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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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420 Ratings

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 17
Gots: 8 | 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 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.

BeerSox, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of Toddv29424
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been in many beer stores, and have never seen this beer till now. The label is wonderful: a scene taken from Bosch's masterpiece "Garden of Earthly Delights". Pours a brown color with a minimal head. Smell is malty and slighly bitter, as if its kissed with hops. The taste is a bit off-putting at first, as its not what you'd expect from a Brown. Lots of carbonation in the first part of this beer, then a nutty flavor begins to emerge. Next is what seems to be a rush of water. The last part of this beer really coats your throat going down, and leaves behind a medium-dark malty nut flavor. This beer is better than I was expecting, and would definitly purchase again. Worth seeking out.

Toddv29424, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of beveritt
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 11.2 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The bottle has an interesting label depicting a bird-man creature in a blue jumpsuit eating a human that has ravens flying out of its ass. Oh yea, the bird-manhas a kettle on his head, maybe that makes it related to beer?

Appearance: Pours with a 3/4 inch, creamy, off-white head. The head falls to just a few islands of foam. The beer itself is a deep brown read color and perfectly clear.

Smell: Very fruity and sweet. Raisins, caramel, molasses, you name it. if it is sweet and brown, you can pick it up in the smell.

Taste: Somewhat watery at first sip, followed by a malty sweetness with raisin and caramel undertones. Long, lingering sweet finish borders on cloying.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level, body is pretty thin.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but I think there are so many better examples out there. This style of beer is one to sip anyway, not one to pound one after the other.

beveritt, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid dark brown with mahogany hues, a moderate tan to light-brown head, and decent carbonation. Nice light dark fruit and dark malt aromas albeit maybe a touch too light. More raisin in the flavor (which is nice) than the aroma indicates. LIght-medium bodied with a light dry and light fruity finish.

Not bad ...

($6.99 / 6-pack - 11.2 oz. sleek yellowish brown Euro-style bottles)

RBorsato, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of RobertDwight
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark amber hue...decent laces around glass. This is a tasty little brew, packed with a lovely malty taste with a little bitterness at the end. This is a very easy drinking beer, and could be one that I wouldn't mind buying again for a session beer.

RobertDwight, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of guinnessfan
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz poured into Das Festhaus pint

A: Beautiful deep clear reddish brown with a nice 2 finger off-white head. Nice bubbles, leaving decent lacing.

S: Sweet, maybe prunes, dates or raisins. I can't pick up chocolate or caramel.

T: Malty, with a lingering sweet raisiny touch. I think the roasted taste is perfect, not too overpowering.

M: Medium body, not too thin. Although it starts sweet, it leaves no sweet aftertaste of thick feel in your mouth.

D: Very good beer, with a certain complexity, yet not trying too hard to be something it isn't.

I really like this beer, even though I normally don't drink sweeter beers. This one was very good. The label is a nice conversation piece. A bird eating a person and the person has birds coming out of his ass ?!?!?

guinnessfan, Oct 26, 2006
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!

Absumaster, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of davidshamoon
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

davidshamoon, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale pours a reddish brown with a thin off white head from a brown bottle. The aroma is sweet, mabe a little nutty, definitely some fruit. Taste is also sweet, maybe slight nutty flavor to it at the end. Caramel is noticeable. Very easy to drink beer. Recommended.

Drew966, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to maltygoodness for this one.

Pours a deep mahogony color. Off white head cascades on the pour and then quickly falls to a halo of film that leaves some lacing. First impression on smell is caramel sweetness. Also some dark fruit notes. Taste also hits me with a ton of caramel sweetness. Also pick up some notes of chocolate and more dark fruits. For as sweet as the intitial taste is it finishes rather smooth. A nice beer that I would definately drink again.

beermanbrian, Sep 19, 2006
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.

Byeast, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tiny brown bubbles amongst some bright honey highlights make this beer nice and colorful. The strong foam or lacing doesn't hurt any either. Behind the the alkaline aroma was some fruity spices. But they were a little hard to pick out with the alkali and all. But the metal stuffs was gone for the tase. Showcasing some nice plum and cinnamon notes. This would be a very flavorful session beer.

scruffwhor, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought based on the trippy picture on the label, and after checking other reviews I now know it's from a real work of art. A bird sitting on a chair, wearing a kettle for a hat, eating a human body which is farting out more birds. Circle of life.

The beer was murky brown with almost no carbonation. I think it might of been a really old bottle, but I can't tell from the bottle. There's a stamp stating "K02F5", I don't know what it means, maybe Feb 2002?

The flavor is OK, kind of similar to Nostradamus from Caracole. It might have tasted even better fresher...

Slightly above average, with an extremely good label.

TurdFurgison, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of olacub
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a rich, dark reddish-brown. Nice head with some lacing, but it disappears after a minute or so.

S: I don't get much on the aroma - some malty sweetness, and that's about it.

T: Sweet, maybe even a tad raisin-esque, a kiss of bitterness on the back of the tongue as it finishes - otherwise rather plain.

M: Pretty thin, a little too much carbonation.

D: Very drinkable if so inclined - I'd want a little more complexity myself.

olacub, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of wolffman17
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Looks like liquid mahogany. A decent 1 1/2 inch light brown head tries to stick around, but ends up fading fairly quickly. At any rate, it looks inviting out of the bottle.
Smells like sweet caramel and grapes. Intriguing. The first whiff is very sweet, and I was certain that this would be a decent beer.
Tastes much like the smell, but with a bit of bitterness. Sweet and satisfying...something salty would go well with this.
Very smooth, moderate carbonation, but it seemed somewhat watery by the time I finished it.
Drinkable? Without a doubt.

A good beginner's beer that's sweet and easy to drink.

wolffman17, Jul 25, 2006
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.

andrewm190, Jul 16, 2006
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
Photo of wedge
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean deep red color with a thin creamy tan head. Sweetened fruity yeast smell...sour apple and toffee. Sweet malts, dark fruits followed by some toastiness - maybe some alcohol. Sugary and kind of tart...on the thin side and a bit flat by the end of the glass.

This is an odd beer...I see why they chose a part of a Hieronymus Bosch painting for the bottle - (that bird-like character is supposed to be Satan I believe). Not really sure if I like it or not...peculiar.

wedge, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a bottle of this in a 12 pack "Beers of the World" from World Market as a Christmas present from my cousins. Poured into my mug. This beer pours a medium, clear amber ruby brown color with a nice head that sticks around for quite a while. One of the foamiest heads I have seen in awhile with nice lacing. Aromas of sweet and perhaps roasted nuts along with some dark fruit, such as raisin, as well. Taste is of sweet, slightly roasted malt, with a hint of caramel and roasted nut, raisin and a bit of bread. Not overly sweet on the palate. Rounded out witha slight touch of hop bitterness for good measure. Crisp, smooth and creamy texture and mouthfeel, light to medium body, with moderate carbonation. Just about everything about this beer reminds me of root beer, which is great for me since root beer is one of my favorite soft drinks. The only difference is that this beer isn't as sweet or carbonated as root beer. Also sort of reminds me of coffee as well, but root beer more so than anything else. This beer has its own unique taste, unlike any other brown ale or any other beer period for that matter that I have ever had. A must try for those who like brown ales and also root beer lovers everywhere!


neenerzig, Jun 10, 2006
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 pibbxtrasucks
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

For starters this beer was purchased based only on the packaging. Its weird. has a bird with a pot on its head eating a naked girl with ravens coming out of her bum... my girlfriend was amused so she bought it. But I digress, this site is about taste. So, the beer was a very nice dark brown color and had a decent head. it smelt really sweet, but nothing that made you not want to drink it. once you finally get around to having a sip you are almost immediately overpowered by the sweetness of the beer. wouldn't have been so bad if that was what you were expecting... but, I wasn't... and it was too sweet in my opinion. my girlfriend complained of a plastic aftertaste, but I didn't really notice it. It had a nice mouth feel and if you like sweet beers, it should be very drinkable. Bottom line, if you like sweet, try this beer, if not... its your call.

pibbxtrasucks, May 27, 2006
Photo of ZAP
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive amber color...nice creamy tan head..

Nose is sweet and fruity (grapes), also slightly nutty.

Very sweet taste to this...big on the brown sugar or candy sugar...a very slight nutty component.

High carbonation but smooth and creamy.

Decent enough. If you like a sweeter style brown ale you'll like it.

ZAP, May 12, 2006
Photo of danielharper
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Vulcan Beverage, Birmingham, AL.

A: Pours a dark amber (almost brown) hue with a very thick foamy khaki-colored head. The head was so thick on this one that I couldn't even pour all the beer into the pint glass. Quite nice.

S: Some sugary sweetness, almost a cloying "bubblegum" aroma is faintly present in the background. Intriguing.

T: Flavor is made up of rich sweet barley notes, with a nice nutty aftertaste. Slight "funkiness" from Belgian yeast strains.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, slightly chewy. Very low carbonation.

D: I rather like this beer. Not bad for five percent alcohol. It's different from other beers in the same style that I've tried -- I may be buying this again.

danielharper, May 05, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know if a Brown Ale gets much better. Though listed as a Belgian Dark Ale, I prefer to describe it as a Brown Ale. Pours a ...well...brown creamy texture with lightly tanned, dense head and ruby highlights. Smells a creamy, chocolaty, nutty, caramel flavor with a bready, toasty, yeasty contributing scent. Flavors of nuts and chocolate stand out with caramel, barley, yeast, and dark fruits lying close behind. A creamy, yet moderate body lends to a easy going brew. Sometimes tasting and feeling rich due to the lack of hopping. Nevertheless many flawless flavors to offset the sweetness and graininess. Certainly one to try.

Re-sampled on June 15, 2009: Thanks Arvjunk!

BEERchitect, Mar 16, 2006
Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.