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De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale) - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale)De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale)

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Reviews: 321
Hads: 548
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 17
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Koninck NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 11-26-2000

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Photo of tbsb
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear coppery amber with a thin, fine white head that dissipates slowly to a thick film with lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, faint light fruit and hops, missing any Belgian notes. Flavor is biscuit and bready malt and light grassy hops, very faint Belgian yeast and spicing. Tastes very similar to a modest American amber ale with a tiny amount of Belgian yeast. A faint hint of Belgian yeast in the finish. Light to medium bodied. Very attenuated flavor. No off flavors, but not true to style. A surprisingly mediocre Belgian ale.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber? This one's darker than copper, about an even red color and completely clear. Classifications can be tough, and I'm seeing why there are at least 3 labels for it (amber, Belgian pale ale, and Flanders red). A small cap of creamy off-white head is just under a finger tall and leaves come creamy lacing in moderation.
I get lots of wood in the nose with a tart note and something a little acidic/vinegar-like. Definitely Flanders red, as the obviously intentional sourness comes out.
What makes it more obvious is the very tolerable vinegar-like flavor after a note of tart cherries that comes out up front. An earthy yeast is there, not the sweetness of particular Belgian strains, though a flash of candy sugar is there. The woody element comes though in the middle and remains, along with a vinous note. There's a taste of red wine that I've only ever tasted in certain sours before.
It's light-bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy but a little thin. All in all, it comes together pretty well though I can imagine the differences between this and the stellar ones.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.51/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours medium amber with no true head, but just a skim ring of white.

Bread and caramel in the nose. Something is missing.

Some toasted bread and a touch of caramel, some fruitiness in the malt. A little candied note as well. Some pear, but mushy and slight bitter that leaves unbalanced.

Too sweet and needs some more fizz to clear palate. A bit of a disappointment. Not horrific, but we can do much better

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 4/11/12

01 2012 on the label

Deeper shade of honey brown. Quite clear. Three finger head of foam compresses to a rippled, billowly slab. Pretty good retention. Not much lace.

Aromas of bread, caramel, paper mache, tree bark, way over-ripe apple and tangy fruit overtones. Hops are very faint. The smell is somehow ominous. The taste starts off with a punch of tangy fruit that seems out of place, at least to such a degree. From there, bready malt picks up, but is weak compared to the fruity aspect. The aftertaste has an artificial bent. Medium body with moderately nippy carbonation.

Overall impression - I just can't get past the fruity twinge with this one.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a burnt orange/amber hue. Initially has quote a frothy head but I found that it dissipated mostly. The beer is carbonated however. In the aroma I am picking up pear and apple, and apricot fruit flavors. As I sip, the flavor stays true to the aroma with ample fruit esters, intermingled with toasted malt. A touch of hops in the finish Very light mouthfeel, and very refreshing. I wish this was my 'everyday' beer!

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Photo of horshack7
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: On top is a frothy off white head around two figners thick. Underneath that head is a dark amber. As the head thins out there is good lacing left behind.

Aroma: Yeasty with a light dryness in the nose. Light citrus hops as well as floral. Dried fruits, twinges of apricot.

Taste: Light crisp mouthfeel with a smooth finish. Raisins, figs, prunes in the back. Good caramel malts that have a bit a toffee sweetness.

Notes: Tasty drinkable and a nice finish. Cheers.

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Photo of Lostcarkeys
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a four pack for 4.99 on sale, beer was worth the money!

A- Golden brown amber

S- Regular/ Average

T- "Top fermented pure malt" tastes kind of like a steel reserve 40 oz to me. I wish it were as alcoholic! Not enough of to make it really that above average for me

MF- It was alright, I could drink it pretty easy

O- I would like to try the other beers from this brew house, but won't need to try this one again...

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Photo of beerpirates
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of jonb5
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Ruby/amber colour, clear, one fat finger head. The smell was described as "homebrew bockbier gone wrong" by a tester on biertestonline.de, was a bit strange but didn't put me off. Had a yeasty rasberry taste. A bit like a thin dubbel. Decent mouthfull. Overall drinkable but would probably be better on draught.

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Photo of sfprint
2.32/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Similar to a natural soda, brownish red but not so dark. No head but light rising carbonation. Lemon cola

S: also in the soda realm but not so sweet. cherry cola but not so sweet. syrup feel.

T/M: sour/tart, punchy. Very odd. Beyond the sourness, the flavor is pretty recessed. Like a dirty sun tea underneath. Tartness definitely translates in the mouth feel as well.

O: Weird, not undrinkable but certainly not "good." Won't have again.

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Photo of powellmg
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber with virtually no head. There was a thick layer of what I can only assume was yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Not a fine layer of sediment. Chunky, sludgy yeast (or something). I opted not to pour the yeast.

Aroma was toasted, woodsy, and slightly fruity. Biscuity, full flavor but with a light body. It would be easy to mistake for an English bitter except for the spiciness of the yeast. Low carbonation.

I never had De Koninck before it was acquired by Duvel Moortgat, so I don't know if it has changed. The reviews don't seem to always be describing the same beer, though, which is never a good sign. Still, it had a lot of pleasant flavor. Not sure about the ... yeast. Or whatever it was.

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Photo of Rayek
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown pour with hues of red. Small tan head and only faint lacings.

S: Dark rye bread and roasted caramell malt. Yeast and spices. Some dark dried fruits in the back.

T: Kind of sour/bitter. Roasted malt gives it a bready wibe. Some faint dark dried fruits.

M: Medium body as well as is the carbonatoin. Aftertaste is bitter/sour and rather long.

O: Pretty nice, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 250ml bottle with a BB of July 2011 - a few months out of date but hopefully still in good condition.

Poured into a Delerium chalice. A clear reddish-brown hue with decent carbonation. Forms a white head of foam that hangs around for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with hints of dry yeast and sourness. Subtle undertones of banana and clove.

Tastes of sweetish caramel malt with a slightly sour yeast character and a mild bitter finish. Notes of grain, fruity yeast esters, hints of banana/clove and stewed hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a reasonable body. Quite dry on the palate. Aftertaste of yeast notes and harsh bitter hops.

OK, but not great. It seems unbalanced, with the grainy malt/yeast flavours too dominant and lacking in complexity. Also, the harsh finish is a let down. To be honest I have yet to try a beer from de Koninck that I liked, so I guess I'll keep searching.

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Photo of dudelove7485
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold/amber in color. The head is thin and doesn’t last for long, leaving minimal lacing. Unpleasant vegetal, mossy aroma with a bit of berry and spice. I am fairly certain that the beer was out of date and so I will try not to be too harsh. Light-medium body with a balanced carbonation. The aftertaste is crispy, slightly dry and soapy. I am jealous of those who were able to try it on tap.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 11.2oz (33cL) bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Pours a cloudy brownish-stew colour with a 1/2 finger head that fades away almost instantly. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Fruity, yeasty, has some clove aromas as well.

Taste: Bitter, sweet, and sour in that order. The general taste is soft and subtle. Hops and malts are present.Finishes with a hint of white I think to be is sour cherries. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, thin, and biting.

Overall: Tamer than I had expected. This is my first of the style so I do want to familiarize myself with it more. Taste and aromas are good but there isn't much about this brew that sticks out.

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Photo of HugePlume
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint

Bottled on 4/20/11 consumed 7/30/11

A- Pours a rich brown amber, with a fleeting loose 1 finger head. Lots of fizzing. Dissapointingly there were significant floaters and also a moderate chill haze developed.

S- Smells of sweet malts, and a fruity sweet hop note as well. As it warms a slight spicy note comes out of the sweetness.

T- Very subtle while also very complex. 11.2 oz isn't enough to discover all that this has to offer. There are obvious sweet notes backed by a subtle stab of bitterness from hops, that then turns into a waterfall of candy, fruit and sour notes. Wet finish.

M- Much more carbonation than I expected. Feels very loose on the tongue, and the carbonation works well, its not over done. Very clean feeling.

O- I wish this didn't have the appearance problems, or this would have scored higher. I will try it again to see if maybe I got a bum batch.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Brownish red in color with 1/2 tan head and little retention

Smell: Bready yeast and caramel malts with hints of dark fruits

Taste: Hints of raisin and caramel not much else honestly

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to medium carbonation goes down incredibly smooth.

Overall: For the price this is a really good beer with that being said it does lack flavor but is really drinkable.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De Koninck amber, all natural ingredients (barley, saaz hops, water and yeast).

Amber colour, big fluffy head, good carbonation.
Smell defenately of saaz hops, grassy and mild spice. A bit of bubblegum, dark fruits, a lot of malts.
Similar taste, bittersweet. A lot of malts.
Mouthfeel is smooth , watery, but the carbonation is good, making it refreshing.

Overall, this is a good amber from belgium: clean and well balanced.

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Photo of farlieonfootie
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale) from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
82 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.