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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

413 Ratings

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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 17
Gots: 4 | 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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3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 18:58:39 | More by Magpie14
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Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 16:55:45 | More by njdhopgrower
Photo of Brenden


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 17:57:55 | More by Brenden
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3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 16:33:46 | More by tai4ji2x
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 04:25:18 | More by JAStheAce
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
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'.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 22:00:50 | More by clayrock81
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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 23:10:45 | More by degerbah
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Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2009 18:15:28 | More by bobsy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 05:10:40 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 09:36:59 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 23:20:36 | More by Offa
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New York

3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2009 14:48:16 | More by Stimack
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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.


Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 02:26:32 | More by Tbn2
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 00:08:56 | More by webbcreative
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 01:16:21 | More by mdwalsh
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3.43/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 06:57:14 | More by TheBear11D
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3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 01:56:51 | More by MSchae1017
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District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear mahogany brown color with a large, dense, creamy tan head. Great retention and excellent lacing.

S: Loads of sugar and a definite candied grape aroma. Some chocolate and toffee lurking in the background. Some spicy, vaguely medicinal tones also available.

T: Sugary malt sweetness up front. A distinctive candy flavor - grape/cherry and more sugar. A bit of yeasty sourness in the middle, followed by a finishing dose of more sticky, chocolaty and brown sugary sweetness. Some faint spices as well into the finish.

M: Medium bodied and creamy. Rather lightly carbonated. A sticky feel to go along with how sugary this beer is.

D: This one can't be called balanced, but it's certainly unique and I find it very tasty. Easy enough to drink, and quite interesting. Not something to drink all night, but I wouldn't mind throwing one in there every now and again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 22:40:05 | More by Clydesdale
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber colored with a small off white head that leaves decent lacing around the glass.

S: Dark fruit a little spicy leads to a sour note.

T: A lot like it smells. Almost like a rollercoaster. sweet then sour then back to the sweet.

M: Medium bodied with a slight creaminess

D: Easily drinkable. Not my first choice but wouldnt be my last choice either. I'd say this is what Newcastle's big brother would probably taste like!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 04:49:02 | More by drgonzo3705
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3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle.

The pour is a medium brown with a foamy off-white head. The head recedes rather quickly and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

The nose is yeast with coffee, spices and a hint of fruitiness (grape?). The taste starts sweet before going more sour, which is when the spices come out. The finish and aftertaste bring on a bit of off-flavour before getting back a bit of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high; if I had more than one in the house, I'd drink the other.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 23:49:58 | More by CityBoy1986
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3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown with a certain edge of orange color in there. The head is really impressive, tinged brown, and lasts for a long time, all the while contorting itself into different shapes and leaving intricate lace all over the glass.

Perhaps a touch muted by the head, I'm really only getting a few notes of a Belgian-esque yeast strain with some sour fruit and spices.

I hoped the flavor would bring it a little more. Basically follows the nose pretty straightforwardly: some caramel malt notes, dark fruit sweetness, a little metallic, with a dusty, oddly aged flavor that smacks more of "stale" than "cellared".

Mouthfeel is acceptable overall, a touch light, but so's the abv and complexity. The finish is clean, leaving a mild note of flowers. Not hard to drink by most standards, but nothing exceptional either.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 01:22:04 | More by BretSikkink
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4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark with a white head, medium head retention, nice lacing
S - very malty with fruity and caramel esters
T - sweet and caramely with a nice yeast flavour at the end
M - Medium body with medium carbonation
D - great brown ale, easy to drink and with lots of flavour

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 18:10:47 | More by kvazzo
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2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not sure about this one... aroma is like some sort of candy, with a flavor that isn't far from that either. The look of this beer is great... nice dusky red, verging on brown, with a nice fluffy head that crags up after a second or two... the flavor is average, at best... I don't shy away from funkiness in beer, but this one is too all over the place to have a good flavor profile... at the end I vaguely taste and smell grape candy on this one...

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 00:58:12 | More by dolemite77
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A huge light tan head forms above a dark brown brew. The head recedes slowly and leaves small clumps of lacing behind. Smells of deep roasted malts, followed up by some spice and a very subtle sweetness that finishes things off. Tastes rich and malty with some caramel edges that surround a slight bitterness. Some furtive medicinal notes coat the finish of this medium bodied, yet highly drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 03:05:18 | More by stephens101
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber with one finger of off white head that doesn't last long. Leaves a little bit of lacing

S - Malt with a little bit of light fruit

T - Lots of good malts with a little sweetness

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Good brown ale that is easy to drink and enjoyable. A little less sweet than new castle

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 17:37:20 | More by midaszero
Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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