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 northaustin
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a thin brown with quickly disappearing off white head.

smell is weird and artificial to me. honestly smells like a forty with caramel.

taste is a bit better. nice presence of malts but still very thin. very similiar to other commercial brown ales.

mouthfeel: thin then sticky cheeked syrupyness.

drinkability: not one of my favorite brown ales. worth a try though. fairly sessionable.

Photo of McDosey
2.48/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought this from a local party store because the dude working the register was pushing it at a cut rate. He raved that his customers "really liked it", but I was skeptical. Do his customers really come back to the store to tell him they just couldn't get enough of the Tilburg's they bought from him at half-price? Dubious story, but I picked it up anyway.

Took a break from work this morning to have a bottle:

A: Legit mahogany, with lots of vibrant red when held to the light. Very clear. Thin tan head with little retention. Good color-wise, but I could already tell this baby was going to be watery.

S: There was a distinct scent lingering just under the surface here that I just couldn't nail. I swirled this thing 100 times and finally ran out of time. Mildly astringent, roasty smell at first sniff. Post-swirl, I detected wax, root vegetables (parsnips?), dough and yeast. Was expecting some nuttiness perhaps, but nothing very rich in the nose here.

T: Kind of non-descript for me. Some sweet notes, some bitter notes, but nothing very distinct. This beer didn't seem too deep or complex, just kind of ho-hum.

M: Some sharp carbonation upfront that fades quickly. Finishes watery and gives you a brief, queer aftertaste that I couldn't quite identify - yeast perhaps.

Overall, didn't particularly like this and I wouldn't expect to drink it again. It is light and thin, so you could session with it, but there are lots of better options if that's what you're after.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is pretty unusual. It is most similar to the Carribean-Latino brew style known as Malta-Hatuey (the style, not the brand).

G – Tulip.

A – Deep mahogany with a one finger head, lesser retention.

S – Honey, bread, raisins and dark brown sugar.

T – Sweet brown sugar flavor that seems to almost separate from the malt character, which is generally full, rich and moderately buttery and with traces of caramel flavor as well. The hop is muted and only appears to balance the sweet and malty tastes. There is also a subdued berry-fruit tone to it, but only the faintest hints.

M – Sweet and lightly carbonated. A comparison to sweet tea, at least in terms of liquid viscosity, is appropriate.

D – Too sweet to be consumed frequently. But I still think it is very interesting and quite enjoyable.

Photo of TLove
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle to pint glass.

This beer got the unfortunate categorization of being placed in the Belgian Dark Ale category. As a brown ale, it is creamy and smoky and pretty good. As a BDA, it is not creamy enough, poorly balanced, and a poor rendition.

There is some cane sugar, dark fruits, and sweet bread in the tastes, but it is mostly dominated by burnt milk chocolate and smoked hops. There is a pungent, sour cherry taste that rounds out the thin body's lack of yeast.

Photo of bsp77
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into a Tilburg's glass, which resembled a mini-Pils glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish brown with thick tan head and nice lacing lines coating the glass.

Smell: Very dry (almost stale and musty) dark fruit with light Belgian yeast notes of banana and clove.

Taste: Sweet fruity malts that are somewhat musty with only a very light touch of the expected Belgian funk. I can't explain the taste very well, but not sure I like it that much - one-dimensional and sickly.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium slick body, with a strange unidentifiable finish.

Drinkability: Just a strange (yet simple) beer that I would rather not have again.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks like Jack Daniels w/a mocha-colored, modest head that settles to a film. No lacing.

S - Malt, leather, and a bit of mocha. Very nice - kinda jumps out of the glass.

T - A lot like smells with a hint of oak and perhaps even some peat thrown in for good measure.

M - Prickly but creamy and even a tad refreshing, this is a nice sipper.

D - Big time drinkability and in my opinion, decently blanced enough for year 'round enjoyment. Probably food friendly, too!

Photo of albern
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks awfully good with a nice mahogany brown color with an tan head, some lacing, some retention. The beer is very smooth, and very light for a Belgian. It has a very caramely nose with some Belgian-esque yeastiness. There are some sweet malts in there too.

The beer is very sweet, with loads of candied sugars, a nice caramel maltiness, some roasted notes, some chocolatey flavors too. The beer is just very light, very drinkable, quite smooth, but not creamy. What's not to like in this beer. It is a Belgian Dark Ale for those who don't want the outrageous ABV but appreciate the caramels, the yeastiness, and the candied sugars.

Photo of jnezda
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into balloon glass. Poured a nice dark chocolate brown with full fine head. Smelled of caramel raisins, dark fruits and malt. Hint of chocolate and toffee at the finish. Good carbonation allowed head to stick around nicely throughout the glass and left some good lacing. This is an amazing light smooth drinking beer for a Belgian dark ale. This is on the soft side of the style and could use a little more body. The mouthfeel was good from the carbonation stand point but lacked a bit in overall flavor.

Photo of Buebie
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottleing date of K11H8, not sure what the freshness date on this is.

Poured from a brown bottle into a pub glass. A semi soft pour produces an inch of light brown head, somewhat quick to recede, leaving a thick collar of retention.
Color is a deep amber red, transparent, mildly dark.

Aroma of fermented candy sugar bordering cane sugar, mild vanilla, toffee, tootsie rolls, a touch of dark fruits and raisins, delicious sweetness at the nose with just a touch of floral hops.

Taste is light with burnt sugars, mild breadlines, mild chocolate, rose pedals, somewhat sweet mixing with a bit of sour cherries.
Finishing with a light hop bitterness. Carbonation is sharp but does not exceed an annoying level. Mouthfeel is a tad thin with a faint cry of stickiness.

Overal a decent brew representing the style nicely. Its an easy drinker as well, with a lower abv making this a good sessionable belgian. Most Belgians seem to run on the high side for abv, but this one could be had at a pub and still allow you to drive home.

Photo of Magpie14
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: the colors in both the pour and in the glass really made for nice appearance. I see cranberry red, burnt pumpkin orange, and mahogany brown colors. The head is a shade lighter than mahogany as well. Lacing is okay and in the norm

S: a fair share of dark fruits, brown sugar and spicy whiffs. Most of the nose is filled with doughy breads that rouse the senses. Up front it seems to be timid for the style, lets hope the flavors deliver....fingers crossed

T: this is an alright example of the style. I still find it lacking in overall complexity that I usually associate with this type of beer. I does supply a slap of tartness, which is leaning towards musty as the sips continue, with the fig and prune character. The sweetness is a light mixture of brown sugar and caramel. The flavors are okay but it just lacks the depth. I wish it would pack a little more of a punch

M: with the palate finishing lightly the feel is much the same. Plenty of carbonation in the mild body and drinking is left for sips and half gulps only, at least for me. Something worth mentioning and rather disheartening is the finishing blow that is borderline watery

D: great logo...not so great beer. I could see this being in the likes of a session as it is drinkable but in a weak way. I prefer flavor over consumption values. I can safely say that this will never grace the walls of my fridge (or glass for that matter) again

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

This one is a deep brown that shines red in the light. A nice light tan head is dense, taking some time to settle to a light foam and leaving sticky lacing as it goes.
There's practically a candy shop in the aroma. It's a very sweet, sugary aroma with some chocolate on the nose and perhaps caramel or toffee. There are perhaps some dark fruits in here as well (plum) with a bit of a malt backing almost masked by all the sweetness.
The taste follows suit, though there's a very light hops flavor underlying. There's also a slightly toasted note as well. Malt backing is present throughout, though, again, the sweetness is the dominant factor and somewhat complex, though not as much as it could be by any means.
The body is medium. Carbonation is active and foamy, making this one very creamy. Eventually it seems to thin out, though.
This is well worth trying if you want to get more into the style or are interested in an atypical drinking experience.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. batch K24K8 10:54

tasted in early/mid may 2009. poured into tulip.

amber/coppery brown. clear (filtered). big 1.5 finger, light tan head, fades to wisps and ring, but constant. moderate lace.

aroma: fruity dates, figs, dark caramel, mild grassy hop, hint of licorice or anise, with light phenols. none of this is all that bright or lively however.

taste: dark caramel, hint of figs, faint euro hopping with mild to moderate bitterness. notes of licorice and spice again, with mild/moderate phenols in back. finish has some malt again. all a bit watery though.

carbonation is moderate but comes in for a prickly, crisp feel upfront, maybe a bit too much. otherwise medium body, almost syrupy.

didn't realize this was a koningshoeven brew. drinkable, but not worth the unusually high price, which hurts this aspect of the score

Photo of JAStheAce
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter for a seethru leather brown body with quickly dieing one-finer head and minor lace. A nice orangey, yeast strain (typical of Belgians) is in the aroma behind a good malt array of roasted, toffee, coffee, caramel and some chocolate. A light-to-medium body that went down smooth, creamy and easy (almost watery at one point) with hints of orange and figs, but the key is the malts. Not overtly but definitely on the sweet side, this beers balances light chocolate, toffee, coffee, bread, roasted and some toasted malts for a sweet beer that finishes w/ a dry backbite. This is a great sipper to relax with as it is sweet and easy drinkin'.

Photo of degerbah
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with a pretty reddish hue. Plenty of quick head that died down almost immediately leaving no lacing. very sweet smell that tastes slightly fruity.

The taste is sugary sweet. Very fruity initial taste with very little aftertaste. An extremely easy drinker, I could drink these all night. No alcohol taste at all.

This is a much more simple taste than I normally associate with a Belgian Dark Ale, it has much less complexity and far less alcohol that I thought belonged in the style. Very drinkable, but I feel that it was a little over-priced for a session.

Photo of bobsy
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mahogany coloured pour with a finger of bubbly white head, that exhibited good retention and lace. Highly phenolic nose, with strong notes of banana, mixed in with cloves and caramel. Interesting flavour... by mentioning Brown Ale in its name I end up expecting a lot of the brown ale characteristics, but this is very much a Belgian Dark Ale. Holy shit... clove city. Initially overpowering spice mingles with banana, brown sugar, and some slightly oxidised flavours. Good phenolic yeast character, but its not winning the war against the other detracting features of this beer. Sweeter than expected too. Body is okay - quite light with medium carbonation, but good for the style.

I didn't really like this beer. The cloves and oxidisation of the flavour really dominated over everything else, and detracted from the experience for me. This is definitely the biggest disappointment from Koningshoeven so far.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Volo. Malty and yesasty aroma. Mahogoney dark reddish brown, with some soapy white head. Some nice lacing follows. Above average mouthfeel, caramel, dry, not complex, cocoa but with Belgian characteristic finish that is yeasty.Not overly sweet.

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 Offa
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pleasant and easily drinkable beer yet still very flavourful.

Dark red-brown, it has a medium, creamy tan head steadily srhinking to a lasting creamy top.

The aroma is very pleasant, mostly grapes (hint of concord grape juice), a little caramelly bread, and molasses.

The taste is also quite nice, easy to drink yet with plenty of flavour. It's mostyl fruity-caramelly, grapy with toasted grain, stronger in the finish. It has hitns of winey/fermented plum and raisin, a very mild dryish peppery quality, and a smooth feel.

Photo of Stimack
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was able to give this brew a try last evening on tap while visiting Mahar's. Brew pored to a medium brown color, darker in the bar but seemed to have some orange/reddish highlights coming through. Medium sized head that lasted for a minute or so and then fades to a film, some lacing. The nose gives a nice malt character with caramel, brown sugar, nuttiness and slight apple or pear. The flavor IMO was not a match for what was in the nose, as it seemed to be muted in many areas. Very sweet IMO, which could have lead to the muted feel. While the sweetness seems to be slightly overpowering there is a nice roast flavor, which is nice just wish it was more in the forefront. Slight hop profile found which comes through at the backend though it does not stick around. Though I feel like I did bash this brew a bit the sweetness while a little too much was not overwhelming and the flavors that I picked up where not bad, just muted - plus it drank very easily. Fair brew, just would not pay for it again.

Photo of Tbn2
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

Look: No freshness date on outside bottle I could find. Body pours dark brown that turns a little lighter brown when back lit. Thin creamy colored head sits atop the body that doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell: Big malty sweetness in the form of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. A touch of earthy hops in the background.

Taste: Big malty sweetness as stated above. A lingering sweetness that has kinda of a grape like taste, just sits on my tongue before I swallow and is a great segue way to the classic British Brown Ale mouthfeel. When you put this one down the hatch, it has that dry, hard-water feeling that is balanced in harmony with an earthy hop flavor. Spot on perfect.


Photo of webbcreative
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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 mdwalsh
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a 22 oz Pilsener Glass

A: Pouts brownish/red with active carbonation and a 3 finger head that quickly faded to 1 then none. Crystal clear liquid.

S: Sweet and malty, almost a little apple like.

T: was not terribly impressed with the taste. It was too light. A little bitter on the back of the mouth. Increasingly bitter as it warms.

M: Thin, not rich and malty as I had hoped.

D: Ok, but not great. Would make a decent session beer I think for some but not for me.

Note: I assumed this was a brown ale, but just noticed it is a Belgian Dark, which I am unfamiliar with. But I think my review is still good.

Photo of TheBear11D
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat clear dark red to brown color with a fairly long lasting tan brown foamy head.

Has a deep chocolate and caramel scent with a fruit overtone and a hint of nut and raisin.

Interesting, an off-caramel taste with a grape flavor that adds to the beer. More bitter than sweet and more so than expected.

Medium mouthfeel and slightly heavy.

Pretty smooth. Nothing outstanding but worth trying.

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