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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

416 Ratings

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 16
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of davidshamoon

New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

I lost most of my notes on this one, but I felt I had to post with what I had, so delicious is this beer.

Beautiful ruby-hued brown color, with a generous head. Sweet, malty aromas, but the flavor is surprisingly crisp and mellow. No need to combine this one with food -- stands on its own for before or after dinner. Refreshing, fine carbonation. All the rich flavors of a Belgian strong dark ale, but much more drinkable.

10-03-2006 02:46:17 | More by davidshamoon
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

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

08-11-2005 02:12:29 | More by Billolick
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

02-22-2008 17:02:05 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of mralphabet


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

05-10-2010 03:03:43 | More by mralphabet
Photo of JAStheAce


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

06-26-2009 04:25:18 | More by JAStheAce
Photo of sevineyes


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

03-09-2006 04:12:05 | More by sevineyes
Photo of everetends


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

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!

05-13-2008 23:57:31 | More by everetends
Photo of brewskifan55


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

10-10-2011 19:34:49 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of mortarit

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

25 Feb 07

I came back to this brew because I remember I like it. But I guess through many many beers it still pretty good. I was just hoping that it had a greater effect like the last time I had it. I gave it a good score because it needs recognition.

Nutty dark brown beer

Head was thick but didn't last long so you better be quick about it.

Taste is being alter because I think I saw the yeast from the bottom slide in with the beer. So it has the yeast present a little.
Label is really has a picture that I don't understand the meaning too. Maybe a female can interrupt it.

02-26-2007 05:09:47 | More by mortarit
Photo of tbryan5


4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-19-2013 02:19:55 | More by tbryan5
Photo of kingjames1

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

08-20-2012 23:22:02 | More by kingjames1
Photo of graysailor


4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-27-2012 01:46:49 | More by graysailor
Photo of SULLYvin

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-06-2012 21:47:55 | More by SULLYvin
Photo of JohnGalt1


4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

04-21-2009 09:36:59 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of tommy5


4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-13-2013 13:18:23 | More by tommy5
Photo of bismarksays


4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-18-2012 20:13:40 | More by bismarksays
Photo of dipso123


4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-28-2012 00:18:42 | More by dipso123
Photo of Stoffel


4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-31-2011 23:27:16 | More by Stoffel
Photo of pathman


4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-14-2013 17:56:40 | More by pathman
Photo of MaltyGoodness


4/5  rDev +6.1%

12oz bottle

Pours a clear and dark mahogany brown with a reddish huw. Has a dense tan head that maintains. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and malty with some nice dark fuity tones.

Taste is mildly sweet and malty upfront with some dark fruity flavors. Finishes fruity and rather clean with only a hint of lingering malt.

Medium body, creamy texture.

This is a nice beer. I was expecting a brown ale by the label, but it is definitely a Belgian dark. It really caught me by suprise, and it was only 99 cents for the bottle.

04-25-2006 23:14:11 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of safaricook


4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-06-2013 11:36:20 | More by safaricook
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-22-2014 02:03:06 | More by memphischas
Photo of AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-31-2013 21:02:55 | More by AngusOg
Photo of Docrock


4/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottle poured into a tulip:

A- nice dark coppery brown color. nice creamy colored head that dwindles to a thin cap. lacing was average.

S - many subtle aromas but foremost is the caramel malt, a bit of molasses and fig which is very pleasant.

T- it is almost sweet but no overtly so. no apparent hop bitterness, just a clean malty body with the fig and maybe date and molasses aftertaste.

M - medium bodied with decent carbonation, a very smooth and drinkable beer.

O - very enjoyable, could easily see having several of these without even thinking about it. pretty well balanced even without a noticeable hop fingerprint.

12-23-2012 17:29:43 | More by Docrock
Photo of ROGUE16


4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-06-2011 13:32:45 | More by ROGUE16
Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.