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

Pours a dark amber. The head shows its self only if it is forced and then runs away showing not a trace. The smell, however mild is probably the best thing it has going for it. This might be o.k. for some foods the way bland crackers are so as to appreciate the cheese more, but definantly not interesting for a solo drinking beer. I am sure I will never buy this beer again. Not the worst, but surely not even close to the best.

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Photo of teg8612
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in the offical glass, looks like the holy grail.

A- Deep amber color with some haze. Leaves a nice coat of lace.

S- Spicy cinnamon with a slight toasted quality. Slight medicinal notes.

T&M- Medium bodied with tight carbonation. Good malt hits the palate with slight toasted character. Dry with a hint of spice. Lingering sweatness from some bitter fruit, cherry or raspberry. Warms nicely with increased sweetness.

D- Very nice Belgian Ale. Nice to find it on tap for a change. On of the few Belgain that could be a sessional and a darn good one too.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

250th review

A: Orangeish brown color with a slight haze. Light beige head has for the most part fallen but does remain in the center and around the rim in nice solid masses.

S: Musty. Curious yeast aroma mixed with banana, caramel and copper

T: Light brown sugar flavor with subtle bananas and a touch of sour citrus notes. Very watery and not as robust as I remember. Finishes with basic raisin tastes and some metallic twangs.

M: Light to medium mouthfell with a slight prickly carbonation.

D: Pretty boring and unassuming. One of the weaker Belgian offerings on the market.

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Photo of aaronh
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of drinking this beer at the Sharp Edge. Medium amber body with a thin off-white head, but there were lighter amber highlights that almost seemed to sparkle. The aroma had a hint of malt and fruit, but nothing exceptional. The taste was smooth, perfectly balanced hops and malt with a nice bit of character that must have been from the yeast. Finishes a little dry, but this lends to its drinkability. Enjoyed the second half of this beer with dinner, and I must say it goes very well with food. Not a unique beer when compared with other Belgian ales, but a very solid, balanced, well-crafted ale.

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

Pour: 33cl bottle to wide mouth goblet. Comes out with a ruby/amber colored body and has tons of bubbles within, though a very small white head that gives way to a few lacings and a big ring around the outside of the glass where the bubbles from the body of the beer accumulate.

Nose: On the first breath I'm immediately hit with a strong strawberry tartness. Other berries are present, namely raspberries and other brambles. The hops come out as a lightly dusty dry feeling that's tinged with floral aromas. It smells very inviting and refreshing.

Mouth: This beer tastes precisely how it smells, with big berry flavors up front and a drier, sour/bitter hop finish in the back. It's very fizzy upon entering but smooth by the time it's ready to be swallowed. Leaves a gentle bitterness behind and completely masks the taste of alcohol. Very easy to drink!

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Photo of OStrungT
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy light brown color with a slight red tint. It has a thick off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a strong earthy yeast aroma. It smells slightly spicy. It has a sery slight sour aroma to it as well.

This beer has an odd flavor. It tastes sour, and I cant place exactly what it tastes like. It has a spicy flavor. It has a yeasty flavor also.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a sour aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

I think this beer might be a decent session beer. It has a slightly graiting flavor, but with the relatively low alcohol, it is easy to drink.

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Photo of Guinness4me
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured a standard, structured belgian but it was a much darker beer than I expected. It had a legitimate head, but nothing spectacular.

The beer's smell and taste were similar to each other, first a whiff of belgian flowers, then malt and finally a vinegar finish. It was a little more bitter at the end than I like, but not offensive.

Due to it's odd finish, I wouldn't enjoy drinking more of it. If this is a belgian "pale" ale, it's one on steroids.

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3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in appropriate De Koninck glassware. Appearance was amber and very clear, with a fair size head. I did not pick up much from the aroma beyond the usual malt and hop mix, but neither seemed to predominate. The taste was well balanced, but hops seemd to come through more strongly. I picked up some spiciness in the finish. Mouthfeel was medium in body, with fairly high carbonation, and a drying finish. Very drinkable, as the dry taste keeps you coming back.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured to a bright copper with suspended yeast, absolutely no head or lacing. It had a very weak aroma of some spice, may have been cinnamon. Flavor of cinnamon and hops, but had a dry, sour finish. I have three more, and will try these, but not real impressed with this one, especially for a Belgian Ale.

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Photo of stcules
2.35/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reddish to copper color.
In the smell, quite good.
The taste slips away, with malt and almost no more.
Quite sugary start, though at the end there is aome bitterness. Melon and peaches, but not too satisfaying.
The aftertaste is similar, with a less sweet finish.
Light body.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange / amber in the glass with a moderate white head that melts slowly to nothing.
I honestly couldn't descern any aroma in this beer so I'm going with the majority decision and giving it a 4...what the heck, it definately wasn't a smell I didn't like in any way...I couldn't smell it.
Taste is an immediate combination of sweet malt and sharp grassy fresh hops. There is somewhat of a biscuit quality to the flavor an it finishes just as it starts but with a faint hint of lemon on the end.
This may be the most perfectly balanced beer I've had. Nothing overpowers and nothing gets lost.
Mouthfeel is crisp and tingly from the hops and carbonation.
Nice stuff.

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Photo of ChillMike
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a medium off white head that looks like it’s going to stick around. Smells of malts, mild hops, and a bit of raisin. Highly carbonated and feels almost like a cider quite odd. Taste isn’t really doing it for me, even though it’s only slightly above 5% abv I can still taste the alcohol, however it does have some pretty decent malt flavors and a smidgen of hops. I don’t know just something about this Belgian I’m not really digging too much. Oh well at 99cents it was worth a try.

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

The most popular beer in Antwerp, according to my sources...

Pours a nice, clear, mahogany color with an intial moderate tan head that quickly recedes. Very faint sour smell that almost completely disguises the yeast and the malts. Nowhere near the aroma of a Rodenbach or Petrus but altogether not uninviting.

Boasts a pleasant carbonation in the taste. More of a bitterness than sourness shines through. Dry and somewhat tart, but not too much else to write home about. Displays a thin body, with a lack of character, no real depth.

I could probably put down a lot of these on a night out clubbing in Antwerp, as it's certainly much more pelasing than an american macro, but not very interesting.

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

Draught at Akkurat in Stockholm, Sweden, November 2005.
Was recommended to have with my choice of clam soup by the staff.

A bit hazy golden color, nice white head.
Pretty fruity mixed with "Belgian ale" scent.
Very sweet and fruity flavor.

Not one of the best Belgian ales I've had, but it's not bad either.

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Photo of benito
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber and orange, with good head and lacing around the edge of the snifter.

S: Very heavy on apples--almost ciderlike. It's airy and light, a refreshing bouquet that doesn't overwhelm.

T: Light-bodied and effervescent. The apple aromas carry through to the flavor, but they are spritzy and not too strong. There's a distinct pepperiness on the back end of the tongue. Very good all-around but I do miss the typical biscuity flavors of this style in something this light.

M: Good and playful. It is sweet upfront, light in the middle, and very dry along the back of the tongue.

D: Awesome! I finished half a pint before I knew it. This is a very refreshing brew.

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Photo of gbarron
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Olives, DC.

A - slightly hazy, glowing orange. Almost the color of a dying ember in the fireplace. Very little head, but a small ring of white at the edge. A little lacing. Darker than most Belgian pale ales I've had.

S - earthy, herbal hop aroma backed up yeasty malt. Has that distinctive Belgian yeast aroma of alcohol and spice. Some toasty malt smells, too. A little subdued, though.

T - very well balanced Belgian ale. Assertive hop bitterness with caramel malt flavors. Biscuity and yeasty as well. Some characteristic Belgian yeast flavors, complex. Not overly sweet like some Belgians. Very little alcohol flavor.

M - very smooth, thin. Carbonation is on the low end. Very dry finish.

D - a very tasty, smooth drinking Belgian that doesn't overwhelm you with the candy sugar or fruitiness you find in a lot of Belgians. On the other hand, I was not blown away. A solid Belgian pale ale.

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

This is one of the beers I regularly drink when I’m going out.

It has a very clear rusty colour and almost no carbonation. With a lot of effort you might succeed in getting a head, but it vanishes very rapidly.
It has a very distinguished smell, fair amount of hops with some lemons, a bit of malt and some herbs.
The first sip brings forth a well balanced and honest flavour. Quite dry. Mainly hop and malt, though this is a multi layered taste, it is hard to really grasp the underlying taste elements. I seem to recognise some raisins and / or nuts and some fresh garden spices.
The aftertaste is the continuation of the taste. Dry, some sweet-bitterness coming from the hops. Kind of a nut or raisin aftertaste with lemon peel, malt and some alcohol.

A great beer for a small price. I love this one. A nice beer for a beautiful city like Antwerp.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.77/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin, bubbly white head that dies to a collar.

Smell: Solid Belgian pale ale malt and hop characteristics throughout, with that perfect yeast tinge.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Rich, full, thirst-quenching, and smooth. Very balanced and tasty, with the perfect mouthfeel. Barnyard malt characteristics with almost pilsener type hops.

Drinkability and Overall: A classic. The perfect, easy drinking yet full flavored and full bodied Belgian ale. Definitly one that's perfect for a session.

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

Tasty on the whole, I feel, though a bit flat seeming.
The carbonation is fine but there's something in the mouthfeel that makes this seem almost stale. The bottle says drink by may 2006, so the stale part shouldn't really apply.
On the subtle side. On the sweet side. Raisins, some dark fruit flavors, malty sweetness...
You need to sit with this one for a little bit but it's at the very least pretty good.

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

Had this on tap at a yuppy bar in the Ottawa Market. I have never encountered it before. A pleasant surprise.
It was served in a nice chalice glass with the de Koninck logo on it. The head measured 1/2 inch, but it dissipated quickly. A good looking presentation. The colour is a deep honey amber. A bit too dark for a pale ale, but I was in a bar that had "ambience" and the lighting wasn't the best for this purpose.
The smell and taste both have a strong bitter edge, with very good hopping. There were other smells and flavours that I have trouble with, but they are agreeable. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, or flat, like a cask conditioned ale. It went down real smooth. Which leads to the aftertaste: Yum. It retains its hops/bitterness, and enough flavour to warrant another sip. By the time I had reached the bottom of the glass, I had still not identified all the intriguing tastes in there. This in itself is enough reason to have another.
Apparently, this is the favourite brew in Antwerp, Belgium, where it is the "house beer" of the city.
I really like this one.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came in a De Koninck gift pack, 4 330 ml bottles plus a chalice. Best before date on this bottle is 10/06/06.

Pours out a clear but deep ruddy copper hue, small fizzle of off-white head with little retention. The aroma is predominantly chewy caramel malt, with light notes of floral hops. Things get a little screwy in the flavour dep't. Metallic and grainy at first, never saw that coming, then there's more of a toasted malt profile in the middle, with some of that sweet caramel malt coming out towards the finish where some grassy, almost herbal hops make an appearance. For some reason this all just doesn't come together for me, it turns me off. The mouthfeel is fairly average, neither too watery nor very full. Perhaps this bottle didn't receive the tenderest of treatment from the brewery eventually to my glass, but assumptions aside I have to go by what I've sampled, and I found this to be an ale that does nothing for me.

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Photo of elricorico
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a ruddy copper colour with a very faint white head, that faded away almost immediately. There is no haze to this beer, it looks filtered.

The smell of the beer is very difficult for me to pin down. It reminds me most of Yukon's Cranberry Wheat beer. There is some kind of tart berry smell, and perhaps a bit of grass. The smell is not very strong.

The taste is much like the smell up front, going from a light berry to a grainy wheat taste. The finish is medicinal. Overall effect is ok, but doesn't wow me in any way.

The beer has a light to medium body and the carbonation is tingly(best I could come up with). Drinkability is a little lacking in my opinion, considering that this beer is not high in alcohol. It just doesn't feel too quaffable.

A bit of a disappointment in my books.

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Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper-orange with an off-white head. Not much retention, but it does leave a little lace (as a Belgian should).

S: Floral, noble hops with a little sweet caramel.

T: Nice bittersweet balance, flavours are fairly light. A little bready, caramel malt. Fresh, clean hop flavour, finishing with a crisp bitterness.

M: Light body, moderately high carbonation (average for the style).

D: Very drinkable.

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

Pours a red-gold colour with a billowy head. A steady stream of bubbles maintains a layer of foam. Darker than I expected, and crystal clear.

Sweet, malty aroma, with whiffs of hops.

Gentle, sweet malts with a strong, though not overpowering, hop finish.

I would prefer slightly less carbonation. Otherwise, quite smooth, coating the tongue nicely.

Very drinkable, and only 5% abv - nice to find a good Belgian that won't knock me on my ass after a few. I wish this was easier to find in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber. Little head. Light fruity nose, malty highlights. Mostly malt onj the tongue. a little bit bready , light spice. Some hop bitterness on the finish. Light mouthfeel, little to no carbonation. Somehwat watery. Too one dimensional, malty, for high drinkabilty marks.

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De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale) from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 577 ratings
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