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

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

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Brouwerij De Koninck NV

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 11-26-2000

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of jonmikel
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber. Little head. Light fruity nose, malty highlights. Mostly malt onj the tongue. a little bit bready , light spice. Some hop bitterness on the finish. Light mouthfeel, little to no carbonation. Somehwat watery. Too one dimensional, malty, for high drinkabilty marks.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of ricke
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving date: 2009-01-30. Served in tulip.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date on the label (Best before 2009-08-03. Actually no other information of any interest on the bottle.

Presentation: Very clear amber/dark copper color with very lively initial carbonation. The two finger off-white head is very sparkly and rocky but dissipates a bit too quickly, leaving small lacings.

Smell: Fruity aromas - mostly banana - and sweat malts, some yeast as well as faint notes of some sourness. The smell of this one is ok, but a little to anonymous and withdrawn.

Taste: More fruit up front, coupled with faint flavors of citrus fruits and cinnamon. Some yeast and sweet malts are there as well. It's a bit sour in the middle. Some flavors in this one is presented in a rather sharp fashion, which is very pleasant. The finish has a slight bitterness to it, with notes of spices and more juicy malt.

Mouthfeel: Light body. The carbonation in this beer puzzles me a bit: At first, the carbonation is generous, almost too generous since it almost overpowers the different flavors. However, the carbonation decreases rather quickly, and for a while the mouthfeel becomes very pleasant with a great mix of gentle bubbles and nice fruity and spicy flavors. At this state, the beer was at its most enjoyable condition. But towards the end, carbonation is almost completely gone leaving the beer a bit bland (worth mentioning here is also that I finished the beer in about 30 - 40 minutes).

Drinkability: This is an ok beer, and it drinks quite easily. It taste quite nice as well, but I can't help feeling that it falls somewhat short. But bluntly, it's a bit flat. However, considering the low ABV and it's decent overall character, I could see myself having it again. But I recommend serving this one in a glass with a more narrow body than a Duvel-sized tulip, considering the successive loss of carbonation.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A medium amber with an orange hue and great clarity. The persistent head pour a finger of off-white creamy foam with some big bubbles.

S: The aroma is pretty malty with a a bit of earthy and spicy hops aroma; having a medium-strong malt aroma with a notes of biscuit and caramel. The hops aroma is moderately-low and the esters are low and very Belgiany more British ale like fermentation character.

T: Malty and fruity having a medium-strong malt character with flavors of caramel, biscuit and toast. The is a medium amount of light colored fruit like Nectarines and oranges. There is a medium amount of spice what seems like a medium-low portion coming from the hops and a bit more from the yeast. The hops also add and earthy flavor. The alcohol brings bi additional sweetness

M: Soft and creamy with a medium-full body and a moderately-strong level carbonation.

O: A malt driven beer with some spice; it's like a British Ale rubbed elbows a Belgian brewer. It's an unexpected and little brewed Belgian style. If you approach this beer expecting a typical Belgian you might not be too impressed unless you get it not tap where it is truly sublime.

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Photo of Engibeer
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 12/27/07.

I received this as a Christmas present that included several other very interesting beers. I plan to post reviews of them as well.

De Koninck pours a bright clear red gold into a New Belgium globe. A half inch of bright white fine head quickly recedes to a ring that remains.

This beer has toasty malt with just a hint of yeasty funk at first. There is a lively spritzy carbonation and a dry almost mineral finish. As the beer warms, it develops amazingly. A hint of hops appears and still even more yeasty mustiness.

This is a very pleasant beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of DeanBB
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Todd
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of moderndrunkard
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The most popular beer in Antwerp, according to my sources...

Pours a nice, clear, mahogany color with an intial moderate tan head that quickly recedes. Very faint sour smell that almost completely disguises the yeast and the malts. Nowhere near the aroma of a Rodenbach or Petrus but altogether not uninviting.

Boasts a pleasant carbonation in the taste. More of a bitterness than sourness shines through. Dry and somewhat tart, but not too much else to write home about. Displays a thin body, with a lack of character, no real depth.

I could probably put down a lot of these on a night out clubbing in Antwerp, as it's certainly much more pelasing than an american macro, but not very interesting.

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Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bier Markt in downtown Toronto. (I went into this thinking I had ordered the Tripel, only to find the draught was their amber ale. I don't think I've had a Flemish red brew in quite some time, so this threw me off a bit.)

Poured into a branded De Koninck chalice. A murky, amber-russet brew, the barman's pour left a sturdy half inch of head, which created sheets of lacing along the glass.

Nose was spicy, with strong notes of grain and bread, a little bit of classic Belgian yeast as well. Some fruit, a bit of hops, but the grain is certainly front and centre.

Same goes for the taste. This was a grainy, slightly tart brew, with notes of yeast and spices. A bit of dry grape juice as well. Intriguing combination of flavors. Finishes dry. Thick, a bit of sediment character to the brew.

An interesting brew. 'Grainy' and 'tart' are rarely going to be adjectives that yield a positive drinking experience for me, but keeping style in mind, this was actually quite drinkable. (My wife, on the other hand, was really looking forward to that tripel, and was thus a bit disappointed...)

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Photo of Byeast
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian ale poured a nice , clear , reddish brown color , with a foamy tan head that left a nice lace. The aroma is fresh , toasty , earthy , some sweet fruitness and a slight hop spice. The taste is also fresh and full ,very smooth, some toasty malty flavors , bit of cinnamon , dusty , nice grassy hop bite in the back, and some yeast. The finish is slightly dry , imploring you to taste again. An exellent Belgian Pale ale. Very freah,smooth, and drinkable brew.

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Photo of magictrokini
1.81/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not good. Pours clear amber with floaties and a quickly-dissipating head. Aroma of stale malt and dsuty wood. The taste is acidic; some malt with yeast, but mixed together to form the dreaded sweaty gym sock. Maybe this was a bad one that left the brewer. Either way, I don't want to know. Avoid.

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Photo of standardcherry
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of deebo
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few on tap when in Antwerp-served in the traditional wide mouthed Bolleke glass.

A-Dark amber with transparent clarity, head swiped off before served

S-Malted barley with sharp hop aroma and a wheaty/yeasty aroma

T-Nice fresh crisp hop taste, plenty of malted barley/wheat/yeasty taste

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

D-Easy to drink and still goes down smooth after a couple

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Photo of jiffymon
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of juicebox
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 250ml bottle with a BB of July 2011 - a few months out of date but hopefully still in good condition.

Poured into a Delerium chalice. A clear reddish-brown hue with decent carbonation. Forms a white head of foam that hangs around for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with hints of dry yeast and sourness. Subtle undertones of banana and clove.

Tastes of sweetish caramel malt with a slightly sour yeast character and a mild bitter finish. Notes of grain, fruity yeast esters, hints of banana/clove and stewed hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a reasonable body. Quite dry on the palate. Aftertaste of yeast notes and harsh bitter hops.

OK, but not great. It seems unbalanced, with the grainy malt/yeast flavours too dominant and lacking in complexity. Also, the harsh finish is a let down. To be honest I have yet to try a beer from de Koninck that I liked, so I guess I'll keep searching.

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