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

BA SCORE
82
good
569 Ratings
De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale)De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Koninck NV
Belgium
dekoninck.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 11-26-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
569
Reviews:
325
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.98%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
42
For Trade:
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Ratings: 569 |  Reviews: 325
Photo of Metalmonk
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby-hued amber color possesses many bubbles trails, but it doesn't feed much but a thin head of tiny bubbles, which rapidly reduces to a thin skim on top.

Aroma is light and unassuming, but enjoyable enough: dried apple, nutmeg, very polite yeast, mineral.

Flavor brings in light dessert spices and juicy fruitiness, with a mineral bitterness hanging on in the finish. Grassy hops seem to contribute a Czech Pilsner type bitterness. Has a somewhat raw, underdone feel to it.

A tad watery in terms of mouthfeel. I've found other DeKonick beers to be similarly lacking in this department.

Good but not great. I've had a few before this one, and it never blows me away. Standard stuff, but for Belgian beer that means it's at least still worth checking out.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy malt with some spicy hop and a touch of yeast esters.

The taste consisted of a balanced grain and hop with some esters and a slight sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness and slightly chewy.

Overall a tasty and highly quaffable pale ale.

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

My biggest question for this beer is whether it even qualifies to be a Flanders Red Ale. It was
95% like a Speciale more so than a Flanders; I am just now a fan of Flanders Red Ale due to the
overpowering vinegar sourness. Not classifying this as a Flanders Red Ale, The Rodenbach Grand
Cru would probably be my first and last Flanders for a long time. The De Koninck pours out with
ruby orangem with a mild head and mild retention; it smells of malts and is generally lagerish
and maybe slightly hoppy. The taste is malty and slightly yeasty, just like the Palm Speciale
but not as good. It has a slightly watered down and very very subtle sour finish. Carbonation
was light and it has a medium to light body mouthfeel; nothing too much to comment about here.
The after taste was lightly malty. On the whole the taste could probably be more pronounced.
A not bad Speciale but I am still puzzled over its classification as a Flanders Red Ale in BA.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25cl bottle, poured into a Chimay chalice.

Pours a very clear amber with reddish highlights. Small carbonation seen rising with a small white head that dissipated rather quickly leaving a collar.

Aroma is curious. Some slight red wine vinegar type smell that was not really pleasant. Couldn't get much else.

Flavors were all somewhat muted. Some light hops, malt. Sort of a sweet/sour thing going on.

Mouthfeel was light, dry and moderately cleansing.

Drinkable, but not too exciting. Nothing offensive, but rather bland. Decent session brew, as I could see that drinking a bunch of these would be possible. But, the beer is lacking character to make it interesting enough for me to want to drink more.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, best before 10th Feb 2007 or 2009?

I don't own the correct bolleke glass, so it was poured into my Forbidden Fruit chalice.

It looked very impressive, a clear mahogany brown'red, no head to talk of, which is a shame, cos I like head.

This beer doesn't seem to have much aroma, be it on tap, or as in this tasting, in the bottle. Hops and not a lot of that either, is all I could find.

Malty taste, but not too sweet or powerful, a complexed mix of flavours come together and produce a very good beer.

It has a body to it, but not overly strong.

A very drinkable beer, pity about the aroma and head, otherwise we would be looking at a higher score and a true classic beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into a tulip it forms a meager white head. Amber to light copper in color and a slightly hazed body.

I couldn't help but think of salting crackers as I gobbled this baby down. A kind of medicinal dryness that teaters the malts towards an odd Cracker/medicinal combo. It pulls it out ok as the sublte fruits and spiced buildup acts as a partial balancer. Quiet tea like background but gives in to the spices.

Notes: Ehhhh...rather lackluster without much of an identity. Not my cup of tea but I can respect that it is a quality offering without any flaws other than it didn't fit my palate.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber with a huge head and a bready nose this beer is a truly great example of a Belgian session beer. Malts are the main part of the taste but the hops also show up to create a great balance that makes this very drinkable. The beer finishes semi sweet with the nice yeasty tang at the end

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a amber color, and a sweet smell. In the taste I was kind of anticipating a bit more. Then I got it. It is just an amber. Light enough, but not to light. Easy to drink, and it pretty much is what it is... a standard Belgian amber, and there is nothing wrong with that, but not my style.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rich deep amber red / clear / mild carbonation / mild head

Sweet sugar almost like a cake / fruity and roasted

Sweet and tart / significant bitterness / powdery malt / rich roasted / fruity floral hop impact too / interesting sushi flavor – must be spices and proteins – or maybe it just smells like horseradish / rich caramel sweetness / finishes tart

Mildly spicy carbonation / medium body

Beautiful color. Would go nicely with sushi. High enjoyable brew.

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Photo of crwills
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A mediocre Belgian ale; decently drinkable, but not much to write home about.

Poured it into an Affligem glass; didn't get much of a head on it, even at relatively high temperature and a pretty aggressive pour. Dark for a pale ale, too. Aroma is fruity (apples, pears) with a little bit of spice, some honey, and maybe sweet bubble gum. Flavour follows up with a whole load of caramel, plus a continuation of what tastes like pear to me. Some peppery notes in the finish, and a slightly higher-than-average carbonation.

A decent, inexpensive Belgian for a warm Spring evening.

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Photo of cbl2
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

4/16/2007 $2.99 11.2 oz. 5.20% Best by 10/04/07 stamped on back.

Appearance:

Pours a clear brown with large soda-like carbonation. Topped by a thin film of soapy tan bubbles that are quick to settle.

Aroma:

Toasted malts. A hint of pepper, and bland wet hops. Unappealing.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

There is nothing Belgian about this. Weak insipid mouthfeel, with flavors reminiscent of home-brew gone bad. Overly bready, and desert dry with medicinal hop flavors. More of an English Pale ale than a Belgian Pale ale. This is extremely disappointing, especially once cost is factored in.

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

330 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber-red colour that's quite clear. Not much of a head to speak of, however. Some wispy foam here and there, and a clump of bubbles in the middle and some along the edges.

Smell: Malty aroma is rather spicy, and includes some fruits too. Nutmeg, cloves, raisins, etc.

Taste: Nice toasty malts, but the spices don't come out until you swallow it, when you also get a bit of hops. Aftertaste has both hints of sweetness and hints of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good mild carbonation. Generally smooth, but with a bit of grainyness.

Drinkability: Fairly low ABV, and the beer is not difficult to drink.

A nice Belgian pale ale, but nothing spectacular. Definitely worth a try if you're a fan of Belgian ales. No major complaints (except the lack of a head); it's just that it doesn't stand out. I'll most likely get this again as it's usually pretty affordable.

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Photo of jletts
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured amber with a thin head quickly faded, and smelled of thin hops and caramel with notes figs.

Caramel malt and hops on the taste...a little thin in the flavor department. It actually reminded me a little of an american or dutch lager.

Mouthfeel was a little thin but matched the taste in that department. This was not the best Belgian beer I've tasted, but not entirely objectionable. But I doubt I'd buy it again.

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

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 5.0%. Brown colour, low head. Moderate but pleasant fruity aroma, hints of spices. The flavour is spicy with moderate malts, not very sweet, pleasant to drink. Relatively high carbonation in the glass. This is not an "extreme" Belgian ale in any way, and no "challenge" for the beer enthusiast, but probably an ale that most people will like.

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

Light amber color with a thin collar of white foam. Light aroma of toast and sugar. Flavor is a little sweet with light toasted malt accents, and a candy like taste common in many stronger Belgian ales, but not as pronounced. Medium bodied and travels well from sip to swallow. From previous experience I would recommend drinking this beer in Belgium as your session beer, because it's more interesting than a pilsener, and their other more famous beers will put you under the table - fast - if you try to make a night of drinking them exclusively. Pace yourself with De Koninck.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice semi couldy dark copper color with a decent head.

Sweet carmel smells dominate the aroma along with candied fruit and a hint of toasted grain.

Nasty metallic taste up front, don't know if it is from the bottle or what but it ain't good. Toasted malt flavors make up nearly all of the taste with just a hint of hops coming through in the end.

Not a great brew. Pretty average actually, meh.

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

Pours out a dark copper with a thin head and rings of lacing. Nose is mostly of a rich, bready, nutty maltiness with a heft of dried fruits as well. Flavor is of those rich malts once again and some fruity esters. I get a mix of both dried and fresh fruits. Dark sweet bread and apple finish this up. Mouthfeel is rather light and bubbly, but doesn't wash off of the palate too quickly. Decent drinkability, but it really doesn't keep me interested enough to make me want to drink more than one.

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

Pours a copper/amber color with small but powerful looking head. Settles down a bit. Smells of stale caramel, some biscuit and a bit of spice. Alcohol is noticeable, which is a bit strange.
Tastes like a yeasty American PA, which, I guess, is what it is. The hops came in at the end and bit fairly hard. Odd for a BPA, but good nonetheless. The biscuit and spice dominated the palate, caramel subsided. Easy drinking, I like this one.

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Photo of grub
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, sered in the accompanying de koninck glassware.

pours reddish amber with a thin head of very fine white bubbles.

aroma is nice. fresh. very light spice and yeast. bit of honey sweetness.

taste is nice. light bitterness. pleasant crackery malt. hint of clove, more in the mouthfeel than the flavour. light honey sweetness. alcohol.

mouthfeel is ok. bit of carbonation sting, but it doesn't feel highly carbonated. light bodied and fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. alcohol is a little out of balance, feeling like more than 5%. still, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of GbVDave
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a tiny off white head. Sheets of sticky lace.

S: Icky aromas of sour grains, funky caramel, and mustard seed.

T: Pretty much as above with a mild crackery malt component. No yeast and virtually no hop flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is rather thin yet coats the mouth with abundance.

D: Drinkability is fair, but why bother. There are so many better Belgian Pale Ales to spend time with. Not impressed.

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Photo of beeragent
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured a deep orange, almost light brown color, forming a 1/2 inch head, that quickly faded, leaving light lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet, but somehow, reminded me of how a cider smells. The taste is sweet as well, very fruity flavor, maybe mild hops. The mouthfeel is light, and smooth. An interesting ale, but not one that I could drink more than one of during a session. A little too sweet for me, but still worth the experience.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - this belgian pours a dark orange color almost pumpkinish, with moderate amounts of swift carbonation that sustains a full finger of tan head

S - strong maltiness up front with some yeastiness, a clean nice aroma, but otherwise pretty plain

T - one of those beers whose taste mirrors its aroma, bit on the malts, with some backup yeastiness but otherwise rather ordinary, very good but ordinary

M&D - smooth and very drinkable, would make an amazing session beer, not too thick or heavy, probably one of the more drinkable belgians

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Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally saw this available as a single, and decided to give it a try.

Pours a clear amber tone, with a finger of compact foam. Smells of sweet honey and toasted malt. No Saaz hops as promised by the label. Without tasting it, it looks and smells like a generic amber ale. The grain smell conjures up import German lager past it's prime, not skunky, just a little dull.

Taste is average, dull grain and honey sweetness. No Belgian yeast or anything vaguely Belgian about it. Pretty lackluster, like a year-old Helles Lager...label says BB: 03/13/07 hmm.

Goes down easy, poundable even. But why waste your cash when there are much cheaper macro alternatives out there?

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Photo of Absumaster
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a true classic, not a big, complex session beer, but a beer that is highly drinkable and good.

Appearance is a copper, brown beer with a small head and not much visible carbonation.

Smell is great, a big maltiness layered with caramel and some roastiness from the dark malts.

Taste is heavy malts with some caramel and some roasted malts. The beer leaves a dry feeling and is highly drinkable. There is some bitterness to balance all the malt. Balance is the key word here. In the end the beer is little sticky, but that is just very little.

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Photo of Tim2000
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 mL brown bottle best before 19/04/2007.

Copper orange clear brew with a white head that leaves some lacing.

Sweet and spicy aroma. Lots of caramel notes.

Malty backbone with sugary caramel and hints of molasses. Ginger and clove notes are present, as well as ripe pear. Hops come forward towards the end and give the brew a lingering bitterness that balances the sweetness. A slight alcoholic bite is also present. Body is thin and carbonation is moderate.

Very enjoyable, but I find it a bit watery.

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De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale) from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
3.62 out of 5 based on 569 ratings.
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