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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 DarthKostrizer
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Brownish red in color with 1/2 tan head and little retention

Smell: Bready yeast and caramel malts with hints of dark fruits

Taste: Hints of raisin and caramel not much else honestly

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to medium carbonation goes down incredibly smooth.

Overall: For the price this is a really good beer with that being said it does lack flavor but is really drinkable.

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

De Koninck amber, all natural ingredients (barley, saaz hops, water and yeast).

Amber colour, big fluffy head, good carbonation.
Smell defenately of saaz hops, grassy and mild spice. A bit of bubblegum, dark fruits, a lot of malts.
Similar taste, bittersweet. A lot of malts.
Mouthfeel is smooth , watery, but the carbonation is good, making it refreshing.

Overall, this is a good amber from belgium: clean and well balanced.

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Photo of farlieonfootie
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft, served in a goblet. De Koninck pours a clear golden color, with a one-fingered head which quickly recedes into a thin white line serving only to guard the contents from my thirsty mouth. The beer's smell is almost non-existent; there's nothing there, except maybe some mild grains. It smells like bread.

De Koninck tastes mild, as well. It's got some hop bitterness, but these are not aggressive hops, these are the world famous Saaz hops, which must spend a lot of their lifetime just chilling out, because they're very mellow. There's something else going on, but I'm not quite sharp enough to figure it out -- I'll leave it at a certain barely detectable level of funkiness. De Koninck is crisp, clean, and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sin and Redemption, in Toronto.

Belgian ales are notorious for having higher than average alcohol strength, but De Koninck is a perfectly manageable 5%. They're also typically known for seemingly permanent plus-sized heads, but the foam on this one looks like it's just had a straight razor shave. No matter, the glistening yet lightly hazy orange-amber ale is quite easy on the eyes.

Perhaps more than anything else, however, Belgian ales can be characterized by the distinct effervescence and spice of their yeasts. Predictably, there's a good dosage of fruity esters and heavily seasoned phenols in this bouquet, which is, it must be noted, far more anchored in prominently toasty, biscuity malt aromas than is typically the custom.

A very fruity start leads to an abundantly malty finish; a pear-like flavour, befriended by a subtle citrusy zest, channels its way into the toasty, nutty-sweet maltiness by way of a constant (but discreet) yeasty spiciness. The taste of earthy, Noble hops is hardly perceptible, but the bitterness they issue is appreciable. It's easy-going but far from bland.

Overlooking the rash of peppery phenols as the pointed by-product of a distinctively Belgian yeast strain, it wouldn't be a far cry to suggest there's something mildly 'English' about De Koninck. More 'moderate' than other Belgian ales, it drinks with the same casual ease as a pint of country pub ale - despite that it's served in a chalice!

De Koninck surely will not be the best beer you have from Belgium, but it's a great intro lesson to their style of brewing. More tempered - but still pleasantly fruity, moderately sweet, sufficiently malty and somewhat spicy - this ale is apt to appeal to a large segment of beer drinkers, particularly those with developing tastes or newly adventurous palates.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bier Markt in downtown Toronto. (I went into this thinking I had ordered the Tripel, only to find the draught was their amber ale. I don't think I've had a Flemish red brew in quite some time, so this threw me off a bit.)

Poured into a branded De Koninck chalice. A murky, amber-russet brew, the barman's pour left a sturdy half inch of head, which created sheets of lacing along the glass.

Nose was spicy, with strong notes of grain and bread, a little bit of classic Belgian yeast as well. Some fruit, a bit of hops, but the grain is certainly front and centre.

Same goes for the taste. This was a grainy, slightly tart brew, with notes of yeast and spices. A bit of dry grape juice as well. Intriguing combination of flavors. Finishes dry. Thick, a bit of sediment character to the brew.

An interesting brew. 'Grainy' and 'tart' are rarely going to be adjectives that yield a positive drinking experience for me, but keeping style in mind, this was actually quite drinkable. (My wife, on the other hand, was really looking forward to that tripel, and was thus a bit disappointed...)

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

Appearance. Pours a nice amber with a slight haze and a fluffy, white head. Leaves some pretty, thick lacing.

Smell. Light grains, grassy hops and belgian yeast.

Taste. Clean grassy hops, toasty light malt, a little sweet with some belgian funk. Smooth hop bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel. Lighter bodied with medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. Good, well rounded beer with some hoppy bite.

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

Had a few on tap when in Antwerp-served in the traditional wide mouthed Bolleke glass.

A-Dark amber with transparent clarity, head swiped off before served

S-Malted barley with sharp hop aroma and a wheaty/yeasty aroma

T-Nice fresh crisp hop taste, plenty of malted barley/wheat/yeasty taste

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

D-Easy to drink and still goes down smooth after a couple

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Leura Cellars.

Pours a golden brown colour, head is fine, but a bit filmy, and decomposes to large bubbles as it settles. Minimal lace. Decent depth to the body. A little static carbonation. Not a classic red, but decent looking.

Nose is bready and yeasty, with some spice, but little of that. Mostly dry and grainy, some cereal characters, minimal Belgian yeast notes. Smells a bit like a stale English ale. Meh.

Taste is very light indeed, with very minimal flavour. Some light grain, a hint of cereal, but extremely minimal. There's almost nothing to it whatsoever. It's like and English pale ale with all the flavour removed.

Feel also thin and absent.

Wow, I'm not sure I've had a Belgian beer that tastes like this. It's bland, mild and incredibly thin. While it's not actively unpleasant, it is not a Flanders Red Ale, not in colour, not in aroma, not in flavour, or spirit. Quite weak indeed.

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Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz (33 cl) brown bottle stamped best by 7/29/11 and labeled 5.2% ABV.

Poured into a pint glass. Reddish amber in color, relatively clear. Very thin but clinging white head that produces some nice sticky lacing. Bready, biscuity, and aromatic malt, subtle honey and light caramel sweetness and fruitiness, with a sweet but relatively clean finish.

I would prefer a BPA with more of a funk and a drier finish, but this sweeter more full bodied ale is also tasty.

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

330ml bottle. Don't know the difference between this and the basic De Koninck pale ale, other than this one mentions something about being 'amber-hued' on the back label.

This beer pours a clear, gleaming medium brassy amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly beige head, which settles apace, leaving some randomly strewn splotchy lace around the glass.

It smells of biscuity, bready malt, stewed apples, a bit of Belgian yeast, and light earthy, grassy hops. The taste is more sweet bready, doughy pale malt, a mildly tart mixed orchard fruitiness, and steadily soft grassy/leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite light, the body an adequate medium weight, and decidedly smooth, with a creaminess not unlike whipped butter - in fact, this observance hit me well before any of the actual flavour components did - weird, but neat. It finishes off-dry, with more faintly sour breadiness, and fading earthy, meadow-friendly hops.

An enjoyable enough Belgian amber ale, like something out of a baked cracker box. Not a lot of yeast or sourness stand out in this one, but that hardly detracts from the overall drinkability.

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

A - Nice amber, clear, lots of bubbles coming up, ring of near white head. Not much lace.

S - Deep bread with hop back.

T - Sweet bready feel, followed by tangy hops.

M - Good balance and carb, medium body.

D - Like it, but I don't know how many I would want at a time.

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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a thin white head that dissipated very quickly but left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of apples and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a good balance between fruity flavors and a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a hint of dryness in the finish.
D: I could easily have several of these in one sitting because of the beer's low alcohol content.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance would have been better if my daughter (yes, she's over 21) who brought it to me had not slurped off the head to keep from spilling it. But, I can't blame her for sneaking a taste, as it was such an enticing brownish amber in the De Koninck glass. This is a refreshing crisp ale, with perfect carbonation and a smooth palate, finishing with a lovely but quickly fleeting slight bitterness. Good full mouth that matches well with the subtle nose as you quaff. Overall, a good beer for year-round pleasure, but especially suited to cool-but-not-cold seasons.

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

88th review on BA
Bottle to flute

App- A murky dark copper color with some brown caramel highlights. Very little at all with some heavy yeast sediment

Smell- Smells of sugar and some light fruit

Taste- Run of the mill taste. No real over powering flavors on it.

Mouth- Pretty decent feel to it with the yeast making it a chunkier drink.

Drink- Was pretty tasty. Would like to try some of their other styles.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has been sitting for awhile but the yeast appears to be in suspension so there are lots of floaters in the amber body despite a careful pour to try to decant it. No head but the bubbles around the edge of the glass form lacing that sticks.

The aroma is very pleasant. Belgian yeast esters, cloves, malt, maybe a little hops hiding in there as well. Smells yummy.

Pity the flavor doesn't quite follow the nose. Many of the same characteristics but a little weak and watery. Not unpleasant but just average. A little bitterness at the back end may just be the yeast or it might be the hops that I thought I smelled in there.

The mouthfeel is really pretty decent - not as watery as the taste but not very thick and good carbonation making it feel pretty creamy.

If the flavor were better it would be pretty drinkable but it's just sort of there. I probably wouldn't by it again but I probably will by something else from De Koninck in the future.

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

Beer poured into specialty glass . Amber red in color tight carbonation. Head sticks and laces the glass well. Smells of sweey carmamel malts and a grassy hop. The beer is very malty grains and caramel coming out. Some fruit esters with a a grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel is drying like a wine and moderate in body. Very drinkable beer. Solid beer all around.

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

A: Nice orange copper colour, nice thick head that lingers

S: Malts up front, caramel and a hint of apple and spices

T: again the malts, coffee, and a hint of apples and apricots and a bit of rock candy sweetening the slightly bitter aftertaste

M/D: good carbonation, abv coirrect

decent special belage

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Photo of BucBasil
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a branded chalice at tBruges Beertje.

A: Reddish amber and clear. Head is 1.5 fingers thick, off white and has great retention.

S: Dark fruits and some light spice character or clove and cinnamon.

T: Almost like a dubbel in character. Brown sugar, dark fruits, and some spices. Yeast all over.

A solid beer that is almost always a good yet somewhat safe choice.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance - Pours a deep honey-amber color with an inch of off-white head.

Smell - Biscuity malt character is upfront, followed by spiciness and slight fruity esters.

Taste - Malt is dominant, some caramel, fruitiness and spice, mild medicinal phenols and finishing with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium mouthfeel with a dry finish

Drinkability - Pretty easy drinking beer with enough complexity to keep things interesting.

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Photo of tchenery
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a rich reddish brown hue and has a tiny head that goes away except for around the edge of the chalice.

It is a very aromatic beer with hints of grapes, raisins, toasted malts, floral notes, and other fruit. There is definitely a European hop note in there as well, some sort of Pilsener hops. Very earthy.

The taste brings much of the same as the smell does. It's much less carbonated than other Belgian beers, which I do miss in this one, but the flavor is pretty good. Without the carbonation it almost tastes flat or like an old soda. The malt comes forward first, along with some funkiness, and a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel leaves you a bit dry on the end. This is definitely a sessionable Belgian Ale, which is pretty refreshing considering most Belgians these days are one and done.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-translucent amber with a loose, half inch, off-white head that quickly disperses towards the edges, leaving a bubbly band and a bull's eye dollop in the center. Nose is very subdued but suggests green apples (maybe a little vinegary), as well as Saaz hops and grains. Taste is big on earthy grains and malt with perhaps a trace of acidity. A biscuity quality lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, with a carbonation that starts off crisp and slowly tapers off towards the back, ending with a semi-dry finish. Decent and drinkable, but not much going on here and the doesn't particularly warrant a future purchase for me considering the price.

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

I was looking forward to trying a new style for me. This beer, however is pretty bland and boring.

The appearance is the best part. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a nice size delicate white head. Head retention is average and there is no lacing.

Smell is very mild bready malt. Taste is pretty mild also...a little bready malt and some very weak grassy hops. Not much else!!

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Drinkability is low because there is not much reason to drink a lot of this. I will probably pick up a Duchesse De Bourgogne to see ifthere is anything to this style. This beer was disappointing.

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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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De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale) from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
3.62 out of 5 based on 562 ratings.
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