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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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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/4" beige head on top of dark brown beer. Beer has some amber tint. Streaky, spotty lace.

S - Sweet. Hint of spice. Subdued.

T - Brown sugar. Spice. Dark fruit. Toffee. Earthy/woodsy. Light molasses or maple.

M - Rich medium bodied mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level.

D - Super sweet. Drinkability is good when I am in the mood for this.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

TheSleepyMonkey, Dec 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Kornoms, Sep 12, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wolfsblood for this one.

I poured this one into a Chimay goblet. The beer displays a translucent amber-brown body. The head is pushing toward one finger, but is no where near as impressive as many Belgian beers. This head dissipates rather quickly down to a ring and some floating bits of foam on top leaving some lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma of the beer is all malts. This seems to present itself in the form of caramel and toasted characteristics.

The flavor hits you up front with more caramel malts. Toasted malts along with perhaps a bit of roasted malts as well are in there. Hops are no where to be found. What I also find surprising is the incredible cleanliness of the yeast. Usually I would expect a more fruity/phenolic/spicy characteristic in a Belgian-style ale. I find the lack of this element to be rather disappointing. There is a it of a copper penny like flavor in there almost.

The body is medium with a lively carbonation.

Overall, I can't say that I am going to be excited to reach for this one again. The overall flavor profile just seems rather boring. I can't say its bad, but there is very little about this one that would bring me back

MSchae1017, Jan 29, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

JoeLacy, Feb 18, 2013
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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.

Rudgers73, Jun 28, 2007
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3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in colour with some hints of red. Mild carbonation. Very sweet malty aroma with only the slightest hint of grassy hops. Sticky sweet malty flavors, along with vague notes of chocolate, roasted nuts, and spices. Good flavor concentration at the beginning, but fades into a somewhat watery finish. A little unbalanced in my opinion, although this really isn’t a style that I’m into.

fisherman34, Aug 09, 2005
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2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a dark amber ale with a tall light tan head.
The aroma is quite sweet; caramel malt and a bit of brown sugar surface.
The flavor is also quite sweet. There is a toffee presence and it seems a bit buttery.
Mouth feel is very light and a bit under carbonated.

Naes, Mar 03, 2006
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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First I would like to say, what the hell is up with these 11.2 oz. bottles! Anyways, The appearance is quite nice. Has a clear garnett color with great head retention. Sweet malts and grapefruit come out in the aroma. The taste is sweet almost candy like. This is a interesting brown ale to say the least. It was a good beer, but not something I would pick up on a regular basis.

Luigi, Feb 05, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

silverking, Oct 27, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall thin glass.

A: Dark scarlet clear body, nearly ruby in its richness. Head is a perfect two fingers that looks soft and sticks around.

S: The nose is nearly all malt, with candy-red sticky roasted malts. As it sits the hops begin to show, but they remain in the back seat.

T: Bready, malty, moderately complex and definitely sweet. The flavor doesn't stray too far in the sweet direction however, and remains balanced at all times. The flavor profile tastes to me like it is riding the line between macro and micro. Good quality and complexity, but still has a finished taste that doesn't allow for the intricate nuances of the highest quality import belgian dark ales.

M: Medium body and smooth... good carbonation levels.

D: Very drinkable. High marks here.

Overall: A good example of the style, but this is still outclassed by the best of this style.

allforbetterbeer, Aug 23, 2010
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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

boudreaux, Jul 25, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great dutch beer, one of the best brown ales by far on this planet, It has a great almost fruity wonderful taste, sweet and very solid in the taste department! Nice Nice smell, and besides the lack of lacing, the look of this brew is great! I love the dutch and this beer will love you too!

Onslow, Feb 26, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark reddish brown color, semi-transparent, thin white ring of head around the glass

S- Toasted nuts, dark malts, fairly sweet smelling w/ hints of dark fruits

T- Brown sugar, toasted nuts, dark malts, molasses, toffee, dark fruits, slight caramel flavor

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, lingering sweetness

D- Definatly worth trying

Not quite what I was expecting because it was labeled as a brown ale when it turns out it is actually a dark belgian ale. This beer is also very sweet on the tongue.

iceball585, Dec 01, 2007
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3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice rusty garnet with two fingers of lightly browned bishop roll colored head. Head retention is moderate with a fairly nice amount of lacing left on the glass.

S: Yeasty bready notes with all spice and darkened fruit.

T: Malty sweet notes with flavors similar to those in the nose. Hop presence is pretty diluted except to add a very mild spice.

M: Oh so creamy and delicious. Plenty of carbonation to balance what could have easily been a flabby beer. Nice.

D: Not overly viscous but still a little thick, I could easily have a few of these. Drinkin em all night seems a stretch, though.

McStagger, Sep 24, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this one and if anybody didn't know the cover art is from the painting "Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymous Bosch. It is an excerpt from the "hell" panel called the Birdheaded Monster of the three paneled painting with heaven on the left, the Garden of Eden in the middle and hell on the right. It is pretty crazy looking and was painted in 1519! On that note, on to the beer. HAd this one chille in a pint glass. Pours a dark goldish color. Smells of plesant caramel and slightly nutty. Tastes quite the same reminds me a bit of amaretto. I could enjoy this a lot.

Portertime, Apr 18, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: It's a deep cherry color with a sizable toffee colored head that retains fairly well and leaves some noticeable rings of lacing down the glass.

S: Rather malty and full for a small beer. Definitely getting dark fruits from the Belgian yeast, some caramel malt sweetness, and a faint nutty character. Definitely sweet as opposed to spicy. For a smaller beer it's got a quite nice aroma.

T&M: Decent, but it's missing a lot. It starts somewhat sweet, but grows more bitter and bland after the initial candied flavor--there's a roasted caramel and chocolate flavor, and a hint of floral flavor. The flavor really fades on the tail end due to an inferior mouthfeel. The finish is dry, but devoid of any appreciably good flavor. Carbonation is decent, but the body is too light to hold up well. A fuller body would allow more of the malty flavors to develop and provide that familiar velvety mouthfeel we all know and love from Belgians.

D: Light body does leave it rather drinkable, but the flavor isn't good enough to merit a higher score. I'm glad I tried this beer, but I probably won't revisit it anytime soon.

BamaBeerBuff, Nov 19, 2008
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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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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear really dark red. Small 1-finger head. Decent retention, but not great.

S: Caramel, plums, pumpkin and vanilla with lots of spices. A little fruity.

T: Interesting flavor - very sweet and fruity. A touch of vanilla and some other spices. Not a bad flavor at all.

M: A little too fizzy - burns the tongue slightly. Medium-light bodied. Fairly dry.

D: Pretty drinkable, but you have to burp a lot because of the carbonation.

ralree, Oct 16, 2007
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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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3/5  rDev -20.6%

casapy, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Nutwood, Aug 01, 2013
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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
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3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Northern Brewer pint glass.

Appearance: Clear brown w/ amber hues. Nice lively 1/2 inch head that dissipates to 1/8 inch a few minutes after pouring.

Smell: Mostly sweet and malty w/ a hint of molasses.

Taste: Smooth w/ a malty character. A hint of nuttiness and caramel. Very mildly bitter and finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and clean. Carbonation is lively and lights up the mouth.

Drinkability: A pretty solid beer. I could put back a few of these quite easily. Very drinkable as it isn't to alcoholic or bitter and goes down smooth.

brewdoc75, Oct 29, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

BradleyR, Mar 26, 2013
Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.