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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

414 Ratings

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 17
Gots: 5 | 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 KarlHungus


3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear brown color with amber hues. The head is small and recedes witin seconds into almost nothing. The aroma is of caramel malt, and not much else. The taste is a bit more lively than the aroma. It is of caramel with some nice dark spices and a mil yeastiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a disappointing beer, and I will not drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 23:28:13 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of surlyseth


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous, billowy, light-tan head atop a dark gold-amber, clear body.
Nose is a malty plum.
Taste is sweet..Yup. plum, nuts, malt, raisin...Pretty mild, though.
Feels a little thin to me but I like the medium carbonation.
Drinkability is pretty good. Easy drinking without a lot to think about.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes Newcastle, because, well, this is probably a little better.

Man, the label art is a bizarre marvel. A seated bird eats a naked man who has birds flying from his buttocks.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 03:45:27 | More by surlyseth
Photo of Hollister


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a beautiful color and good head retention. Nose is malty and sweet, and the initial taste is the same. Unfortunately the beers characteristics disappears quickly. Not that it should be the goal of a beer drinker or a characteristic of a good beer, but one could probably get really drunk off of this Tilburg offering. It's maybe a little too sweet for it's own good -- and definetly more sweet than most brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 02:37:20 | More by Hollister
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 21:32:14 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of russpowell


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Good lacing % head retention

S: Musty toast + caramel & that's it

T: Caramel with toasted malts & dryness up front. A little nuttyness & faint herbal hops follow. Finishes with tinged candy sugar, dryness

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Fairly creamy & balanced

Drinks good, I believe my tastebuds & other senses make me think brown ale or amber ale. This is a functional, if not inspired session choice

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 23:41:51 | More by russpowell
Photo of WMBierguy


2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours brown, as promised, with an off white head that lingers for a minutes or two and leaves lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell is just what is to be expected from a brown, nothing noteworthy either way. The beer's most disappointing aspect is its flavor. This is one bland brown. The typical brown ale flavors are there, but they're strangely subdued. The result is a flavor that doesn't offend, but also doesn't excite. It's a very drinkable beer, simply because there's nothing about it that would interfere with guzzling mass quantities of it. It's not strong, and it's not cloying.

This beer is decent. It would be a good beer to introduce a beginner to brown ale. It doesn't have that much to offer for the experience drinker, though.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 17:25:54 | More by WMBierguy
Photo of hunteraw


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed by two Gators in a row, it would seem.

Appearance: Garnet in color, very clear, smallish head with little retention. Bizarre label.

Smell: Aroma is on the lighter side, sweet malts predominant - caramel, some nuttiness.

Taste: Enough sharpness of carbonation and hops bitterness to balance the sweetness of all these dark malts. Caramel, dark fruits (cherry?). A hint of nuttiness shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation seems sharp on the tongue, but strangely didn't produce a huge head and there's not a consistent stream of bubbles. Medium body.

Drinkability: From a Dutch brewery, I was expecting something more along the lines of a British brown ale than a Belgian dark ale. Not what I was expecting, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 22:51:11 | More by hunteraw
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. The aroma is nutty with dark fruits and malt.
The taste is pleasantly malty with a dry nutty finish. Overall, this is a pretty solid brew that is worth a shot and is something I would not mind trying again.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 04:58:20 | More by cjgator3
Photo of Chaz


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium pour produces a two-fingered pale tan head of medium duration and good lacing. Brilliant golden-amber in color. Nose is plummy, yeasty, and full of biscuity malt. A bit rum/raisiny too, but experience tells me it's not nearly that sweet. Sweet and tangy on the first sip, with biscuit-malt filling the mid-palate before succumbing to a tangy and drying effect. Bitterness is mild but pronounced, and works well at offsetting the sweeter aspects of the pale and crystal malts. The yeast character which is imparted really reminds me of the Konigshoeven/LaTrappe line, especially their Dubbel which I haven't sampled in years - is it one and the same? Fruity esters about, with banana and light cherry along with the plumminess apparent on the nose - rather like an Alt or two I've tried in the past. The dryness here is somewhat complex, lingering but tempered by the tanginess of the yeast. Also, it really seems like there may be wheat malt (oat?) in here as well, something conbtributing to the smooth, even mouthfeel and banana esters. Light honey notes impress upon the palate as this warms a bit, and overall the mouthfeel really improves with warming also. Body seems thin at first, but the mouthfeel helps this along and helps to make it quite drinkable altogether. A very good beer (it's my go-to imported 'brown' ale), and pairs nicely with sharp cheddar. Served chilled in chalice.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 21:03:24 | More by Chaz
Photo of goodbyeohio


3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sorry steve, you should be drinking this.

looks like a brown ale, albeit belgian. clear and dark brown with ruby highlights, nice thick eggshell cream dented randomly with various-sized orbs. sets over time leaving pleasantly connected lace patterns in layers.

well, the yeast used is certainly from a trappist brewery and this beer is most certainly belgian. the aroma is pronounced, showcasing the fresh berry and richly sweet byproducts of la trappe's sugar-eating monsters. slight notes of grape bubble yum and too-burnt sugar throw the sniff off a bit once i really get my nose in there.. probably some effects from the lack of alcohol and excessive malt which have been known to cover flaws.

body is the first thing i notice, and its great. thick, yet airy. crisp and easily drinkable despite a full mouthfeel. silky with pizazz. unfortunately, the beer also tastes just like the aformentioned grape bubble yum. it's definitely an identifiable, familiar taste in belgian beers.. it just lacks the yin of caramel and sweeter fruit richness to contrast the yang of whatever yeast weirdness is happening here. i can drink it, and the finish is alot less grapey. as a matter of fact, the finish allows for the showcasing of some light grain dusting and even a hop dryness.. once the hubba bubba is gone.

i will have no problem finishing this, however there is no doubt it's the weakest offering i've had from bv koningshoeven.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 23:33:39 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of Slatetank


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured with a huge creamy tan head that lasts w/ chestnut brown body
S - bready, yeasty a slighty fruity w/ minimal hop aroma
T - Malty sweet, slightly roasty flavor along with a mellow woody finish
M - creamy thin and easy on the tonque. inoffensive, dark-lager qualities are evident
D - A highly quaffable ale - nutty, malty, nice yeast taste and aroma. subtle carbonation gives a satisfying session brew character

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 18:54:10 | More by Slatetank
Photo of beeragent


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had tried this a few months ago, and wasn't impressed, but that was before I understood Belgian style ales, and appreciated them. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a snifter. The beer poured a deep copper, forming a very thick 1 inch head, leaving medium lacing on the glass. Good carbonation, with endless trails rising to the surface. The aroma is on the light side, but there are still hints of dark fruit aromas, along with a little sweet malt. The taste is very interesting, but not as complex as other Belgian style ales, that I've tried. Light fruityness up front, followed by a little malt thickness, and then finishing with the same fruit sweetness. A little light on the flavor for a Belgian, but nonetheless, still tasty. Medium mouthfeel, and very smooth finish. Overall, I have to say I was wrong with my first impression a few months back. A great tasting beer, and one I will continue to come back to. Definitely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 03:45:07 | More by beeragent


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured straight into a pint glass and almost overflowed it with four fingers of toasted marshmallow colored head. Head was real fluffy and light. Beer was dark brown in color and perfectly clear. Deep red glow came from within when held to the light.

Smell was sweet with brown sugar, hazelnut, and malty goodness. Had a little yeasty smell of fresh baked bread.

Mouthfeel was light on the tongue with little carbonation - it all got caught up in the head.

Taste started again sweet like the smell. Hazelnut notes with slight coconut, and malt. There was a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue that rounded with flavors of burnt toast, and apple butter. All in all a good beer for trying it just out of curiosity.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 16:35:19 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
Photo of mortarit

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25 Feb 07

I came back to this brew because I remember I like it. But I guess through many many beers it still pretty good. I was just hoping that it had a greater effect like the last time I had it. I gave it a good score because it needs recognition.

Nutty dark brown beer

Head was thick but didn't last long so you better be quick about it.

Taste is being alter because I think I saw the yeast from the bottom slide in with the beer. So it has the yeast present a little.
Label is really has a picture that I don't understand the meaning too. Maybe a female can interrupt it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 05:09:47 | More by mortarit
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby color, clear. Mild/moderate head with mild carbonation.

Rich sweetness. Sugary malt with hops fruit-like and spicy. Light toast and caramel.

Smooth injection of sweet malt and nicely balanced hops. Medium bodied. Fruit base with elements of toast, nut, caramel and/or toffee. Hop is floral, spicy, tart, and juicy. Respectable carbonation throughout. Finishes fairly clean.

Well balanced. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 06:24:07 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of Minkybut


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

Poured beer into tumbler at 445 dgrees. Beer had a nice color almost red looking. Nice light brown fluffy fat head. Beer smelled like it was going to be hoppy, but it was not thank goodness. also smelled toffee. Sorta just right sweet taste upon hitting palat. First impression is WOW, this is good. Nice lacing. This is a great beer I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 20:20:32 | More by Minkybut
Photo of fartingdog


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful rich amber-brown. Not too much going on with the nose. I've heard this referred to as "everything Newcastle is and more", which is pretty darn accurate, more aroma and more flavor. Not a bad beer at all- not really worth hunting down, but if you see it, it's a quality beer to pick up and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 01:37:55 | More by fartingdog
Photo of weeare138


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA Capone's for the trade...
Appears a dark chestnut with a 2 finger, light tan head of foam that slowly fades out. Light chunks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet brown sugar, marshmellows, flowers, honey suckle and some spice with fruit.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas along with a hint of toffee coming through.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth, medium bodied, sugary sweet with notes of flowers leading to a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 14:48:21 | More by weeare138
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Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to rudge75 and fisherman34 for this one. I'm diggin' on the Bosch detail for the label. I take it I should be prepared for some real brewing surrealism here.

Deep deep transluscent chestnut colour in appearance. Tall frothy beige head punctuated with large bubbles. Intermittent patches of lacing.

Muted aroma, traces of spice, and a bit nutty.

Dark preserved fruits up front in the flavour, dates and black currants, with cinnamon and nutmeg appearing in the middle. Becomes nutty and woody towards the finish, earthy on the aftertaste. Caramel malt becomes prominent once this warms to room temperature.

Mouthfeel is light but smooth.

A fairly average dark Belgian ale, mild in its flavour delivery, but diverse enough to maintain your attention.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 02:26:29 | More by IronDjinn
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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 00:23:19 | More by BeerSox
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District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 03:11:28 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of beveritt


3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 01:27:49 | More by beveritt
Photo of RBorsato


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 19:59:24 | More by RBorsato
Photo of RobertDwight


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 01:44:55 | More by RobertDwight
Photo of guinnessfan


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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 ?!?!?

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 13:28:21 | More by guinnessfan
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