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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Photo of thecheapies
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber beer with a thin lip of foam. Looks good in its own glassware.

Musty Belgique maltiness, brown apple flesh, sprite acidity, and darker grains. Not bad.

Amber twist to a Belgian Pale. Follows the nose with apple and pear, but picks up some drier bitterness and herbaceous hops toward the finish. Tasty and simple. Mouthfeel is carb-light, but still good. Great swish. Drinkable as hell.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a De Koninck chalice at Beelow's.

This tap has been here too long without me partaking of its contents. Time to rectify that. It pours a hazy rusted tawny topped by a half-finger of faded khaki foam. The nose comprises rye bread, light ruby red grapefruit zest, Belgian yeast, a hint of clove, and a few drops of maple syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some mild grass and flowers for the sake of it. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice little BPA, nothing to write home about, but if you're here and need a bit of Belgian-ness, it's here for you.

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Photo of BWED
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- Golden orange, dark, in color. Fizzy off white head. Retention is okay.

S- Very mild grain, mild wild yeast esters. Gives a sweet and tangy aroma, a little berry-like.

T- Mild grain again, with a slight berry/citrus tang in the finish.

M- Light in body, slightly dry and tangy finish.

O- Very mild, but has some really nice characteristics.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ordered on tap at a Calgary ale house (1600) and arrived in a genuine De Koninck tulip glass. This iconic Belgian pale ale is in fact a fairly dark orange to reddish amber hue, with a little white lacing left on the glass as one proceeds. Aroma is classic Belgium, fairly strong and redolent with sweet and fruity yeast esters, caramel malt, and bright floral hops. Everything is well-integrated although the floral/herbal hop notes from genuine Saaz are striking. According to Roger Protz in "The Taste of Beer", Saaz is the only hop used and with a fairly heavy hand I'd add. The aggressive hops lead the way on the palate, evoking lavender and fresh perfume, layered over a fairly rich caramel flavor with a little vanilla creme and dark raisin. I also get some green fruit sourness and the body is fairly heavy with a lot of residual sugars. Satisfying. Finish is similarly complex, with a rich buttery character, lingering sweetness and some booze accompanied by a dry pepper spicy bitterness. One is left with an overall impression of sweet dough, dessert sugars, and bitter medicine all bound together in a way that works, although some might wonder about a clash between the latter two components. I like it, personally.

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Photo of mhaugo
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle decanted into a tulip glass. 5.2% ABV.
Appearance: Brilliant mahogany. Light, broken cap of foam (4/5).
Aroma: Apples and pears. Gingerbread cookies. Then the Saaz show up wearing their earthy, floral perfume (3.75/5).
Taste: Cidery and sweet. Tastes a little like someone spiked it with white wine. There is a suggestion of bitterness at the end, but it never really turns into much (3.25/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation (3.5/5).
Overall: This beer is slightly sweet, a bit phenolic, and very easy to drink. My only problem with it was the hops. I understand Saaz are inherent to the style, but I really struggle with this particular hop. I just don’t like it very much. Fortunately the bitterning was dealt with a very light hand and I was able to look around them for the most part. Overall, very nice (3.5/5).

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice clear copper color forming a medium bubbled and aired light yellow head. Low retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Strong caramel and the traditional Belgian bready yeast aroma. Sweet and fruity in the nose. Caramel and crystal malts. A bit metallic and a bit spicy too

T: Slightly sweet upfront becoming quickly softly bitter. Strong notes of Belgian yeasts, very bready taste. Notes of toffee, caramel malts, roasted malts, crystal malts. Metallic notes and some spiciness. Mild hops bitterness in the end

M: Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Caramelish/metallic aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Nice brew. Traditional Belgian Ale

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Photo of Samp01
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper hued amber with a small beige head, mild lacing. Aroma is fruity, apples and pears, yeast with some biscuit malt and caramel. Taste same as aroma with some bready yeast flavors, fruity with mild tart flavors. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet fruity apple and pears, yeast and bready notes. The ending has a pleasant mild tartness, some light bitterness and a nice caramel malt flavor. Overall I found this to be a very good and tasty brew.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this beer a few weeks back at Top Hops. I never had this before and didn't know what to expect and after downing most of it, I have to say that this is a bit underwhelming. Relative to the stronger examples of this style, this was much lighter in body and taste and not even spicy at all. This was a good beer for the Summer but because it was so malty and easygoing, there wasn't a whole lot else going for it.

The pour was decent as this had a reddish-brown hue to it, a moderately fluffy head, and just a bit of lacing that quickly fell down the sides of my pint glass. Not much of an aroma to this and the taste was that of sugar, caramel malt, and a splash of apple, pear, and plum in the back that turned into a hint of booze. That quickly faded into sourness in the back and all of this slid right down as the carbonation was light and the mouthfeel was a bit weak, with just a hint of creaminess thrown in for good measure.

I could have had more than one in a sitting, since I didn't feel any of the alcohol aside from the taste. While I only bought one bottle of this, it was enough for a sitting. I like Belgian beers but don't expect one to be of the "lawnmower" type. That's what this was and with so many better offerings out there, only a true aficionado of this style should give this a go.

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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 jjanega08
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty sure this is the correct beer....

Bottle says 05/2013
L3010 18:07

A= Pours a nice amberish brown color with a thin finger of head that rises and falls fast into a thin layer on top of the glass. LIttle retention but there is some.

S= Has a typical Belgian yeast aroma. There is a little caramel malt in it and some yeasty spiciness.

T= The taste is nice and light on the Belgian yeast which I like but it still is present. A solid yeast profile with a little spice. There is a caramelly malt flavor as well that comes through providing a little sweetness.

M= A nice level of carbonation. Sometimes Belgian beers are too carbonated for me.

O= This is a solid brew. I was told that this is what New Belgium modeled Flat Tire after and while they didn't quite get all of the nuances in this beer I would say it was an admirable effort.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber; big frothy head, long lasting

Aroma: biscuity malt; light hops; peppery yeast

Taste: thin juicy malt on start; good Belgian yeast flavor in mid; finishes slightly hoppy and semi sweet

Remarks: great flavor, but a little thin.

Did not score A, S, T, M at that time; please disregard

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/2012.

5.2% ABV per the label.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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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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Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color and made 3 fingers of head, thick with good retention that left marks in the tulip glass.
Nice mild aroma of malt and herbal hops, some sulfur notes. Good carbonation with medium bubbles.
Elegant and flavorful taste, balancing malt sweetness and caramel with a mild bitterness from its hops and a hint of condiments. Slightly dry and malty aftertaste that comes right a way.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a clear slightly dense dark copper body with a lumpy oatmeal grey head that is supported by a strong carbonation of microbubbles

S- The soft fruity note from esters fades to a hop note but it is pretty clean. As the beer opens there is a white plastic aroma that grows.

T- The dry flinty hops have a clean lagered taste and a soft canned fruit note to a dry finish. There is a hop pungency that lingers but it fades as the beer opens.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp carbonation.

O- This is a very interesting beer with nice hop notes and some interesting fruity notes packaged in a pretty dry dark lager. The aftertaste does get a bit bitey even though the hop flavor fades. There was no date stamp on this bottle so I will have to try this on tap if I can find it for comparison.

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Photo of Douberd
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown bottle of 330 ml, poured into a tulip glass. Light amber colour, with a thin, maybe one finger, head, off-white in colour, with low retention.Very light lacing left behind.No activity in the glass.
Aroma is mostly of malts, some caramel, a bit fruity and some light traces of alcohol, although it's only a 5,2% beer.
Mostly caramelized malts on the taste.Very slight bitterness at first, becomes more intense and dry on the finish, plus some acidity on the aftertaste.
Medium on the body, highly carbonated.
Good beer, a bit too expensive for what it offers.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The pour is a lovely reddish-amber color with a thinner head than I expected. Toasty, biscuity nose with a touch of floral hop notes and some fruity esters, primarily cherries, pears, and apples.

Light to medium body. Fruit and malt sweetness predominates. Toasty, nutty flavors up front that develop to apple, pear, and banana notes at mid-palate. Finish is fairly sweet with a hint of pepper. No alcohol presence at all. Exceptionally well-balanced.

A classic example of the style. Proof that you don't need massive amounts of hops to make an interesting and satisfying pale ale.

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Photo of tbsb
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: beautiful brown color.
Aroma: not much. A little citrus on the nose.
Taste: citrus upfront fading quickly. Not your typical Belgian beer.
Mouthfeel: light body.
Overall: Not a great beer once you have delved into Belgians, but a decent starter beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear coppery amber with a thin, fine white head that dissipates slowly to a thick film with lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, faint light fruit and hops, missing any Belgian notes. Flavor is biscuit and bready malt and light grassy hops, very faint Belgian yeast and spicing. Tastes very similar to a modest American amber ale with a tiny amount of Belgian yeast. A faint hint of Belgian yeast in the finish. Light to medium bodied. Very attenuated flavor. No off flavors, but not true to style. A surprisingly mediocre Belgian ale.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cheeky Monk in Denver. Pours amber with a short-lived white head and much lacing. Aroma is of fruit, caramel and cotton candy. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is fruit, caramel, some spices and cotton candy. Finish is short and dry. Nice brew.

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Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber? This one's darker than copper, about an even red color and completely clear. Classifications can be tough, and I'm seeing why there are at least 3 labels for it (amber, Belgian pale ale, and Flanders red). A small cap of creamy off-white head is just under a finger tall and leaves come creamy lacing in moderation.
I get lots of wood in the nose with a tart note and something a little acidic/vinegar-like. Definitely Flanders red, as the obviously intentional sourness comes out.
What makes it more obvious is the very tolerable vinegar-like flavor after a note of tart cherries that comes out up front. An earthy yeast is there, not the sweetness of particular Belgian strains, though a flash of candy sugar is there. The woody element comes though in the middle and remains, along with a vinous note. There's a taste of red wine that I've only ever tasted in certain sours before.
It's light-bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy but a little thin. All in all, it comes together pretty well though I can imagine the differences between this and the stellar ones.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a bolleke glass for the Winking Lizard's Glass of the Month

A- Poured a clear dark reddish brown color with a small soapy head that left minimal lace.

S- Aroma of cherry, clove, and vanilla

T- Notes of cherry, clove, and vanilla. Diet cola type taste on the finish. Very balanced malty flavor profile.

M- Medium body, soft/light carbonation, slightly watery finish

O- A really unique tasting beer and easily drinkable.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the classic bolleke.

Mid brown body and glorious slight off white head with the fancy glass it was a fair sight to behold.

Real rich aromas of sherry and balsamic vinegar.

Super malty taste, malt loaf and red wine tastes
medium mouthfeel quite low carbonation.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours medium amber with no true head, but just a skim ring of white.

Bread and caramel in the nose. Something is missing.

Some toasted bread and a touch of caramel, some fruitiness in the malt. A little candied note as well. Some pear, but mushy and slight bitter that leaves unbalanced.

Too sweet and needs some more fizz to clear palate. A bit of a disappointment. Not horrific, but we can do much better

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De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale) from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
3.62 out of 5 based on 567 ratings.
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