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

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

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Reviews: 325 | Ratings: 567
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 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 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 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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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of Crosling
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours with an amber hue and a large head, that lasts well. Nose is really delicate, but shows a touch of spicy/peppery hop character and sweet fruity malt. Flavor is clean, dry and herbal. Better than almost every U.S. amber ale. Better than Heineken.

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Photo of cpanossian
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

0.25L bottle poured into glass. Slightly metallic smell which obscured any other aroma. Clear amber color. Some carbonation with light biege head no lacing.

Smooth mouthfeel, but pretty weak in quality in the scheme of good Belgium beer.

Mass-produced and nothing special - just a good time sink inbetween better ex-beer-iences.

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Photo of KonigObHops
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Recieved this beer as a part of a beer of the month club. It is called De Koninck Pale Ale by the club, but the photo of the bottle that I have was only present in the Amber Ale listing on Beer Advocate.

The beer is true amber in color with a yellow/cream colored head. The head was a good two finger width. I swirled the bottle after the first half of the pour. Belgian lace is present throughout.

The aroma is fruity and a bit spicy like most Belgians, but it is not overpowering. The most noticible aroma is plum. It did not smell as sweet as stronger Belgian Ales that I have had.

The taste begins as bitter, and you can definitely taste the hops, but it mellows quickly and a smooth caramel taste replaces the initial sensation. The beer finishes dry and the hop taste reapears.

Overall, this is a good beer. However, Belgian Ales are my favorite and I can think of a dozen that I would purchase over the De Koninck. On the other hand, I also prefer strong Belgian ales to Belgian Ales of this type so if you are looking for a Belgian Ale without a high alcohol content this may be a good choice.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a amber color, and a sweet smell. In the taste I was kind of anticipating a bit more. Then I got it. It is just an amber. Light enough, but not to light. Easy to drink, and it pretty much is what it is... a standard Belgian amber, and there is nothing wrong with that, but not my style.

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Photo of jletts
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured amber with a thin head quickly faded, and smelled of thin hops and caramel with notes figs.

Caramel malt and hops on the taste...a little thin in the flavor department. It actually reminded me a little of an american or dutch lager.

Mouthfeel was a little thin but matched the taste in that department. This was not the best Belgian beer I've tasted, but not entirely objectionable. But I doubt I'd buy it again.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Leura Cellars.

Pours a golden brown colour, head is fine, but a bit filmy, and decomposes to large bubbles as it settles. Minimal lace. Decent depth to the body. A little static carbonation. Not a classic red, but decent looking.

Nose is bready and yeasty, with some spice, but little of that. Mostly dry and grainy, some cereal characters, minimal Belgian yeast notes. Smells a bit like a stale English ale. Meh.

Taste is very light indeed, with very minimal flavour. Some light grain, a hint of cereal, but extremely minimal. There's almost nothing to it whatsoever. It's like and English pale ale with all the flavour removed.

Feel also thin and absent.

Wow, I'm not sure I've had a Belgian beer that tastes like this. It's bland, mild and incredibly thin. While it's not actively unpleasant, it is not a Flanders Red Ale, not in colour, not in aroma, not in flavour, or spirit. Quite weak indeed.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a light amber color with a short lived off-white head and mild carbonation.

S: The nose is mildly vinegary with a bit of sweet caramel, butterscotch, and cherries.

T: The flavor is muted and watery with a bit of vinegar and a hint of sweetness.

M: The body is light with a watery feel on the tongue. The carbonation is moderate.

D: Not really a very good beer. Very watery and mild in terms of flavor, but I honestly had no expectations going in.

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Photo of beeragent
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured a deep orange, almost light brown color, forming a 1/2 inch head, that quickly faded, leaving light lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet, but somehow, reminded me of how a cider smells. The taste is sweet as well, very fruity flavor, maybe mild hops. The mouthfeel is light, and smooth. An interesting ale, but not one that I could drink more than one of during a session. A little too sweet for me, but still worth the experience.

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Photo of alysmith4
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Decent beer, very sweet though. Mine was on tap at a nearby restaurant.. I only ordered it after my first two choices were out. Served in a proper glass, at an appropriate temperature. My biggest complaint (besides the sweetness) would be the level of carbonation. I didn't think it was carbonated enough at all. Not sure if this is typical, or a product of the tap.

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