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De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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BA SCORE
82
good

510 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 11-26-2000

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.77/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin, bubbly white head that dies to a collar.

Smell: Solid Belgian pale ale malt and hop characteristics throughout, with that perfect yeast tinge.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Rich, full, thirst-quenching, and smooth. Very balanced and tasty, with the perfect mouthfeel. Barnyard malt characteristics with almost pilsener type hops.

Drinkability and Overall: A classic. The perfect, easy drinking yet full flavored and full bodied Belgian ale. Definitly one that's perfect for a session.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty on the whole, I feel, though a bit flat seeming.
The carbonation is fine but there's something in the mouthfeel that makes this seem almost stale. The bottle says drink by may 2006, so the stale part shouldn't really apply.
On the subtle side. On the sweet side. Raisins, some dark fruit flavors, malty sweetness...
You need to sit with this one for a little bit but it's at the very least pretty good.

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

Had this on tap at a yuppy bar in the Ottawa Market. I have never encountered it before. A pleasant surprise.
It was served in a nice chalice glass with the de Koninck logo on it. The head measured 1/2 inch, but it dissipated quickly. A good looking presentation. The colour is a deep honey amber. A bit too dark for a pale ale, but I was in a bar that had "ambience" and the lighting wasn't the best for this purpose.
The smell and taste both have a strong bitter edge, with very good hopping. There were other smells and flavours that I have trouble with, but they are agreeable. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, or flat, like a cask conditioned ale. It went down real smooth. Which leads to the aftertaste: Yum. It retains its hops/bitterness, and enough flavour to warrant another sip. By the time I had reached the bottom of the glass, I had still not identified all the intriguing tastes in there. This in itself is enough reason to have another.
Apparently, this is the favourite brew in Antwerp, Belgium, where it is the "house beer" of the city.
I really like this one.

Photo of IronDjinn
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came in a De Koninck gift pack, 4 330 ml bottles plus a chalice. Best before date on this bottle is 10/06/06.

Pours out a clear but deep ruddy copper hue, small fizzle of off-white head with little retention. The aroma is predominantly chewy caramel malt, with light notes of floral hops. Things get a little screwy in the flavour dep't. Metallic and grainy at first, never saw that coming, then there's more of a toasted malt profile in the middle, with some of that sweet caramel malt coming out towards the finish where some grassy, almost herbal hops make an appearance. For some reason this all just doesn't come together for me, it turns me off. The mouthfeel is fairly average, neither too watery nor very full. Perhaps this bottle didn't receive the tenderest of treatment from the brewery eventually to my glass, but assumptions aside I have to go by what I've sampled, and I found this to be an ale that does nothing for me.

Photo of elricorico
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a ruddy copper colour with a very faint white head, that faded away almost immediately. There is no haze to this beer, it looks filtered.

The smell of the beer is very difficult for me to pin down. It reminds me most of Yukon's Cranberry Wheat beer. There is some kind of tart berry smell, and perhaps a bit of grass. The smell is not very strong.

The taste is much like the smell up front, going from a light berry to a grainy wheat taste. The finish is medicinal. Overall effect is ok, but doesn't wow me in any way.

The beer has a light to medium body and the carbonation is tingly(best I could come up with). Drinkability is a little lacking in my opinion, considering that this beer is not high in alcohol. It just doesn't feel too quaffable.

A bit of a disappointment in my books.

Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper-orange with an off-white head. Not much retention, but it does leave a little lace (as a Belgian should).

S: Floral, noble hops with a little sweet caramel.

T: Nice bittersweet balance, flavours are fairly light. A little bready, caramel malt. Fresh, clean hop flavour, finishing with a crisp bitterness.

M: Light body, moderately high carbonation (average for the style).

D: Very drinkable.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a red-gold colour with a billowy head. A steady stream of bubbles maintains a layer of foam. Darker than I expected, and crystal clear.

Sweet, malty aroma, with whiffs of hops.

Gentle, sweet malts with a strong, though not overpowering, hop finish.

I would prefer slightly less carbonation. Otherwise, quite smooth, coating the tongue nicely.

Very drinkable, and only 5% abv - nice to find a good Belgian that won't knock me on my ass after a few. I wish this was easier to find in my neck of the woods.

Photo of Popsinc
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber. Little head. Light fruity nose, malty highlights. Mostly malt onj the tongue. a little bit bready , light spice. Some hop bitterness on the finish. Light mouthfeel, little to no carbonation. Somehwat watery. Too one dimensional, malty, for high drinkabilty marks.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep yellow color ale with a huge foamy dirty white head wit pretty good retention. Aroma of Belgian yeast with sweet malt. Taste is quite refreshing with some mild sweet malt and nice dose of Belgian yeast. Medium dry finish with a nice above average body. Very good take on the style.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle. Much more yeast than I anticipated, so next time I'll pour more carefully.

Smelled similar to many other Belgian beers I've tried, kind of bready and a little sweet. Based on reading other reviews, I guess this is something of a world classic, so maybe it's more appropriate to compare the other beers to this one...

Tasted just like it smelled, balanced and not too agressive. An easy beer to drink, pretty moderate in flavor. But good.

I found this at Merchant's in Dearborn. Too bad I can't find it in OH yet.

Photo of Viggo
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear orange/brown, medium thick white head, some lace. Smell is honey, cherries, spice, citrus and grass. Taste is malty, with some iron, cherries again, citrus, alcohol and a bitter dry finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium carbonation, quite a refreshing beer.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on tap and it came a lovely golden brown with a thin small bubbled head. Smelled like cranberries! The flavor started like cranberry, but spread into brown malt for the sweetness, and a citrus sour. Finishes dry. Mouth feel is thin with a heavy carbonation.

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

Bottled: poured into a De Konninick goblet...reveals a amber-brown, lightly clouded ale. Good cap retention and good lacing on the glass. Moderately carbonated.

To the nose we get a ripe fruit (plumbs?) smell mingling with caramel, spices and some wet hay...but all reletivley understated...excellent nose. Medium-light body, creamy mouthfeel. Sweetish toffee-like malts mingle with fruity tastes from the yeast and some mild bittering in the finish from the hop mix. This is a light, but flavorful Belgian ale...very,very drinkable...I wish it were available here all year.

Photo of jarmby1711
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presents as a semi opaque deep amber ale with an off white creamy head.
There is a yeast dominance ,which to me , has a little bit of a wheat beer smell , as well as a honey finish
The taste is yeasty but balsnce , and only just balanced by a fruity tartness .There is an estery alcohol in the after taste that hreatens to be strong .
It is a srong tasting ale which was very enjoyable,
I would not drink this in large quantities but would enjoy it as a one off or perhaps with smoked meats or pickled apperitefs

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first De Koninck, the brewery claims its the only one in Antwerp, and that this is the city's official beer.

It pours a clear bronze with a pillowy ivory head and attractive lacing. The aroma is a light mix of Crystal malts, pears and yeast. The taste is delicately malty with a nice bread character. Theres a good noble hop background and a very smooth yeast flavor. The yeast adds a subtle fruitiness. The finish is dry and quite long. The mouthfeel is a little thin, with moderate carbonation.

This is a really great Belgian Pale Ale, it would make an excellent session beer. All the flavors are well represented and nothing dominates. It should be bottle conditioned though.

Photo of HugoGrim
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A reddish/orange hint to this ale, very minimal head which disappeared almost immediately... not much to look at.

The smell was much better than the look, but nothing special.

The flavor was ok, but it did leave me wanting more. It wasn't the freshest bottle, so this might account for some of my disappointment. The flavor seemed quite weak, not nearly as strong as other Belgian ales that I've had.

Photo of mmmbeer
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL, best by 11/23/05 - served lightly chilled in a tulip. Pours a coppery color with some stuff floating around, and it's topped with a 2 finger, light tan head that is creamy and leaves some lacing. Smells of malts (nutty/earthy/very toasty) along with spicy hops, yeast, phenols, and a bit of plum and chocolate. Lots of toasted/nutty/earthy malts on the palate along with some floral/spicy hops that leave a mild to medium bitterness. Some yeast, banana, and clove show up toward the end. It has a medium body with a carbonation that is a bit prickly at first but becomes smooth. At first it reminded me of an American pale or amber, but the phenols and yeast traits became stronger and let you know it is indeed a Belgian. Overall it is a delicious Belgian pale with a nice hop kick.

Photo of palma
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Virgil's BBQ in Times Square NYC.

Appearance: Light golden body with a green hue?

Nose: Pungent floral hops. Yeasty. Some phenols. Light toasted malt.

Taste: Big unexpected malt flavor with subtle earthy, grassy, and floral notes throughout. Very light spice. The malt profile is so noticeable, yet not in the least distracting (weird), that it's almost like a brown ale. If I closed my eyes before tasting this brew, I would have sworn it was a brown or, at least, a darker ale. What a complex tasting beer. Bitter, grassy, earthy, and with a smooth mellow malty aftertaste. Just a wonderful flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very full yet snappy on the palate. A good clean refreshing finish even with the enticing lingering malt flavors.

Drinkability: Excellent. The complexity of this beer makes it so drinkable. I seem to taste something slightly different after each sip. Interesting through the entire bottle.

Comments: This is a very nice complex beer IMO and I was surprised when I saw the overall rating it has received. I think this beer is oddly underrated here on BA.

Photo of TerryW
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty laidf back and mild for a Belgian, but pretty much what you'd expect in the way of an ale.

Decent looking, amber-red with a moderate head and good lace. Pleasantly malty and grainy with a touch of fruit. Straight forward with no serious surprises.

Competent, worth trying.

Photo of MattBrooks
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Belgian pours with a red/pink/amber color that made me a little nervous. The taste was okay, but the finish left me hanging-looking for so much more. It starts off allright, with a hint of cream trying to break through, but then doesn't. With the middle there was a bit of a bite and the finish just wasn't there. I probably won't go back to this one, because there are so many other Belgians of higher quality out there. However, I know the rep for this brew and would like to give it another chance along with their cuvee.

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

A slight red pinkish ale, so pretty but marred by the presence of lots and lots of floaties. Unless the beer is really good, this will be marked down. Then again, the bottle is labelled 09/17/04, so it's either old, or really really old. Aroma is nice, belgian yeast of fruits, the kind of way plums smell, but very light.

Taste is crisp and light on the palate. Begins with a slight yeast spiciness. Also slight pepper and very very faint lemon. Very heavy carbonation and biscuity taste in the mid. Aftertaste is difficult to describe. Slightly yeasty and slightly earthyhopbitter. The graininess remains though, on the back of the palate. A nice Belgian session ale. It's funny, it kind of reminds me of an American Amber ale, but with a lighter malt and hop profile while allowing the yeast do most, if not all, of the flavoring work. The clarity of the beer is astounding, if one disregaeds the floaties. It's almost a magical crystal amber.

Overall a good one, and one I would definitely buy again, this time checking the freshness dating, because if this is old, I'd imagine it would be awesome fresh.

Photo of cypressbob
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap

Pours with an amber, coppery body, clear and shimmering. Fairly good white head, good retention, some lacing

Smell, grainy, some biscuity notes. Slightly estery, litte hint of fruit

Taste, smooth and creamy malty body, slight oily hop bitterness on the finish.

A very drinkable ale

Photo of AlexJ
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out medium amber with good clarity and a fluffy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.

Aroma is cereal malts, yeast, some fruit, raw dough, and a hint of banana esters. Rather grainy smelling.

Flavor follows closely with grainy malt flavors shadowed by fruity yeast and floral hops. Far less complex than some other examples of this style.

Body is medium, slick on the palate, and quite easy to drink. A somewhat timid entry in the world of Belgian ales.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber with a thin tan head that recedes quickly. Aroma is caramel, candied fruits, bread and fruity ale yeasts. Taste is nice blend of sweet malty flavors (bread, candy sugar) and spicy hops bitterness and some funky yeast in the mix. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is light and drinkabilty is descent. A descent belgian, nothing spectacular but enjoyable nonetheless

Photo of GreenWBush
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber colored with polite but noticeable lace. Fruity Belgian esters everywhere: crisp and filled with overripe pears. Vinous. Initially crisp on the tongue with slight pepperiness that leads into a wonderfully silky malt character and surprising, catch-you-off-guard hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is slight and almost biting, but overall this was one tasty ass beer that sort of showed up many Canadian examples of similar style and weight.

De Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
82 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.