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De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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De KoninckDe Koninck

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480 Ratings

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | 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 WesWes

New York

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

04-20-2005 21:13:01 | More by WesWes
Photo of Globetrotter


4.08/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

04-08-2005 19:13:59 | More by Globetrotter
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2.7/5  rDev -25%

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.

04-07-2005 18:30:45 | More by TastyTaste
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

03-11-2005 01:51:20 | More by horndecker
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

01-20-2005 03:59:05 | More by Sammy
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3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

01-18-2005 04:03:18 | More by blitheringidiot
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3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

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.


01-17-2005 04:45:16 | More by crookedhalo
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3.78/5  rDev +5%

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.

09-09-2004 01:51:21 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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


09-02-2004 15:58:31 | More by Bierman9
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3.23/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

08-17-2004 22:54:53 | More by Dukeofearl
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

07-05-2004 16:28:38 | More by kbub6f
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3.33/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

05-14-2004 01:51:02 | More by waughbrew
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4.03/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

05-07-2004 00:42:24 | More by mzwolinski
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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

05-06-2004 02:19:20 | More by Zorro
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3.13/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

04-04-2004 05:44:27 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +5%

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.

03-26-2004 00:32:19 | More by Billolick
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3.98/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours a deep copper to light amber with a thin, soapy head that leaves behind a touch of lace. Aroma is very light, with toasted malts, peppery hops and a touch of must. Flavor begins with some toasted malt, lemon, and some light bitterness in the finish. Has a medium body, low to medium carbonation, and a dry finish. All in all a very nice beer, but not one I'd go out of my way for.

02-06-2004 18:34:44 | More by zerk
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4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

When I'm living in Antwerp this is the local staple. The starting point for a days drinking.

Full of flavour, refreshing, full of malt but properly balanced. Attractively served in a bell-shaped glass called a bolleke.

In respect of the on-tap versions, one word of warning... this beer can taste rough, acidic and sharp if you are unlucky. Some cafés don't sell enough of it, or maybe the stuff left in the pipes from last night doesn't get flushed out before they start pouring again in the morning, but just note that if your first one doesn't taste good it might not be your fault. Complain and they will will give you another.

01-27-2004 16:45:30 | More by downes51
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4.93/5  rDev +36.9%

Light brown to amber with a nice full light beige head, good carbonation, and lace. Nice balanced complex aroma and flavor: toasty, malty, yeasty, fruity, spicy ... Light-medium bodied with excellent drinkability !

Well worth buying more -- was purchased as a single to try it.

Per label: 1833. Fragrant hops (Saaz).

Per M.J. - G.B.B. book: Vienna and Pilsner malts. OG 11.8 P / 1047. Saaz hops (added 3 times).

Best before: 07/16/04
Tasted: 12/31/03

($1.49 / 11.2 oz / 33 cl)

01-16-2004 20:57:48 | More by RBorsato
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4.08/5  rDev +13.3%

Presentation: 33cl (11.2 fl.oz.) brown glass bottle that I have had for some time. A simple but classy obverse label that has the De Koninck Coat of Arms with the words ‘De Koninck 1833’ beneath. The Label lists the beer as 5% ABV, whilst the small neck label states ‘Hoge Gisting – Fermentation Haute’ which is bilingual for “top fermented stupid”. This is of course a Belgium Ale if you have not worked that out by now. The reverse label says 01/15/04, judging by the length that I have had this bottle it could well be a best before date – it seems that its about I supped it.

Appearance: Dark-red auburn copper body, described as Amber but it seems a little bit darker than that. Small thin white head that settles to a broken halo with some light lacing. Served in Goblet, the lack of a decent head detracts a little from the appearance. Minimal carbonation levels, has a rather flat look about it.

Nose: Toasted malts with a light pepper-spice hop aroma. A little subdued in strength but it has a mildly complex feel to it when deeply inhaled.

Taste: The Malt adds a stiff backbone whilst a soft fruitiness shines through in the middle against a tablecloth of aged almost musty hops that last throughout the drink. Finishes with a clean ending which somehow lingers. Dry at the death and Moorish.

Mouthfeel: This is a pretty solid beer that has plenty of body. There is a grain like feel to the malts in the middle that add some texture in the mouth to an otherwise relaxed beer that is not meant to ripple too many bath-times.

Drinkability: On draft it is most certainly a quaffer without a doubt, a legendary Belgium Ale that befits most sessions where the 8% monsters would floor you. From the bottle it is equally drinkable but looses some appeal with the reduced carbonation and liveliness that comes from the Tap.

Overall: One of the few Belgium beers that is distinctly better on draft then from the Bottle. A nice bottled offering and my marks reflect that I have an ‘aged’ sample (though not out of date). A Bolleke of this in Antwerp served on Tap, with a swirl of yeast of course really does still take some beating. Maybe better when fresher in the bottle, don’t leave it too long in the fridge or buy older sample of it would be my advice.

12-29-2003 03:11:28 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Sampled on tap at an outdoor cafe in the Antwerp city centre (Reubans Section). This stuff is excellent. The appearance is dark golden with a lovely white head. The aromas are of alcohol, various spices, sugar, yeast, and hops. The taste is quite sweet up front, malty in the middle, and bitter (hoppy) on the finish. The mouthfeel is slick and nice and the drinkability is quite good!

11-05-2003 20:14:55 | More by francisweizen
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New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a hazy golden brown, with a weak head (and poor retention at that); yet it is lively and effervescent. The smell is of bread, fruit, and a grassy background. The flavor has a crisp start, sweet middle and a dry, spicy finish. The feel is smooth and slippery with a balanced effervescence and a lingering dryness.

10-26-2003 01:05:49 | More by SeanChouffe
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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a cloudy golden orangish-brown, with many fuzzy hunks of yeast floating around. It's crowned with a decent foamy head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a nearly complete layer on the surface instead of completely disappearing. The aroma has a solid light malt base, but is laden with a sharp mix of hop spice and yeasty fruitiness. The taste is initially well-balanced malt, then the fruitiness jumps in, but all is quickly swept nearly completely under by a wave of dominant spiciness. The spiciness seems to have a bit more to it than a normal hop spice, and I think it's coming from the yeast. As the finish lingers this spiciness becomes nicely balanced with the return of yeasty fruitiness, which evokes apricot.

The yeast in this is pretty distinctive. It definitely carries a Belgian quality, but for stands out from others in its distinct fruity spiciness, creating a nice underlying profile of aromas and flavors that ties the different aspects of the malt and hops together with its own interest.

09-29-2003 03:33:42 | More by Stopper
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

This beer was ok, a fairly standard example of the Belgian pale ale style. Nice and easy drinking, but nothing to make me feel like I needed another one. Really not too much flavor in this beer, overall it is just lacking in those flavorful beer qualities. I quickly moved on to a duvel that I saw on the menu, you should too.

09-05-2003 17:02:38 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.08/5  rDev -14.4%

Appearance – Nice orange body with a slight brown tint. The head was rather small but left a little lacing on the glass.

Smell – The aroma here is moderate. I was able to pick up some light malts laced with orange, but that was about it.

Taste – The malt flavor was mild as well. The sweet orange finish was complimented by a hint of cherry juice. There was also a harsh spiciness to this one that I didn’t care for. I couldn’t quite make it out – something dark – but I felt it didn’t belong in this ale.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation and very refreshing.

Drinkability – This would make a good session bier, IMO. I didn’t much care for it personally, though.

09-05-2003 00:26:54 | More by RoyalT
De Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
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