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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

425 Ratings

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 17
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2003

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

First, I have GOT to know... what the FUCK is that on the label? A bird-man eating a woman with crows flying out of her ass? And a cauldron on the thing's head? *LMFAO*

The beer was a lovely clear red color, with a half finger head that died quickly but left a thin film of foam.

Aroma was fruity and sweet, with a hint of molasses. Nice.

Taste is of sweet dark malt, no roasted character. Molasses and toffee. Also a bit of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinkability... hell, it's a really nice brown ale. More like an American nut brown ale, IMHO, but good nonetheless.

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

Appearance: reddish brown, clear, head fades rapidly. Smell: very sweet, noticeable nuttiness and caramel aromas. Taste: Sweet, malty, very nutty, slight fruitiness. Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth. Drinkability: Sweet, pleasent drink, not outstanding, but easy to take.

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

Dutch Brown Ale is medium to dark leathery brown with ruby red accents when held up to the light. About an inch of head that quickly vanished and didn't have much retention or lacing. A malty, yeasty, and nutty aroma but nothing really stood out. All very subdues and well-settled. I taste roasted malts, toffee, nuts, and maybe some chocolate. Not much bitterness. A light to medium mouthfeel with a good taste makes this a solid session brew that I found to be refreshing and a decent compliment to some chocolate chip cookies.

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

After paying only $5.99 for a six pack at my local store in Baltimore I was nicely surprised by this beer. While not a home run, it is a tasty brew with just the right amount of complexity to make it a wonderful everyday beer. Pours a deep mahogany with a frothy head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Smell is of ripe fruit, candy sugars and malt. Taste is much of the same. Ripe plums, and maybe a bit of brown sugar. Quite sweet, but not over the top. Nice well balanced carbonation. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but still passable. A very smooth, drinkable beer. Perfect for those "not sure what I'll have" evenings when you don't feel like cracking open a special beer but also don't want to go slumming.

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

The beer poured crystal clear amber borwn. The head was white and fell back slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was estery with dark fruits and higher alcohols. Also caramel and some Belgian yeast components.

The flavor was neutral with slight fruitiness. Slight dark fruit and caramel flavors and some nuttiness.

The finish was fruity, nutty and neutral in sweetness. The body was medium light.

11.2 ounce bottle. Purchased in NC, so must be lower than 6% ABV. Might explain the lower body.

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 beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great label from Bosch's artwork what appears to be a man shaped like a nose eating a foot?

A: Pours with a nice ruby red color with tan/beige head.

S: Nice sweet roasted malt on nose, brown sugar, bready.

T: Starts off very sweet malt wise, caramel, brown sugar, then turns to a rich and dark roasted flavor with a smokey finish. Some spiciness and lemony hints. Some smoked cherry wood notes for an after tasted.

M: Oily texture on tongue. Good roasted malt bite in the end upon warming.

D: big rich dessert treat enjoyable in moderation due to overwhelming sweetness.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Coppery brown maybe some amber notes. About 1/2 a fingers worth of head that settles to a nice ring, with just a little lacing.

S: Sweet malt, with a nice fruitiness. Maybe figs, with a hint of caramel and licorice. I'm not getting a lot of hops here. Overall different than the last few Brown Ales I've had....

T: OK, I'm getting some different things here.... Caramel is the overall taste I'm getting. I'm also getting some licorice and a mild hop bitterness. Aftertaste is not bad, not bitter and not to sweet. Well balanced.

M: Carbonation is moderate but comes in for a prickly, crisp feel upfront, maybe a bit too much. otherwise medium body.

D: Very Drinkable brew here.... It feels a little higher in ABV when you are drinking it, but it is not.... Nice, I could do a couple of these.

The name fooled me... This is not a true Brown Ale, it is just as Beeradvocate names it.... Belgian Dark Ale. Do it you are looking for a Brown Ale, this is not it. But it is a very pleasant drink. Give this I try, lots of flavor. It is worth a try.

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

I get this one at the Grub Mart here in Jacsonville. Poured into a pint.

A: Came out a nice dark brown with ruby hues. Got a good amount of off white head that stuck around, creating some nice lacing.

S: Malt. Lots of malt. Has a sweet smell of caramel and dark fruits I can't place.

T: Sweet, caramel and roasted malt. Maybe some cherry in there, maybe plum. Got a bitterness on the finish.

M: Has a medium carbanation. Silky smooth.

D: Very drinkable with the light ABV. This is one of the better beers we have readily availiable here in Alabama. Great beer!

Photo of brewskifan55
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic cup at Sydney's in New Orleans while walking around the Quarter.

Appearance: dark shoe polish brown; 1 finger head with good retention that laced nicely around the cup.

Smell: Malty, sweet

Taste: caramel, nuts, bread, figs, malts, and a little dab of dark chocolate. Oh, so smooth.

Mouthfeel: medium, creamy

Overall: a really good recommendation from the beer guy at Sydney's. You never know what treasures you'll find here. Another strong contender to my brown ale list. Rich, robust and smooth drinking.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 2.59/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle marked 11:19 K26F12 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt and yeast phenolics
Head average (4 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to irregular layer
Lacing OK – partial rings and stalactites of mostly small bubbles
Body dark brown with reddish cast
Flavor begins sweet and malty; fades to just sweetness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

A very pleasant brown ale, better (IMHO) bottled than on tap, at least here in the US.

Photo of Minkybut
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured beer into tumbler at 445 dgrees. Beer had a nice color almost red looking. Nice light brown fluffy fat head. Beer smelled like it was going to be hoppy, but it was not thank goodness. also smelled toffee. Sorta just right sweet taste upon hitting palat. First impression is WOW, this is good. Nice lacing. This is a great beer I will buy again.

Photo of sevineyes
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle. The orange label appears to feature a bird-person with a kettle on its head eating a human.

A: Deep copper. Poured with a egg white head that leaves ample lacing. Even leaves sheeting on the glass.

S: A piney, malty smell with - and I know this sounds bad but it's really not that bad - airplane glue. Sugary. Some raw sugar smells

T: Even though it's not that high, I pick up on an alcohol presence. Dark fruits. Plum skins. Candied rasin. Some black cherry. Gives way to a small bananna presence with some floral hops and then ends dry and with a touch of bitter.

M: Silky and watery. Very much what I would expect from the style.

D: Probably a bit too complex to be too drinkable by nature.

Overall: Man, how mislead I was by the label. This beer has everything I'd expect from a Belgian Dark, but really threw me off by the "brown ale" on the label.

Photo of divineaudio
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

flute glass

a - pours a hazy ruby red with a bit of yeast still in suspension. gave me a finger's worth of tan head that calmed slowly to a film and leaves a few chunks of lace around the glass.

s - toasted wheat bread or pumpernickel, toffee, notes of spice, some dark fruits. also a bit musty.

t - bready malt with a fairly prominent spiciness. a little nutty, notes of brown sugar, faint notes of raisin. light bitter twang on the back of the tongue. individual flavors come across as being subtle, but there is really some depth to this beer.

m - firmly medium in body with a coarse co2 profile. a little more carbonation than i prefer.

o - really well put together thoroughly enjoyable. seems firmly planted in between an english brown and a belgian dark, and that's just fine. drinkability is good. recommended.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of webbcreative
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 2, 2009
Brown Pour, 2 finger head. Can't smell too much in this one, slight malty sweet, yeast smell. Taste is wonderful, this is the smoothest, creamiest drink i have had to date. Its a litte sweet, but not too much at all. nice balance with the hops. Clean finish. I just might like this on better than my current fav brown, Hazelnut brown nectar from Rogue, i could drink a few of these! The bottom of the glass came way to early for me. And the value of this beer makes this off the charts for me, I can pick this up a 6er of this beauty for $6.50.

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 graysailor
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of SULLYvin
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle picked up at the Coop on Friday.. Thanks Matt for pointing me in the right direction... I've been taking it easy tonight and wanted to review something from the fridge... The Tilburg is enjoyed very much from my shaped SA glass.

1" head... descent lace.. and a great cap.. the brew is a polished dark chestnut.. beautiful garnet when held to a light.

The nose is every bit a "lite" Belgian Dubbel... Rich caramel malts.. dark malt fruitiness.. I am astounded (really) this is only 5%!! Raisin and slight clove..

Dark toasty breads with caramel.. very rich flavors.. a ton of yeasty/dark malt fruitiness.. a little bit of tobacco and figgy goodness... a tad "sugary" more than malty.. a little nutty as it warms.. the body is heavy given the ABV.. but it lends to a welcome mouthfeel..

Matt said I would appreciate this one... and I do.. I would have actually pegged it (blind) as a well made dubbel as there is obviously no EtOh. For a "session" Dark Belgian... I am very impressed.. Matt should get rid of the lesser English beers and move this one to the cold shelves... I'm impressed.

Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bismarksays
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.