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 cpanossian
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

0.25L bottle poured into glass. Slightly metallic smell which obscured any other aroma. Clear amber color. Some carbonation with light biege head no lacing.

Smooth mouthfeel, but pretty weak in quality in the scheme of good Belgium beer.

Mass-produced and nothing special - just a good time sink inbetween better ex-beer-iences.

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Photo of ludachris
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear honey amber with one finger of quickly receeding paper white head that leaves minimal lace. If it wasn't for its rich colour, I'd definitely give this a lower score.

The nose is weak with notes of faint tart candied cherries, light grassy hops, biscuit-like malts, and a bit of a skunky character all coming together to produce a patchy but mediocre smelling beer.

The grassy hop character along with the biscuity malts seem to be the most assertive flavours in the taste with the slightly tart cherries placed in the back. It's hard to detect anything else going on.

Mouthfeel is watery until the end, with the finish being dry and decently carbonated. There is a decent balance to this beer but most of the flavours just seem to be off and not really compliment eachother.

This beer marks my first for the style and it didn't leave me impressed. Bland, unoriginal, and watery. I'd still give this style another try, but this one, never again.

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

On tap at the friendly local Belgian beer cafe.

I love the fruitiness from Abbey/Trappist beers, but wanted something lower gravity, so I gave this beer a try. Wow, what a treat. The yeast character was actually quite neutral, but the maltiness was delicious. Sort of a rich, sweet breadcrust flavor. I assumed Munich malt, but I have since read they use pale and Vienna malt.

Easy drinking stuff, for sure. My kind of session beer.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours basically a little lighter than the colour of the glass; A clear, medium amber. A tiny bit of head that is gone in about 15 seconds.

It basically smells like nothing. Maybe a hint of toffee / caramel.

The taste is decent. Pretty much like the smell, though. A bit of a dry, bitter finish.

The feel is fine, maybe a bit too carbonated for my liking / compared to the rest of the beer's parts.

It's pretty drinkable, albeit pretty bland.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle 5,0% abv

Appearance: Poured into a De Koninck glass. Beautiful crystal clear russet brown body, topped by a reasonable size off white head. Unfortunately the head's retention left a lot to be desired as did the lace, which fair at best.

Smell: The nose is dominated by a slightly caramel malt aroma; there are hints of spice and a vague aroma of slightly tart cherries. On the whole the nose is promising, just too light.

Taste: I am disappointed, the nose was promising but just not quite there and I was hoping that the flavour would make up for this. It doesn't and is average at best. Initial flavour is sweet malt (though rather watered down), followed by just a hint of sour fruitiness. The finish is short, dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with slightly unpleasant, sharp carbonation.

Drinkability: I finished my bottle with relative ease, but I will not be buying another.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color. High carbonation makes a lot of bubbles in the glass. Very clear; I can see my hand clearly on the other side of the glass.

S: A little skunky at first which is offputting, but malty and mellow as well.

T: Again, a little skunkier up front than I like. After that, I taste spices and heavy malt. More sweet than bitter with the hops, and only slightly roasty/nutty.

M: The best thing about this beer to me. It is just carbonated enough to be refreshing despite its heavier body. Malty and round and clingy.

D: At 5% abv, it is low enough in alcohol to be an easy drinker. The amount of carbonation makes it bloating, however, and the skunky part of the flavor makes it hang around and build too much on my tongue.

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

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Buford, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clouded, amber-brown body with a thin, wispy, near white head.

Smell: Aroma of generously toasted bread and caramel sauce with a light, spicy-scented yeastiness and background fruitiness.

Taste: Opens with a maltiness tasting of caramel-dunked cinnamon bread. It's sweet, but not particularly so. Light tangy fruitiness with tastes of apricots, apples, and bananas. Faint bitterness. Late-arriving pop of brown sugar. Body thins out as you near the end. Drying, lightly fruity, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation with a bit of sharpness to it.

Drinkability: A little light when it comes to flavor and complexities, but, considering it's just a mere 5% ABV, it ain't half bad.

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

Had this at "Taste of Belgium" restaurant in Aruba.

A: Fizzy light 1 finger head fades quickly over super clear copper amber colored beer.

N: Sweet amber malts, a little Belgian malt, slightly toasty, somewhat sweet and syrupy malt aromas, no real fruit or sour aromas.

T: Slightly sweet taste, with a little dryness. Lots of Belgian malts, some candi sugar and raisin, dark Belgian malt flavors, with some darker fruits as well. A slight syrupy lager like toasty malt flavor.

M: Lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: Slightly sweet candi sugar finish, with more amber Belgian malts, a little sticky sweetness, toasty malts and little dryness, all with a touch of bitterness.

A nice amber ale, but not sure how it calls itself a Flanders Red. I get some red malt like flavors, but no Flanders sourness. That just doesn't make sense to me. Overall a nice mild amber Belgian ale though.

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Photo of floraday
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into wine glass. Bottled 3/25/10

A: Amber with faint head. Nice bubbles and super fine lacing.

S: Aromas of light apple vinegar, yeast and grain. Slightly rusty.

T: Smells better than it tastes. But , nice yeast and malt. Very balanced. Good but far from great. Light hop bitterness.

M: Dry on the palate. Long after taste. Creamy

D: Easy to drink. Not overpowering in any sense. Would never buy more than one at a time.

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

A - Poured a thin layer of head, nice red caramel colour. Noticeable carbonation, which when combined with the colour created a very appealing looking bevy.

S - A sweet bready / grainy malt which was much stronger than what I would have otherwise anticipated.

T - A nice sweet caramel flavoured amber ale with a touch of honey, though slightly metallic on the finish. Again, I was surprised by the flavour this one packed in here. Really enjoyed the sweet malts.

M - Fairly light on the palette, though slightly high on the carbonation. Overall, goes down quite easily.

D - This was a surprising little treat. Had never seen this one at a pub before, so was quite impressed with the amount of flavour this foreign amber ale had.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5-18-10 - poured into an oversized wine glass - 11.2 Fl.oz. capped bottle - bottled on date stamped on back is 11-18-10

Appearance: Pours deep amber with a slight brownish tint. It has a creamy, white head that slowly dissipates, eventually becoming extremely thin. Some lacing.

Smell: Fruity with hints of pear, black cherry, and apple cider. Also, smells of grassy hops, spice, and yeast.

Taste: A delicate malt character with spicy yeastiness. Along with pear comes apple cider. At first, a sharp hop induced bitterness balanced by semi-sweet fruity notes.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation. It has a thin feel with a clean, dry finish after it washes over the palate.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but I failed to get a concrete feel for any underlying complexity with this beer, even as it slowly warmed in the glass.

Comments: A beer of the month selection. I am still curious about what I have read of this beer's subtle complexity, so I will definitely try it again.

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Photo of roblowther
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Amber colored with minimal carbonation and visible sediment. Smells of sour mash and fruity esters. My mouth is watering, so that must be good. Taste is peppery crackers, with a nice slight roast and a slightly dry finish. There is a little something hay-like in there as well. Very balanced, VERY drinkable. Mouthfeel is soft & a touch undercarbonated. Drinkability is fantastic. This is a bit high to be considered a session beer, but I wouldn't kick it out of bed. Very good in a very subtle way.

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

Got in BotM shipment. Poured from a 33cl bottle into a snifter. Best by date of 1/13/11 on back label. Was a clear copper color with lots of central carb streams from the etching only. Had a small head that quickly dissipated into nothing. No lacing.

The aroma was weak. Biscuity and caramel malts with a bit of fruit and hops. Slight metallic aroma and taste as well. The taste was malty with slight fruit and hops. Not much here to enjoy. Mouthfeel was medium. Malty and metallic after-taste.

Overall, glad I didn't this one. Drinkable but nothing really there to remember it or make you want another. Don't recommend. [N;N]

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Photo of womencantsail
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a light amber color with a short lived off-white head and mild carbonation.

S: The nose is mildly vinegary with a bit of sweet caramel, butterscotch, and cherries.

T: The flavor is muted and watery with a bit of vinegar and a hint of sweetness.

M: The body is light with a watery feel on the tongue. The carbonation is moderate.

D: Not really a very good beer. Very watery and mild in terms of flavor, but I honestly had no expectations going in.

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in the BotM shipment.
I assume this is the same beer although mine had a red label.

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a thin amber color with one finger of head. The head dissipates quickly. Some lacing develops as the beer drinks down.

S: A little banana-clove hefe style smell here. Mainly malts and Belgian yeast though.

T: Banana's with a sweet malt. The Belgian yeast is also noticeable. Would like a bit more spice here. Very pleasant though.

M: Moderate carbonation. Banana flavor lingers.

D: Very easy drinking Belgian Pale Ale, but nothing outstanding here. Could drink a couple but would not seek out.

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Photo of beersheppard
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber, poor lacing, not cloudy.

Smell: Nice, that great smell that Belgiums have, cherries, malts, yeast. Very Pleasant.

Taste: a little brown sugar, cherry, caramel, the flavors are muted and not very overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: a little on the watery side.

Drinkability: taste is slightly above average. Pleasant, but not the greatest example of this style. If I was at a bar that specialized in Belgiums, I would bypass.

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Photo of KonigObHops
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Recieved this beer as a part of a beer of the month club. It is called De Koninck Pale Ale by the club, but the photo of the bottle that I have was only present in the Amber Ale listing on Beer Advocate.

The beer is true amber in color with a yellow/cream colored head. The head was a good two finger width. I swirled the bottle after the first half of the pour. Belgian lace is present throughout.

The aroma is fruity and a bit spicy like most Belgians, but it is not overpowering. The most noticible aroma is plum. It did not smell as sweet as stronger Belgian Ales that I have had.

The taste begins as bitter, and you can definitely taste the hops, but it mellows quickly and a smooth caramel taste replaces the initial sensation. The beer finishes dry and the hop taste reapears.

Overall, this is a good beer. However, Belgian Ales are my favorite and I can think of a dozen that I would purchase over the De Koninck. On the other hand, I also prefer strong Belgian ales to Belgian Ales of this type so if you are looking for a Belgian Ale without a high alcohol content this may be a good choice.

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Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a copper5 color with a tan head that fades quickly leaving very light lacing

S - Has a bready malt nose with some fruit to it

T - Sweet malt upfront with some fruit finishes off a little grainy

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - A terribly average beer drinking this makes me think of a macro that comes from Belgium its not bad but nothing really makes it stand out there are way better Belgian Pales to drink before this one

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

Poured from a capped 330 ml. bottle into a large wine glass. Noted at 5.2% on the bottle, along with 'Top Fermented, Pure Malt'. Pours a hazy golder amber with half an inch of off white foam. Retention is rather brief with some light lacing to follow. Does keep up a surface ring throughout however, and offering a thin film with some agitation.

Clean malt nose with some dark fruit and a bit of earthy spice. Blends with yeast notes in the background. Yeast notes are more balanced after some air, offering a bit of tart berry towards the end.

Fruit forward on the palate which lingers moderately and more so with some warming. Some raspberry with light cherry undertones and a lightly coarse texture. Carbonation fits the body pretty well, but the drinkability is a bit of a chore in that the sweetness exceeds its body, resulting in a soda like feel.

Interesting take on the style, and one I can see both love and indifference towards. I was expecting a Blonde, and I found a Brunette. Best by 05/05/10.

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Photo of Brabander
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this beer in our local pizzeria. Poured in a Heineken glass the head is broken white to light yellow. You can smell the roasted ingredients that make the colour. Very interesting taste, a bit more complex than other amber beers.

A more than normal mouthfeel and a good drinkability.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.
A - 1 finger head with no lacing. Great copper color.

S - Metallic, bread, roasted malt.

T - Metallic right off the bat. Grain, apples, almost like a white wine. Sweet off the top with a hint of bitterness on the finish.

M - Medium.

Overall this was kind of a lackluster Belgian. The metal threw it off a bit. Maybe I was expecting more out of his beer. I'd like to try it on tap if I had the chance.

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Photo of ZAP
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Carnelian colored...small whisp of ivory head

S-Mildly spicy....earthy with a little leather...sugar cookie sweetness as well..Interesting..

T-Subtle flavors...mild caramel....some yeasty and bready notes...kind of bland actually.

M-Feels thin...a little watery...meant to be a session type beer but this is a little too thin for 5%

D-Worth trying and drinking. It has some redeeming qualities. I'd love to pair this with some Lemon-Garlic Broiled Mako Shark Steaks that I whip up every now and again...doesn't overwhelm the buds by any means...subtle sums it up best....

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Photo of Domingo
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver. I'd always heard that Fat Tire was very much inspired by this beer. After trying it, I think that's pretty much guaranteed.
Arrived in a snifter as a reddish amber color with a giant head on it.
The smell has some of the traditional Belgian spiciness to it, but not as much as I expected. The malt carries a little bit of toastiness to the nose and you can pick up some floral bittering hops. Seems inviting.
Toasty malts kick thing off with just a hint of peppery yeast and earth hops following. The finish is mild and I almost feel that this tastes watered down. I'd compare it to a stronger ale like a dubbel or even an oud bruin that was weakened. It feels like it's missing something. The toastiness of the malt is a unique identifying factor.
Mouthfeel is light and since it's relatively mild, drinking several of these in one sitting is no big deal.'s a little boring.

I think this beer is a pretty clear inspiration for Fat Tire, although the biscuity malts from Fat Tire are far more potent than anything in this brew. The spiciness of the yeast gives it a unique character that the older versions of FT supposedly had.

Not bad, and one of the few session ales from Belgium, but nothing really noteworthy here.

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

I guess this is the same ale. The label is different with a red background, but the logo and name are the same with "1833" below. Perhaps modified for exportation to the US.

In any case, poured into a tumbler it produces a 5 mm head with scant persistence and little lacing. The appearance is amber and clear. The aroma is complex with toasted malt, raisins, and buttery esters. The taste complements the aroma with slight bitterness and dry malt. The finish is light to medium bodied with a somewhat metallic finish.

This is a fine Belgian Ale, as good as any I've had.

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

Got this in a BotM shipment (though the bottle looks more like the De Koninck amber, this is definitely not a Flemish red).

Poured into a stemmed tulip: a beautiful clear amber with a dusting of thin white head. Plenty of tiny bubbles.

Smell of musty white grape juice, sweet spices, prototypical estery Belgian yeast.

Taste is fruity, with sweet apples, grapes, pears jumping forth, jelly-like sugars but a kind of flinty quality to it found in a lot of European brews. Both bread crust & fresh-baked dough. Mildly acidic, enough to draw forth some saliva.

Feels medium-bodied, some tang from sugars & acidity, a good swish really works it up & re-carbonates.

Good overall, seems very exemplary, almost quintessential, of the style. Tasty & complex, & I think 2 would just about do it for me.

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De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale) from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 578 ratings
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