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De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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BA SCORE
82
good

452 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2005 03:59:05 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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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womencantsail

California

2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 04:53:31 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 00:03:57 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 21:22:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 02:12:56 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 20:29:20 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 07:38:33 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2002 12:28:55 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 00:34:34 | More by biboergosum
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emerge077

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 01:39:25 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 21:13:01 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 02:50:25 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 17:02:38 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 03:15:28 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, best before 10th Feb 2007 or 2009?

I don't own the correct bolleke glass, so it was poured into my Forbidden Fruit chalice.

It looked very impressive, a clear mahogany brown'red, no head to talk of, which is a shame, cos I like head.

This beer doesn't seem to have much aroma, be it on tap, or as in this tasting, in the bottle. Hops and not a lot of that either, is all I could find.

Malty taste, but not too sweet or powerful, a complexed mix of flavours come together and produce a very good beer.

It has a body to it, but not overly strong.

A very drinkable beer, pity about the aroma and head, otherwise we would be looking at a higher score and a true classic beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 15:46:26 | More by BlackHaddock
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2007 15:27:40 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 13:24:14 | More by WVbeergeek
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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).

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 00:27:03 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 17:44:40 | More by Halcyondays
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Syracuse's the Party Source. Appears a clear amber, no sediment, with a short white head. The aroma is surprisingly plain, with a just a hint of Belgian-spiced vanilla. The flavor does better, with a tart lemon undercurrent that builds as you drink. There's also a hit of apple juice, mild caramel and finishing peppery hops. The flavor is respectable, while the aroma leaves much to be desired. Worth a try for a sessionable Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 22:07:37 | More by tempest
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

C-

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 20:53:22 | More by kojevergas
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Billolick

New York

3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 00:32:19 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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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