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De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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De KoninckDe Koninck

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BA SCORE
82
good

489 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Koninck NV visit their website
Belgium

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 OatmattStout
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.

OatmattStout, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
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.

kaseydad, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of nighthawk
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.

nighthawk, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
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.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
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.

beerthulhu, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of stephens101
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.

stephens101, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of becktone
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

becktone, Nov 09, 2008
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.

foles, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Clydesdale
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.

Clydesdale, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
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.

jasonjlewis, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of unclejimbay
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

unclejimbay, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
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.

MisterClean, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of Quej
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.

Quej, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Ch1mpy
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.

Ch1mpy, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
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 !

hustlesworth, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of BBM
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.

BBM, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of John_M
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.

John_M, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of JustinBathurst
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange-copper with less than 1 cm of white head.

Smells grainy, straw, honey, unidentifiable fruits, and a touch of sulphur.

Mouthfeel is slick with lower than average carbonation.

Tastes honey sweet, citrus sour, with hops front and centre without being dominant. Has a medium bitter finish.

Not bad.

JustinBathurst, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle bought for five dollars at the new Belgian pub in Claremont named Back Abbey, my bottle said it was 5.2% ABV, I poured into a Chimay goblet the waitress brought me, split with my buddy Drake

A-Color was a golden amber, big 3/4 inch white foamy head, stuck around for almost five minutes, decent retention, some lacing at the beginning too

S-Bread and lots of it, toasted accents, weak caramel, some weak hoppiness, faint fruit but I could not even tell what it was, little bit of earthiness, and hay

T-Did not taste like it came from Belgium, seemed like a mediocre attempt at a pale ale from an American microbrewery, it lacked any spices or distinct malt flavors to make me think otherwise, went down too easy and this stuff is more of a beer to have by the pool on a hot summer day, rather than a flavorful Belgian, now I understand why I never heard much about this one, got worse as it warmed, it was refreshing at least when it was cold, hop profile was weak and there was not much bitterness either

M-Somewhat chewy, slightly dry, and straw-like mouthfeel, medium bodied, lots of carbonation, taste did not last very long

D-Could drink a lot of this stuff, especially considering it is a Belgian, light on the stomach, alcohol is hidden and weak anyways, smooth and inviting

Crazy to think this beer has been around since 1833, I always see at BevMo and have never grabbed it, the sales pitch on the bottle says it is made with crystal clear water and top of the line feremented malt, only got one tonight mainly because it was the cheapest thing on the menu and it was low in alcohol because I still had to drive eighty more miles home, might drink again, worth trying

Floydster, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There seems to be a theme among the reviews of this Amber that this is not a Flanders Red Ale. I concur. This is not a Flanders Red Ale.

Pours a pretty golden brown color - amber, if you will - with very little head no lace. Nice color but little ambience in the presentation. The nose is light and airy. Floral and fruity with notes of apple, pear, banana, some plum, and other lighter fruits. Maybe even some berries. Malty and sweet, but not overly so. The taste continues the light and airy theme. Malty sweet again, but not that typical Belgian candied sugar sweetness. Fruity, with banana most noticeable. Earthy notes as well, with some spices. Musty grass funk. Mouthfeel is thin and almost watery. Not offensive, just not as full-bodied as I would have predicted.

A solid, sessionable beer, but certainly not what I would typically turn to if I was jonesing for a Belgian. Pleasant enough, but nothing especially striking about this beer in any form of delivery, save perhaps the aroma. Glad I tried it, but it's a forgettable Belgian ale on the whole.

Atlas1, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of scoobybrew
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was reviewed as a Beligan amber, not a Flanders Red. It was poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

A- clear amber color with a fine head that settles a bit, but has a well retained lacing

S- sweet toasted malt with a touch of fruitiness, but fairly clean otherwise

T- very balanced toasted malt flavor followed by a crisp, clean dry finish, some fruit-like character- most likely from the yeast - lingers a bit

M - medium/light body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a nice session beer, not too crazy, but clean and well done. The slightly toasted malts are highlighted quite well. It really reminds me of a Fat Tire to a certain degree but not entirely. Obviously, this brewery has been around much longer than New Belgium and I can't help but think that it might have been an inspiration for the recipe. Nonetheless, both said beers are still unique in their own way.

scoobybrew, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, freshness date of 10/21/08 on back:

Pours amber - fizzy white head soon dissipates. Carbonation fast at first, but descreases soon.

The smell is of toast, caramel, general fruitiness and a hint of cinnamon spice.

The taste is spicy and fruity, with some toasty caramel. Well-balanced. A straight-forward taste. Finishes clean. Bittersweet.

The body is a bit thin. Medium-to-high carbonation settles to medium.

An easy drinking Belgian. It has a nice malt/hop (Saaz) interaction. No candy sugar or adjuncts used here. One to grab for a "sessionable", straightforward brew from Belgium.

jwc215, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of WeeObese
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I thought that this was a Belgian Amber and not a Flander's Red when I was doing my tasting.
Bottle. Yeasty aroma, pours a copper color, with a one finger white head that disappeared quickly. The flavor is sweet malty up front, then finishes dry and amlost a slight tartness (possibly why it is classified as a Flander's Red). The palate is thin but that is expected, with a nice lively carbonation. Not the best Belgian I have ever had but at the same time it is very refreshing and drinkable.

If this beer is a Flander's Red then some of the characteristics are right on, but the sourness/tartness is missing

WeeObese, May 12, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 11.2 oz bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $2.99...
"Top fermented, pure malt" on the front logo sticker, with a noticeable "5.2% ABV"...
Pours a rich, deep, copper color, which I thought was peculiar for a Belgian Pale Ale, with no head at all, and very little lacing to match...
Bland, grainy, earthy aroma apparent, which was hardly assertive at all...
Crisp, clean, amber, earthy, malty taste present that was slightly sweet and very refreshing with a hint of banana and candied sugars... I liked the taste on this one because it was sweet without being overbearing - very subtle and enjoyable...
Overall, a light, refreshing beer...
Good stuff...
Recommended...

dsa7783, May 04, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid amber color with a small amount of chill haze. Rocky off-white head that leaves ample lace on the glass.

Dry malt aroma with a touch of cotton candy sugar. Slight sourness in the background.

Interestingly light initial taste. Holding the beer on my tongue brings out some dry, lightly toasted malt flavors. From the smell, I wasn't expecting the level of hop bitterness. While it is light, it is quite present. Dry and short lived finish. Heavy body for the style, with a good corresponding carbonation.

If I didn't know this was made in Belgium, I would have thought this would be cross between a British Mild and an American Amber (low-hopped pale ale).

smcolw, May 02, 2008
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