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De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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De KoninckDe Koninck

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489 Ratings

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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

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 cypressbob
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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

cypressbob, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

AlexJ, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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

silver0rlead, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of GreenWBush
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

GreenWBush, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a depp amber color with large white head that lasted thtought consumption of the brew. Smell is slightly of malt. Taste is slighly of malt with a background of a mild spice. Very smooth in the mouth with a lingering dryness. A thoroughly enjoyable beer.

tgbljb, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of GreenCard
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale brownish amber, decent layer of "cask-ale" froth, good clarity, bands of lace

Aroma: toffeeish malt, "dusty cinnamon" (I agree with M. Jackson on that one), appley fruitiness

Flavor: toasty malt followed by a mellow hop bitterness and flavor, at the same time a pronounced cinnamon and twinge of banana essence, slight tang, a bit clovey, dryish finish with a toasty malt aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, soft texture

Overall Impression: Finally got to try this "exclusive" at a Wetherspoon's pub in Norwich. I'd been wanting to try it since I heard about it, a classic Belgian pale ale served from a cask. It wasn't a disappointment. If you like DeKoninck, you'll definitely like this. It's subtle flavors are, well, less subtle (i.e.- that cinnamon component is a little more pronounced and you get more banana esters). Pretty tasty.

GreenCard, May 28, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one-fingered white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Nose is sour plums. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Starts with a good mix of malt and hops, finish has some sour undertones. Not as harsh as American pales. $1.45 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, May 23, 2005
Photo of wl0307
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Reproduced previous review of this beer in "cask-version" (22-04-05) which was deleted by accident...)

Fancy a pint of De Koninck "REAL-ALE" Amber? That's right, what I'm reporting here is De Koninck Amree alright, but it's "cask-conditioned" version I'm talking about!! Based on the same beer--the Antwerp Belgian pale ale--it is brewed in Antwerp and shipped unfiltered and unasteurised to Britain and then casked exclusively for the Wetherspoon chain by the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham, Kent. Just what the Wetherspoon's innovative managers and/or marketing assistants have in mind when they "reinvent" this classic beer is unknown (or "quite obvious" actually, as the beer's success and popularity was evident during the chain's "Oktoberfest" in 2003). But I do think that perhaps, judging from the precious few handpumps available at each Wetherspoon's pub reserved for guest real ales from micro-breweries, which are already disadvantaged in competition with macros and large independent breweries that usually occupy up to at least half of all handpumps, the handpump now used permanently for casked De Koninck Ambree should be returned to where it truly belonged.

Nevertheless, before the policy U-turn can really happen, I have tried this beer for many times at my EastEnd local and what follows is my recent note of this actually quite nice drink...

Appearance: light-brown to reddish bronze colour, with thin but quite lingering beerhead; minimum carbonation detected.
Smell: lightly sweet malty nose, with a tinge of honey-like (or mead?) tart note as well.
Taste: lively citric and wheaty-sweetish palate, with a hint of flavour of coriander as well.
Aftertaste: for the first sip, it finishes with light-medium dryish bitterness; for the second sip, it has rounder texture but rather short finish, alas.
Drinkability: as an intriguing and pleasant hybrid of English bitter and Belgian ale, I find it much sweeter and richer in body than its normal keg version, but still think the original version tastes fresher and more quaffable...especially when I tasted it on tap in Antwerp. So... give the handpump back to one of the few hundreds of micros which deserves more attention, please!

wl0307, May 06, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear coppery amber colour topped by an off-white head of fine bubbles that formed a thin lace. Good retention. Hop aroma was floral and a bit perfumy. Fruity aroma as well, mostly pear. Fairly complex flavour with a strong hop bitterness. Floral hop flavour and pear/plum fruitiness. Malt sweetness appears at the start, but this disappears and allows some light pepperiness at the finish. Light body with moderate carbonation and a somewhat creamy texture. Certainly highly drinkable, light and refreshing with plenty of flavour.

DrJay, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thin offwhite head that fades to lacing. There are lots of yeast floaties present. The aroma is decent. It has a nice, but weak pale and roasted malt scent with a slightly tart Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a very weak and watery pale malt flavor with an equally weak Belgian yeast finish. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a low bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a very forgettable Belgian ale. It's weak and devoid of taste. It's one and done for me.

WesWes, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of Globetrotter
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this 750ml light brown bottle standing alone on the top shelf of a Moscow supermarket. The label features a crown flanked by two flags: on the left is a red banner with what looks like a monastery; on the right is a blue banner with a white open hand. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 10/13/05, I opened it on 4/8/05. I should note that my bottle indicates an ABV of 6.0%, whereas the database puts this brew at 5.0%. Hmm...

Pours a slightly reddish gold under a two finger white head that lasts forever, with good body and contour, but leaving just a few drops of lace. Sweet grainy malt with a hint of raspberry juice in the nose. The mouth is very prickly, slightly cloying but reasonably light. The taste opens slightly sour, perhaps cherry, which nicely complements the bready malt taste. A noticeable dry hops bitterness joins the party somewhat later, making for a fairly complex flavor profile. The usual francophone fruity twang is here, but the hops provide nice balance. The aftertaste brings back the sour cherry. A very pleasant, multi-faceted brew.

Globetrotter, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What a weird looking beer, seems to be a suspension of small flakes on the inside, almost looks like a shaken snowglobe, wondering if this is a bad bottle. No Head on the pour. Definite diacetyl in the nose, with light carmel and hops in the background. Taste is not bad, somewhat smokey and bitter from hops, with nice maltiness. Mouthfeel is thin, but sufficiently carbonated. Weird beer, I may have to try it again with a fresher bottle.

TastyTaste, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of horndecker
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a fine copper colored brew with a medium off-white head which lasts a bit, then slowly fades.
The aromas are of malt, a hint of caramel, citrus (or apples?) and a bit of honeydew melon.
The first sip yields a gentle hop hit, followed by fruit and toasted malts. The hops remains, yet in restraint, as a thin veil over the toasty malt, fruit and yeast, and this has the effect of elevating the refreshing quality of this beer. Medium bodied and easy drinking. Pretty darn delicious.

Hope to find this on tap someday. I have a feeling that would make a difference.

horndecker, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Launch at Beer Bistro on-tap. Looks are good, with a light amber and lace. Aroma is OK, yeasty and fruity sweet. The taste is rather average. Mouthfeel on thin side. There are much better pales around. We drank our free samples, muttering into our beers.

Had agin there 1.5 years later, slow change of the lineup, and it was more drinkable, more creamy,less carbonated.

Sammy, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Freshness date best by 07/05/05.

Crystal clear orange amber hues with a settled head cap to a wafer thin coating with scattered bubbles rising up, leaving some skimpy lace streaks.

Potent woody leafy scents. Aroma is like an uber-pils with some yeasty detection.

First Swigs: Honey notes and delicate leafy hops. Grainy husky wheat. Some pecan notes. A premium clean aftertaste.

A crisp buttery brew. Solid foamy carbonation. Thin to medium body.

Last Swigs: Vegetal carrot lettuce leaf and wheat grains. A pleasant brew but personally, nothing that would inspire me to commit a felony to get some more. $2.25 for an authentic Belg? Nice! 5.0 % ABV adds to an easy Drinkability.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/bronze color with little beigish head, maybe it's the glass, almost martini-like in its shape. Some faint musty, fruity and nutty undertones in a Vienna malt background. The beer tastes a slight bit nutty, sweet and thin. A nice shift towards an astringency in the finish that's floral, hoppy and lightly fruity. A good drinking, all-purpose kind of ale. Works great in cooking, too. Interesting to know that New Belgium's Fat Tire is a "clone" of this beer.


crookedhalo, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a creamy ivory head. Some lacing evident. Smell is grassy and fruity. Dry and lightly bitter in the nose.

Taste is not exactly complex. Basically the same as it smells. Grassy and lightly bitter. Fruity and crisp. Body is a bit thin but pleasant. Nice character for a subdued beer. Bitter aftertaste. Crisp. Very drinkable, a good session beer. I have a soft spot for this one, drank plenty the last time I was in Antwerp. A different, more pleasing beer on draft but a fine, if not complicated belgian amber.

ViveLaChouffe, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of Bierman9
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at a small place in Amsterdam called De Drie Fleschjes. The bartender said it was a Bruin, but not seeing any from De Koninck, this sounds like the right place to put it.
It was light copper in color and clear, with a frothy, fine tan head. Topping fades quickly, though leaves nice lace. Very very light aroma of caramel, with a hint of florality. Body was of the medium persuasion, though lots of carbonation created a bubbly/foamy mouthfeel. Light caramel in flavor, it also has hints of sweetness and fruitiness and mostly a pleasant floral hoppiness. Pretty good bier!

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found by sheer accident in a Escondido, California (a long way from Antwerp!). Pours a clear copper/amber with a thin head. Aroma is sweet malty, generally clean and non-descript. Flavor is pleasant, malty, and wih a gentle slight hop bite. Not a complex beer, clean and simple. Nice drinkability and pleasant, but not a lot going on. I have heard that it is better on tap in Antwerp- I can't wait to find out, because this did not grab me.

Dukeofearl, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much whitish filmy head adorning this clear, darkish orangey-brown beer. The aroma is of peanuts, with a little sweet, flowery fruit. A spicy, dry, nutty start. Spice persists through the somewhat water middle. Not very sweet. Finish is nutty, dry. There is some lemon and pepper. It's not bad. Nutty, spicy, a little fruity. But a little thin, water. Good, but just underwhelming, I guess.

kbub6f, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The belgian version of an amber ale. Looks ok, no head, little lace, (but a pretty glass). Smell is suble caramel malts and rounded fruity esters. Taste is smooth, but only the yeast flavors are good. There is little hop presence and the malt flavor is pretty subpar hokey caramel. Luckily good yeast can make up for a lot, and so this turns out to be a decent beer. Very good carbonated yet smooth feel and superb drinkability if you can ignore the malt flavor.

A Belgian Bass but better.

waughbrew, May 14, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper in color with a fizzy, spotty white head. The aroma is lightly spicy and refreshing -- slightly lemony hop aroma with an "outdoorsy" character. Medium-bodied in the mouth with an understated carbonation, and dominated by a biscuity malt with an ever-so-slightly toasted character. The finish is grassy and earthy, with a light spice tingle. Not bad at all, easy to drink, though certainly not exciting. A good summer beer.

mzwolinski, May 07, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper colored brew.

Smell is light and fruity and spicy. Smells a bit of banana and cloves along with an apple aroma.

Taste is much like a very toned down Belgian brown ale. Flavor is of fruit and spice and a bit of dark sugar. A mild bitterness finishes the flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK, but I like stronger brews.

Zorro, May 06, 2004
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer reminded me of ginger ale. Somewhat reminiscent of a kolsch, light, carbonated. Even looks like Canada dry. Certainly refreshing, and there is nothing unpleasant about this beer. Better than a majority of lagers, but not as good as most ales. Kind of a strange in between.

JohnnyDuvel, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11 oz bottle, freshness dating of 9-17-04 . Pours light almond, with orange tinges. Not much head and no lace. A bit of bubblegum and sweatness in the nose. Flavor notes include some malt, candi sugar,, bublegum notes and some spicyness. Seems a bit sour for the style. so so Belgian, not too exciting. Decent for an everyday quafer, but theres better stuff out there.

Billolick, Mar 26, 2004
De Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
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