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De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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De KoninckDe Koninck

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474 Ratings

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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | 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 brdc


4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle, poured into my Corsendonk tulip.

Very nice looking amber brew, with some crimson highlights, topped by a lightt tan head, with average retention and collar, but nice lacing.
Nose is as I generally expect from the belgians; here is not surprising or bold, but very pleasant; my "standard" aroma: malty, mildly sugary, fruity, mildly yeasty with some added spiciness, but very little in the way of hoppiness.
Light to medium on the palate, is highly drinkable, with little carbonation. Flavor is very good, but delicate; mostly malty, biscuity and fruity. Some spiciness on the way to a somewhat dry end.
As good as a "light" belgian gets, a good summer or session option for belgian lovers.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 23:21:05 | More by brdc
Photo of brendan13


3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange, amber colour poured into a tulip glass with an inch of off white head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - Belgian spicy phenols, some candi sugar sweetness.
T - Spicy and sweet just like the smell. A touch of caramel maltiness.
M - Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Quite dry.
D - Nice enough but nothing that would make me rush to buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 07:53:24 | More by brendan13
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

De koninck

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

A- Ruby red with very little head.
S- Malty. Fruity candi sugar and sweet malt.
T- Sweet tart cherry candy. caramel malt. Light and fruity.
M- Crisp and quaffable.

Overall- Nothing spectacular here, but definitely an easy session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2007 00:57:30 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another straggler from the dark recesses of my mini fridge. BB date of 10/04/07; just in time. :)

A perfectly even flat top white crown; quiet. Underneath though, a constant trail of bubbles of all sizes, going in all practical directions, racing to the top. Even ten minutes in, like a snowglobe running on batteries, it continues. Easy visibility straight on through.

Smells of maple sugar, cola, & sweaty pocket change.

Peppermint, maple candy, crusty bread, metal, with just a nibble of bitterness.

Smooth carbonation & very little noticeable alcohol. Dry, & even a bit dusty on the finish.

Not very tasty, but 11 ounces of this just goes down so quickly, that you'd hardly recall anything negative about it. Not worth the import price for something with such an inflated best by date.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 03:09:50 | More by PEBKAC
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United Kingdom (England)

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured to leave a frothy head that quickly faded to white lacing. Clear amber brown.

Aroma - Sweet juicy fruit reminiscent of pear, spicy in places. It tended to be quite elusive/mild though. With the refreshing aroma that this beer has, I would prefer a stronger smell.

Taste - Light malt and juicy hops give it a thirst quenching flavour. A dry roasted malt finish which contrasts well with the hops.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly smooth, lively level of carbonation.

Drinkability - High, a complex taste that isn't too strong, the perfect choice for a session beer or for food accompaniment.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 08:06:40 | More by DaveUK
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby-hued amber color possesses many bubbles trails, but it doesn't feed much but a thin head of tiny bubbles, which rapidly reduces to a thin skim on top.

Aroma is light and unassuming, but enjoyable enough: dried apple, nutmeg, very polite yeast, mineral.

Flavor brings in light dessert spices and juicy fruitiness, with a mineral bitterness hanging on in the finish. Grassy hops seem to contribute a Czech Pilsner type bitterness. Has a somewhat raw, underdone feel to it.

A tad watery in terms of mouthfeel. I've found other DeKonick beers to be similarly lacking in this department.

Good but not great. I've had a few before this one, and it never blows me away. Standard stuff, but for Belgian beer that means it's at least still worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 22:12:44 | More by Metalmonk
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New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy malt with some spicy hop and a touch of yeast esters.

The taste consisted of a balanced grain and hop with some esters and a slight sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness and slightly chewy.

Overall a tasty and highly quaffable pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2007 20:31:33 | More by plaid75
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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My biggest question for this beer is whether it even qualifies to be a Flanders Red Ale. It was
95% like a Speciale more so than a Flanders; I am just now a fan of Flanders Red Ale due to the
overpowering vinegar sourness. Not classifying this as a Flanders Red Ale, The Rodenbach Grand
Cru would probably be my first and last Flanders for a long time. The De Koninck pours out with
ruby orangem with a mild head and mild retention; it smells of malts and is generally lagerish
and maybe slightly hoppy. The taste is malty and slightly yeasty, just like the Palm Speciale
but not as good. It has a slightly watered down and very very subtle sour finish. Carbonation
was light and it has a medium to light body mouthfeel; nothing too much to comment about here.
The after taste was lightly malty. On the whole the taste could probably be more pronounced.
A not bad Speciale but I am still puzzled over its classification as a Flanders Red Ale in BA.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 18:29:47 | More by basica
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25cl bottle, poured into a Chimay chalice.

Pours a very clear amber with reddish highlights. Small carbonation seen rising with a small white head that dissipated rather quickly leaving a collar.

Aroma is curious. Some slight red wine vinegar type smell that was not really pleasant. Couldn't get much else.

Flavors were all somewhat muted. Some light hops, malt. Sort of a sweet/sour thing going on.

Mouthfeel was light, dry and moderately cleansing.

Drinkable, but not too exciting. Nothing offensive, but rather bland. Decent session brew, as I could see that drinking a bunch of these would be possible. But, the beer is lacking character to make it interesting enough for me to want to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 21:18:25 | More by atigerlife
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United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, best before 10th Feb 2007 or 2009?

I don't own the correct bolleke glass, so it was poured into my Forbidden Fruit chalice.

It looked very impressive, a clear mahogany brown'red, no head to talk of, which is a shame, cos I like head.

This beer doesn't seem to have much aroma, be it on tap, or as in this tasting, in the bottle. Hops and not a lot of that either, is all I could find.

Malty taste, but not too sweet or powerful, a complexed mix of flavours come together and produce a very good beer.

It has a body to it, but not overly strong.

A very drinkable beer, pity about the aroma and head, otherwise we would be looking at a higher score and a true classic beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 15:46:26 | More by BlackHaddock
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3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into a tulip it forms a meager white head. Amber to light copper in color and a slightly hazed body.

I couldn't help but think of salting crackers as I gobbled this baby down. A kind of medicinal dryness that teaters the malts towards an odd Cracker/medicinal combo. It pulls it out ok as the sublte fruits and spiced buildup acts as a partial balancer. Quiet tea like background but gives in to the spices.

Notes: Ehhhh...rather lackluster without much of an identity. Not my cup of tea but I can respect that it is a quality offering without any flaws other than it didn't fit my palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 02:54:26 | More by DogFood11
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber with a huge head and a bready nose this beer is a truly great example of a Belgian session beer. Malts are the main part of the taste but the hops also show up to create a great balance that makes this very drinkable. The beer finishes semi sweet with the nice yeasty tang at the end

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 01:43:27 | More by canucklehead
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2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a amber color, and a sweet smell. In the taste I was kind of anticipating a bit more. Then I got it. It is just an amber. Light enough, but not to light. Easy to drink, and it pretty much is what it is... a standard Belgian amber, and there is nothing wrong with that, but not my style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2007 20:47:47 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rich deep amber red / clear / mild carbonation / mild head

Sweet sugar almost like a cake / fruity and roasted

Sweet and tart / significant bitterness / powdery malt / rich roasted / fruity floral hop impact too / interesting sushi flavor – must be spices and proteins – or maybe it just smells like horseradish / rich caramel sweetness / finishes tart

Mildly spicy carbonation / medium body

Beautiful color. Would go nicely with sushi. High enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 06:12:53 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A mediocre Belgian ale; decently drinkable, but not much to write home about.

Poured it into an Affligem glass; didn't get much of a head on it, even at relatively high temperature and a pretty aggressive pour. Dark for a pale ale, too. Aroma is fruity (apples, pears) with a little bit of spice, some honey, and maybe sweet bubble gum. Flavour follows up with a whole load of caramel, plus a continuation of what tastes like pear to me. Some peppery notes in the finish, and a slightly higher-than-average carbonation.

A decent, inexpensive Belgian for a warm Spring evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 19:45:40 | More by crwills
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New York

2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

4/16/2007 $2.99 11.2 oz. 5.20% Best by 10/04/07 stamped on back.


Pours a clear brown with large soda-like carbonation. Topped by a thin film of soapy tan bubbles that are quick to settle.


Toasted malts. A hint of pepper, and bland wet hops. Unappealing.


There is nothing Belgian about this. Weak insipid mouthfeel, with flavors reminiscent of home-brew gone bad. Overly bready, and desert dry with medicinal hop flavors. More of an English Pale ale than a Belgian Pale ale. This is extremely disappointing, especially once cost is factored in.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 20:06:37 | More by cbl2
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3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber-red colour that's quite clear. Not much of a head to speak of, however. Some wispy foam here and there, and a clump of bubbles in the middle and some along the edges.

Smell: Malty aroma is rather spicy, and includes some fruits too. Nutmeg, cloves, raisins, etc.

Taste: Nice toasty malts, but the spices don't come out until you swallow it, when you also get a bit of hops. Aftertaste has both hints of sweetness and hints of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good mild carbonation. Generally smooth, but with a bit of grainyness.

Drinkability: Fairly low ABV, and the beer is not difficult to drink.

A nice Belgian pale ale, but nothing spectacular. Definitely worth a try if you're a fan of Belgian ales. No major complaints (except the lack of a head); it's just that it doesn't stand out. I'll most likely get this again as it's usually pretty affordable.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 02:18:41 | More by mithrascruor
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2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured amber with a thin head quickly faded, and smelled of thin hops and caramel with notes figs.

Caramel malt and hops on the taste...a little thin in the flavor department. It actually reminded me a little of an american or dutch lager.

Mouthfeel was a little thin but matched the taste in that department. This was not the best Belgian beer I've tasted, but not entirely objectionable. But I doubt I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 22:49:17 | More by jletts
Photo of Sigmund


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

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 5.0%. Brown colour, low head. Moderate but pleasant fruity aroma, hints of spices. The flavour is spicy with moderate malts, not very sweet, pleasant to drink. Relatively high carbonation in the glass. This is not an "extreme" Belgian ale in any way, and no "challenge" for the beer enthusiast, but probably an ale that most people will like.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 21:50:22 | More by Sigmund
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber color with a thin collar of white foam. Light aroma of toast and sugar. Flavor is a little sweet with light toasted malt accents, and a candy like taste common in many stronger Belgian ales, but not as pronounced. Medium bodied and travels well from sip to swallow. From previous experience I would recommend drinking this beer in Belgium as your session beer, because it's more interesting than a pilsener, and their other more famous beers will put you under the table - fast - if you try to make a night of drinking them exclusively. Pace yourself with De Koninck.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2007 16:51:07 | More by dedrinker
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice semi couldy dark copper color with a decent head.

Sweet carmel smells dominate the aroma along with candied fruit and a hint of toasted grain.

Nasty metallic taste up front, don't know if it is from the bottle or what but it ain't good. Toasted malt flavors make up nearly all of the taste with just a hint of hops coming through in the end.

Not a great brew. Pretty average actually, meh.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 03:12:28 | More by rebel1771
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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 out a dark copper with a thin head and rings of lacing. Nose is mostly of a rich, bready, nutty maltiness with a heft of dried fruits as well. Flavor is of those rich malts once again and some fruity esters. I get a mix of both dried and fresh fruits. Dark sweet bread and apple finish this up. Mouthfeel is rather light and bubbly, but doesn't wash off of the palate too quickly. Decent drinkability, but it really doesn't keep me interested enough to make me want to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 01:01:29 | More by goochpunch
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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/amber color with small but powerful looking head. Settles down a bit. Smells of stale caramel, some biscuit and a bit of spice. Alcohol is noticeable, which is a bit strange.
Tastes like a yeasty American PA, which, I guess, is what it is. The hops came in at the end and bit fairly hard. Odd for a BPA, but good nonetheless. The biscuit and spice dominated the palate, caramel subsided. Easy drinking, I like this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 21:37:37 | More by Mebuzzard
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Ontario (Canada)

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

330ml bottle, sered in the accompanying de koninck glassware.

pours reddish amber with a thin head of very fine white bubbles.

aroma is nice. fresh. very light spice and yeast. bit of honey sweetness.

taste is nice. light bitterness. pleasant crackery malt. hint of clove, more in the mouthfeel than the flavour. light honey sweetness. alcohol.

mouthfeel is ok. bit of carbonation sting, but it doesn't feel highly carbonated. light bodied and fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. alcohol is a little out of balance, feeling like more than 5%. still, an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 01:59:00 | More by grub
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2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a tiny off white head. Sheets of sticky lace.

S: Icky aromas of sour grains, funky caramel, and mustard seed.

T: Pretty much as above with a mild crackery malt component. No yeast and virtually no hop flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is rather thin yet coats the mouth with abundance.

D: Drinkability is fair, but why bother. There are so many better Belgian Pale Ales to spend time with. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 02:11:52 | More by GbVDave
De Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
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