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De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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De KoninckDe Koninck

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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in the BotM shipment.
I assume this is the same beer although mine had a red label.

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a thin amber color with one finger of head. The head dissipates quickly. Some lacing develops as the beer drinks down.

S: A little banana-clove hefe style smell here. Mainly malts and Belgian yeast though.

T: Banana's with a sweet malt. The Belgian yeast is also noticeable. Would like a bit more spice here. Very pleasant though.

M: Moderate carbonation. Banana flavor lingers.

D: Very easy drinking Belgian Pale Ale, but nothing outstanding here. Could drink a couple but would not seek out.

Photo of beersheppard
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber, poor lacing, not cloudy.

Smell: Nice, that great smell that Belgiums have, cherries, malts, yeast. Very Pleasant.

Taste: a little brown sugar, cherry, caramel, the flavors are muted and not very overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: a little on the watery side.

Drinkability: taste is slightly above average. Pleasant, but not the greatest example of this style. If I was at a bar that specialized in Belgiums, I would bypass.

Photo of KonigObHops
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Recieved this beer as a part of a beer of the month club. It is called De Koninck Pale Ale by the club, but the photo of the bottle that I have was only present in the Amber Ale listing on Beer Advocate.

The beer is true amber in color with a yellow/cream colored head. The head was a good two finger width. I swirled the bottle after the first half of the pour. Belgian lace is present throughout.

The aroma is fruity and a bit spicy like most Belgians, but it is not overpowering. The most noticible aroma is plum. It did not smell as sweet as stronger Belgian Ales that I have had.

The taste begins as bitter, and you can definitely taste the hops, but it mellows quickly and a smooth caramel taste replaces the initial sensation. The beer finishes dry and the hop taste reapears.

Overall, this is a good beer. However, Belgian Ales are my favorite and I can think of a dozen that I would purchase over the De Koninck. On the other hand, I also prefer strong Belgian ales to Belgian Ales of this type so if you are looking for a Belgian Ale without a high alcohol content this may be a good choice.

Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a copper5 color with a tan head that fades quickly leaving very light lacing

S - Has a bready malt nose with some fruit to it

T - Sweet malt upfront with some fruit finishes off a little grainy

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - A terribly average beer drinking this makes me think of a macro that comes from Belgium its not bad but nothing really makes it stand out there are way better Belgian Pales to drink before this one

Photo of HalfFull
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped 330 ml. bottle into a large wine glass. Noted at 5.2% on the bottle, along with 'Top Fermented, Pure Malt'. Pours a hazy golder amber with half an inch of off white foam. Retention is rather brief with some light lacing to follow. Does keep up a surface ring throughout however, and offering a thin film with some agitation.

Clean malt nose with some dark fruit and a bit of earthy spice. Blends with yeast notes in the background. Yeast notes are more balanced after some air, offering a bit of tart berry towards the end.

Fruit forward on the palate which lingers moderately and more so with some warming. Some raspberry with light cherry undertones and a lightly coarse texture. Carbonation fits the body pretty well, but the drinkability is a bit of a chore in that the sweetness exceeds its body, resulting in a soda like feel.

Interesting take on the style, and one I can see both love and indifference towards. I was expecting a Blonde, and I found a Brunette. Best by 05/05/10.

Photo of Brabander
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this beer in our local pizzeria. Poured in a Heineken glass the head is broken white to light yellow. You can smell the roasted ingredients that make the colour. Very interesting taste, a bit more complex than other amber beers.

A more than normal mouthfeel and a good drinkability.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.
A - 1 finger head with no lacing. Great copper color.

S - Metallic, bread, roasted malt.

T - Metallic right off the bat. Grain, apples, almost like a white wine. Sweet off the top with a hint of bitterness on the finish.

M - Medium.

Overall this was kind of a lackluster Belgian. The metal threw it off a bit. Maybe I was expecting more out of his beer. I'd like to try it on tap if I had the chance.

Photo of ZAP
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Carnelian colored...small whisp of ivory head

S-Mildly spicy....earthy with a little leather...sugar cookie sweetness as well..Interesting..

T-Subtle flavors...mild caramel....some yeasty and bready notes...kind of bland actually.

M-Feels thin...a little watery...meant to be a session type beer but this is a little too thin for 5%

D-Worth trying and drinking. It has some redeeming qualities. I'd love to pair this with some Lemon-Garlic Broiled Mako Shark Steaks that I whip up every now and again...doesn't overwhelm the buds by any means...subtle sums it up best....

Photo of Domingo
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver. I'd always heard that Fat Tire was very much inspired by this beer. After trying it, I think that's pretty much guaranteed.
Arrived in a snifter as a reddish amber color with a giant head on it.
The smell has some of the traditional Belgian spiciness to it, but not as much as I expected. The malt carries a little bit of toastiness to the nose and you can pick up some floral bittering hops. Seems inviting.
Toasty malts kick thing off with just a hint of peppery yeast and earth hops following. The finish is mild and I almost feel that this tastes watered down. I'd compare it to a stronger ale like a dubbel or even an oud bruin that was weakened. It feels like it's missing something. The toastiness of the malt is a unique identifying factor.
Mouthfeel is light and since it's relatively mild, drinking several of these in one sitting is no big deal. Still...it's a little boring.

I think this beer is a pretty clear inspiration for Fat Tire, although the biscuity malts from Fat Tire are far more potent than anything in this brew. The spiciness of the yeast gives it a unique character that the older versions of FT supposedly had.

Not bad, and one of the few session ales from Belgium, but nothing really noteworthy here.

Photo of rfabian
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess this is the same ale. The label is different with a red background, but the logo and name are the same with "1833" below. Perhaps modified for exportation to the US.

In any case, poured into a tumbler it produces a 5 mm head with scant persistence and little lacing. The appearance is amber and clear. The aroma is complex with toasted malt, raisins, and buttery esters. The taste complements the aroma with slight bitterness and dry malt. The finish is light to medium bodied with a somewhat metallic finish.

This is a fine Belgian Ale, as good as any I've had.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a BotM shipment (though the bottle looks more like the De Koninck amber, this is definitely not a Flemish red).

Poured into a stemmed tulip: a beautiful clear amber with a dusting of thin white head. Plenty of tiny bubbles.

Smell of musty white grape juice, sweet spices, prototypical estery Belgian yeast.

Taste is fruity, with sweet apples, grapes, pears jumping forth, jelly-like sugars but a kind of flinty quality to it found in a lot of European brews. Both bread crust & fresh-baked dough. Mildly acidic, enough to draw forth some saliva.

Feels medium-bodied, some tang from sugars & acidity, a good swish really works it up & re-carbonates.

Good overall, seems very exemplary, almost quintessential, of the style. Tasty & complex, & I think 2 would just about do it for me.

Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draught at D.B..A in Manhattan. It was suggested by the bartender and it was a good suggestion. Good dark color and very clear. Flavor was quite esthery but well balanced with the malt. I liked this beer a lot and will have it on draft again. I think better than the bottle version.

Photo of endovelico
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice. Best before date 02/09/09. Reviewed on 25/11/09. Taken from notes.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper brew with a thin white head, low perceived effervescence and no lacing to speak of. Attractive.

Aroma: High strength. I get horse blanket, sour cherries, orange/tangerine, a slight maltiness and a faint wood like earthiness.

Taste: Reasonable strength with notes of leather, horse blanket, some earthiness, sour cherries, wood and a slight heather honey component.

Palate: Medium full bodied, slightly acidic, slighly sour and very dry. Low bitterness and medium low carbonation. Lasting earthy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Maybe not a noob friendly beer, but drinkable nonetheless. Its "charismatic" enough to warrant further attention although theres definitely better brews within the style.

Photo of TLove
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Granville Moores in DC.

A fantastic Belgian pale, with a full-bodied, amber color, tan head and great retention. There is a consistent, butterscotch malt with some caramel, citrus, and earthy tones with a creamy carbonation and warm, impeccable drinkability.

A nice, sweet, candied fruit mouthfeel with some slightly hopped, full-bodied structure and balanced finish throughout.

Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color with some suspended sediment. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, slight roasted malt, and some hops. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, sweet malt, and slight hops. Overall, a weak bodied pale ale, but a great bodied euro light ale.

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 diamondc
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl, bottled on 04/09/09

I really dug this beer on tap, in bottle, there isn't much difference.

Straight into a New Belgium goblet, color is a dark amber with minimal head retention. No lacing to be found. Sure this beer is from Belgium? Lots of yeast made it into the pour despite being extra careful.

Smells like puke/bile, ozone, and bubblegum. Interesting ..

The taste initially reminded me Tropical Punch Kool-Aid without the sugar added. Hints of unripe green bananas and burnt toast. Tart, but not sour. Some slight metallic taste towards the end. The hops don't add much flavor but add to the dryness at the end.

Its a bit watery on the mouthfeel, could have used more body definitely, but the slight tartness gives the beer a refreshing quality. This is probably the only beer I have ever 'session'ed' with three pints in a row.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer from tap in an orginal De Koninck glass in the Cinema pub in Wageningen. The beers pours a nice amber color, with a decent fluffy white head, that changed into a nice lacing after a few minutes.

Smell: A bit weak, some spicy hops, grains, malts and some well hidden fruits.

Taste: The first sips, the beer had a clear metallic taste. After the initial metallic taste, the taste is grassy, spicy and hoppy, some clear malts are there too, some fruits (not sure what exactly, orange???), and a spicy, dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Medium-high carbonation. Easy to drink

Overall: I have to admit that I had this beer after drinking Bommen en Granaten and 10 commandments at home first. So for me all the flavors were a bit weak this time. But of course I know how it tastes from the previous times I had it, and how I enjoyed it! It is a nice beer, really similar to Palm Speciale beer. The only thing I really didn't like, is the metallic taste this beer often has....

Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a chalice like goblet. The apperance is on the darker side but i wouldnt call it dark. Sort of a burnt carmel color. Not too many aromas present on the taste. Tastes great, very creamy with carmel and molasses flavors, slightly malty. I like this mouthfeel, went down smooth and creamy. THis was a quality beer and i would drink it again.

Photo of quinnsi
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brownish red/amber with one finger of tan colored head

N: The primary scent I get here is grain husk, along with some mild malt.

T: Nice malt flavor with some mild hop flavors on the back end to balance out the beer. Very well rounded.

M: lively carbonation and semi-light feel in the mouth

D: Highly drinkable. Although no one element of the beer stands out as exceptional, I found myself wanting another as soon as I was done. A great session beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a De Koninck oversized wine glass. Appears a light brown in color with a creamy white head that provides a sheet of lacing.

The aroma was not very apparant to this beer, just a slight notion of malt and grain.

The taste revolved around the candy malt body. Quite smooth and medium bodied. Just a hint of butterscotch in there too, possibly some diacetyl. Mild earth tones are also present.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. It beckons for extended sipping. This beer is medium to full bodied.

This is a very nice treat of a beer. I would reccommend this as a session beer if it were more widely available in bottled form. An excellent draft beer.

Photo of juju7
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a lot going here but still overall a well-made tight little beer. Not a lot of aromas coming out but I'm getting cherry malt(?). Carbonation is a kinda weak leaving the beer feeling a little syrupy. Some more malt action on the palate, not much hop-wise going on. Still, I don't dislike it at all, but it's not really blowing my skirt up.

Photo of jgasparine
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap into a nice goblet with a slightly rocky cream colored head, which was well-retained at 3/4" thick, and slowly gave-way to some nice lacing. The body was bright (clear), and the color of a worn penny (copper-brown). No carbonation was visible from the side or top of the glass.

S- Bread-like nose features prominent notes of candy sugar, caramel malt, Belgian yeast and stale hops. None of these attributes out-compete each other... all notes are prominently featured up front, and I'm not really reading anything else between the lines on this nose...

T- Nice flavors of burnt candy sugar, caramel malt and stale hops are the most prominent. Tastes slightly metallic in the middle, and finishes long and dry with some linger stale hop flavor.

M- Tingly carbonation is certainly the most pronounced attribute of the mouthfeel. I would say this is a medium body and slightly creamy... which would be WONDERFUL for this style if the carbonation weren't so DISTRACTING. Therefore, I must down-grade the mouthfeel.

D- Despite the lower mark in the mouthfeel department, I must say that this beer is wonderfully drinkable (and a great follow-up to the Kolsch I just had!). Tons of flavor and a decent body all with relatively little alcohol!! I would love to have this on tap again!

Photo of nickynick
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Koninck poured a nice amber color, with a small tan head, also showed nice lacing. Smell was of fruit, malts, hints of citrus. Taste was from fruity, citrus, nice malt. Good sweetness and Belgian yeast flavor. Mouthfell was good, and drinkability is very nice. Good session beer, nice flavors, for the price however, you kind find things on par with this beer.

Photo of berley31
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small, off-white head that diminished very quickly. Body is amber-colored and slightly hazy, with some sediment floating around. Nothing exemplary, to say the least.

S: Again, nothing to blow my mind. I can smell traces of malt and yeast, but they're fairly weak.

T: Improving slightly on the look and aroma, it begins lightly malty and sweet. Slight presence of bready taste, and then it actually finishes with a little bitterness.

M: Nice on the palate... light-bodied, but slightly creamy texture to it, with lively carbonation.

D: An easy-drinking beer that isn't anything special, especially for a Belgium ale. My first beer of this style, however, so not sure how it compares to other Flanders Reds. Still, definitely an agreeable beer.

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