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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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very good

422 Ratings

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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 17
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2003)
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

shelby415, May 07, 2014
Photo of qcitydarkstar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my Unibroue tulip, resulting in a murky burgundy without particulates and at least two inches of heavy cappuccino-shaded head. The head settles down quickly and unevenly leaving pockets of lumpy head and sticky latticing on the rim of the glass. The initial smell is malty-sweet, with a mild candy sugar smell reminiscent of a Belgian Strong Ale, but considerably lighter. Upon pouring this beer, I also detected an unpleasant scent of burnt plastic, but as the beer warmed it went away. This beer has a rather mild, sweet and rather indistinct taste. Flavors present are sugar, dark berries and roasted grains. Tilburg’s is an enjoyable session beer and for the price is a choice option.

qcitydarkstar, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a rare dutch brown ale from the Koningshoeven Abbey Brewery in Belgium. It pours a nice dark brown colour with a tan head. The aromas are of sweet malts and spices, with little complexity to be had. The taste is malty and sweet, and very well-balanced. This is a nice, well-balanced brown ale, but nothing more. There are many domestic-micro brown ales that are much better than this, for half the cost!

But...this is still damn tasty!

francisweizen, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of Brendog9
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Brendog9, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of rolopix
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

rolopix, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Sturmthis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Sturmthis, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of dsuedbeck
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

dsuedbeck, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Metalmonk, May 27, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA Capone's for the trade...
Appears a dark chestnut with a 2 finger, light tan head of foam that slowly fades out. Light chunks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet brown sugar, marshmellows, flowers, honey suckle and some spice with fruit.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas along with a hint of toffee coming through.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth, medium bodied, sugary sweet with notes of flowers leading to a dry finish.

weeare138, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of jnezda
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into balloon glass. Poured a nice dark chocolate brown with full fine head. Smelled of caramel raisins, dark fruits and malt. Hint of chocolate and toffee at the finish. Good carbonation allowed head to stick around nicely throughout the glass and left some good lacing. This is an amazing light smooth drinking beer for a Belgian dark ale. This is on the soft side of the style and could use a little more body. The mouthfeel was good from the carbonation stand point but lacked a bit in overall flavor.

jnezda, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of Phocion
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Corsendonk tulip. Dark reddish-brown with a bubbly finger of head which is actually a bit small for a tulip, but nonetheless very resilient and leaves sticky lacing throughout.

Malty aroma; chocolate, bready, brown sugar, and dark fruits, particularly raisin and fig. Slightly spiced. Not very complex but still appetizing.

Sweet malted brown sugar and toffee and humbly spiced.

Thin mouthfeel though decently carbonated. Somewhat oily. Slightly spiced aftertaste. Tasty but nothing to write home about.

Phocion, Jan 25, 2008
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed by two Gators in a row, it would seem.

Appearance: Garnet in color, very clear, smallish head with little retention. Bizarre label.

Smell: Aroma is on the lighter side, sweet malts predominant - caramel, some nuttiness.

Taste: Enough sharpness of carbonation and hops bitterness to balance the sweetness of all these dark malts. Caramel, dark fruits (cherry?). A hint of nuttiness shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation seems sharp on the tongue, but strangely didn't produce a huge head and there's not a consistent stream of bubbles. Medium body.

Drinkability: From a Dutch brewery, I was expecting something more along the lines of a British brown ale than a Belgian dark ale. Not what I was expecting, but not bad.

hunteraw, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of rangerred
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear dark brown with a thick two finger tan head with great head retention.

Smells like sweet molasses and caramel along with a bit of yeastyness. A slight metallic note as well.

Taste is quite sweet right off the bat giving way to caramel along with a slight grassy hop flavor. Some baked apple/peach pie flavors in there too. Mouthfeel is sticky but also somewhat watery.

Overall this beer was just a little too sweet for me. The flavors were all good but it would be hard to have more than one in a sitting.

rangerred, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear deep reddish brown color with a thick 1/4" head of tan foam that looked like it was going to be around for a while. There is quite a bit of lacing left on my stein after the beer starts to recede.

Aroma: Rich malty aroma with quite a caramel presence. There is a reserved floral note that I believe is hop derived. To accent the hops, there is also a rich roasty aroma that suggests that it was one malt addition that is adding the dark color and flavor. As the beer warms a bit, there is a really bready component. To go with the bread, there is a ripe fruit aroma making itself known.

Taste: The flavor is somewhat close to the aroma. It is really fruity, and reminds me of red apples and pears. The malt plays a smaller role in the flavor than in the aroma. There is some sweet caramel and a tad of roast, but for the most part the beer is fruity. The finish is balanced toward the malt with a slightly syrupy flavor to linger for some time.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. The malt is pretty much in charge of this beer and it is clean. It ultimately tastes a little like a dessert. It is brewed by Koningshoeven, so I had pretty high expectations for this beer. It isn't bad by any means, but it is no trappist. Either way, I would drink this beer again. It is pretty tasty.

SkeeterHawk, Jul 09, 2006
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle.

The pour is a medium brown with a foamy off-white head. The head recedes rather quickly and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

The nose is yeast with coffee, spices and a hint of fruitiness (grape?). The taste starts sweet before going more sour, which is when the spices come out. The finish and aftertaste bring on a bit of off-flavour before getting back a bit of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high; if I had more than one in the house, I'd drink the other.

CityBoy1986, Jan 12, 2009
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glazed cranberry-orange with bright tangerine trim. The attractive, golden brown sugar colored crown features a mega-bubbly surface that is becoming mega-pitting before my very eyes. A wide band of Belgian lace is a nice touch.

The aroma delivers a less than abundant amount of medium-dark fruit, with a mustiness rather than a spicy yeastiness. Dutch Brown Ale is clearly a BDA, but it isn't an especially noteworthy one. Especially if the nose is a reliable barometer of what's to come.

Though it's a decent example of the style, I'm still not impressed after the first, second and third mouthfuls. Even 5.0% Belgian ales can be dizzingly complex, so the ABV is no excuse on that front. Maybe the yeast strain is an underachiever.

The flavor profile includes steely caramel (the beer stops short of mineral-like), mild cocoa, dried figs and stale tobacco. It's more bitter than sweet, with the mustiness of the aroma in full flower on the palate. This is an acceptable enough BDA, but more depth and more complexity is sorely needed if it has designs on something more.

The mouthfeel isn't terrible, though it could also use an injection of personality. It's light and is acceptably bubbled. The fact that the carbonation fades quickly in the second half of the bottle is the biggest reason for the above score.

This Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven brew is a disappointment, especially since La Trappe Quadrupel is so stupendous. Given the wide distribution of so many excellent Belgian ales, there's no reason to buy this one again. Unfortunately, Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale is pretty close to forgettable.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 21, 2008
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3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Medium dark, cloudy brown color. Pours about a 1 finger bubbly, brown head. Settles quickly leaving a few pockets of bubbly carbonation on the surface. A little beer ring lacing remains as you drink.

S: A lightly malt and caramel, not much else.

T: Tastes pretty much like it smells. A little light malt, some mild hop character, and just a little sweetness in the form of some orange citrus, and a little mint. Almost like a sweet tea thing workin'.

M: Light body. A mild hop and sweetness coat the palette.

D: Pretty good drinking brew.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Nice tone with nothing out of the ordinary for a head. Nose has a similar characteristic. Pretty nice, nothing special. Flavor has a nice balance of light malt, light hop, and light sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

bmwats, Aug 24, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. batch K24K8 10:54

tasted in early/mid may 2009. poured into tulip.

amber/coppery brown. clear (filtered). big 1.5 finger, light tan head, fades to wisps and ring, but constant. moderate lace.

aroma: fruity dates, figs, dark caramel, mild grassy hop, hint of licorice or anise, with light phenols. none of this is all that bright or lively however.

taste: dark caramel, hint of figs, faint euro hopping with mild to moderate bitterness. notes of licorice and spice again, with mild/moderate phenols in back. finish has some malt again. all a bit watery though.

carbonation is moderate but comes in for a prickly, crisp feel upfront, maybe a bit too much. otherwise medium body, almost syrupy.

didn't realize this was a koningshoeven brew. drinkable, but not worth the unusually high price, which hurts this aspect of the score

tai4ji2x, Aug 09, 2009
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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a woody orange-brown with a creamy, sturdy, off-white head that clings to the sides of the glass. Smell is very "worty" with big emphasis on dark bread, raisins, and brown sugar. Some mild Belgian-esque esters poke around in the back. Taste is big on brown sugar and dried fruits with a faint fresh fruitiness in there somewhere. Hops are mild but pleasantly herbal. There's a slight acidity on the sides of the tongue. Kind of too sweet for me. Mouthfeel is lightish with a definite sticky characteristic. Carbonation is mellow. This is a tasty beer but the sweetness gets to be too much. I think I'd like this a whole lot more if it was better attenuated.

goochpunch, Nov 11, 2007
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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark reddish amber with a large, light-mocha head. Lots of hills and valleys as it melts, but only sparse lacing.

Aroma - initial chocolate (light) and vague malt. Develops some yeast and grain taste, but pretty average on the whole.

Taste - sweet and malty, a touch of chocolate perhaps, but not much depth. Finishes with a bit of roasted malt, staying sweet throughout.

Mouthfeel - smooth and generally pleasant with low level carbonation.

Drinkability - one for the maltier side of BA. Palates that enjoy sweeter, sturdy beers may well enjoy this one, but it may be a bit much for volume quaffing.

brewdlyhooked13, Dec 16, 2004
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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one from a 11.2oz bottle with a 10/15 freshness date. The color is dark ice tea with a coppery edge. The head is tan in color and very frothy and smooth. With a one inch thick head, it leaves a good amount of lace at the top of the glass. There is ample carbonation and lots of rising bubbles.

The smell is hard to figure out, but, is a combination of sweet fruitiness, slightly nutty and grape-like. There is a hint of sweet wine in the aroma. The taste is also grapey and like wine. The taste is smooth with very little hop flavor and maybe some hints of caramel.

abcsofbeer, Aug 18, 2005
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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slope shouldered brown 11.2oz glass bottle, pry-off cap and a yellow and black label.
A near opaque body, only abit of deep ruby and maple syrup light comes through. Tan medium bubbled head, very unusual looking. Good retention and very good lace.
Ryebread and molasses scent.
Raisen and dark bread flavor, fairly mild. Very spicy and hoppy aftertaste that lasts well.
Medium body and coating.
Good drinkability though maybe a little plain to last.


oelergud, Mar 03, 2008
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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat clear dark red to brown color with a fairly long lasting tan brown foamy head.

Has a deep chocolate and caramel scent with a fruit overtone and a hint of nut and raisin.

Interesting, an off-caramel taste with a grape flavor that adds to the beer. More bitter than sweet and more so than expected.

Medium mouthfeel and slightly heavy.

Pretty smooth. Nothing outstanding but worth trying.

TheBear11D, Jan 31, 2009
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

Magpie14, Oct 18, 2009
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3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Starts with a tan head that stands a fingers width and slowly recedes to a clumpy lacing. Color is a reddish mahogany brown with some carbonation activity.
Smell is sweet and malty with a slight hint of orange blossom. Taste is still sweet with caramel, oranges, and some banana flavor. Slight phenol notes are present.
Mouthful is on the creamy side, nice medium body. Finishes mostly clean. This is interesting, and the label definitely caught my eye, but i doubt I'll get this one again

bort11, Sep 13, 2007
Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
86 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.