Tripel, only to find the draught was their amber ale. I don't think I've had a Flemish red brew in quite some time, so this threw me off a bit.)

Poured into a branded De Koninck chalice. A murky, amber-russet brew, the barman's pour left a sturdy half inch of head, which created sheets of lacing along the glass.

Nose was spicy, with strong notes of grain and bread, a little bit of classic Belgian yeast as well. Some fruit, a bit of hops, but the grain is certainly front and centre.

Same goes for the taste. This was a grainy, slightly tart brew, with notes of yeast and spices. A bit of dry grape juice as well. Intriguing combination of flavors. Finishes dry. Thick, a bit of sediment character to the brew.

An interesting brew. 'Grainy' and 'tart' are rarely going to be adjectives that yield a positive drinking experience for me, but keeping style in mind, this was actually quite drinkable. (My wife, on the other hand, was really looking forward to that tripel, and was thus a bit disappointed...)

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 06:01:59 | More by JohnnyBarman
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

Appearance. Pours a nice amber with a slight haze and a fluffy, white head. Leaves some pretty, thick lacing.

Smell. Light grains, grassy hops and belgian yeast.

Taste. Clean grassy hops, toasty light malt, a little sweet with some belgian funk. Smooth hop bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel. Lighter bodied with medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. Good, well rounded beer with some hoppy bite.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 03:14:23 | More by Rutager
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few on tap when in Antwerp-served in the traditional wide mouthed Bolleke glass.

A-Dark amber with transparent clarity, head swiped off before served

S-Malted barley with sharp hop aroma and a wheaty/yeasty aroma

T-Nice fresh crisp hop taste, plenty of malted barley/wheat/yeasty taste

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

D-Easy to drink and still goes down smooth after a couple

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 18:09:27 | More by deebo
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4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 20:16:09 | More by jushoppy2beer
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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into specialty glass . Amber red in color tight carbonation. Head sticks and laces the glass well. Smells of sweey carmamel malts and a grassy hop. The beer is very malty grains and caramel coming out. Some fruit esters with a a grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel is drying like a wine and moderate in body. Very drinkable beer. Solid beer all around.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 20:05:26 | More by bigrzman
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South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a branded chalice at tBruges Beertje.

A: Reddish amber and clear. Head is 1.5 fingers thick, off white and has great retention.

S: Dark fruits and some light spice character or clove and cinnamon.

T: Almost like a dubbel in character. Brown sugar, dark fruits, and some spices. Yeast all over.

A solid beer that is almost always a good yet somewhat safe choice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2010 19:18:19 | More by BucBasil
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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the friendly local Belgian beer cafe.

I love the fruitiness from Abbey/Trappist beers, but wanted something lower gravity, so I gave this beer a try. Wow, what a treat. The yeast character was actually quite neutral, but the maltiness was delicious. Sort of a rich, sweet breadcrust flavor. I assumed Munich malt, but I have since read they use pale and Vienna malt.

Easy drinking stuff, for sure. My kind of session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 17:05:46 | More by SassyBootblack
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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Buford, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clouded, amber-brown body with a thin, wispy, near white head.

Smell: Aroma of generously toasted bread and caramel sauce with a light, spicy-scented yeastiness and background fruitiness.

Taste: Opens with a maltiness tasting of caramel-dunked cinnamon bread. It's sweet, but not particularly so. Light tangy fruitiness with tastes of apricots, apples, and bananas. Faint bitterness. Late-arriving pop of brown sugar. Body thins out as you near the end. Drying, lightly fruity, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation with a bit of sharpness to it.

Drinkability: A little light when it comes to flavor and complexities, but, considering it's just a mere 5% ABV, it ain't half bad.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2010 21:26:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver. I'd always heard that Fat Tire was very much inspired by this beer. After trying it, I think that's pretty much guaranteed.
Arrived in a snifter as a reddish amber color with a giant head on it.
The smell has some of the traditional Belgian spiciness to it, but not as much as I expected. The malt carries a little bit of toastiness to the nose and you can pick up some floral bittering hops. Seems inviting.
Toasty malts kick thing off with just a hint of peppery yeast and earth hops following. The finish is mild and I almost feel that this tastes watered down. I'd compare it to a stronger ale like a dubbel or even an oud bruin that was weakened. It feels like it's missing something. The toastiness of the malt is a unique identifying factor.
Mouthfeel is light and since it's relatively mild, drinking several of these in one sitting is no big deal. Still...it's a little boring.

I think this beer is a pretty clear inspiration for Fat Tire, although the biscuity malts from Fat Tire are far more potent than anything in this brew. The spiciness of the yeast gives it a unique character that the older versions of FT supposedly had.

Not bad, and one of the few session ales from Belgium, but nothing really noteworthy here.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2010 18:26:39 | More by Domingo
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draught at D.B..A in Manhattan. It was suggested by the bartender and it was a good suggestion. Good dark color and very clear. Flavor was quite esthery but well balanced with the malt. I liked this beer a lot and will have it on draft again. I think better than the bottle version.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2010 21:20:06 | More by david18
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District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Granville Moores in DC.

A fantastic Belgian pale, with a full-bodied, amber color, tan head and great retention. There is a consistent, butterscotch malt with some caramel, citrus, and earthy tones with a creamy carbonation and warm, impeccable drinkability.

A nice, sweet, candied fruit mouthfeel with some slightly hopped, full-bodied structure and balanced finish throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2009 23:54:29 | More by TLove
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3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer from tap in an orginal De Koninck glass in the Cinema pub in Wageningen. The beers pours a nice amber color, with a decent fluffy white head, that changed into a nice lacing after a few minutes.

Smell: A bit weak, some spicy hops, grains, malts and some well hidden fruits.

Taste: The first sips, the beer had a clear metallic taste. After the initial metallic taste, the taste is grassy, spicy and hoppy, some clear malts are there too, some fruits (not sure what exactly, orange???), and a spicy, dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Medium-high carbonation. Easy to drink

Overall: I have to admit that I had this beer after drinking Bommen en Granaten and 10 commandments at home first. So for me all the flavors were a bit weak this time. But of course I know how it tastes from the previous times I had it, and how I enjoyed it! It is a nice beer, really similar to Palm Speciale beer. The only thing I really didn't like, is the metallic taste this beer often has....

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2009 14:54:35 | More by rvdoorn
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4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a chalice like goblet. The apperance is on the darker side but i wouldnt call it dark. Sort of a burnt carmel color. Not too many aromas present on the taste. Tastes great, very creamy with carmel and molasses flavors, slightly malty. I like this mouthfeel, went down smooth and creamy. THis was a quality beer and i would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2009 19:58:27 | More by FrothyBeverage
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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a De Koninck oversized wine glass. Appears a light brown in color with a creamy white head that provides a sheet of lacing.

The aroma was not very apparant to this beer, just a slight notion of malt and grain.

The taste revolved around the candy malt body. Quite smooth and medium bodied. Just a hint of butterscotch in there too, possibly some diacetyl. Mild earth tones are also present.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. It beckons for extended sipping. This beer is medium to full bodied.

This is a very nice treat of a beer. I would reccommend this as a session beer if it were more widely available in bottled form. An excellent draft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2009 14:40:28 | More by Stinkypuss
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4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap into a nice goblet with a slightly rocky cream colored head, which was well-retained at 3/4" thick, and slowly gave-way to some nice lacing. The body was bright (clear), and the color of a worn penny (copper-brown). No carbonation was visible from the side or top of the glass.

S- Bread-like nose features prominent notes of candy sugar, caramel malt, Belgian yeast and stale hops. None of these attributes out-compete each other... all notes are prominently featured up front, and I'm not really reading anything else between the lines on this nose...

T- Nice flavors of burnt candy sugar, caramel malt and stale hops are the most prominent. Tastes slightly metallic in the middle, and finishes long and dry with some linger stale hop flavor.

M- Tingly carbonation is certainly the most pronounced attribute of the mouthfeel. I would say this is a medium body and slightly creamy... which would be WONDERFUL for this style if the carbonation weren't so DISTRACTING. Therefore, I must down-grade the mouthfeel.

D- Despite the lower mark in the mouthfeel department, I must say that this beer is wonderfully drinkable (and a great follow-up to the Kolsch I just had!). Tons of flavor and a decent body all with relatively little alcohol!! I would love to have this on tap again!

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2009 12:45:41 | More by jgasparine
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De Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
82 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.