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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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

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Added by xlperro on 11-26-2000

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

Poured a murky amber color with a foamy head that settled pretty quickly. This brew has very tart aromas, faint yeasty smell, musty wood. Taste matches the smell, not overwhelming, bt tasty, tart fruits come through. Light mouthfeel combined with the low abv make this a good sessions beer. I enjoyed this, a little pricy, a good enjoyable beer to enjoy throughout the day.

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Photo of Engibeer
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 12/27/07.

I received this as a Christmas present that included several other very interesting beers. I plan to post reviews of them as well.

De Koninck pours a bright clear red gold into a New Belgium globe. A half inch of bright white fine head quickly recedes to a ring that remains.

This beer has toasty malt with just a hint of yeasty funk at first. There is a lively spritzy carbonation and a dry almost mineral finish. As the beer warms, it develops amazingly. A hint of hops appears and still even more yeasty mustiness.

This is a very pleasant beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with with a thick, creamy head with excellent lacing. Smell is rich and bready with some touches of caramel. Taste is similar, primarily bready and yeasty with some light fruit flavors. Soft and light, and quite smooth in the mouth with a touch of tannins on the end. A simple pleasure.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with lots of lacing on the way down. Nose is slightly yeasty and slightly sweet, though the environment I tasted it at was probably not the best for it. Flavor is smooth with a slight sweetness and a touch of mature bitterness. Mouth is smooth with bubble. Drinkable, yes. But still not the greatest Belgian brew I have ever had.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little head and lacing from a sturdy pour, not typical of Belgian beers (IMO). Has a clear copper color.

Smells of dark fruits, yeasty, spices and a bit of hop presence. Not the most complex nose out there, still nice none the less.

Tastes of biscuits, toasted malt, yeasty spices and a fruity tang. The hops add a bit of bitterness for balance. Good drinkable beer.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle, on tap (33cl), tasted in 1999.
Appearance: amber beer, generous foam
Smell: fine smells toasty
Taste and mouthfeel: good malty taste, touch of gingerbread and fresh mouth deep, bitter edge in the final
Drinkability: beer better served draught with his "bolleke" class

Review added 11-24-2007, translated from french 3-2-2008.

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

11/22/07- Received as a gift from a fellow beer lover.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a Jan/08 best by date on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Copper-amber colored pour. About a 3/4 inch head upon pour which settles at a slight rim whilst drinking. Light streaks and spots of lace.

Smell- Spicy (maybe some nutmeg and some peppery other scents). Fairly malty as well. Seems a tad sour.

Taste- Is this supposed to be lightly sour? Reviews really don't say that. Old beer? It's not a bad sour taste though. Quite pleasant as it mixes with the sweetness of the rather straight forward and in your face toasted caramel malt. Peppery, and a tad sugary.

Mouthfeel- Lower than expected carbonation level with a slight sour and bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Interesting beer with many good qualities. Would like to try a fresh one again to see if the sourness is standard.

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

Small capped bottle, poured into my Corsendonk tulip.

Very nice looking amber brew, with some crimson highlights, topped by a lightt tan head, with average retention and collar, but nice lacing.
Nose is as I generally expect from the belgians; here is not surprising or bold, but very pleasant; my "standard" aroma: malty, mildly sugary, fruity, mildly yeasty with some added spiciness, but very little in the way of hoppiness.
Light to medium on the palate, is highly drinkable, with little carbonation. Flavor is very good, but delicate; mostly malty, biscuity and fruity. Some spiciness on the way to a somewhat dry end.
As good as a "light" belgian gets, a good summer or session option for belgian lovers.

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Photo of brendan13
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange, amber colour poured into a tulip glass with an inch of off white head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - Belgian spicy phenols, some candi sugar sweetness.
T - Spicy and sweet just like the smell. A touch of caramel maltiness.
M - Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Quite dry.
D - Nice enough but nothing that would make me rush to buy it again.

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

De koninck

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

A- Ruby red with very little head.
S- Malty. Fruity candi sugar and sweet malt.
T- Sweet tart cherry candy. caramel malt. Light and fruity.
M- Crisp and quaffable.

Overall- Nothing spectacular here, but definitely an easy session beer.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another straggler from the dark recesses of my mini fridge. BB date of 10/04/07; just in time. :)

A perfectly even flat top white crown; quiet. Underneath though, a constant trail of bubbles of all sizes, going in all practical directions, racing to the top. Even ten minutes in, like a snowglobe running on batteries, it continues. Easy visibility straight on through.

Smells of maple sugar, cola, & sweaty pocket change.

Peppermint, maple candy, crusty bread, metal, with just a nibble of bitterness.

Smooth carbonation & very little noticeable alcohol. Dry, & even a bit dusty on the finish.

Not very tasty, but 11 ounces of this just goes down so quickly, that you'd hardly recall anything negative about it. Not worth the import price for something with such an inflated best by date.

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Photo of DaveUK
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured to leave a frothy head that quickly faded to white lacing. Clear amber brown.

Aroma - Sweet juicy fruit reminiscent of pear, spicy in places. It tended to be quite elusive/mild though. With the refreshing aroma that this beer has, I would prefer a stronger smell.

Taste - Light malt and juicy hops give it a thirst quenching flavour. A dry roasted malt finish which contrasts well with the hops.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly smooth, lively level of carbonation.

Drinkability - High, a complex taste that isn't too strong, the perfect choice for a session beer or for food accompaniment.

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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.


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


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


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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De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale) from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 581 ratings