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
90
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:
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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.

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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?

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
1.5/5  rDev -58.4%

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De Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
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