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De Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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De KoninckDe Koninck

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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij De Koninck NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 11-26-2000

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Ratings: 515 | Reviews: 318
Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of zerk
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of downes51
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.92/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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!

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Stopper
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of beergeek279
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served as a sample at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium. The color was amber, with some head. The smell was sweet. The taste was very fruity and candi sugar sweet. The mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, I'd have a couple more before the sweetness caught up.

For the price, this is a great beer - a couple dollars cheaper than most other Belgians on tap. Another one that I'd have one or two more of............just so sweet that many beyond that wouldn't be likely!

Photo of kindestcut
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The De Koninck arrived from the tap in a specialty glass (a De Koninck chalice) which always makes the beer-drinking experience more interesting for me. The beer had a very nice two-finger head, fluffly and slightly off-white, long-lasting and thick. The perfectly-poured beer left a nice lace as it descended the sides. The color was a golden amber, slightly cloudy, with evident carbonation. A very nice beer to look at. But that's not the point, is it?

The aroma of the De Konick was not overpowering ad not particularly impressive. I wasn't looking for a wall of scents to hit me but I didn't really notice anything dominant. I did detect a fruity aroma held back by a sweet malt.

The taste of the De Konick is good, not great, but good. I could taste some sweetness, not dominated at all but partnered nicely with a spicy hops. Although the balance is nice, the flavors are not as overt as I would like. I would call this a subdued beer.

I could not taste the alcohol at all, which is good for me since I'm always on the lookout for a good-tasting beer I can drink heartily. A sipping beer is great now and then but I love to DRINK my beer sometimes. Unfortunately, the De Koninck just doesn't isn't "delicious." there are too many other great-tasting beers out there that fit the bill.

A good beer

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Red-orange body topped by a uniform finger-and-a-half head, and dropping. Rich fruity nose, oranges, plums, and some candy notes. Unfortunately, the taste is less complex: sweet, but the aspects are much less defined. And there is an annoying chalkiness in the center of the aftertaste. A disappointment.

Photo of frank4sail
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight ripefruit (peach) sweet malt nose. Very carbonated hazy pale pink look with a slight white head. Light taste of candi sugar sweetness and a little white pepper. Medium to light body and mouth. A little bland on the flavor side and flat on the tongue.

Photo of bierman2000
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber colored ale with hop presence in the nose and the taste. Very light with a nice mouthfeel and smooth body that leaves a lasting head. Is good at any occasion but especially with spicy foods as the hop balance is more prevalent. Low ABV makes this a highly drinkable ale.

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice amber-ish color and is topped with a decent off-white colored head which fades fairly quick and then leaves some Belgium lace. On the nose the aroma is of spicy hops and fruits.The body is medium. The taste is of spicy hops, fruits. Fairly smooth mouthfeel… overall a good brew.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from the AOBF! This cloudy amber beauty is topped with an off-white foamy head and a thin trail of spidery lace. The aroma is citrusy and slightly peppery with a hint of spices. The medium bodied malt is lightly sweet and quite crisp. The citrus and spicy hops and in abundance. Lightly fruity with faint camphor flavor. Fairly complex!

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

This beer poured out an amber/copper color with a dense foamy head. Beautiful malt aroma with a nice dose of floral and citrus hops right in there. Getting the scent of orange zest. Taste has a bittersweet malt flavor with a nice herbal hop background. Medium bodied and nice on the tongue. Lingering hop bitterness in the back of the throat. A nicely complex and drinkable beer.

Very good.

Photo of optikon44
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours out rusty/amber with a decent amount of yeast globules hovering in suspension. Nice and creamy orange head dissipates within about a minute. Kind of a spicy hop/sour malt smell with a yeasty undercurrent. Delivers a clean yeasty taste with a decent supply of malt and hops in balance. It's kind of watery, but not without flavor. Therefore it's quite refreshing served cold. It's pretty smooth with a toasty finish. After finishing one, I can see myself enjoying another - maybe due to the 11.2 fl. oz. sized bottle, or maybe due to the slightly complicated nature of this refreshing ale.

Photo of garymuchow
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Since my P.O.V. is considerably different than most on this beer I'll put the punch line first. I guess even Belgians can make bland flavorless beer. This must be their beer for the masses.
The appearance is nice-- pleasant amber color, clear, medium head with slight lacing. The mouthfeel was soft with a nice balance of carbonation. The aroma after the initial shot of Saaz hops was followed with a light malt and sweet water character. Taste had the similar sweet water quality, like a N/A. Some dryness and bitterness on finish, but not necessarily pleasant. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone interested in a trial of Belgian beers.

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked the nice dark gold/orange color with nice head,smelled very malty with some spiciness in there.First sip was sweet and as I drank more a nuttiness a appeared,it has somewhat of a dry finishGood well rounded highly drinkable Belgian-ale would love to try on tap sometime in the future.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample on tap at Redbones.

This ale poured an amber color with modest white foam. The smell was also modest: malt and some musty grape scent (characteristic for many Belgian ales). The taste was malty, with the tell-tale musty grape flavor, as well as some floral hop flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and clean with medium body, light carbonation, and low bitterness. The drinkability was good: very clean and refreshing.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color, a bit sweet. To me this had the yeasty/sweet Belgian taste that I have come to love. Not really good head or lace left in the glass, but a pretty decent beer. Not distinctive enough to make me want to get another right after, but still a good brew all the same.


Photo of Morris729
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber in color with only a trace amount of head that dissipate into a thin lace. Nose is sweet with notes of apple peel, dark fruits, spice, and is also a bit medicinal. Creamy medium-bodied brew with a complex flavor. Taste is lightly toasted sweet malts up front followed by a malty bread flavor. Middle has notes of doughy yeasts and lots of spice such as vanilla, clove, and allspice. Fruity towards the end with notes of ripe apple and a touch of plum with a dry finish. I prefer their Cuvee beer to this one, but this is still a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of DerKaiser
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice reddish amber color. Pretty weak head retention. The aroma is fruity and sweet. Really inviting.

The beer has a nice crisp mouthfeel. Fruity and plummy flavors, and also very malty. It's remeniscent of many Belgian stong ales, but without the high abv. Overall, it's very drinkable and refreshing. It would make an excellent session beer. It would be even better on tap.

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De Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
82 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.