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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 11-26-2000

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Reviews: 325 | Ratings: 567
Photo of RBorsato
4.92/5  rDev +35.9%
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)

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.77/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin, bubbly white head that dies to a collar.

Smell: Solid Belgian pale ale malt and hop characteristics throughout, with that perfect yeast tinge.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Rich, full, thirst-quenching, and smooth. Very balanced and tasty, with the perfect mouthfeel. Barnyard malt characteristics with almost pilsener type hops.

Drinkability and Overall: A classic. The perfect, easy drinking yet full flavored and full bodied Belgian ale. Definitly one that's perfect for a session.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can you say? This is just another fine Belgian beer. The fine blend of malt & hops is not necessarily exceptional but is noteworthy. They definitely know what they are doing. I prefer the Cuvee to this one but I still really enjoy the flavor. Very smooth and clean on the palate with an enjoyable nose to compliment the flavor. I had this with a chicken in pesto sauce & cheese which turned out to be a great combination. Again I will highly recommend this one to try and it will not be unusual to find it in my fridge at home.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a burnt orange/amber hue. Initially has quote a frothy head but I found that it dissipated mostly. The beer is carbonated however. In the aroma I am picking up pear and apple, and apricot fruit flavors. As I sip, the flavor stays true to the aroma with ample fruit esters, intermingled with toasted malt. A touch of hops in the finish Very light mouthfeel, and very refreshing. I wish this was my 'everyday' beer!

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Photo of MisterClean
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from local specialty shop

A - Pours a light red with little head which dissipates quick.

S - Bananas, sour esters from the yeast, and a bit of my favorite biscuit malts. This is going to be a good beer.

T - Bananas, sour, and biscuit malts. Really pleasant. Maybe some clove too.

M - Good. Nice and light in body with a slight hint of saaz hops at the end.

D - Overall, a great beer. This could be a great session beer because of the low alcohol. Really pleased with this purchase.

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Photo of clickpush
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 33cl bottle to wide mouth goblet. Comes out with a ruby/amber colored body and has tons of bubbles within, though a very small white head that gives way to a few lacings and a big ring around the outside of the glass where the bubbles from the body of the beer accumulate.

Nose: On the first breath I'm immediately hit with a strong strawberry tartness. Other berries are present, namely raspberries and other brambles. The hops come out as a lightly dusty dry feeling that's tinged with floral aromas. It smells very inviting and refreshing.

Mouth: This beer tastes precisely how it smells, with big berry flavors up front and a drier, sour/bitter hop finish in the back. It's very fizzy upon entering but smooth by the time it's ready to be swallowed. Leaves a gentle bitterness behind and completely masks the taste of alcohol. Very easy to drink!

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Photo of canucklehead
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber with a huge head and a bready nose this beer is a truly great example of a Belgian session beer. Malts are the main part of the taste but the hops also show up to create a great balance that makes this very drinkable. The beer finishes semi sweet with the nice yeasty tang at the end

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Photo of Morris729
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of foles
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of favourite beers, which I sampled widely on tap in Antwerp in 2007. I generally find Belgian Pale Ales a little heavy on the alcohol for my preference, so this beer at 5% is a real treat. A real biscuity malt flavour with a lovely ale profile (unique antwerp yeast I'm told), and a saaz hop tingle that leaves you wanting another one.

For me this beer has some mystique about it - maybe the fact that there is a real local vibe about it in Antwerp, which by the way is a great place to visit.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange / amber in the glass with a moderate white head that melts slowly to nothing.
I honestly couldn't descern any aroma in this beer so I'm going with the majority decision and giving it a 4...what the heck, it definately wasn't a smell I didn't like in any way...I couldn't smell it.
Taste is an immediate combination of sweet malt and sharp grassy fresh hops. There is somewhat of a biscuit quality to the flavor an it finishes just as it starts but with a faint hint of lemon on the end.
This may be the most perfectly balanced beer I've had. Nothing overpowers and nothing gets lost.
Mouthfeel is crisp and tingly from the hops and carbonation.
Nice stuff.

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Photo of brdc
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle, poured into my Corsendonk tulip.

Very nice looking amber brew, with some crimson highlights, topped by a lightt tan head, with average retention and collar, but nice lacing.
Nose is as I generally expect from the belgians; here is not surprising or bold, but very pleasant; my "standard" aroma: malty, mildly sugary, fruity, mildly yeasty with some added spiciness, but very little in the way of hoppiness.
Light to medium on the palate, is highly drinkable, with little carbonation. Flavor is very good, but delicate; mostly malty, biscuity and fruity. Some spiciness on the way to a somewhat dry end.
As good as a "light" belgian gets, a good summer or session option for belgian lovers.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep reddish-copper in color with an off-white head that holds OK and leaves a good collar with some whispy surface foam, and some good lace. The aroma is bold and welcoming with a gently dark fruitiness, a soft spiciness, some toasted maltiness, and a light suggestion of hops. The body is medium-light with a very fine, and somewhat limited, carbonation level. Very smooth in the mouth with a light caress on the tongue from the gentle effervescence. The flavor is delicate; with a toasted, biscuity maltiness from Vienna malts, a light spiciness (I think from both the yeast - or a possible spice addition - and the Saaz hops), and some medicinal phenols that smooth as the beer warms. Well balanced. The finish is short and dry with just a minimal lingering earthiness. This beer is very drinkable and continually beckons you to have another sip! Very clean and crisp. Quite surprisingly full of character (though not complex) for a beer that starts at only 11.8 Plato. This is what I think of as a standard Belgian artisinal ale. Well worth seeking out, and probably worth buying by the case.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance would have been better if my daughter (yes, she's over 21) who brought it to me had not slurped off the head to keep from spilling it. But, I can't blame her for sneaking a taste, as it was such an enticing brownish amber in the De Koninck glass. This is a refreshing crisp ale, with perfect carbonation and a smooth palate, finishing with a lovely but quickly fleeting slight bitterness. Good full mouth that matches well with the subtle nose as you quaff. Overall, a good beer for year-round pleasure, but especially suited to cool-but-not-cold seasons.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Surprised to find this gem on tap. Borders a caramel brown and strawberry red. Snow white, thinger thick head with excellent retention. Visible carbonation with a steady stream of bubbles floating to the top.

Little light on the aroma, some nice fruity esthers.

A nice, almost english, biscuity malt. Very clean throughout with some light, juicy, strawberry flavours. Hops provide refreshing crispness. A faint belgian yeastiness to finish.

One of the best session beers produced in Belgium.

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Photo of aaronh
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of drinking this beer at the Sharp Edge. Medium amber body with a thin off-white head, but there were lighter amber highlights that almost seemed to sparkle. The aroma had a hint of malt and fruit, but nothing exceptional. The taste was smooth, perfectly balanced hops and malt with a nice bit of character that must have been from the yeast. Finishes a little dry, but this lends to its drinkability. Enjoyed the second half of this beer with dinner, and I must say it goes very well with food. Not a unique beer when compared with other Belgian ales, but a very solid, balanced, well-crafted ale.

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Photo of pootz
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

05/30/12 At first blush, a pleasant tartness that was reminiscent of cherries but not at all sweet. Blind tasted I would never check off the Belgium box, but would the 'I'll have another' box.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque light chocolate brown with a thick, fine-bubbled ecru head. Aroma is malty, hoppy and subtly chocolaty. Mouth-filling malty flavor has hints of molasses, chocolate, nuts, hops and spice. Texture is smooth, fizzy, and quite pleasing.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the beers I regularly drink when I’m going out.

It has a very clear rusty colour and almost no carbonation. With a lot of effort you might succeed in getting a head, but it vanishes very rapidly.
It has a very distinguished smell, fair amount of hops with some lemons, a bit of malt and some herbs.
The first sip brings forth a well balanced and honest flavour. Quite dry. Mainly hop and malt, though this is a multi layered taste, it is hard to really grasp the underlying taste elements. I seem to recognise some raisins and / or nuts and some fresh garden spices.
The aftertaste is the continuation of the taste. Dry, some sweet-bitterness coming from the hops. Kind of a nut or raisin aftertaste with lemon peel, malt and some alcohol.

A great beer for a small price. I love this one. A nice beer for a beautiful city like Antwerp.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of blkknight02
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an copper-amber hue with a nice thick head. Smelled faintly of fruits. A touch of hops (noble variety?) intermingled with hints of Vienna/munich malts. Nice Brussels lace on the glass. Carbonation medium ot high.
First sip is malty with a spicy/peppery finish from the hops. Very well balanced. Reminds me of a blonde bock but not as strong. Goes down easy and will be trying to brew it ASAP.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of palma
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glows iridescent, deep copper (SRM 14-16) with a 2 ½ inch, white mousse that settles to form a ½ inch blanket and leaves no lacing.

The fruity funkiness which emanates from the bottle gives way to orange peel citrus and light floral notes in the St. Hermes tulip.

Well balanced with fruit and spice which are distinct from subtle apricot. A short, subtle finish accentuates earthiness that is light – similar to white wine – and develops with warming.

Medium body with lively, fine carbonation, light alcohol, and a dry, woolly texture.

This is a great beer to help settle down with after a day in the hot sun. This is by no means a lawnmower beer, however, as it has much more to offer. A contemplative nature would also allow it to accompany afternoons of conversation.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
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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