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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Photo of jonb5
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Ruby/amber colour, clear, one fat finger head. The smell was described as "homebrew bockbier gone wrong" by a tester on, was a bit strange but didn't put me off. Had a yeasty rasberry taste. A bit like a thin dubbel. Decent mouthfull. Overall drinkable but would probably be better on draught.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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 powellmg
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber with virtually no head. There was a thick layer of what I can only assume was yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Not a fine layer of sediment. Chunky, sludgy yeast (or something). I opted not to pour the yeast.

Aroma was toasted, woodsy, and slightly fruity. Biscuity, full flavor but with a light body. It would be easy to mistake for an English bitter except for the spiciness of the yeast. Low carbonation.

I never had De Koninck before it was acquired by Duvel Moortgat, so I don't know if it has changed. The reviews don't seem to always be describing the same beer, though, which is never a good sign. Still, it had a lot of pleasant flavor. Not sure about the ... yeast. Or whatever it was.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of weaselchew
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of artcurtis
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of supermeniscus
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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

Served in a DeKoninck glass. The beer is deep amber with a light haze. A small eggshell head falls to thin film. A nice lace is left behind.

A very fruity nose has pear and cherry aromas, plus some straw. The aromas fall into the flavor well, with the straw taking over. Bitterness is mild and peppery. The light body is a bit too thin.

Overall, a very nice beer. I'm glad I found it on tap.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown pour with hues of red. Small tan head and only faint lacings.

S: Dark rye bread and roasted caramell malt. Yeast and spices. Some dark dried fruits in the back.

T: Kind of sour/bitter. Roasted malt gives it a bready wibe. Some faint dark dried fruits.

M: Medium body as well as is the carbonatoin. Aftertaste is bitter/sour and rather long.

O: Pretty nice, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of BeerArchivist
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of aanth
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 250ml bottle with a BB of July 2011 - a few months out of date but hopefully still in good condition.

Poured into a Delerium chalice. A clear reddish-brown hue with decent carbonation. Forms a white head of foam that hangs around for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with hints of dry yeast and sourness. Subtle undertones of banana and clove.

Tastes of sweetish caramel malt with a slightly sour yeast character and a mild bitter finish. Notes of grain, fruity yeast esters, hints of banana/clove and stewed hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a reasonable body. Quite dry on the palate. Aftertaste of yeast notes and harsh bitter hops.

OK, but not great. It seems unbalanced, with the grainy malt/yeast flavours too dominant and lacking in complexity. Also, the harsh finish is a let down. To be honest I have yet to try a beer from de Koninck that I liked, so I guess I'll keep searching.

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Photo of dudelove7485
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold/amber in color. The head is thin and doesn’t last for long, leaving minimal lacing. Unpleasant vegetal, mossy aroma with a bit of berry and spice. I am fairly certain that the beer was out of date and so I will try not to be too harsh. Light-medium body with a balanced carbonation. The aftertaste is crispy, slightly dry and soapy. I am jealous of those who were able to try it on tap.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 11.2oz (33cL) bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Pours a cloudy brownish-stew colour with a 1/2 finger head that fades away almost instantly. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Fruity, yeasty, has some clove aromas as well.

Taste: Bitter, sweet, and sour in that order. The general taste is soft and subtle. Hops and malts are present.Finishes with a hint of white I think to be is sour cherries. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, thin, and biting.

Overall: Tamer than I had expected. This is my first of the style so I do want to familiarize myself with it more. Taste and aromas are good but there isn't much about this brew that sticks out.

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Photo of HugePlume
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint

Bottled on 4/20/11 consumed 7/30/11

A- Pours a rich brown amber, with a fleeting loose 1 finger head. Lots of fizzing. Dissapointingly there were significant floaters and also a moderate chill haze developed.

S- Smells of sweet malts, and a fruity sweet hop note as well. As it warms a slight spicy note comes out of the sweetness.

T- Very subtle while also very complex. 11.2 oz isn't enough to discover all that this has to offer. There are obvious sweet notes backed by a subtle stab of bitterness from hops, that then turns into a waterfall of candy, fruit and sour notes. Wet finish.

M- Much more carbonation than I expected. Feels very loose on the tongue, and the carbonation works well, its not over done. Very clean feeling.

O- I wish this didn't have the appearance problems, or this would have scored higher. I will try it again to see if maybe I got a bum batch.

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

Look: Brownish red in color with 1/2 tan head and little retention

Smell: Bready yeast and caramel malts with hints of dark fruits

Taste: Hints of raisin and caramel not much else honestly

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to medium carbonation goes down incredibly smooth.

Overall: For the price this is a really good beer with that being said it does lack flavor but is really drinkable.

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

De Koninck amber, all natural ingredients (barley, saaz hops, water and yeast).

Amber colour, big fluffy head, good carbonation.
Smell defenately of saaz hops, grassy and mild spice. A bit of bubblegum, dark fruits, a lot of malts.
Similar taste, bittersweet. A lot of malts.
Mouthfeel is smooth , watery, but the carbonation is good, making it refreshing.

Overall, this is a good amber from belgium: clean and well balanced.

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De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale) from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
3.62 out of 5 based on 573 ratings.
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