De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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Reviews: 319
Hads: 532
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 17
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij De Koninck NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 11-26-2000

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Launch at Beer Bistro on-tap. Looks are good, with a light amber and lace. Aroma is OK, yeasty and fruity sweet. The taste is rather average. Mouthfeel on thin side. There are much better pales around. We drank our free samples, muttering into our beers.

Had agin there 1.5 years later, slow change of the lineup, and it was more drinkable, more creamy,less carbonated. (372 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  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. (523 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a thin white head that dissipated very quickly but left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of apples and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a good balance between fruity flavors and a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a hint of dryness in the finish.
D: I could easily have several of these in one sitting because of the beer's low alcohol content. (588 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a decent head that sticks around nicely and leaves a nice pattern of lace

Smell: A bit of biscuit and a bit of caramel and a bit of apple and a bit of grassy hops - but a predominance of yeast

Taste: Opens biscuity and slightly fruity with apples/pears predominant; moves in a spicy, yeasty direction by mid-palate, with a slight developing sweetness; after the swallow, the flavors tend to fade into a pleasant, but undistinct finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A great entry level Belgian beer; extremely easy to drink; somewhat interesting but not challenging or distinctive at all (666 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A standard Flanders Red that shows moderate traits of vineous, woodsiness, grapes, cherries, and red wines. A fairly still look later allows the lacking carbonation to play too thin and dull on the palate. Solid browns show some hazy red highlights. Malt taste balances beer maybe too much. Definately a step below Duchese du Burgogne, Rodenbach, and Vignerone. (361 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep yellow color ale with a huge foamy dirty white head wit pretty good retention. Aroma of Belgian yeast with sweet malt. Taste is quite refreshing with some mild sweet malt and nice dose of Belgian yeast. Medium dry finish with a nice above average body. Very good take on the style. (308 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Don't know the difference between this and the basic De Koninck pale ale, other than this one mentions something about being 'amber-hued' on the back label.

This beer pours a clear, gleaming medium brassy amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly beige head, which settles apace, leaving some randomly strewn splotchy lace around the glass.

It smells of biscuity, bready malt, stewed apples, a bit of Belgian yeast, and light earthy, grassy hops. The taste is more sweet bready, doughy pale malt, a mildly tart mixed orchard fruitiness, and steadily soft grassy/leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite light, the body an adequate medium weight, and decidedly smooth, with a creaminess not unlike whipped butter - in fact, this observance hit me well before any of the actual flavour components did - weird, but neat. It finishes off-dry, with more faintly sour breadiness, and fading earthy, meadow-friendly hops.

An enjoyable enough Belgian amber ale, like something out of a baked cracker box. Not a lot of yeast or sourness stand out in this one, but that hardly detracts from the overall drinkability. (1,124 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally saw this available as a single, and decided to give it a try.

Pours a clear amber tone, with a finger of compact foam. Smells of sweet honey and toasted malt. No Saaz hops as promised by the label. Without tasting it, it looks and smells like a generic amber ale. The grain smell conjures up import German lager past it's prime, not skunky, just a little dull.

Taste is average, dull grain and honey sweetness. No Belgian yeast or anything vaguely Belgian about it. Pretty lackluster, like a year-old Helles Lager...label says BB: 03/13/07 hmm.

Goes down easy, poundable even. But why waste your cash when there are much cheaper macro alternatives out there? (678 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked the nice dark gold/orange color with nice head,smelled very malty with some spiciness in there.First sip was sweet and as I drank more a nuttiness a appeared,it has somewhat of a dry finishGood well rounded highly drinkable Belgian-ale would love to try on tap sometime in the future. (292 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a light amber color with a short lived off-white head and mild carbonation.

S: The nose is mildly vinegary with a bit of sweet caramel, butterscotch, and cherries.

T: The flavor is muted and watery with a bit of vinegar and a hint of sweetness.

M: The body is light with a watery feel on the tongue. The carbonation is moderate.

D: Not really a very good beer. Very watery and mild in terms of flavor, but I honestly had no expectations going in. (465 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a De Koninck chalice at Beelow's.

This tap has been here too long without me partaking of its contents. Time to rectify that. It pours a hazy rusted tawny topped by a half-finger of faded khaki foam. The nose comprises rye bread, light ruby red grapefruit zest, Belgian yeast, a hint of clove, and a few drops of maple syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some mild grass and flowers for the sake of it. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice little BPA, nothing to write home about, but if you're here and need a bit of Belgian-ness, it's here for you. (655 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at "Taste of Belgium" restaurant in Aruba.

A: Fizzy light 1 finger head fades quickly over super clear copper amber colored beer.

N: Sweet amber malts, a little Belgian malt, slightly toasty, somewhat sweet and syrupy malt aromas, no real fruit or sour aromas.

T: Slightly sweet taste, with a little dryness. Lots of Belgian malts, some candi sugar and raisin, dark Belgian malt flavors, with some darker fruits as well. A slight syrupy lager like toasty malt flavor.

M: Lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: Slightly sweet candi sugar finish, with more amber Belgian malts, a little sticky sweetness, toasty malts and little dryness, all with a touch of bitterness.

A nice amber ale, but not sure how it calls itself a Flanders Red. I get some red malt like flavors, but no Flanders sourness. That just doesn't make sense to me. Overall a nice mild amber Belgian ale though. (893 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with lots of lacing on the way down. Nose is slightly yeasty and slightly sweet, though the environment I tasted it at was probably not the best for it. Flavor is smooth with a slight sweetness and a touch of mature bitterness. Mouth is smooth with bubble. Drinkable, yes. But still not the greatest Belgian brew I have ever had. (349 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed amber with the occasional bubble rising to the top, superb head retention. Ripe plum in the aroma with a hard spicy back from the hops, faint esters awaken the nostrils even more to further suck in its intoxicating aroma.

Grassy with some medicinal phenols, moderate body with a halting smoothness that rolls the crispness around the tongue. Maltiness is cracker-like with a clean graininess. Hops are prolific with spiciness and an even bitterness. Fruitiness is plumish with faint alcoholic esters on the side. Clean drying mineral finish.

This is a beer I’d have in my fridge at all times, I have to work on how to get some in my local liquor stores … or even better get it on tap if that is possible. (729 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber copper tone, and filled with a white frothing head that was short-lived. Some hints of some hop aroma, but the sweetness from the malt is more apparent. At first taste all that I could detect was the the vienna malts. After letting the beer sit for a little I noticed that this beer is very simple in flavor with some mild hopping, but what makes this beer great is that it's finish is so crisp and smooth that this beer is a satisfying treat to be experienced. (480 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

C- (747 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid amber color with a small amount of chill haze. Rocky off-white head that leaves ample lace on the glass.

Dry malt aroma with a touch of cotton candy sugar. Slight sourness in the background.

Interestingly light initial taste. Holding the beer on my tongue brings out some dry, lightly toasted malt flavors. From the smell, I wasn't expecting the level of hop bitterness. While it is light, it is quite present. Dry and short lived finish. Heavy body for the style, with a good corresponding carbonation.

If I didn't know this was made in Belgium, I would have thought this would be cross between a British Mild and an American Amber (low-hopped pale ale). (664 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, freshness date of 10/21/08 on back:

Pours amber - fizzy white head soon dissipates. Carbonation fast at first, but descreases soon.

The smell is of toast, caramel, general fruitiness and a hint of cinnamon spice.

The taste is spicy and fruity, with some toasty caramel. Well-balanced. A straight-forward taste. Finishes clean. Bittersweet.

The body is a bit thin. Medium-to-high carbonation settles to medium.

An easy drinking Belgian. It has a nice malt/hop (Saaz) interaction. No candy sugar or adjuncts used here. One to grab for a "sessionable", straightforward brew from Belgium. (606 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thin offwhite head that fades to lacing. There are lots of yeast floaties present. The aroma is decent. It has a nice, but weak pale and roasted malt scent with a slightly tart Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a very weak and watery pale malt flavor with an equally weak Belgian yeast finish. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a low bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a very forgettable Belgian ale. It's weak and devoid of taste. It's one and done for me. (547 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/22/07- Received as a gift from a fellow beer lover.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a Jan/08 best by date on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Copper-amber colored pour. About a 3/4 inch head upon pour which settles at a slight rim whilst drinking. Light streaks and spots of lace.

Smell- Spicy (maybe some nutmeg and some peppery other scents). Fairly malty as well. Seems a tad sour.

Taste- Is this supposed to be lightly sour? Reviews really don't say that. Old beer? It's not a bad sour taste though. Quite pleasant as it mixes with the sweetness of the rather straight forward and in your face toasted caramel malt. Peppery, and a tad sugary.

Mouthfeel- Lower than expected carbonation level with a slight sour and bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Interesting beer with many good qualities. Would like to try a fresh one again to see if the sourness is standard. (895 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was ok, a fairly standard example of the Belgian pale ale style. Nice and easy drinking, but nothing to make me feel like I needed another one. Really not too much flavor in this beer, overall it is just lacking in those flavorful beer qualities. I quickly moved on to a duvel that I saw on the menu, you should too. (326 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours a murky mild amber with a small white head, no real lace.

S: Yeast, must, mild fruit, hint of funk.

T: Fruity yellow apple and pear. Toasty bread malt adds to the flavour. Simple and tasty.

M: Light carbonation, smooth, light-bodied.

D: A good pale ale out of Belgium. Very easy to drink, a nice beer that's not too expensive. (355 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11 oz bottle, freshness dating of 9-17-04 . Pours light almond, with orange tinges. Not much head and no lace. A bit of bubblegum and sweatness in the nose. Flavor notes include some malt, candi sugar,, bublegum notes and some spicyness. Seems a bit sour for the style. so so Belgian, not too exciting. Decent for an everyday quafer, but theres better stuff out there. (368 characters)

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