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
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in appropriate De Koninck glassware. Appearance was amber and very clear, with a fair size head. I did not pick up much from the aroma beyond the usual malt and hop mix, but neither seemed to predominate. The taste was well balanced, but hops seemd to come through more strongly. I picked up some spiciness in the finish. Mouthfeel was medium in body, with fairly high carbonation, and a drying finish. Very drinkable, as the dry taste keeps you coming back.

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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 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 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 ChillMike
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a medium off white head that looks like it’s going to stick around. Smells of malts, mild hops, and a bit of raisin. Highly carbonated and feels almost like a cider quite odd. Taste isn’t really doing it for me, even though it’s only slightly above 5% abv I can still taste the alcohol, however it does have some pretty decent malt flavors and a smidgen of hops. I don’t know just something about this Belgian I’m not really digging too much. Oh well at 99cents it was worth a try.

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Photo of moderndrunkard
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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 gnoff
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draught at Akkurat in Stockholm, Sweden, November 2005.
Was recommended to have with my choice of clam soup by the staff.

A bit hazy golden color, nice white head.
Pretty fruity mixed with "Belgian ale" scent.
Very sweet and fruity flavor.

Not one of the best Belgian ales I've had, but it's not bad either.

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Photo of benito
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber and orange, with good head and lacing around the edge of the snifter.

S: Very heavy on apples--almost ciderlike. It's airy and light, a refreshing bouquet that doesn't overwhelm.

T: Light-bodied and effervescent. The apple aromas carry through to the flavor, but they are spritzy and not too strong. There's a distinct pepperiness on the back end of the tongue. Very good all-around but I do miss the typical biscuity flavors of this style in something this light.

M: Good and playful. It is sweet upfront, light in the middle, and very dry along the back of the tongue.

D: Awesome! I finished half a pint before I knew it. This is a very refreshing brew.

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

On draft at Olives, DC.

A - slightly hazy, glowing orange. Almost the color of a dying ember in the fireplace. Very little head, but a small ring of white at the edge. A little lacing. Darker than most Belgian pale ales I've had.

S - earthy, herbal hop aroma backed up yeasty malt. Has that distinctive Belgian yeast aroma of alcohol and spice. Some toasty malt smells, too. A little subdued, though.

T - very well balanced Belgian ale. Assertive hop bitterness with caramel malt flavors. Biscuity and yeasty as well. Some characteristic Belgian yeast flavors, complex. Not overly sweet like some Belgians. Very little alcohol flavor.

M - very smooth, thin. Carbonation is on the low end. Very dry finish.

D - a very tasty, smooth drinking Belgian that doesn't overwhelm you with the candy sugar or fruitiness you find in a lot of Belgians. On the other hand, I was not blown away. A solid Belgian pale ale.

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

Tasty on the whole, I feel, though a bit flat seeming.
The carbonation is fine but there's something in the mouthfeel that makes this seem almost stale. The bottle says drink by may 2006, so the stale part shouldn't really apply.
On the subtle side. On the sweet side. Raisins, some dark fruit flavors, malty sweetness...
You need to sit with this one for a little bit but it's at the very least pretty good.

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

Had this on tap at a yuppy bar in the Ottawa Market. I have never encountered it before. A pleasant surprise.
It was served in a nice chalice glass with the de Koninck logo on it. The head measured 1/2 inch, but it dissipated quickly. A good looking presentation. The colour is a deep honey amber. A bit too dark for a pale ale, but I was in a bar that had "ambience" and the lighting wasn't the best for this purpose.
The smell and taste both have a strong bitter edge, with very good hopping. There were other smells and flavours that I have trouble with, but they are agreeable. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, or flat, like a cask conditioned ale. It went down real smooth. Which leads to the aftertaste: Yum. It retains its hops/bitterness, and enough flavour to warrant another sip. By the time I had reached the bottom of the glass, I had still not identified all the intriguing tastes in there. This in itself is enough reason to have another.
Apparently, this is the favourite brew in Antwerp, Belgium, where it is the "house beer" of the city.
I really like this one.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came in a De Koninck gift pack, 4 330 ml bottles plus a chalice. Best before date on this bottle is 10/06/06.

Pours out a clear but deep ruddy copper hue, small fizzle of off-white head with little retention. The aroma is predominantly chewy caramel malt, with light notes of floral hops. Things get a little screwy in the flavour dep't. Metallic and grainy at first, never saw that coming, then there's more of a toasted malt profile in the middle, with some of that sweet caramel malt coming out towards the finish where some grassy, almost herbal hops make an appearance. For some reason this all just doesn't come together for me, it turns me off. The mouthfeel is fairly average, neither too watery nor very full. Perhaps this bottle didn't receive the tenderest of treatment from the brewery eventually to my glass, but assumptions aside I have to go by what I've sampled, and I found this to be an ale that does nothing for me.

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Photo of elricorico
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a ruddy copper colour with a very faint white head, that faded away almost immediately. There is no haze to this beer, it looks filtered.

The smell of the beer is very difficult for me to pin down. It reminds me most of Yukon's Cranberry Wheat beer. There is some kind of tart berry smell, and perhaps a bit of grass. The smell is not very strong.

The taste is much like the smell up front, going from a light berry to a grainy wheat taste. The finish is medicinal. Overall effect is ok, but doesn't wow me in any way.

The beer has a light to medium body and the carbonation is tingly(best I could come up with). Drinkability is a little lacking in my opinion, considering that this beer is not high in alcohol. It just doesn't feel too quaffable.

A bit of a disappointment in my books.

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Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper-orange with an off-white head. Not much retention, but it does leave a little lace (as a Belgian should).

S: Floral, noble hops with a little sweet caramel.

T: Nice bittersweet balance, flavours are fairly light. A little bready, caramel malt. Fresh, clean hop flavour, finishing with a crisp bitterness.

M: Light body, moderately high carbonation (average for the style).

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a red-gold colour with a billowy head. A steady stream of bubbles maintains a layer of foam. Darker than I expected, and crystal clear.

Sweet, malty aroma, with whiffs of hops.

Gentle, sweet malts with a strong, though not overpowering, hop finish.

I would prefer slightly less carbonation. Otherwise, quite smooth, coating the tongue nicely.

Very drinkable, and only 5% abv - nice to find a good Belgian that won't knock me on my ass after a few. I wish this was easier to find in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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 Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep yellow color ale with a huge foamy dirty white head wit pretty good retention. Aroma of Belgian yeast with sweet malt. Taste is quite refreshing with some mild sweet malt and nice dose of Belgian yeast. Medium dry finish with a nice above average body. Very good take on the style.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle. Much more yeast than I anticipated, so next time I'll pour more carefully.

Smelled similar to many other Belgian beers I've tried, kind of bready and a little sweet. Based on reading other reviews, I guess this is something of a world classic, so maybe it's more appropriate to compare the other beers to this one...

Tasted just like it smelled, balanced and not too agressive. An easy beer to drink, pretty moderate in flavor. But good.

I found this at Merchant's in Dearborn. Too bad I can't find it in OH yet.

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Photo of Viggo
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear orange/brown, medium thick white head, some lace. Smell is honey, cherries, spice, citrus and grass. Taste is malty, with some iron, cherries again, citrus, alcohol and a bitter dry finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium carbonation, quite a refreshing beer.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on tap and it came a lovely golden brown with a thin small bubbled head. Smelled like cranberries! The flavor started like cranberry, but spread into brown malt for the sweetness, and a citrus sour. Finishes dry. Mouth feel is thin with a heavy carbonation.

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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 jarmby1711
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presents as a semi opaque deep amber ale with an off white creamy head.
There is a yeast dominance ,which to me , has a little bit of a wheat beer smell , as well as a honey finish
The taste is yeasty but balsnce , and only just balanced by a fruity tartness .There is an estery alcohol in the after taste that hreatens to be strong .
It is a srong tasting ale which was very enjoyable,
I would not drink this in large quantities but would enjoy it as a one off or perhaps with smoked meats or pickled apperitefs

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

This is my first De Koninck, the brewery claims its the only one in Antwerp, and that this is the city's official beer.

It pours a clear bronze with a pillowy ivory head and attractive lacing. The aroma is a light mix of Crystal malts, pears and yeast. The taste is delicately malty with a nice bread character. Theres a good noble hop background and a very smooth yeast flavor. The yeast adds a subtle fruitiness. The finish is dry and quite long. The mouthfeel is a little thin, with moderate carbonation.

This is a really great Belgian Pale Ale, it would make an excellent session beer. All the flavors are well represented and nothing dominates. It should be bottle conditioned though.

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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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