This Antwerp classic’s intense mahogany colour with impressive and robust head stands out immediately. The aroma is complex with notes of biscuit, chestnut and unmistakeable caramel. The beer smells slightly smoked which is nicely balanced by a clear fruitiness, chiefly banana, and a herbal note of hop from the used noble hop varieties. All this comes back in the taste, which is pleasantly smooth, with a nuttiness on the tongue. De Koninck is relatively bitter, but the bitterness does not stay and ends on a full, creamy aftertaste.
Kegs20L – 30L
In recent months, the De Koninck brewery site on Mechelsesteenweg in Antwerp has been a hive of activity and construction work. While the brewers carry on brewing their celebrated Bollekes in the brewhouse, walls have been knocked out in the surrounding buildings to create new spaces. Starting from summer 2015, the renovated city brewery will be opened to the public so that everyone can come and discover what goes on inside.