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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423 Ratings

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Ratings: 423
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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Photo of CultureJamMN
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber with crimson edges. In a pint glass this beer has fantastic head, three fingers at least, fades to about 1 finger by the bottom. Lacing is wonderful.

The smell is roasted and malty but with fruits, largely dark fruits like blackberry and maybe even loganberry. There is a sweet smell as well that comes on with maybe coccoa and buttery toffee.

The taste is sweet and malty, the berry undertones are a bit more pronounced than in the smell. There is also a pancakes and syrup thing, but it's very subdued... pleasant.

This beer seemed a tad overcarbonated, but that faded further down the glass. Mouthfeel was thinish, but not unsubstantial. Leaves the mouth a bit dry, but not parched.

All in all, a great brown ale if you are drinking a few pints. This could be a nice session beer in April or maybe even May. Among the best in class for the pricepoint.

Photo of sprucetip
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. A bit darker brown than tea, tall fizzy tan head falls fast. Clear and active, with reddish highlights.

Spicy yeast and vaguely of roasted grain with faint sourness. Malty sweetness is the platform for above.

Like the nose, malty sweet base with light spicy, roasty, and sour notes. Mild bitterness too.

A faint bite, medium body feels bigger than it is, luscious texture, finishes clean.

Goes down way too easy. Has the flavor of a much bigger brew. Dangerously drinkable.

Photo of endovelico
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful hazy mahogany color with garnet highlights and a tacit mocha head that holds a bit until it ends up being replaced by some slight lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Now, this is a treat. Medium high in intensity. Smells beautifully and boldly of caramel, chocolate, spices, raisins flaunting at the same time assertive herbal notes reminiscent of Lemon balm and Tilia.

Taste: Medium to medium high in intensity. Chocolate, alcohol, cooked peas, yeasty, caramel, coriander seeds, flowery notes. A bit disappointed considering how gorgeous the aroma is.

Mouthfeel: Medium full bodied. A bit too high of a carbonation for such a brew. Medium to medium low bitterness. Finishes a bit too dry.

Overall: (To style) I'm rating this as a Belgian dark ale or a Dubbel at the very least. Its kind of flat on the tongue and lacks depth. The carbonation is also a bit off, in my opinion. Still a great beer and in my opinion very sessionable.

Photo of macpapi
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had never even heard of this beer. Picked up a single 11.2 oz bottle on a whim, and gave it a try. I am pleasantly surprised.

Tilburg is a realtively dark brown color, with a half inch tannish head. Much like one would expect from a brown ale. The smell is very impressive. First comes malty aromas, later mixed with a strong fruit presence. I noticed plums, raisins and apple. This sweetness is followed by more, in the form of caramel. There is little hop presence noticeable. Very typical of a dark Belgian in terms of fruity aromas. The taste is also quite well done. Hints of multiple fruits--grape, plums, raisins--give it a nice, deep quality. Maltiness is also quite present. There is a bit of an aftertaste, but overall, this is a very smooth tasting brew. Substantial and full on the palate. There is little carbonation to speak of and a hint of yeast remains on the tongue.

This was a good find. It is an impressive beer. Sweet, smooth and tasty. Very drinkable and worth trying.

Photo of bcolflesh
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a beer trade - drank after mowing the lawn.

Cool looking bottle has a demon image from the third panel of Hieronymus Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delights" triptych.

Tasty and smooth drinking - no annoying aftertaste - I liked it. Probably really good with some cheese and pretzels.

Photo of LacquerHead
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at The Friendly Spot in S. Antonio TX.

It was poured into a plastic pint glass. I wasn't feeling pretensions so this didn't bother me. (I could of asked for a regular pint glass, and the bartender would have happily provided me one, but I simply didn't care)

Very dark brown with a 1/2inch bubbly head that settled to a medium lacing.

This was like beer candy!

The smell was like candy mixed with malty beer

The taste was very pleasant. It had a sweet maltiness to it. There were dark fruit flavors - dark cheery cobbler- along with some liquorish. There was a faint hint of hops that added a little dry bitterness.

I drank this outside on a warm night and it was a perfect sipping beer. I could have this for dessert after every meal. Overall, a very interesting beer that I would definitely buy again. (I loved the Bosch character on the tap handle.)

Photo of dstc
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with a ruby tint. Nice tan head falls to just about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Has a pleasant, sweet malt aroma. Smells very sweet actually, should be good.

Taste is much like the aroma. Full malt taste with a nice sweetness to it. Ends with a very slight bitterness.

Rather full mouthfeel and quite smooth. Low carbonation.

Nice. Like this one. Worth trying.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Two finger khaki head with a decent amount of retention. There is a good bit of puffy lace on the glass too. The body is a very attractive dark chocolate body.

Smell- Very heavy on the caramel and bread malts. There is a slight nuttiness here too. It smells wonderful!

Taste- There is a nice amount of bread malt here. Also some earthy hop notes. Not as sweet on the palate, but a really good drink nonetheless.

Mouth feel- Medium bodied and a smooth drink. It is a good quality beer.

Overall- It is qualified as a dark belgian, and the herbal notes and earthy hops make a case for this. However, there is so much bread and caramel malt that it is very much trying to be a brown. No matter how confused this beer might be, it can't help but be incredibly drinkable.

Photo of danielocean03
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a ruby-hued deep brown, almost garnet in appearance. Two full fingers of thick foamy off-white head slowly dissipate to a sticky oil slick and lacing. Aroma is sweet, smells of honey and dark dried fruit, raisins, caramel, malt, grain. Taste is also sweet, full of caramel and roasted malty goodness, more dark fruit undertones, grain and bread notes follow through to a dry finish, with a slight hint of a bitter hop bite. Mouthfeel is watery, light bodied with low to moderate levels of carbonation, a smooth brew that goes down exceptionally easy. Being paired with a sweet malty aroma and flavor along with the low abv% and light body, this would make for a great session beer. Recommened trying if available, definitely a worthwhile beer, would purchase again.

Photo of Mitchel
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio, TX when they were having ‘mystery beer night’. That is a random bottle of beer for $2 (what a deal). I had never heard of this beer, but to my surprise, I really liked it.

It offers a great claret, amber color with a thick bronzed head. While the head quickly disappears, it leaves an irregular level of head pockets. It has great soft flavors of maple, brown sugar, and a somewhat fruity essence (almost grape). Though, this beer can come off a little sweet.

For you home brewers, Tilburg’s comes in some interesting 11.2 oz. bottles (like most beers of this style) which are unique in themselves and great for recapping.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look Beautiful reddish brown color with 1/4 beige head with very little head retention and very little lacing

Smell Slight malty notes with hints of prunes figs and a bit of caramel

Taste Similar to the smell. Up front is the sweetness from the malt and on the back end you pick up traces of the prunes figs and caramel. very nice

Mouthfeel Medium body and lightly carbonated

Overall Good example of a brown ale. This is exactly what I look for in a brown ale good flavor good mouthfeel and very drinkable, I could drink this daily.

Photo of SirSketch
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beige head with little retention. Deep mahogany color and had some murkiness to it.

S - There isn't much aroma to this beer. Slight malt smells and some fruity notes.

T - The taste of this dutch brown ale was what really stood out to me. The malt used left a wonderful sweetness on the tip of my tongue. It also had nutty and butterscotch facets to it. Nice, long lasting aftertaste, too!

M/D - Medium amount of carbonation and medium body, just perfect for the style. I could drink this beer all night.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An obligatory comment about the label: what the hell? The people of Tilburg are obviously very proud, and justly so, of the artistic tradition of Holland, but I've got to say it takes guts to shush aside Rembrandt or Vermeer, and instead celebrate the painter of "the Garden of Earthly Delights" (Hieronymous Bosch) and isolate a particularly horrific "bird-headed, kettle-hatted monster in the midst of devouring a human, with birds flying out of his/her ass" picture to use as the central label image on, of all things, a beer label. Most bold, Koeningshoeven, most bold!
But, about the beer...
Clear, bright crimson color, dark and nearly brown, not quite, though, with a thick, rich, cocoa-colored, creamy head, very nice.
Aroma is sweet and nutty from the start, with big caramel notes, alert, lively, wide open and awake, ...so far, so good!
Taste: smooth, and slightly sweet, mild hops, lush malt, more caramel in the flavor, bright, fruity, with a significant character.
I was prepared to be disappointed, but I'm not. As a brown ale, this is above par, quite top of the notch. Tasty, medium bodied, with a long, lingering nutty, sweet finish. As far as brown ales go, this one far surpasses many more famous versions.
Still scratching my head about that label image choice. Even "Christ Mocked" would be better!

Photo of BeerSox
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into (whoops...) pint glass.

Dark but clear ruby color with a tan one inch head that lasts a long time, then settles to a frothy thin cap. Very solid lacing.

Fruity grape overtones on top of a sweet malt base. Sweet without being too sweet, with a touch of phenols.

Sweet smooth malts, a bit on the thin side. Good carbonation helps accentuate the dark fruit flavor of plumb. The finish is clean with a bit of the fruitiness sticking around. Very little bitterness all around.

I made a bit of a goof and poured this one into a pint glass when I saw "Brown Ale" on the label. However, it turned out fine. This is very drinkable as a sweet beer that most people can enjoy. Recommended.

Photo of Absumaster
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is brewed for the American market, but it was available in my beershop.

Appearance is a deep red/brown color with little head and a steady stream of carbonation.

Smell of molasses, dark malt, roasted and some candisugar. All the darker smells come round.

Taste is caramellic, dark malt, maltbitter, something like vanilla, which is really great. Just a little too much of the roasted flavor. Body is medium and this stuff is very drinkable.
Good stuff from the monks!

Photo of nrpellegrini
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown color with a small tan head. Smells of malts and nuts. Has a great nutty caramel flavor, not overpowering, minimal and clean. Crisp and refreshing as it goes down very easy. A slight sweet off taste at the end but only on the first 2 drinks, smooths out and evens up with the rest of the beer.

Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark red-brown hue with a clear body and one finger of frothy ivory foam. A decent-looking brew.

Smell: rich, nutty aroma with a little roasted malt. There's also a caramelly crystal malt character here. A tiny hint of tartness shows up, no doubt due to roasted malts, and there's a light estery fruitiness befitting a Benelux beer.

Taste: ah, the delicious fruitiness hinted in the aroma comes through full-force in the flavor. A fresh bready, nutty brown ale with a delicious fruitiness behind. It lacks a bit of complexity, but makes up for it in plain tastiness.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation yields a very delicious creaminess. These guys can make one silky, creamy beer.

Overall: perhaps I've been spoiled by some of the great beers of Belgium and the Netherlands, but I just feel like there could be a little more complexity in this beer's flavor. That said, I still think it is very tasty and could gladly quaff liters of it if given the chance.

Photo of njdhopgrower
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was bought to try something new. We were pleasently surprised it was an easy drinking brown ale.
It is light in body wiht a dark brown color. Light hop aroma in the nose Sweet malty taste with a clean finnish. It also has slight caramel and chocolate taste and sweet but not overly cloying.
It is an easy drinking beer.

Photo of andrewm190
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. there is a multitude of flavors involved. most notably its malty. I drank this right after having a shiner bock, which i did not enjoy at all, so my opinion may be somewhat scewed. For me, it seems rare that a beer is really tasty and easy to drink. Most beers (darker the better) that i enjoy tend to limit themselves to a few drinks before they become overwhelming and there isn't much point in eating anything else. however, this beer leaves a clean and subtle feeling and is therefor very easy to drink. I would love to try this one out of the tap. Its definately worth a buy.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Style: Belgian Dark Ale
ABV: 5.00 %

LOOK: Held to light, a beautiful ruby red, fine clarity and active carbonation rising to the top. Small fizzly head recedes to a ring around the glass.

SMELL: Bready, doughy yeast character. Faint wisp of sweet molasses/whiskey like malt.

TASTE: Caramelized brown sugar, light dark fruit notes, toasted grain, and a firm malty flavor at that. Tea like, earthy hop bitterness, a bit grassy as well. Suggestions of figs and dark chocolate. More or less even balance with a light mineral twang. Full flavored ale with rich nutty maltyness and an expressive yeast character.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, elegant drying finish. Palate coating and works with the style,

OVERALL: This is a perfect example of a simple Belgian Dark. Great for a session ale, and quite enjoyable. Would pair well with grilled pork and seasoned vegetables.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale has a thick, creamy, quickly-dissipating, beige head, some lacing left on the glass, and a deep brown (lighter at the edges) appearance. The faint aroma is of sweet, roasted barley malt and brown bread crust. Taste is of the same, with sugar, a slight hop bitterness, and brown bread dough present as well. The mouthfeel is medium, and Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale finishes semi-dry, sweet, delicious, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer, and I recommend checking it out.


Photo of Rudgers73
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a short chalice from the bottle. Uniform dark brown color, pale tan head that settles relatively quick. The smell is bready/belgian yeast, dark sugar, chocolate malts. The taste is great. Very smooth and sweet. Round throughout the drink. Sweet in the beginning with a nutty character rising until the end. Tastes like a bit of hops were added in the very last minutes of the boil. I like brown ales and this one is more than drinkable at 5%. Great beer overall.

Photo of thebierbrewery
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Poured crystal clear with a reddish brown hue. Okay head retention, but does have a lace.

S= Smells of carmel, biscuit, and other toasted malts. A very nice blend.

T= Clean tasting, with the smells from the malts coming through in the taste.

M= Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D= Very drinkable, a nice clean brown ale.

Photo of tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a deep reddish-brown color with immense tannish head that had true staying power. Smell is a nice combination of nuts, caramel, molasses, and sweet fruit. Taste is truly exotic with enormous amounts of molasses, sweet dark caramel, roasted nuts and dark fruits combining together to form an exquisite creamy mixture that had a wonderful taste (I really like the taste..) Finishes with more caramel and molasses. Very enjoyable to drink. My glass was empty before I could complete this review. Definitely something to have again ( and again)

Photo of boudreaux
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, clear brown with ruby hues; creamy, thick 1/2 finger head that remains the same thickness along the surface of the brew, sticking to the side of the glass

S: Sweet and nutty malts at first; some chocolate, Belgian sugar, and slight caramel; as it warms, hints of sour, Belgian yeast strain come forth

T: All sweetness, with a touch of roasted malt bitterness underneath; tastes like a brown ale with sugar syrup stirred end, but not overwhelmingly sweet, thanks to hints of dark chocolate and malt flavors

M: creamy, but not too thick; medium body; some metallic hints; finishes smoothly, like velvet

O: interesting how something that should taste overly sweet comes across pleasantly; well-balanced, straightforward, and distinctively Belgian version of English Brown Ale style

Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.