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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

425 Ratings

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 19
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2003

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Ratings: 425 | Reviews: 277
Photo of webbcreative
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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

Photo of Clydesdale
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of drgonzo3705
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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!

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.66/5  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.

Photo of kvazzo
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
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

Photo of dolemite77
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
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...

Photo of stephens101
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of midaszero
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Natural510
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown-red color with a decent amount of tan head, which dissipates into a light ring at the edges of the glass.
Smells very malty and sweet, with hints of cocoa and smoke.
Tastes of rich malt with a noticable hop flavor. Brown sugar & dark fruit notes complement the hops and yeast.
Hops resonate in the mouth. A creaminess helps made up for a somewhat thin body.
A nice little brown ale, I enjoyed the malt & sweetness; reminded me of a malted soda.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/05/08 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a flute glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, maple, dark fruit and touches of Belgian yeast and hops, bite it's kind of faint overall.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of dark fruit, maple, caramel and some Belgian yeast. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence and the malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

Photo of drpimento
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of a bizarre label; don't know what's up with that. Anyway, Poured with a nice tan, foamy, frothy head and little lace. Brownish in color with cherry red highlights. Malty, a bit bittersweet aroma. Very malty, caramel flavor with a little fruit in flavor. Smooth, decent body and carbonation/ good mouthfeel. Easy drinking. No alcohol characteristics. A tad sweet in the finish. Could be a session beer. Interesting Brown Ale.

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 Greggy
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a 1 finger head over a beautiful Dark brown/amber color. Body is crystal clear. After a minute or two, the head recedes to a thin cap. Slight lacing is present.

S- Very nice biscuity and bready notes along with dark fruits like sweetened raisins, brown sugar, a slightly floral aspect and a touch of toffee, caramel, and slight chocolate.

T- Starts with sweet caramel/maplenut notes then moves into a nice long delicate finish of maplenut, sweetbreads and slight raisin, finally drying about a minute into the finish.

M- At the beginning of the brew, the carbonation seems a bit much but settles out as it sits. There is a nice full mouthfeel for this gem despite its relatively low ABV of 5%.

D- Bottom line, this is an excellent beer, and a steal at $7.99/six at my store. I will definitely have this again. Given the ABV, you could have a few of these without getting to goofy.

Photo of McStagger
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of BierFan
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler glass.

Very dark brown for the style leaving little head and almost no lacing. Toasty malt smell. Also a very nice smell of rotting bananas and raisins. The taste is like the Newcastle Brown Ale but sweeter and with the rotting fruit character that I noted.

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 bkilpatr
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Chimay glass. 09/05/08.

Pours a clear, deep ruby-brownish color with a thin half finger of tan head. The head dropped to a thin layer quickly. Aroma is nutty with caramel, toffee, chocolate, and dark fruits (raisin, fig, date).

Taste is a bunch of nuttiness with plenty of toffee and caramel. Lots of sweet malt and a yeasty breadlike/biscuit taste. The dark fruits from the aroma are less pronounced in the taste, but still there. Some cherry in the taste as well. A bit on the sweet side.

Feel is medium body with plenty of carbonation. It's kinda smooth yet a bit watery. Drinkability is very good. It's not heavy at all and the alcohol is low enough to make it sessionable if it weren't for the sweetness.

Pretty good, though it seems more like a brown ale (as the label suggests) than a Belgian strong dark.

Photo of beersheppard
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light brown mahogany, slightly transparent, white creamy heady with good foam and residual lacing.

Smell: malts, brown sugar, and molasses

Taste: a light brown ale, sweet but not overly toasty malts that are kept in check by the hops.

Mouthfeel: watery, slightly carbonated.

Drinkability: This beer is decent. I prefer more malt in my brown ale. If you want a brown ale that is not too heavy on the palate is a good beer for you. Very reminiscent of Newcastle's Brown Ale in my opinion.

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 gonzo46and2
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reddish brown beer pours a lively off-white head. Nice floral aroma. Taste is light with hints of raisin and caramel but is pretty subdued. The watery texture helps to bring a clean finish. Not a very big beer but easily drinkable. Not the worst but I'll be looking elsewhere for my next brown ale.

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Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.