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De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | 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 Viggo
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Viggo, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

DarkerTheBetter, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of pootz
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

pootz, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of jarmby1711
3.43/5  rDev -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

jarmby1711, Nov 20, 2005
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of HugoGrim
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

HugoGrim, Nov 12, 2005
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.

mmmbeer, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of palma
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

palma, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of TerryW
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

TerryW, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of MattBrooks
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

MattBrooks, Aug 31, 2005
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.

twilight, Aug 17, 2005
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

cypressbob, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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 +5.3%
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 +16.9%
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%
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 28, 2005
Photo of GreenCard
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +0.6%
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 +6.6%
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 +12.2%
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 -14.1%
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%
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 -25.2%
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 +12.2%
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 -2.2%
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
De Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
82 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.