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De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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472 Ratings

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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | 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 spointon


3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Marquee Lounge on 2/21/2009.

A= This ale poured a dark orange/amber color with a 1/2" off white head. The head dropped to a skim and left just a couple bits of foamy stickage on my glass.

S= Smell was all sweet maltiness and mildly funky yeast. Some fruity ester qualities there, but they were muted.

T= Malts up front were sweet and caramelly, followed by a spicy and slightly fruity middle. The yeast funk appeared in each sip toward the end bringing in earthy and herbal notes. Mildly tart in the finish.

MF= Average/medium body with a fairly undercarbed feel in my opinion.

D= Not difficult to drink, but the sum of the aroma and taste would not make me go out of my way to get another of these.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2009 07:04:41 | More by spointon
Photo of JBogan


2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A rather nondescript looking amber with almost no head and no lacing. Not much to look at, so let's take a sniff...

Not much to smell either. Some maltiness present, but that's about it. This is a very one dimensional brew.

Tasted slightly better than it smelled. Still, not a complex beer. I tried hard but couldn't pick up much beyond the malt.

Mouthfeel was good. Medium to thick bodied with a nice smoothness to it.

All in all this was an average beer. Luckily it was rather inexpensive so keeping that in mind it's a fair deal for the money.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 22:22:05 | More by JBogan
Photo of Troyone


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light root beer color with a copper hue. The off white head dissipated and there seems to be a little action and a hint of sediment. The date stamped on the back is 03/05/09 also this is a red label that states 5.2% abv.

Some funky beer aromas, blended with malt, some what like a fruitless lambic smell.

Has something like a broth taste with a eyewater tea sweetness in the background.

Light to medium bodied and a mixed watery and resin feel.

Everything seems balanced alright could be a session beer just a different taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 00:10:41 | More by Troyone
Photo of superdedooperboy


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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. Date of 06/11/08 is printed on the label.

Pours reddish-amber with a tawny off-white head that falls rather rapidly to a crown of bubbles that lingers but leaves very little of itself behind on the glass. Lots of huge chunks of sediment float in the hazy liquid; I cannot say if this is normal or not, but it's certainly not too attractive.

Aroma is somewhat fruity, with some toffee-like notes surrounded by peaches and ripe cherries, dancing with herbaceous hop notes.

Medium-bodied with very little carbonation, carting flavors of caramel and toffee malt up front, with a broad middle awash with sour cherries, herbal bittering hops, and a touch of lemon zest, driving away with a very dry, tart aftertaste in its wake.

Mildly drinkable, but the large chunks of sediment in the glass prove a bit unpalatable. Perhaps a different bottle would prove more drinkable, but this one suffers as it stands. Certainly worthy of another try, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 16:40:41 | More by superdedooperboy
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Surprised to find this gem on tap. Borders a caramel brown and strawberry red. Snow white, thinger thick head with excellent retention. Visible carbonation with a steady stream of bubbles floating to the top.

Little light on the aroma, some nice fruity esthers.

A nice, almost english, biscuity malt. Very clean throughout with some light, juicy, strawberry flavours. Hops provide refreshing crispness. A faint belgian yeastiness to finish.

One of the best session beers produced in Belgium.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2009 18:58:17 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of tempest


3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Syracuse's the Party Source. Appears a clear amber, no sediment, with a short white head. The aroma is surprisingly plain, with a just a hint of Belgian-spiced vanilla. The flavor does better, with a tart lemon undercurrent that builds as you drink. There's also a hit of apple juice, mild caramel and finishing peppery hops. The flavor is respectable, while the aroma leaves much to be desired. Worth a try for a sessionable Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 22:07:37 | More by tempest
Photo of BeTheBall


2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a dark brown/red with little head of lacing. Smelled of sour bread and malt, no hops aroma. Taste was of a malt bomb with a touch or sourness; where are the hops? Tasted almost rusty or tinny to me in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was average. Drinkability for me was poor, as I'm not into that taste profile at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 13:18:01 | More by BeTheBall
Photo of ricke


3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving date: 2009-01-30. Served in tulip.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date on the label (Best before 2009-08-03. Actually no other information of any interest on the bottle.

Presentation: Very clear amber/dark copper color with very lively initial carbonation. The two finger off-white head is very sparkly and rocky but dissipates a bit too quickly, leaving small lacings.

Smell: Fruity aromas - mostly banana - and sweat malts, some yeast as well as faint notes of some sourness. The smell of this one is ok, but a little to anonymous and withdrawn.

Taste: More fruit up front, coupled with faint flavors of citrus fruits and cinnamon. Some yeast and sweet malts are there as well. It's a bit sour in the middle. Some flavors in this one is presented in a rather sharp fashion, which is very pleasant. The finish has a slight bitterness to it, with notes of spices and more juicy malt.

Mouthfeel: Light body. The carbonation in this beer puzzles me a bit: At first, the carbonation is generous, almost too generous since it almost overpowers the different flavors. However, the carbonation decreases rather quickly, and for a while the mouthfeel becomes very pleasant with a great mix of gentle bubbles and nice fruity and spicy flavors. At this state, the beer was at its most enjoyable condition. But towards the end, carbonation is almost completely gone leaving the beer a bit bland (worth mentioning here is also that I finished the beer in about 30 - 40 minutes).

Drinkability: This is an ok beer, and it drinks quite easily. It taste quite nice as well, but I can't help feeling that it falls somewhat short. But bluntly, it's a bit flat. However, considering the low ABV and it's decent overall character, I could see myself having it again. But I recommend serving this one in a glass with a more narrow body than a Duvel-sized tulip, considering the successive loss of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 23:45:59 | More by ricke
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice fruity nose of raisen and sweet malt. nice full mouthfeel feel to start but once carbonation gone seems to thin out. very underated flavor profile but it works. nicely carbonated. a bit sweet but very drinkable and overall quite nice. i would buy this one again. $2 single how can beat it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 03:28:44 | More by OatmattStout
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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off I hope this is the right beer because the label is different from the picture and it is also 5.2% alcohol...not 5%.

I wasn't sure if I would like this beer as the label stated "Top Fermented - Pure Malt". I am not a huge malty guy but this was darn good. Poured into my snifter with almost no head whatsoever. Small bubbles were produced that quickly disappeared and clung to the sides of the glass. A nice amber colored brew. Smell was like a Belgie with fruit and malt aromas. Taste was very refreshing. Almost no lingering aftertaste and pleasing to my palate. I forgot the price on this single, but I think it was a little over $2 and it was a very good buy!

Definitely recommended as a "try it and see" beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 02:14:49 | More by kaseydad
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle as part of gift sample pack, freshness date on back.

Pours a deep red-amber, fairly clear. One finger of tightly bubbled, white head sinks to a bubbly haze, leaving plenty of lacing.

Smells earthy, like corn husk and grains. Bit of spice and yeast. Faint metallic odour.

Up front I tasted a funky yeast and fruit taste, somewhat overpowered by the sourness of the finish. This mellowed slightly as I drank, becoming more grainy and caramel. Hops spice is muted underneath the maltiness, but it's there and provides a decent counterpoint.

Mouthfeel is medium-thin, there's definitely some presence to it. Carbonation is almost not felt, which gives it a slightly slick, viscous feel as it coats the mouth. Fairly dry finish.

Easy enough to drink, but not really refreshing or quaffable. I'd have another one, but I don't see this as a must-try.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 22:07:58 | More by nighthawk
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1.8/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not good. Pours clear amber with floaties and a quickly-dissipating head. Aroma of stale malt and dsuty wood. The taste is acidic; some malt with yeast, but mixed together to form the dreaded sweaty gym sock. Maybe this was a bad one that left the brewer. Either way, I don't want to know. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 19:54:47 | More by magictrokini
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, light ruby orange color with a creamy head 1 inch in height.

S: light citrusy scents with some fresh oranges as well some candi-sugar sweetness.

T: The flavor was nice, spicy and assertive hop wise with juicy fruits an citrus against a crisp pale grain backing. The palate was very smooth and light. Theres not a lot of complexity but the beer is very clean with a light spicy hop fade and drinks very well.

M: spicy from the hops with a crisp carbonation.

D: Nice drinkability, easy going down. Wont wow you, but wont dissapoint as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 02:26:12 | More by beerthulhu
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ruby read with a ine-finger off-white, quickly fading head into a Duvel tulip. There is very little head retention. Smells a bit yeasty and spicy. Deep down some fruity notes are discernible. Tasted fruity and tart with a vinous essence. There's a sweetness involved that stops just short of cloying. It goes down smooth with a light to medium mouth-feel. This one's good for a change, but one is enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 20:32:28 | More by stephens101
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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 10-5-08

Eye: Into a Duvel Tulip: Amber in color. Kinda pumpkin colored. The color of this beer incorporates a mixture of brown, yellow, orange, and red. Overall a really nice color that is showcased by the sparkling clarity of the body. Head retention and formation is super poor. The head is equivalent to early morning frost on the tips of the grass, it melts away quickly after just covering the top of the grass. I wouldn't even call what is on the top of this beer a head, more like a newly grown pond scum, trying to spread across the pond to choke out all life within.

Nose: Weak and faint sweet malt aroma that is usually associated with the style, you know...that kinda butterscotchy sweet candy type of sweet malt aroma. Well, this beer has hints of that but ontop of that, and I literally mean on top of, it has a grainy/husky aroma, six row barley. Yes, buttery like popcorn as well, diacetyl, this is the exact definition of diacetyl. Ever wonder what it is, well here it is. Mixed in with the grainy and husky six row aroma is a faint buttery popcorn (slightly burnt popcorn to be exact) aroma....that is diacetyl. I can't get over how much this smells like the unpopped remenants at the bottom of the bag of microwave popcorn. Its really not a flaw, but it takes away from anything that I might find interesting about this beer's aroma.

Tongue: Pretty bland overall. I get some malt sweetness comprable to any middle line American Amber Ale. There's really nothing that I'd say distinctly names this as a belgian ale. Yeast isn't big here, there's not anyting great going on with the malt, really....its just an amber ale that came from Belgium. There is a nice malt flavor here, nice red, caramel flavor with hints of grain in it...much like the way the GLBC brews are, but to a lesser degree. A very nicely balanced brew, but not at all what I was expecting from any beer from Belgium. Nice hop character, the bitterness nicely balances the sweetness, and flavor is thrown into that mix as well-slightly floral, grassy and spicy. The bottle claims Saaz are used, and I believe it. The hop character in this beer is very subtle and fine. Just a plain simple beer, I keep looking for more but nothing is there.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-light on the palate, with carbonation that is delicate and in check. Not much more to the feel, just average, nothing special. Drinkability is pretty much the same. Sure its easy enough to drink, and I find this one to be quite unique, given that it comes from Belgium... Its easy to drink, and I could see myself buying a four pack of this, that is given the price is reasonable. I don't think that I'd want to pay over $10 for this (received this bottle for free as a sample from my employer). However, this is a unique beer that I will consider buying again, it drinks nicely and has a nice flavor. Sure it might not be all that complex, but it is good. There's something about this beer that makes me say "Yes, I will come back to it." I'm not sure what it is, but I do like this beer, alot more now that I've taken a deep look into this beer, than before when I had just taken a sip of it. This is really the first beer I've ever felt this way about, its kinda weird. Usually if the beer has a killer taste then I'm going to want to come back to it, but this is just simple, and I really think that I'll be visiting this beer again soon.

Less can be more
And small can be beautiful.
Life isn't all
Just big and wonderful.
-Glen Yarbrough

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 16:59:31 | More by becktone
Photo of foles


4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of favourite beers, which I sampled widely on tap in Antwerp in 2007. I generally find Belgian Pale Ales a little heavy on the alcohol for my preference, so this beer at 5% is a real treat. A real biscuity malt flavour with a lovely ale profile (unique antwerp yeast I'm told), and a saaz hop tingle that leaves you wanting another one.

For me this beer has some mystique about it - maybe the fact that there is a real local vibe about it in Antwerp, which by the way is a great place to visit.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2008 01:14:15 | More by foles
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District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a reddish-gold, with a somewhat small, bubbly off-white head.

S: Some malt, sour fruitiness, perhaps grapefruit, and yeast as well.

T: Noticeably metallic, a bit sour with some fruity hints, peach, white grapes, and grapefruit mostly. Just a hint of puckering hops.

M: On the thin side, with weak carbonation.

D: It's okay...reasonably complex, with some interesting flavors. A bit too metallic and thin for my taste. I'd drink it again, but not a beer of choice by any means.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 03:57:18 | More by Clydesdale
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent 1 finger head with good retention and a nice amber color.

Smell is mildly clovey with some banana phenol. But it is a little faint. There are undertones of caramel malt as well.

Caramel malts and a touch of sugar with a decent clove characteristic. There is a little to be desired though. The flavor is weak. It needs to be fuller. The caramel malts need to come out a bit more and a touch more sweetness couldn't hurt.

The beer is a decently crisp and is a decent brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 03:29:54 | More by jasonjlewis
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3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

De Koninck Amber - bottle to tulip glass @ E Street, 9/18/08
reviewed as a "Flanders Red Ale"
FYI - uses Saaz hops for spicy-ness
A 4.0 deep copper in color, mediocre head but looks good
S 4.0 Malty base with semi sweet smells going on in background
T 3.0 Malty taste at core, hints of spicy-ness, maybe even saltiness? Hints of bitterness, very complex in taste
MF 3.0 low in carbonation, good med to heavy body for a Belgian Ale
D 4.0 - Not my first pick, but I would drink this again to get more exposure to this Belgian style

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 19:46:18 | More by unclejimbay
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4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from local specialty shop

A - Pours a light red with little head which dissipates quick.

S - Bananas, sour esters from the yeast, and a bit of my favorite biscuit malts. This is going to be a good beer.

T - Bananas, sour, and biscuit malts. Really pleasant. Maybe some clove too.

M - Good. Nice and light in body with a slight hint of saaz hops at the end.

D - Overall, a great beer. This could be a great session beer because of the low alcohol. Really pleased with this purchase.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 20:04:24 | More by MisterClean
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber orange colour of copper, significant bubbly head, but no carbonation.
S - Very little smell, even as it warms.
T - Quite metallic, very coppery. Not strong. Some light fruit tastes, but not much. Some prunes and peaches mostly and a slight sourness can be detected.
M - Watery light body, but somehow abrasive on the throat.
D - Watery enough to drink lots, but I won't have another.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2008 20:12:27 | More by Quej
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3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would go for light brown rather than amber when describing the colour. This beer has a small head and from the looks appears almost still. It leaves no lacing.

The smell is very sweet. With yeast and fruit aromas.

The taste is also sweet. There are malts and definite notes of fruits and apples. It is light in carbonation. I must say that this doesn't strike me as a very complex beer.

The mouthfeel is smooth and dominated by a pleasant malty aftertaste. Likewise, the drinkability is also above average.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 19:28:31 | More by Ch1mpy
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3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a perfectly clear burnt orange with garnet highlights. the head is beige and dense with a pock marked membrane on top and it pretty much stations itself at a thick disk the whole time without leaving much lace behind. a constant column of superfine bubbles rise continuously releasing aromatics.

S- tart and fruity with some spicy yeast in the background, it smells great but is pretty subdued, even at 55*. what is there is complex, as i've come to expect from these fruity belgian red ales, with red apple and red plum, cherry, berries, and toasted bread with grape jelly. quality lambrusco wine and white muscadine grapes also come to mind with a caramel malty sweetness hiding in the shadows. despite the bottle's claim to fragrant saaz hops, i can't detect much, but that's ok cuz this smells great.

T- taste is a little watered down and all those great notes of the aroma kind of become monotone with some apple cran-grape yeast, caramel malt, and cocoa toastiness jumping out here and there but not very loud. finish is weak as well with just a hint of dry grassy saaz hops ushering me out of the theater.

MF- light and watery, but smooth and easily drinkable. medium light carbonation generates an overall 'blah' feeling. a little filmy on the cheeks, but a pleasant aftertaste.

D- not like the flavorful belgians i'm used to, however its lightness and smooth character would make it a great brew to kick it with (ice cold) and maybe even straight out of the bottle... oh no !

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 04:16:15 | More by hustlesworth
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New York

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden amber color with a thin white foam head. Aroma is spicy with hints of banana and clove.

the beer starts out promising, with your usual Belgian flare of banana and spices, but there is a bread-like aftertaste that's a bit off-putting. There is almost a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste as well, which is odd considering it's only 5%. Not to say it's a bad brew, but for the price I was expecting a bit more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2008 13:39:13 | More by BBM
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3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this beer many times and am still not sure what to make of it. Sometimes I'm in the mood for it and sometimes I'm not, but in any case had a chance to try it again recently on draft at Mahaffey's.

The beer pours a light amber color with at best fair head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some light bitterness and spice. On the palate the beer is moderately bitter, with a drying finish. However, intermixed with the bitterness are some interesting sweet and sour flavors going on, although it's not very prevalent and is very much in the background. Mouthfeel is pretty light and drinkability is pretty good. The finish is ultimately pretty dry and hoppy.

A nice enough beer, but it will probably be a while before I order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2008 13:41:57 | More by John_M
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