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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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Launch at Beer Bistro on-tap. Looks are good, with a light amber and lace. Aroma is OK, yeasty and fruity sweet. The taste is rather average. Mouthfeel on thin side. There are much better pales around. We drank our free samples, muttering into our beers.

Had agin there 1.5 years later, slow change of the lineup, and it was more drinkable, more creamy,less carbonated.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Freshness date best by 07/05/05.

Crystal clear orange amber hues with a settled head cap to a wafer thin coating with scattered bubbles rising up, leaving some skimpy lace streaks.

Potent woody leafy scents. Aroma is like an uber-pils with some yeasty detection.

First Swigs: Honey notes and delicate leafy hops. Grainy husky wheat. Some pecan notes. A premium clean aftertaste.

A crisp buttery brew. Solid foamy carbonation. Thin to medium body.

Last Swigs: Vegetal carrot lettuce leaf and wheat grains. A pleasant brew but personally, nothing that would inspire me to commit a felony to get some more. $2.25 for an authentic Belg? Nice! 5.0 % ABV adds to an easy Drinkability.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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

Pours an amber/bronze color with little beigish head, maybe it's the glass, almost martini-like in its shape. Some faint musty, fruity and nutty undertones in a Vienna malt background. The beer tastes a slight bit nutty, sweet and thin. A nice shift towards an astringency in the finish that's floral, hoppy and lightly fruity. A good drinking, all-purpose kind of ale. Works great in cooking, too. Interesting to know that New Belgium's Fat Tire is a "clone" of this beer.


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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a creamy ivory head. Some lacing evident. Smell is grassy and fruity. Dry and lightly bitter in the nose.

Taste is not exactly complex. Basically the same as it smells. Grassy and lightly bitter. Fruity and crisp. Body is a bit thin but pleasant. Nice character for a subdued beer. Bitter aftertaste. Crisp. Very drinkable, a good session beer. I have a soft spot for this one, drank plenty the last time I was in Antwerp. A different, more pleasing beer on draft but a fine, if not complicated belgian amber.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at a small place in Amsterdam called De Drie Fleschjes. The bartender said it was a Bruin, but not seeing any from De Koninck, this sounds like the right place to put it.
It was light copper in color and clear, with a frothy, fine tan head. Topping fades quickly, though leaves nice lace. Very very light aroma of caramel, with a hint of florality. Body was of the medium persuasion, though lots of carbonation created a bubbly/foamy mouthfeel. Light caramel in flavor, it also has hints of sweetness and fruitiness and mostly a pleasant floral hoppiness. Pretty good bier!

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found by sheer accident in a Escondido, California (a long way from Antwerp!). Pours a clear copper/amber with a thin head. Aroma is sweet malty, generally clean and non-descript. Flavor is pleasant, malty, and wih a gentle slight hop bite. Not a complex beer, clean and simple. Nice drinkability and pleasant, but not a lot going on. I have heard that it is better on tap in Antwerp- I can't wait to find out, because this did not grab me.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much whitish filmy head adorning this clear, darkish orangey-brown beer. The aroma is of peanuts, with a little sweet, flowery fruit. A spicy, dry, nutty start. Spice persists through the somewhat water middle. Not very sweet. Finish is nutty, dry. There is some lemon and pepper. It's not bad. Nutty, spicy, a little fruity. But a little thin, water. Good, but just underwhelming, I guess.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The belgian version of an amber ale. Looks ok, no head, little lace, (but a pretty glass). Smell is suble caramel malts and rounded fruity esters. Taste is smooth, but only the yeast flavors are good. There is little hop presence and the malt flavor is pretty subpar hokey caramel. Luckily good yeast can make up for a lot, and so this turns out to be a decent beer. Very good carbonated yet smooth feel and superb drinkability if you can ignore the malt flavor.

A Belgian Bass but better.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper in color with a fizzy, spotty white head. The aroma is lightly spicy and refreshing -- slightly lemony hop aroma with an "outdoorsy" character. Medium-bodied in the mouth with an understated carbonation, and dominated by a biscuity malt with an ever-so-slightly toasted character. The finish is grassy and earthy, with a light spice tingle. Not bad at all, easy to drink, though certainly not exciting. A good summer beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper colored brew.

Smell is light and fruity and spicy. Smells a bit of banana and cloves along with an apple aroma.

Taste is much like a very toned down Belgian brown ale. Flavor is of fruit and spice and a bit of dark sugar. A mild bitterness finishes the flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK, but I like stronger brews.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer reminded me of ginger ale. Somewhat reminiscent of a kolsch, light, carbonated. Even looks like Canada dry. Certainly refreshing, and there is nothing unpleasant about this beer. Better than a majority of lagers, but not as good as most ales. Kind of a strange in between.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11 oz bottle, freshness dating of 9-17-04 . Pours light almond, with orange tinges. Not much head and no lace. A bit of bubblegum and sweatness in the nose. Flavor notes include some malt, candi sugar,, bublegum notes and some spicyness. Seems a bit sour for the style. so so Belgian, not too exciting. Decent for an everyday quafer, but theres better stuff out there.

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

Pours a deep copper to light amber with a thin, soapy head that leaves behind a touch of lace. Aroma is very light, with toasted malts, peppery hops and a touch of must. Flavor begins with some toasted malt, lemon, and some light bitterness in the finish. Has a medium body, low to medium carbonation, and a dry finish. All in all a very nice beer, but not one I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of downes51
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I'm living in Antwerp this is the local staple. The starting point for a days drinking.

Full of flavour, refreshing, full of malt but properly balanced. Attractively served in a bell-shaped glass called a bolleke.

In respect of the on-tap versions, one word of warning... this beer can taste rough, acidic and sharp if you are unlucky. Some cafés don't sell enough of it, or maybe the stuff left in the pipes from last night doesn't get flushed out before they start pouring again in the morning, but just note that if your first one doesn't taste good it might not be your fault. Complain and they will will give you another.

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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 TheLongBeachBum
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33cl (11.2 fl.oz.) brown glass bottle that I have had for some time. A simple but classy obverse label that has the De Koninck Coat of Arms with the words ‘De Koninck 1833’ beneath. The Label lists the beer as 5% ABV, whilst the small neck label states ‘Hoge Gisting – Fermentation Haute’ which is bilingual for “top fermented stupid”. This is of course a Belgium Ale if you have not worked that out by now. The reverse label says 01/15/04, judging by the length that I have had this bottle it could well be a best before date – it seems that its about I supped it.

Appearance: Dark-red auburn copper body, described as Amber but it seems a little bit darker than that. Small thin white head that settles to a broken halo with some light lacing. Served in Goblet, the lack of a decent head detracts a little from the appearance. Minimal carbonation levels, has a rather flat look about it.

Nose: Toasted malts with a light pepper-spice hop aroma. A little subdued in strength but it has a mildly complex feel to it when deeply inhaled.

Taste: The Malt adds a stiff backbone whilst a soft fruitiness shines through in the middle against a tablecloth of aged almost musty hops that last throughout the drink. Finishes with a clean ending which somehow lingers. Dry at the death and Moorish.

Mouthfeel: This is a pretty solid beer that has plenty of body. There is a grain like feel to the malts in the middle that add some texture in the mouth to an otherwise relaxed beer that is not meant to ripple too many bath-times.

Drinkability: On draft it is most certainly a quaffer without a doubt, a legendary Belgium Ale that befits most sessions where the 8% monsters would floor you. From the bottle it is equally drinkable but looses some appeal with the reduced carbonation and liveliness that comes from the Tap.

Overall: One of the few Belgium beers that is distinctly better on draft then from the Bottle. A nice bottled offering and my marks reflect that I have an ‘aged’ sample (though not out of date). A Bolleke of this in Antwerp served on Tap, with a swirl of yeast of course really does still take some beating. Maybe better when fresher in the bottle, don’t leave it too long in the fridge or buy older sample of it would be my advice.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at an outdoor cafe in the Antwerp city centre (Reubans Section). This stuff is excellent. The appearance is dark golden with a lovely white head. The aromas are of alcohol, various spices, sugar, yeast, and hops. The taste is quite sweet up front, malty in the middle, and bitter (hoppy) on the finish. The mouthfeel is slick and nice and the drinkability is quite good!

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden brown, with a weak head (and poor retention at that); yet it is lively and effervescent. The smell is of bread, fruit, and a grassy background. The flavor has a crisp start, sweet middle and a dry, spicy finish. The feel is smooth and slippery with a balanced effervescence and a lingering dryness.

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Photo of Stopper
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orangish-brown, with many fuzzy hunks of yeast floating around. It's crowned with a decent foamy head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a nearly complete layer on the surface instead of completely disappearing. The aroma has a solid light malt base, but is laden with a sharp mix of hop spice and yeasty fruitiness. The taste is initially well-balanced malt, then the fruitiness jumps in, but all is quickly swept nearly completely under by a wave of dominant spiciness. The spiciness seems to have a bit more to it than a normal hop spice, and I think it's coming from the yeast. As the finish lingers this spiciness becomes nicely balanced with the return of yeasty fruitiness, which evokes apricot.

The yeast in this is pretty distinctive. It definitely carries a Belgian quality, but for stands out from others in its distinct fruity spiciness, creating a nice underlying profile of aromas and flavors that ties the different aspects of the malt and hops together with its own interest.

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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 RoyalT
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice orange body with a slight brown tint. The head was rather small but left a little lacing on the glass.

Smell – The aroma here is moderate. I was able to pick up some light malts laced with orange, but that was about it.

Taste – The malt flavor was mild as well. The sweet orange finish was complimented by a hint of cherry juice. There was also a harsh spiciness to this one that I didn’t care for. I couldn’t quite make it out – something dark – but I felt it didn’t belong in this ale.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation and very refreshing.

Drinkability – This would make a good session bier, IMO. I didn’t much care for it personally, though.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served as a sample at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium. The color was amber, with some head. The smell was sweet. The taste was very fruity and candi sugar sweet. The mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, I'd have a couple more before the sweetness caught up.

For the price, this is a great beer - a couple dollars cheaper than most other Belgians on tap. Another one that I'd have one or two more of............just so sweet that many beyond that wouldn't be likely!

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Photo of kindestcut
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The De Koninck arrived from the tap in a specialty glass (a De Koninck chalice) which always makes the beer-drinking experience more interesting for me. The beer had a very nice two-finger head, fluffly and slightly off-white, long-lasting and thick. The perfectly-poured beer left a nice lace as it descended the sides. The color was a golden amber, slightly cloudy, with evident carbonation. A very nice beer to look at. But that's not the point, is it?

The aroma of the De Konick was not overpowering ad not particularly impressive. I wasn't looking for a wall of scents to hit me but I didn't really notice anything dominant. I did detect a fruity aroma held back by a sweet malt.

The taste of the De Konick is good, not great, but good. I could taste some sweetness, not dominated at all but partnered nicely with a spicy hops. Although the balance is nice, the flavors are not as overt as I would like. I would call this a subdued beer.

I could not taste the alcohol at all, which is good for me since I'm always on the lookout for a good-tasting beer I can drink heartily. A sipping beer is great now and then but I love to DRINK my beer sometimes. Unfortunately, the De Koninck just doesn't isn't "delicious." there are too many other great-tasting beers out there that fit the bill.

A good beer

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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 frank4sail
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight ripefruit (peach) sweet malt nose. Very carbonated hazy pale pink look with a slight white head. Light taste of candi sugar sweetness and a little white pepper. Medium to light body and mouth. A little bland on the flavor side and flat on the tongue.

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De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale) from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
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