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)

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 581 |  Reviews: 327
Photo of Poleris
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Photo of XmnwildX12
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

Photo of magictrokini
1.81/5  rDev -50%
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 basickness
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of sfprint
2.32/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Similar to a natural soda, brownish red but not so dark. No head but light rising carbonation. Lemon cola

S: also in the soda realm but not so sweet. cherry cola but not so sweet. syrup feel.

T/M: sour/tart, punchy. Very odd. Beyond the sourness, the flavor is pretty recessed. Like a dirty sun tea underneath. Tartness definitely translates in the mouth feel as well.

O: Weird, not undrinkable but certainly not "good." Won't have again.

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Photo of stcules
2.35/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reddish to copper color.
In the smell, quite good.
The taste slips away, with malt and almost no more.
Quite sugary start, though at the end there is aome bitterness. Melon and peaches, but not too satisfaying.
The aftertaste is similar, with a less sweet finish.
Light body.

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Photo of delnoche
2.36/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2009.
30cl bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist glass. Pours a beautiful amber with miniscule head that disappears within a few seconds. Very light aroma of yeast maybe? I can't place it. Very light taste with a smooth palate. Not bad but not at all interesting. I think I'll pass on seconds.

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Photo of standardcherry
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of rredshift
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of akttr
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of rudy2828
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of BeTheBall
2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a dark brown/red with little head of lacing. Smelled of sour bread and malt, no hops aroma. Taste was of a malt bomb with a touch or sourness; where are the hops? Tasted almost rusty or tinny to me in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was average. Drinkability for me was poor, as I'm not into that taste profile at all.

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Photo of GbVDave
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a tiny off white head. Sheets of sticky lace.

S: Icky aromas of sour grains, funky caramel, and mustard seed.

T: Pretty much as above with a mild crackery malt component. No yeast and virtually no hop flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is rather thin yet coats the mouth with abundance.

D: Drinkability is fair, but why bother. There are so many better Belgian Pale Ales to spend time with. Not impressed.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 4/11/12

01 2012 on the label

Deeper shade of honey brown. Quite clear. Three finger head of foam compresses to a rippled, billowly slab. Pretty good retention. Not much lace.

Aromas of bread, caramel, paper mache, tree bark, way over-ripe apple and tangy fruit overtones. Hops are very faint. The smell is somehow ominous. The taste starts off with a punch of tangy fruit that seems out of place, at least to such a degree. From there, bready malt picks up, but is weak compared to the fruity aspect. The aftertaste has an artificial bent. Medium body with moderately nippy carbonation.

Overall impression - I just can't get past the fruity twinge with this one.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured to a bright copper with suspended yeast, absolutely no head or lacing. It had a very weak aroma of some spice, may have been cinnamon. Flavor of cinnamon and hops, but had a dry, sour finish. I have three more, and will try these, but not real impressed with this one, especially for a Belgian Ale.

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Photo of trevorwideman
2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Hazey, ruby-orange coloured beer with a 1/2 inch head that retains itself at about 1/8 inch. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation evident in the glass. Smell is a bit less impressive. Slightly medicinal, chokecherry sourness, and underneath a sweetness like strawberry Jolly Ranchers. A little bit cloying. Funky yeast aromas are also in evidence, and just a slight corn-like odor.

First taste is quite sour, then gives way to a soap-like taste, corn adjcunt seems to be there, and some sweeter candy-like malt notes. Very tart up front, very much like cherry cough syrup at times, and the underlying sweetness is a bit much. Finishes herbal with a taste like red wine vinegar being the dominant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit warming, mildly carbonated, and quite dry. This is one Belgian I'm not excited about at all. I would find more than one to be altogether too much, no balance, muddled flavour profile, and a little cheap tasting if I dare say.

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Photo of Guinness4me
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured a standard, structured belgian but it was a much darker beer than I expected. It had a legitimate head, but nothing spectacular.

The beer's smell and taste were similar to each other, first a whiff of belgian flowers, then malt and finally a vinegar finish. It was a little more bitter at the end than I like, but not offensive.

Due to it's odd finish, I wouldn't enjoy drinking more of it. If this is a belgian "pale" ale, it's one on steroids.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught in Belgium. Served into a bolleke glass. Cost was 2.10 euro. ABV is 4.9% according to the beer menu. Reviewed from notes taken in Summer 2011.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and nice retention. Body colour is a nontransparent gold. Hazy.

Sm: Light aroma of caramelized malt, cream, and floral hops. Not a lot going on.

T: Amber malts, floral hops, a weak barley foundation, some cream, and fair caramel. Lacks sufficient body. More simple than I expected. The cream is nice, and it's pretty well balanced, but overall the build is less than par for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: Pretty decent, and well priced. Give her a go, but don't expect much.


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Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of BGsWo22
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of cbl2
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

4/16/2007 $2.99 11.2 oz. 5.20% Best by 10/04/07 stamped on back.


Pours a clear brown with large soda-like carbonation. Topped by a thin film of soapy tan bubbles that are quick to settle.


Toasted malts. A hint of pepper, and bland wet hops. Unappealing.


There is nothing Belgian about this. Weak insipid mouthfeel, with flavors reminiscent of home-brew gone bad. Overly bready, and desert dry with medicinal hop flavors. More of an English Pale ale than a Belgian Pale ale. This is extremely disappointing, especially once cost is factored in.

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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