De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale)
Brouwerij De Koninck NV

De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale)De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale)
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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #270
Ranked #42,755
3.65 | pDev: 12.88%
Brouwerij De Koninck NV
De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale)De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale)
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Todd from California

3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2oz custom brown bottle. Bottled on date stamped on the back.

Appearance: Hazy amber with a sticky white lacy.

Smell: Fragrant, light medicinal aromas. Smell of spice, cinnamon.

Taste: Medium bodied with a flush malt character. Wonderful toasted flavours followed by some dryness, yeasty spice and a sweet fruit-like flavour reminiscent of black cherry juice, but without the tartness. Finishes with a touch of grain dryness.

Notes: A great Belgian Speciale.

Nov 26, 2000
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed amber with the occasional bubble rising to the top, superb head retention. Ripe plum in the aroma with a hard spicy back from the hops, faint esters awaken the nostrils even more to further suck in its intoxicating aroma.

Grassy with some medicinal phenols, moderate body with a halting smoothness that rolls the crispness around the tongue. Maltiness is cracker-like with a clean graininess. Hops are prolific with spiciness and an even bitterness. Fruitiness is plumish with faint alcoholic esters on the side. Clean drying mineral finish.

This is a beer I’d have in my fridge at all times, I have to work on how to get some in my local liquor stores … or even better get it on tap if that is possible.

Jun 14, 2002
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jonmikel from Spain

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on a glass in a bar. The color is amber reddish. The smeel is quite good. The foam forms a small head. Middle carbonation can be seen and perceived. Overall, a quite decent beer.

Nov 12, 2015
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Marius from Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle bought from De Hopduvel in Ghent. Clear amber pour with a thin light-tan head. Smells of caramel, generic bitter hops, dried fruit and metal. Light bodied and refreshing mouthfeel, bitter and crisp, not as sweet as the nose would suggest.

Jan 11, 2016
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hustlesworth from Ohio

3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a perfectly clear burnt orange with garnet highlights. the head is beige and dense with a pock marked membrane on top and it pretty much stations itself at a thick disk the whole time without leaving much lace behind. a constant column of superfine bubbles rise continuously releasing aromatics.

S- tart and fruity with some spicy yeast in the background, it smells great but is pretty subdued, even at 55*. what is there is complex, as i've come to expect from these fruity belgian red ales, with red apple and red plum, cherry, berries, and toasted bread with grape jelly. quality lambrusco wine and white muscadine grapes also come to mind with a caramel malty sweetness hiding in the shadows. despite the bottle's claim to fragrant saaz hops, i can't detect much, but that's ok cuz this smells great.

T- taste is a little watered down and all those great notes of the aroma kind of become monotone with some apple cran-grape yeast, caramel malt, and cocoa toastiness jumping out here and there but not very loud. finish is weak as well with just a hint of dry grassy saaz hops ushering me out of the theater.

MF- light and watery, but smooth and easily drinkable. medium light carbonation generates an overall 'blah' feeling. a little filmy on the cheeks, but a pleasant aftertaste.

D- not like the flavorful belgians i'm used to, however its lightness and smooth character would make it a great brew to kick it with (ice cold) and maybe even straight out of the bottle... oh no !

Aug 18, 2008
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LowellLochs from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Dec 24, 2013
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beerpadawan from California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Aug 27, 2012
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Bendulum from Romania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Dec 05, 2013
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-translucent amber with a loose, half inch, off-white head that quickly disperses towards the edges, leaving a bubbly band and a bull's eye dollop in the center. Nose is very subdued but suggests green apples (maybe a little vinegary), as well as Saaz hops and grains. Taste is big on earthy grains and malt with perhaps a trace of acidity. A biscuity quality lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, with a carbonation that starts off crisp and slowly tapers off towards the back, ending with a semi-dry finish. Decent and drinkable, but not much going on here and the doesn't particularly warrant a future purchase for me considering the price.

Oct 04, 2010
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emakings from Puerto Rico

3/5  rDev -17.8%

Feb 10, 2014
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Ch1mpy from Sweden

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would go for light brown rather than amber when describing the colour. This beer has a small head and from the looks appears almost still. It leaves no lacing.

The smell is very sweet. With yeast and fruit aromas.

The taste is also sweet. There are malts and definite notes of fruits and apples. It is light in carbonation. I must say that this doesn't strike me as a very complex beer.

The mouthfeel is smooth and dominated by a pleasant malty aftertaste. Likewise, the drinkability is also above average.

Aug 21, 2008
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dcmchew from Romania

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 01, 2013
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stampfler07 from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Jan 13, 2013
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ralerwen from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Aug 03, 2014
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champ103 from Texas

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy amber color. A decent head forms with decent lace.
S: Very sweet, tart, and fruity. A little funky, and some peppery spices as well.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of fruit, very tart and some spices.
M/D: This is pretty highley carbonated for my taste. Low abv though, and makes for a nice easy drinking Belgium pale ale. A sessionable beer.

Not a bad beer at all, but it does not hold up to some of my favorite Belgium beers. Worth a try though.

Feb 26, 2008
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FFATS from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

May 30, 2014
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Floydster from California

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle bought for five dollars at the new Belgian pub in Claremont named Back Abbey, my bottle said it was 5.2% ABV, I poured into a Chimay goblet the waitress brought me, split with my buddy Drake

A-Color was a golden amber, big 3/4 inch white foamy head, stuck around for almost five minutes, decent retention, some lacing at the beginning too

S-Bread and lots of it, toasted accents, weak caramel, some weak hoppiness, faint fruit but I could not even tell what it was, little bit of earthiness, and hay

T-Did not taste like it came from Belgium, seemed like a mediocre attempt at a pale ale from an American microbrewery, it lacked any spices or distinct malt flavors to make me think otherwise, went down too easy and this stuff is more of a beer to have by the pool on a hot summer day, rather than a flavorful Belgian, now I understand why I never heard much about this one, got worse as it warmed, it was refreshing at least when it was cold, hop profile was weak and there was not much bitterness either

M-Somewhat chewy, slightly dry, and straw-like mouthfeel, medium bodied, lots of carbonation, taste did not last very long

D-Could drink a lot of this stuff, especially considering it is a Belgian, light on the stomach, alcohol is hidden and weak anyways, smooth and inviting

Crazy to think this beer has been around since 1833, I always see at BevMo and have never grabbed it, the sales pitch on the bottle says it is made with crystal clear water and top of the line feremented malt, only got one tonight mainly because it was the cheapest thing on the menu and it was low in alcohol because I still had to drive eighty more miles home, might drink again, worth trying

Jul 10, 2008
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byronic from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Dec 10, 2013
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Amalak from New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle at L'Express on 20th (I think) Street in NYC. I pours a deep red with a good three-finger head and solid lace. Has a slight spicy scent to it...licoricey?

I think there is definitely a dry licorice taste to it and is quite carbonated. The taste is mild, dry, but the carbonation makes it quite refreshing. Very good afternoon beer.

Feb 23, 2009
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22Blue from Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -11%

Oct 13, 2014
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nickynick from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Koninck poured a nice amber color, with a small tan head, also showed nice lacing. Smell was of fruit, malts, hints of citrus. Taste was from fruity, citrus, nice malt. Good sweetness and Belgian yeast flavor. Mouthfell was good, and drinkability is very nice. Good session beer, nice flavors, for the price however, you kind find things on par with this beer.

Aug 12, 2009
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thumperskibum from Indiana

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 17, 2015
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armock from New York

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a copper5 color with a tan head that fades quickly leaving very light lacing

S - Has a bready malt nose with some fruit to it

T - Sweet malt upfront with some fruit finishes off a little grainy

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - A terribly average beer drinking this makes me think of a macro that comes from Belgium its not bad but nothing really makes it stand out there are way better Belgian Pales to drink before this one

Mar 23, 2010
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Sirre from Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -11%

Jan 05, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at "Taste of Belgium" restaurant in Aruba.

A: Fizzy light 1 finger head fades quickly over super clear copper amber colored beer.

N: Sweet amber malts, a little Belgian malt, slightly toasty, somewhat sweet and syrupy malt aromas, no real fruit or sour aromas.

T: Slightly sweet taste, with a little dryness. Lots of Belgian malts, some candi sugar and raisin, dark Belgian malt flavors, with some darker fruits as well. A slight syrupy lager like toasty malt flavor.

M: Lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: Slightly sweet candi sugar finish, with more amber Belgian malts, a little sticky sweetness, toasty malts and little dryness, all with a touch of bitterness.

A nice amber ale, but not sure how it calls itself a Flanders Red. I get some red malt like flavors, but no Flanders sourness. That just doesn't make sense to me. Overall a nice mild amber Belgian ale though.

Jun 05, 2010
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