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De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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De KoninckDe Koninck

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495 Ratings

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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 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.

metter98, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

jushoppy2beer, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

88th review on BA
Bottle to flute

App- A murky dark copper color with some brown caramel highlights. Very little at all with some heavy yeast sediment

Smell- Smells of sugar and some light fruit

Taste- Run of the mill taste. No real over powering flavors on it.

Mouth- Pretty decent feel to it with the yeast making it a chunkier drink.

Drink- Was pretty tasty. Would like to try some of their other styles.

FosterJM, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of mariposafan
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has been sitting for awhile but the yeast appears to be in suspension so there are lots of floaters in the amber body despite a careful pour to try to decant it. No head but the bubbles around the edge of the glass form lacing that sticks.

The aroma is very pleasant. Belgian yeast esters, cloves, malt, maybe a little hops hiding in there as well. Smells yummy.

Pity the flavor doesn't quite follow the nose. Many of the same characteristics but a little weak and watery. Not unpleasant but just average. A little bitterness at the back end may just be the yeast or it might be the hops that I thought I smelled in there.

The mouthfeel is really pretty decent - not as watery as the taste but not very thick and good carbonation making it feel pretty creamy.

If the flavor were better it would be pretty drinkable but it's just sort of there. I probably wouldn't by it again but I probably will by something else from De Koninck in the future.

mariposafan, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of bigrzman
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

bigrzman, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of benfons
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice orange copper colour, nice thick head that lingers

S: Malts up front, caramel and a hint of apple and spices

T: again the malts, coffee, and a hint of apples and apricots and a bit of rock candy sweetening the slightly bitter aftertaste

M/D: good carbonation, abv coirrect

decent special belage

benfons, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of BucBasil
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

BucBasil, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of FourQuarters
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance - Pours a deep honey-amber color with an inch of off-white head.

Smell - Biscuity malt character is upfront, followed by spiciness and slight fruity esters.

Taste - Malt is dominant, some caramel, fruitiness and spice, mild medicinal phenols and finishing with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium mouthfeel with a dry finish

Drinkability - Pretty easy drinking beer with enough complexity to keep things interesting.

FourQuarters, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a rich reddish brown hue and has a tiny head that goes away except for around the edge of the chalice.

It is a very aromatic beer with hints of grapes, raisins, toasted malts, floral notes, and other fruit. There is definitely a European hop note in there as well, some sort of Pilsener hops. Very earthy.

The taste brings much of the same as the smell does. It's much less carbonated than other Belgian beers, which I do miss in this one, but the flavor is pretty good. Without the carbonation it almost tastes flat or like an old soda. The malt comes forward first, along with some funkiness, and a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel leaves you a bit dry on the end. This is definitely a sessionable Belgian Ale, which is pretty refreshing considering most Belgians these days are one and done.

tchenery, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-translucent amber with a loose, half inch, off-white head that quickly disperses towards the edges, leaving a bubbly band and a bull's eye dollop in the center. Nose is very subdued but suggests green apples (maybe a little vinegary), as well as Saaz hops and grains. Taste is big on earthy grains and malt with perhaps a trace of acidity. A biscuity quality lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, with a carbonation that starts off crisp and slowly tapers off towards the back, ending with a semi-dry finish. Decent and drinkable, but not much going on here and the doesn't particularly warrant a future purchase for me considering the price.

Jwale73, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of JayQue
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to trying a new style for me. This beer, however is pretty bland and boring.

The appearance is the best part. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a nice size delicate white head. Head retention is average and there is no lacing.

Smell is very mild bready malt. Taste is pretty mild also...a little bready malt and some very weak grassy hops. Not much else!!

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Drinkability is low because there is not much reason to drink a lot of this. I will probably pick up a Duchesse De Bourgogne to see ifthere is anything to this style. This beer was disappointing.

JayQue, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of cpanossian
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

0.25L bottle poured into glass. Slightly metallic smell which obscured any other aroma. Clear amber color. Some carbonation with light biege head no lacing.

Smooth mouthfeel, but pretty weak in quality in the scheme of good Belgium beer.

Mass-produced and nothing special - just a good time sink inbetween better ex-beer-iences.

cpanossian, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of ludachris
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear honey amber with one finger of quickly receeding paper white head that leaves minimal lace. If it wasn't for its rich colour, I'd definitely give this a lower score.

The nose is weak with notes of faint tart candied cherries, light grassy hops, biscuit-like malts, and a bit of a skunky character all coming together to produce a patchy but mediocre smelling beer.

The grassy hop character along with the biscuity malts seem to be the most assertive flavours in the taste with the slightly tart cherries placed in the back. It's hard to detect anything else going on.

Mouthfeel is watery until the end, with the finish being dry and decently carbonated. There is a decent balance to this beer but most of the flavours just seem to be off and not really compliment eachother.

This beer marks my first for the style and it didn't leave me impressed. Bland, unoriginal, and watery. I'd still give this style another try, but this one, never again.

ludachris, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of SassyBootblack
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

SassyBootblack, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours basically a little lighter than the colour of the glass; A clear, medium amber. A tiny bit of head that is gone in about 15 seconds.

It basically smells like nothing. Maybe a hint of toffee / caramel.

The taste is decent. Pretty much like the smell, though. A bit of a dry, bitter finish.

The feel is fine, maybe a bit too carbonated for my liking / compared to the rest of the beer's parts.

It's pretty drinkable, albeit pretty bland.

PEIBeerGuy, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle 5,0% abv

Appearance: Poured into a De Koninck glass. Beautiful crystal clear russet brown body, topped by a reasonable size off white head. Unfortunately the head's retention left a lot to be desired as did the lace, which fair at best.

Smell: The nose is dominated by a slightly caramel malt aroma; there are hints of spice and a vague aroma of slightly tart cherries. On the whole the nose is promising, just too light.

Taste: I am disappointed, the nose was promising but just not quite there and I was hoping that the flavour would make up for this. It doesn't and is average at best. Initial flavour is sweet malt (though rather watered down), followed by just a hint of sour fruitiness. The finish is short, dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with slightly unpleasant, sharp carbonation.

Drinkability: I finished my bottle with relative ease, but I will not be buying another.

Thehuntmaster, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Jemonster
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color. High carbonation makes a lot of bubbles in the glass. Very clear; I can see my hand clearly on the other side of the glass.

S: A little skunky at first which is offputting, but malty and mellow as well.

T: Again, a little skunkier up front than I like. After that, I taste spices and heavy malt. More sweet than bitter with the hops, and only slightly roasty/nutty.

M: The best thing about this beer to me. It is just carbonated enough to be refreshing despite its heavier body. Malty and round and clingy.

D: At 5% abv, it is low enough in alcohol to be an easy drinker. The amount of carbonation makes it bloating, however, and the skunky part of the flavor makes it hang around and build too much on my tongue.

Jemonster, Jul 16, 2010
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 22, 2010
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.

jlindros, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of floraday
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into wine glass. Bottled 3/25/10

A: Amber with faint head. Nice bubbles and super fine lacing.

S: Aromas of light apple vinegar, yeast and grain. Slightly rusty.

T: Smells better than it tastes. But , nice yeast and malt. Very balanced. Good but far from great. Light hop bitterness.

M: Dry on the palate. Long after taste. Creamy

D: Easy to drink. Not overpowering in any sense. Would never buy more than one at a time.

floraday, May 24, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a thin layer of head, nice red caramel colour. Noticeable carbonation, which when combined with the colour created a very appealing looking bevy.

S - A sweet bready / grainy malt which was much stronger than what I would have otherwise anticipated.

T - A nice sweet caramel flavoured amber ale with a touch of honey, though slightly metallic on the finish. Again, I was surprised by the flavour this one packed in here. Really enjoyed the sweet malts.

M - Fairly light on the palette, though slightly high on the carbonation. Overall, goes down quite easily.

D - This was a surprising little treat. Had never seen this one at a pub before, so was quite impressed with the amount of flavour this foreign amber ale had.

andrenaline, May 21, 2010
Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5-18-10 - poured into an oversized wine glass - 11.2 Fl.oz. capped bottle - bottled on date stamped on back is 11-18-10

Appearance: Pours deep amber with a slight brownish tint. It has a creamy, white head that slowly dissipates, eventually becoming extremely thin. Some lacing.

Smell: Fruity with hints of pear, black cherry, and apple cider. Also, smells of grassy hops, spice, and yeast.

Taste: A delicate malt character with spicy yeastiness. Along with pear comes apple cider. At first, a sharp hop induced bitterness balanced by semi-sweet fruity notes.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation. It has a thin feel with a clean, dry finish after it washes over the palate.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but I failed to get a concrete feel for any underlying complexity with this beer, even as it slowly warmed in the glass.

Comments: A beer of the month selection. I am still curious about what I have read of this beer's subtle complexity, so I will definitely try it again.

MarvinSnyder, May 18, 2010
Photo of roblowther
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Amber colored with minimal carbonation and visible sediment. Smells of sour mash and fruity esters. My mouth is watering, so that must be good. Taste is peppery crackers, with a nice slight roast and a slightly dry finish. There is a little something hay-like in there as well. Very balanced, VERY drinkable. Mouthfeel is soft & a touch undercarbonated. Drinkability is fantastic. This is a bit high to be considered a session beer, but I wouldn't kick it out of bed. Very good in a very subtle way.

roblowther, May 05, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got in BotM shipment. Poured from a 33cl bottle into a snifter. Best by date of 1/13/11 on back label. Was a clear copper color with lots of central carb streams from the etching only. Had a small head that quickly dissipated into nothing. No lacing.

The aroma was weak. Biscuity and caramel malts with a bit of fruit and hops. Slight metallic aroma and taste as well. The taste was malty with slight fruit and hops. Not much here to enjoy. Mouthfeel was medium. Malty and metallic after-taste.

Overall, glad I didn't this one. Drinkable but nothing really there to remember it or make you want another. Don't recommend. [N;N]

TexIndy, Apr 13, 2010
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.

womencantsail, Apr 07, 2010
De Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
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