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: 326 | Ratings: 567
Photo of bierman2000
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber colored ale with hop presence in the nose and the taste. Very light with a nice mouthfeel and smooth body that leaves a lasting head. Is good at any occasion but especially with spicy foods as the hop balance is more prevalent. Low ABV makes this a highly drinkable ale.

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

Appearance: Pours a nice amber-ish color and is topped with a decent off-white colored head which fades fairly quick and then leaves some Belgium lace. On the nose the aroma is of spicy hops and fruits.The body is medium. The taste is of spicy hops, fruits. Fairly smooth mouthfeelÂ… overall a good brew.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from the AOBF! This cloudy amber beauty is topped with an off-white foamy head and a thin trail of spidery lace. The aroma is citrusy and slightly peppery with a hint of spices. The medium bodied malt is lightly sweet and quite crisp. The citrus and spicy hops and in abundance. Lightly fruity with faint camphor flavor. Fairly complex!

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

This beer poured out an amber/copper color with a dense foamy head. Beautiful malt aroma with a nice dose of floral and citrus hops right in there. Getting the scent of orange zest. Taste has a bittersweet malt flavor with a nice herbal hop background. Medium bodied and nice on the tongue. Lingering hop bitterness in the back of the throat. A nicely complex and drinkable beer.

Very good.

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Photo of optikon44
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours out rusty/amber with a decent amount of yeast globules hovering in suspension. Nice and creamy orange head dissipates within about a minute. Kind of a spicy hop/sour malt smell with a yeasty undercurrent. Delivers a clean yeasty taste with a decent supply of malt and hops in balance. It's kind of watery, but not without flavor. Therefore it's quite refreshing served cold. It's pretty smooth with a toasty finish. After finishing one, I can see myself enjoying another - maybe due to the 11.2 fl. oz. sized bottle, or maybe due to the slightly complicated nature of this refreshing ale.

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

I liked the nice dark gold/orange color with nice head,smelled very malty with some spiciness in there.First sip was sweet and as I drank more a nuttiness a appeared,it has somewhat of a dry finishGood well rounded highly drinkable Belgian-ale would love to try on tap sometime in the future.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample on tap at Redbones.

This ale poured an amber color with modest white foam. The smell was also modest: malt and some musty grape scent (characteristic for many Belgian ales). The taste was malty, with the tell-tale musty grape flavor, as well as some floral hop flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and clean with medium body, light carbonation, and low bitterness. The drinkability was good: very clean and refreshing.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color, a bit sweet. To me this had the yeasty/sweet Belgian taste that I have come to love. Not really good head or lace left in the glass, but a pretty decent beer. Not distinctive enough to make me want to get another right after, but still a good brew all the same.


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Photo of Morris729
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber in color with only a trace amount of head that dissipate into a thin lace. Nose is sweet with notes of apple peel, dark fruits, spice, and is also a bit medicinal. Creamy medium-bodied brew with a complex flavor. Taste is lightly toasted sweet malts up front followed by a malty bread flavor. Middle has notes of doughy yeasts and lots of spice such as vanilla, clove, and allspice. Fruity towards the end with notes of ripe apple and a touch of plum with a dry finish. I prefer their Cuvee beer to this one, but this is still a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of DerKaiser
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice reddish amber color. Pretty weak head retention. The aroma is fruity and sweet. Really inviting.

The beer has a nice crisp mouthfeel. Fruity and plummy flavors, and also very malty. It's remeniscent of many Belgian stong ales, but without the high abv. Overall, it's very drinkable and refreshing. It would make an excellent session beer. It would be even better on tap.

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

What?! A Belgian ale without yeast floating in it and a lower ABV? No matter, its gooooooood. It's a light amber ale that smells like the alcohol and yeast will be much more prevalent.

Has a slight spicy yeast flavor that bubbles on the tip of the tongue. Extreme smoothness is accompanied by a fruitiness and a slight caramel taste as well. An exceptional ale, pairing well with my block of horseradish white cheddar. Mild and easy to drink, yet full of flavor and delicious. Worth finding.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can you say? This is just another fine Belgian beer. The fine blend of malt & hops is not necessarily exceptional but is noteworthy. They definitely know what they are doing. I prefer the Cuvee to this one but I still really enjoy the flavor. Very smooth and clean on the palate with an enjoyable nose to compliment the flavor. I had this with a chicken in pesto sauce & cheese which turned out to be a great combination. Again I will highly recommend this one to try and it will not be unusual to find it in my fridge at home.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a brown copper pour with a lot of floating sediment, and it has a good amount of tannish foam on top. it dies to a lace and leaves some on the glass for you. there was not a whole lot to smell out of this one. i had to swirl it like crazy to pick up a faint sweet smell. later on, it picked up a little, and i got some spicy hops and fruity aromas.

the taste is very simple. sweet malts followed by a welcomed hop bitterness, and a dry finish. there is nothing outstanding about this beer, but it is just good. i can't pick out exactly what i like, but i guess it is just the balance and the hops at the end. it is medium-bodied, and very smooth with some tingling carbonation at the start. towards the end, it gets a bit richer and more full flavored with nice spicy hops throughout balancing the malts at the start, and dominating the finish. this is simply a great beer

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber copper tone, and filled with a white frothing head that was short-lived. Some hints of some hop aroma, but the sweetness from the malt is more apparent. At first taste all that I could detect was the the vienna malts. After letting the beer sit for a little I noticed that this beer is very simple in flavor with some mild hopping, but what makes this beer great is that it's finish is so crisp and smooth that this beer is a satisfying treat to be experienced.

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Photo of blkknight02
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an copper-amber hue with a nice thick head. Smelled faintly of fruits. A touch of hops (noble variety?) intermingled with hints of Vienna/munich malts. Nice Brussels lace on the glass. Carbonation medium ot high.
First sip is malty with a spicy/peppery finish from the hops. Very well balanced. Reminds me of a blonde bock but not as strong. Goes down easy and will be trying to brew it ASAP.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a firm just off-white head over an attractive coppery/amber liquid. Nose is of new-mown hay, very delicate aromas. Taste is malty, though not heavy-handed maltiness. Leaves a clean aftertaste on the palate. Very little hoppiness to speak of. Light bodied finish, makes a very agreeable "session" beer...if I found this on draught it would be very easy to put alot of this away!

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

Clear redish-copper in color with a whisper of white foam in the head. Slight spicy smell and color was the high light of this beer. Could not taste anything exceptional. Was disappointed with the flavor and after taste.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper color with a thick and creamy off-white head that maintains superbly; sheets of carbonation rise up the walls of the glass. The lace is quite good, leaving prominent rings in the glass. Aroma has a pronounced medicinal quality with underlying sweet and spicy notes. Taste begins with malt flavors then flows into a distinct apple peel taste accompanied by spices, among them cloves, I think. Finish is dry with a hopped edge. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. An excellent beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep reddish-copper in color with an off-white head that holds OK and leaves a good collar with some whispy surface foam, and some good lace. The aroma is bold and welcoming with a gently dark fruitiness, a soft spiciness, some toasted maltiness, and a light suggestion of hops. The body is medium-light with a very fine, and somewhat limited, carbonation level. Very smooth in the mouth with a light caress on the tongue from the gentle effervescence. The flavor is delicate; with a toasted, biscuity maltiness from Vienna malts, a light spiciness (I think from both the yeast - or a possible spice addition - and the Saaz hops), and some medicinal phenols that smooth as the beer warms. Well balanced. The finish is short and dry with just a minimal lingering earthiness. This beer is very drinkable and continually beckons you to have another sip! Very clean and crisp. Quite surprisingly full of character (though not complex) for a beer that starts at only 11.8 Plato. This is what I think of as a standard Belgian artisinal ale. Well worth seeking out, and probably worth buying by the case.

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Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed amber with the occasional bubble rising to the top, superb head retention. Ripe plum in the aroma with a hard spicy back from the hops, faint esters awaken the nostrils even more to further suck in its intoxicating aroma.

Grassy with some medicinal phenols, moderate body with a halting smoothness that rolls the crispness around the tongue. Maltiness is cracker-like with a clean graininess. Hops are prolific with spiciness and an even bitterness. Fruitiness is plumish with faint alcoholic esters on the side. Clean drying mineral finish.

This is a beer I’d have in my fridge at all times, I have to work on how to get some in my local liquor stores … or even better get it on tap if that is possible.

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Photo of rastaman
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer, easy to drink, nice and dry with hints of clove, cinamon, caramel. Great on tap, and great to have a lot of, good stuff, but perhaps a bit expensive outside of Belgium.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

De Koninck is being sold in gift packs with a bolleke (the glass it's traditionally served in). Warm malty aroma with visible flecks floating in the beer...? (This must be an old bottle. Still tastes just fine.) Yeast imparts a tang and spiciness to what otherwise feels like a soft malty British ale. Quite refreshing without being too vigorous. Comfortable and full of character - well balanced. I imagine this would be a good introduction to Belgian style.

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

Had this on tap and a fine brew it is. Very smooth on the palate. Not as complex as some Belgian beers, but a real pleasure to drink. Amber colored with dense head, mild yeast spiciness and toasted/nutty malt flavors that blend into one another well.

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

I wish I lived in Antwerp so that I could call this my local brew. Good in a bottle, better on tap. Nice golden color, good lacey head, a nutty, malty flavor and a dry finish. I could drink a lot more of this if it weren't over $8 a six-pack.

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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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