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De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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De KoninckDe Koninck

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 11-26-2000

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an exceedingly clear amber color with a fat, creamy tan head that fades at an average clip and does not leave much lacing behind.

Smells of toasty malt with a nice quantity of yeasty esters and caramel sweetness. Light and delicate, this is a pretty nice concept...Belgian amber ale.

Taste pretty much falls in line with an American amber ale with Belgian yeastiness. Flanders Red seems a bit of a stretch here. Yeast is pretty soft and has a white bread flavor. It is light bodied and well carbonated. Slick mouthfeel and quite tasty. I could drink a few of these. Good beer.

Photo of jbsteiny
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass; reddish-brown with some off-white head that quickly faded into a thin lace. Little retention, despite being decently bubbly.

Toasted malts dominate the nose. Biscuit, whole grain bread, some yeast. I was surprised to see this classified as a Flemish Red -- though I got a little fruit (raisin, pear), none of that sour stuff that I would associate with the Flemish.

Tastes... not much like a belgian. Toasted ale. Pretty good -- little nutty, malty. But no real esters, only a bit of spice.

Certainly goes down easy, and has more flavor than most ambers, but not what I was expecting. I'd get it over most macros or uninspired pales, ambers, or lagers, but I prefer most decent American micros over this.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours up a slightly hazy amber with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly

S - Fruity, apple-y aroma. Almost cider vinegar.

T - Malt sweetness with some apple fruit notes. Very low key.

M - Slightly thin, with low carbonation

D - Okay. Nothing to write home about.

Photo of Monsteruss
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured, the foam was a very light/white wheat in color, semi-creamy, a little bubbly and had small layer till the end. The color was deep amber with mahogany highlights. The smell was deep, rich, some lemony accents, some malt undertones with some light chocolate and molassis hints. The taste was a dominate bitter hops overtone with light chpcolaty highlights and wheat undertones. Mouthfeel - light-bodied and simple. Drinkability - at first seemed to be a nice complex beer, but had a general American lager feel and aftertaste - ok session.

Photo of delnoche
2.36/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2009.
30cl bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist glass. Pours a beautiful amber with miniscule head that disappears within a few seconds. Very light aroma of yeast maybe? I can't place it. Very light taste with a smooth palate. Not bad but not at all interesting. I think I'll pass on seconds.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A random visit to the NSLC resulted in my discovery of this new (to here) ale.

Pouring into a mug results in a dark amber ale, with a finger of quickly evaporating head.

Smell is a light slightly sweet malt.

Taste is also slightly sweet and malty. It also tastes what I can only describe as 'somewhat foamy', It has a dry finish and leaves behind a malt aftertaste.

This is the first Flanders Red I can recall trying. It is certainly interesting, and drinkable, but not exceptionally so.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have DeKoninck. I have DeKoninck. I have DeKoninck, hey hey hey hey. On to the beer:

Forms a one-finger thick head on top a clean body of amber. The head retention is mediocre. Aroma is....kind of there. Faint fruity notes (watermelon) mix with some dry cardboard notes. Tastes like...well there isn't much I can taste here. There's some light traces of Kool-Aid fruit punch. Some toast and toffee flavors emerge, but they are still relatively light. A dash of vegetables here. Oveall, it becomes tastier and more pleasant to drink as it warms, justifying a bump in the score. A nice little "light" ale to come from Belgium.

Photo of skizziks
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper beer with ruby highlights, very clear, under a very thin off-white head. Not much foam but very good retention.

Aroma is tough to pull out. Biscuit and caramel, no apparent hops, some red apple fruitiness. Faint all around.

Flavors also seem restrained. Sweet caramel malt, biscuit, more red apple. A growing citric tartness seems out of place, a cause for concern over the health of this bottle. Just enough bittering to balance, the dry finish leaves a lingering fruitiness. As I make my way through the glass, the tartness threatens to dominate and some sherry and paper begins to surface. This bottle has apparently led a rough life.

Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. A little chalky in the mouth and slightly astringent. The astringence I attribute to age and abuse along with the oxidized flavors, staleness and sourness. Thing is, it is still a very refreshing beer that shows its potential. Unfortunate that the long voyage has been so damaging, it just makes me want a fresh example that much more.

Photo of ToddT
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber colored with a one finger cream color head. Head falls quickly to a ring which leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet malt, fruit, bubblegum, banana, and a hint of spice.

T- Malt with fruit notes at first, mostly banana. Rounds out sweet with a quick finish and almost no aftertaste except for minor hints of sourness.

M- Light in body and good carbonation. Finish is quick and fizzy with minimal aftertaste.

D- Easy drinking beer for summer. No hint of the 5.2% ABV in the taste and since this is low it would be a decent session beer.

Nice beer not one to seek out but not one to be turned down either.

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

Dark gold color. Smell of malt. Taste was not what I expected, not Belgian. It was low on the taste of abbey scale. I'll say what my friend Butch said. It is kind of funny that its an ale and tells you that it is a top fermented ale. O.k. back to the taste. It was very good, just not quite what was expected. But yummy. It left just a little to mouthfeel, just not quite the Belgian. But still a really good beer. Really easy to drink since it wasn't like most Belgians, but I'd drink lots.

Photo of sillyswa
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

amber in color with very little head and some lacing.

nose of sweet toasted malts, light floral and fruits.

taste of sweet malts, mild fruity characters, spices and little yeast.

very smooth medium to light body with moderate carbonation.

easy to drink not much oohs and ahhs.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque light chocolate brown with a thick, fine-bubbled ecru head. Aroma is malty, hoppy and subtly chocolaty. Mouth-filling malty flavor has hints of molasses, chocolate, nuts, hops and spice. Texture is smooth, fizzy, and quite pleasing.

Photo of Crosling
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours with an amber hue and a large head, that lasts well. Nose is really delicate, but shows a touch of spicy/peppery hop character and sweet fruity malt. Flavor is clean, dry and herbal. Better than almost every U.S. amber ale. Better than Heineken.

Photo of soupyman10
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper-amber color. Crystal clear beer. Smallish off-white head that dissolves quickly. Noreal lacing.

Aromas are mild. Light Belgian candy sugar. Light fruit.

Flavor is similar, very mild, light sugar and some graininess. Fruit, light bananas. A mild malty beer. Light cookies.

Body is solid, with slightly overly strong carbonation.

Overall, not bad, but not great. Pretty middle of the road, with very mild flavors and aromas.

Photo of lhaqq
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass a hazy dark orange body and a thin head.
S: Strong on Belgian yeasts. Some spices too.
T: Not terribly interesting. The yeast and spices come through with a hint of tartness/bitterness at the end like the finish of a red apple.
M: Not too thick, a bit low on the carbonation.
D: Not very high in abv and a bit boring. An alright beer, but not my favorite of the style.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours a murky mild amber with a small white head, no real lace.

S: Yeast, must, mild fruit, hint of funk.

T: Fruity yellow apple and pear. Toasty bread malt adds to the flavour. Simple and tasty.

M: Light carbonation, smooth, light-bodied.

D: A good pale ale out of Belgium. Very easy to drink, a nice beer that's not too expensive.

Photo of Amalak
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle at L'Express on 20th (I think) Street in NYC. I pours a deep red with a good three-finger head and solid lace. Has a slight spicy scent to it...licoricey?

I think there is definitely a dry licorice taste to it and is quite carbonated. The taste is mild, dry, but the carbonation makes it quite refreshing. Very good afternoon beer.

Photo of spointon
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of JBogan
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of BeTheBall
2.54/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Photo of ricke
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

De Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
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