Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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Tilburg's Dutch Brown AleTilburg's Dutch Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

427 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 19
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2003

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 427 | Reviews: 277
Reviews by jcurtis55:
Photo of jcurtis55
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The picture on the label is from the painting "Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymous Bosch. He did the painting in 1504, but if someone told you it was done by a 1960’s artist under the influence of LSD, you wouldn’t question it. Quite bizzare.

As for the beer, this is a nice smooth brown ale. Very drinkable, but certainly not a big beer. I got very little head or lacing, Slightly sweet and malty. This could definitely be a session beer. Mouthfeel is somewhere close to medium, but pleasant enough. For those who prefer malt flavors over hops, try this out. One of the tastier brown ales I've tried.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm very odd picture on the label Iam not gonna even attempt to figure that out,pours a light brown/amber with a creamy-like head that settles quickly with a small amount of lace.Aroma of sweet fruit and a little caramel makes me think this is gonna be pretty sweet.Taste isnt to overly sweet but lacks a little depth some light sweetness and toasted malt aftertaste but not much fruit wich I was looking for.Alot of malt but not refined enough I guess for me,a good beer but needs a little more for me.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This label is awesome.

What a nice color. It is kind of a black cherry. The head is off-white with glints of a faint red/pink hue when the light catches it a certain way. The head quickly fades, but leaves excellent lacing.

The nose is a mixture or nut, alcohol, and fruit skins.

Taste is rich, sweet, malty caramel with some cranberry tanginess in the finish. This isn't a complex beer, but it is a good one for those who like it on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is thin and almost watery, but helps drinkability.

Photo of Todd
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful deep, dark, shimmering crimson hued beer topped with a slightly off-white thick head and retreating lacing and stick.

Big candied grape lollipop-like and soft chocolate/toffee Tootsie roll-like aroma ... hey a Tootsie Roll Pop! - quite sugary overall. Crazy, but very appealing.

Smooth and very creamy on the palate, with a foaming feel. Malt sweetness is moderate, but pronounced with a light sugary character, beery and grape flavors and a slight toasty and toffee flavor smooth around with suggestions of nugget. Cocoa in the back. Some breadiness in the grain, hint of sourness soaks into a low hop character and bitterness. Finish goes dry, powdery, and more-ish.

A very nice drink. The play on sugar is almost overwhelming, but the results make it quite unique, interesting and appealing in a non-beer way ... if that makes any sense.

Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pours a clear dark brown body that is a brilliant ruby hue when held to ambient light. Small beige head disappears in seconds, leaving only a collar and a few patches of lace on the glass. Aroma is malty caramel, with a hint of chocolate, raisins, and coriander. Mouthfeel is light medium to medium in body with lively carbonation. Taste has a dark fruit component of figs and raisins, complimented by notes of chocolate, coriander, and white pepper. Some sour green apples are noted in the middle, along with some floral hops which add some needed bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet. I really didn't detect any significant yeast presence in this one, and the hops are overly subdued. Overall, a decent drinking brown ale that is worth a try. Thanks to mntlover for this one.

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

11.2 ounce bottle, w/o freshness indication. Pours dark caramel brown and clear, average tan head and minor lacing. Nose is of some dark sugar and raisins. This is a soft, delicate and subtle brown ale. Candi sugars evident but not over powering. Fruity and fairly sweet brew. More notes of raisins, caramel and cashews. this is a pleasant, drinkable little brew, worth a try

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

On tap at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured into an English nonic ale glass. Dark ruby-brown, leaves a 1/2 inch head that survives the duration quite handily. Sheets of foamy lacing to boot.

Nose is malty, with notes of caramel, dark fruit (grape, figs), candy and spice.

Similar notes here. I certainly do get the "Belgian" aspects of this beer. Much sweeter and with notes of grape, figs, currant, chocolate and caramel. But there is still a mildly hopped, bitter finish and a taste that reminds me a great deal of an English brown. A milder, easier to drink brew than others from Koningshoeven.

Carbonation is a touch low, medium bodied, slick.

A decent Belgian dark. I personally weigh on the side that this brew does qualify as Belgian dark, but there are certainly English characteristics to this brew as well. Flavorful, lower ABV makes this one I could happily drink throughout the evening. Nothing I haven't seen before, but well made nonetheless.

Photo of Byeast
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With an agressive pour , the head on this ale was massive and lasted as 2 inches of off-white , ice cream float like froth, with nice stick lacing. The color was deep brown/auburn. Taken to the nose , aromas are mildly sweet , slight candied dark fruit , bit of nuttiness , faint pear , and yeast. The taste is very smooth and also on the sweeter side. Some more dark fruit and darker malt flavors , grape , and yeast. The mouthfeel is very smooth. I found this Belgian Dark Ale to be very interesting and drinkable. It's very different... creamy.

Photo of bsp77
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into a Tilburg's glass, which resembled a mini-Pils glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish brown with thick tan head and nice lacing lines coating the glass.

Smell: Very dry (almost stale and musty) dark fruit with light Belgian yeast notes of banana and clove.

Taste: Sweet fruity malts that are somewhat musty with only a very light touch of the expected Belgian funk. I can't explain the taste very well, but not sure I like it that much - one-dimensional and sickly.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium slick body, with a strange unidentifiable finish.

Drinkability: Just a strange (yet simple) beer that I would rather not have again.

Photo of kingjames1
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich ruby brown, with a frothy tan head. The nose is dark fruits, chocolate, funky belgian yeast, wood. Taste is sour wood, bittersweet dark chocolate, a hint of light alcohol, and a touch of blonde roast coffee. Great brown ale - not sure what I think of it as a dark belgian though. Definitely has the belgian yeast funk, but really drinks like a brown ale. Good stuff though.

Photo of ADR
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark and deep chestnut color, seems clearish. Lively head of 1/2 an inch of light tan foam. Good lace, rings with drips on the glass. Malty aroma, deep like cough drops and with some molasses elements. Flavor starts nicely, cocoa powder, slight ginger, and that molasses from the aroma. Mouthfeel is a bit light but the carbonation is low, giving a smoothness. Slightly watery at the finish with little to no hops to be found but with residual sweetness and ginger lingering into the aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all, a little boring for my personal tastes.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a cola colored brown ale with a large off white khaki brown head, fine even lacing. Aroma is full of caramel and brown dark roasted malt character. Flavor is full of caramel roasted brown malts with hints of dark chocolate, a dominant sweet malt character with underlying herbal Euro hops backing it up. Mouthfeel is even bodied carbonation is a bit high especially for a brown ale with a bit of a cloying sweetness as a whole. Overall I can't believe this is from Koningshoeven, damn tasty brown ale.

Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small white to off white head leaves a decent but thinning lacing above a clear deep amber reddish colored beer.

A sweet caramelish nut aroma that leads into a nutty caramel sweet taste.

A medium bodied beer with a sweet nutty slightly dryish aftertaste.

The Dutch sure do love their sweets.

Photo of degerbah
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with a pretty reddish hue. Plenty of quick head that died down almost immediately leaving no lacing. very sweet smell that tastes slightly fruity.

The taste is sugary sweet. Very fruity initial taste with very little aftertaste. An extremely easy drinker, I could drink these all night. No alcohol taste at all.

This is a much more simple taste than I normally associate with a Belgian Dark Ale, it has much less complexity and far less alcohol that I thought belonged in the style. Very drinkable, but I feel that it was a little over-priced for a session.

Photo of kamiller
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a one finger off white head, leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Malty and sweet

Taste: Like the smell, malty and sweet, a little bit of bitterness in the finish

Mouth-feel: surprisingly light, mild carbonation

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these in a sitting.

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

This one is a deep brown that shines red in the light. A nice light tan head is dense, taking some time to settle to a light foam and leaving sticky lacing as it goes.
There's practically a candy shop in the aroma. It's a very sweet, sugary aroma with some chocolate on the nose and perhaps caramel or toffee. There are perhaps some dark fruits in here as well (plum) with a bit of a malt backing almost masked by all the sweetness.
The taste follows suit, though there's a very light hops flavor underlying. There's also a slightly toasted note as well. Malt backing is present throughout, though, again, the sweetness is the dominant factor and somewhat complex, though not as much as it could be by any means.
The body is medium. Carbonation is active and foamy, making this one very creamy. Eventually it seems to thin out, though.
This is well worth trying if you want to get more into the style or are interested in an atypical drinking experience.

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a clear dark amber colour, with one finger of thin, soapy off-white head, which renders some sparse webbed lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of caramel malt, pitted fruit, and earthy hops. The taste is light molasses, apple, pear, and soft woody, earthy hops. The carbonation is mild, the body medium weight and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, with some fruity malt carrying through.

A tasty, fruity brown ale - funny how a well-made example of the style increases one's appreciation of it. I don't really know where the BA classification of this beer comes from, unless the beer has changed recipes over time...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale

Appearance- ruby reddish brown with a super thick meringue-like head. The head just sits there and you gotta eat it.
Smell- creamy chocolate with a light cherry wood aroma.
Taste- light cocoa with a slight woodsy taste.
Mouthfeel- Very mild. Smooth but playing it too safe.

Overall- a Brown Ale that, unfortunately pulls its punches. Mediocre but not bad. I was hoping for so much more.

Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a branded Tilburg half-pint glass.

The Dutch brown ale is a chestnut brown color with redish highlights. It has good clarity and about an inch of cream colored head that settles slowly.

Aroma is sweet and malty with some nice dark fruit and Belgian-esque yeast.

Flavor is really nice. More of that dark fruit comes through in the form of cherries and raisins. There's caramel and milk chocolate too. It's mostly sweet but there is some balance there too. Bitterness definately takes a backseat.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and moderate carbonation.

This is definately an easy-drinking Belgian. The low alcohol and easy mouthfeel makes it a session beer of great character and flavor.

Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice deep amber with a rocky head, good lacing, and a nice amount of bubbles that keep forming.

Smell: Vinous characteristics, mild chocolate, mild candi sugar, mild berries, but balanced, very aromatic, a nice overall.

Taste: Initial burst of grape skin and the bitter vinous characteristics, with some smooth mild chocolate and caramel, candi sugar, yeast flavors, and finishing with slight hop bitterness, earthiness, and malt. Could be much better, as it's very quick and transient.

Mouthfeel: Fairly medium-bodied and could use more carbonation, as it feels a tad sticky and odd due to the lack of carbonation.

Drinkability: Call me crazy, but this seems more like an English Brown to me, and I thought it was until I looked above at the supposed style. And somehow this is the same brewery that makes the La Trappe Quad, which I love; I had no idea until now. Glad I got to try the single bottle, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have this again, as are other more bold and flavorful styles out there.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful deep caramel-brown with a foamy light mocha-colored head that lacked retention. Nice bubble activity and gorgeous lace patterns adorn the glass over time.

Has a yeasty/malty sweetness with a mellow alcohol background, reminding of a variety of Belgian tripels. Excellent aroma that is a little too timid, would be great if it was just a little more assertive.

Flavors lean toward the sugary end of things, with a brown sugar sweetness that mingles with dark fruits and candy-like malts, but there's no complexity here. It's like they got the look and aroma down but lost inspiration somewhere along the way. It's severely let down by a water-thin mouthfeel that's just short of abominable (especially considering the style).

I used to like this a lot more when I was just getting into the wide world of imported beers beyond Hoegaarden and Guinness. But I guess my tastes have changed, as this doesn't taste as impressive as it once did. It started off great, between the look and aroma, and though I can still get enough enjoyment out of it, it's the Bosch-adorned label that I like best.

Photo of Magpie14
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: the colors in both the pour and in the glass really made for nice appearance. I see cranberry red, burnt pumpkin orange, and mahogany brown colors. The head is a shade lighter than mahogany as well. Lacing is okay and in the norm

S: a fair share of dark fruits, brown sugar and spicy whiffs. Most of the nose is filled with doughy breads that rouse the senses. Up front it seems to be timid for the style, lets hope the flavors deliver....fingers crossed

T: this is an alright example of the style. I still find it lacking in overall complexity that I usually associate with this type of beer. I does supply a slap of tartness, which is leaning towards musty as the sips continue, with the fig and prune character. The sweetness is a light mixture of brown sugar and caramel. The flavors are okay but it just lacks the depth. I wish it would pack a little more of a punch

M: with the palate finishing lightly the feel is much the same. Plenty of carbonation in the mild body and drinking is left for sips and half gulps only, at least for me. Something worth mentioning and rather disheartening is the finishing blow that is borderline watery

D: great logo...not so great beer. I could see this being in the likes of a session as it is drinkable but in a weak way. I prefer flavor over consumption values. I can safely say that this will never grace the walls of my fridge (or glass for that matter) again

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Volo. Malty and yesasty aroma. Mahogoney dark reddish brown, with some soapy white head. Some nice lacing follows. Above average mouthfeel, caramel, dry, not complex, cocoa but with Belgian characteristic finish that is yeasty.Not overly sweet.

Photo of secondtooth
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant amber/red with a huge head of foam, yet virtually no lace.

Aroma of brown sugar, candy malts, with a hint of spicy fruit.

The flavor is sweet, with hints of raisin and toffee. Not the usual brown ale!

Tilburg's is an old favorite of mine, and this repeat tasting (for review purposes) proves this is an easy-to-drink and unique brown ale with an unusual character, worthy of a taste even for those not into beer, per se.

Extra points for the awesome and surreal Bosch artwork on the bottle.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale brewed by Koningshoeven for Bavaria is an interesting interperetation of an oud bruin. It pours a clear, reddish copper body beneath a short head of creamy, light-tan foam that drops readily to an average collar and leaves only minor lacing about the glass. The nose is quite enticing with bright notes of darkly caramelized sugars laced with fruit (berries, a touch of red cherry). More sugars appear in the flavor... some are clearly caramelish, but others are more like simple table sugar; although there is also a subtle chocolatey edge that hangs around in the background. There's less fruit than might be expected given the nose; and there's also a floral note that's no doubt due to some hops. It's quite unique. Clearly, this is an ale that's been sweetened to some extent, and yet there's no real sourness or tart fruit to off-set its bold sweetness; leaving it slightly off-balance. The body is solidly medium, and it's fine, restrained carbonation leaves it slightly viscous and very smooth across the palate; also lending to its impression of sweet, caramel-drenched maltiness. There is some hop bitterness present, but it's not noticeable until after the swallow when the sweetness has receeded and it appears at the back of the throat. Unique, rich and exciting!

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Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.