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De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

De KoninckDe Koninck

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452 Ratings

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

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 horshack7


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 01:44:30 | More by horshack7
Photo of Lostcarkeys

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 17:53:07 | More by Lostcarkeys
Photo of beerpirates


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 10:24:49 | More by beerpirates
Photo of jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 11:35:12 | More by jonb5
Photo of sfprint


2.28/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 01:43:23 | More by sfprint
Photo of powellmg


3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 01:42:13 | More by powellmg
Photo of Rayek


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 22:54:05 | More by Rayek
Photo of Sunnanek


3.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 18:50:34 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 01:34:25 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of dudelove7485

New York

3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 02:10:49 | More by dudelove7485
Photo of EkimGram

New York

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 03:45:11 | More by EkimGram
Photo of HugePlume


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 02:32:31 | More by HugePlume
Photo of DarthKostrizer


3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 23:40:41 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of RuudJH


3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 16:51:00 | More by RuudJH
Photo of farlieonfootie


4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 14:23:18 | More by farlieonfootie
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 20:10:40 | More by biegaman
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bier Markt in downtown Toronto. (I went into this thinking I had ordered the Tripel, only to find the draught was their amber ale. I don't think I've had a Flemish red brew in quite some time, so this threw me off a bit.)

Poured into a branded De Koninck chalice. A murky, amber-russet brew, the barman's pour left a sturdy half inch of head, which created sheets of lacing along the glass.

Nose was spicy, with strong notes of grain and bread, a little bit of classic Belgian yeast as well. Some fruit, a bit of hops, but the grain is certainly front and centre.

Same goes for the taste. This was a grainy, slightly tart brew, with notes of yeast and spices. A bit of dry grape juice as well. Intriguing combination of flavors. Finishes dry. Thick, a bit of sediment character to the brew.

An interesting brew. 'Grainy' and 'tart' are rarely going to be adjectives that yield a positive drinking experience for me, but keeping style in mind, this was actually quite drinkable. (My wife, on the other hand, was really looking forward to that tripel, and was thus a bit disappointed...)

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 06:01:59 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a nice amber with a slight haze and a fluffy, white head. Leaves some pretty, thick lacing.

Smell. Light grains, grassy hops and belgian yeast.

Taste. Clean grassy hops, toasty light malt, a little sweet with some belgian funk. Smooth hop bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel. Lighter bodied with medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. Good, well rounded beer with some hoppy bite.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 03:14:23 | More by Rutager
Photo of deebo


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few on tap when in Antwerp-served in the traditional wide mouthed Bolleke glass.

A-Dark amber with transparent clarity, head swiped off before served

S-Malted barley with sharp hop aroma and a wheaty/yeasty aroma

T-Nice fresh crisp hop taste, plenty of malted barley/wheat/yeasty taste

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

D-Easy to drink and still goes down smooth after a couple

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 18:09:27 | More by deebo
Photo of lacqueredmouse


2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Leura Cellars.

Pours a golden brown colour, head is fine, but a bit filmy, and decomposes to large bubbles as it settles. Minimal lace. Decent depth to the body. A little static carbonation. Not a classic red, but decent looking.

Nose is bready and yeasty, with some spice, but little of that. Mostly dry and grainy, some cereal characters, minimal Belgian yeast notes. Smells a bit like a stale English ale. Meh.

Taste is very light indeed, with very minimal flavour. Some light grain, a hint of cereal, but extremely minimal. There's almost nothing to it whatsoever. It's like and English pale ale with all the flavour removed.

Feel also thin and absent.

Wow, I'm not sure I've had a Belgian beer that tastes like this. It's bland, mild and incredibly thin. While it's not actively unpleasant, it is not a Flanders Red Ale, not in colour, not in aroma, not in flavour, or spirit. Quite weak indeed.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 07:33:29 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz (33 cl) brown bottle stamped best by 7/29/11 and labeled 5.2% ABV.

Poured into a pint glass. Reddish amber in color, relatively clear. Very thin but clinging white head that produces some nice sticky lacing. Bready, biscuity, and aromatic malt, subtle honey and light caramel sweetness and fruitiness, with a sweet but relatively clean finish.

I would prefer a BPA with more of a funk and a drier finish, but this sweeter more full bodied ale is also tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 02:00:01 | More by ILiveOffHops
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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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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice amber, clear, lots of bubbles coming up, ring of near white head. Not much lace.

S - Deep bread with hop back.

T - Sweet bready feel, followed by tangy hops.

M - Good balance and carb, medium body.

D - Like it, but I don't know how many I would want at a time.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 07:15:29 | More by srandycarter
Photo of 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
Photo of jushoppy2beer


4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 20:16:09 | More by jushoppy2beer
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