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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 MrHungryMonkey
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Minkybut
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of fartingdog
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.06/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of BeerSox
4.16/5  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.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of beveritt
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
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)

Photo of RobertDwight
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of guinnessfan
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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 ?!?!?

Photo of Absumaster
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is brewed for the American market, but it was available in my beershop.

Appearance is a deep red/brown color with little head and a steady stream of carbonation.

Smell of molasses, dark malt, roasted and some candisugar. All the darker smells come round.

Taste is caramellic, dark malt, maltbitter, something like vanilla, which is really great. Just a little too much of the roasted flavor. Body is medium and this stuff is very drinkable.
Good stuff from the monks!

Photo of davidshamoon
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I lost most of my notes on this one, but I felt I had to post with what I had, so delicious is this beer.

Beautiful ruby-hued brown color, with a generous head. Sweet, malty aromas, but the flavor is surprisingly crisp and mellow. No need to combine this one with food -- stands on its own for before or after dinner. Refreshing, fine carbonation. All the rich flavors of a Belgian strong dark ale, but much more drinkable.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale pours a reddish brown with a thin off white head from a brown bottle. The aroma is sweet, mabe a little nutty, definitely some fruit. Taste is also sweet, maybe slight nutty flavor to it at the end. Caramel is noticeable. Very easy to drink beer. Recommended.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to maltygoodness for this one.

Pours a deep mahogony color. Off white head cascades on the pour and then quickly falls to a halo of film that leaves some lacing. First impression on smell is caramel sweetness. Also some dark fruit notes. Taste also hits me with a ton of caramel sweetness. Also pick up some notes of chocolate and more dark fruits. For as sweet as the intitial taste is it finishes rather smooth. A nice beer that I would definately drink again.

Photo of Byeast
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With an agressive pour , the head on this ale was massive and lasted as 2 inches of off-white , ice cream float like froth, with nice stick lacing. The color was deep brown/auburn. Taken to the nose , aromas are mildly sweet , slight candied dark fruit , bit of nuttiness , faint pear , and yeast. The taste is very smooth and also on the sweeter side. Some more dark fruit and darker malt flavors , grape , and yeast. The mouthfeel is very smooth. I found this Belgian Dark Ale to be very interesting and drinkable. It's very different... creamy.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tiny brown bubbles amongst some bright honey highlights make this beer nice and colorful. The strong foam or lacing doesn't hurt any either. Behind the the alkaline aroma was some fruity spices. But they were a little hard to pick out with the alkali and all. But the metal stuffs was gone for the tase. Showcasing some nice plum and cinnamon notes. This would be a very flavorful session beer.

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

Bought based on the trippy picture on the label, and after checking other reviews I now know it's from a real work of art. A bird sitting on a chair, wearing a kettle for a hat, eating a human body which is farting out more birds. Circle of life.

The beer was murky brown with almost no carbonation. I think it might of been a really old bottle, but I can't tell from the bottle. There's a stamp stating "K02F5", I don't know what it means, maybe Feb 2002?

The flavor is OK, kind of similar to Nostradamus from Caracole. It might have tasted even better fresher...

Slightly above average, with an extremely good label.

Photo of olacub
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a rich, dark reddish-brown. Nice head with some lacing, but it disappears after a minute or so.

S: I don't get much on the aroma - some malty sweetness, and that's about it.

T: Sweet, maybe even a tad raisin-esque, a kiss of bitterness on the back of the tongue as it finishes - otherwise rather plain.

M: Pretty thin, a little too much carbonation.

D: Very drinkable if so inclined - I'd want a little more complexity myself.

Photo of wolffman17
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Looks like liquid mahogany. A decent 1 1/2 inch light brown head tries to stick around, but ends up fading fairly quickly. At any rate, it looks inviting out of the bottle.
Smells like sweet caramel and grapes. Intriguing. The first whiff is very sweet, and I was certain that this would be a decent beer.
Tastes much like the smell, but with a bit of bitterness. Sweet and satisfying...something salty would go well with this.
Very smooth, moderate carbonation, but it seemed somewhat watery by the time I finished it.
Drinkable? Without a doubt.

A good beginner's beer that's sweet and easy to drink.

Photo of andrewm190
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. there is a multitude of flavors involved. most notably its malty. I drank this right after having a shiner bock, which i did not enjoy at all, so my opinion may be somewhat scewed. For me, it seems rare that a beer is really tasty and easy to drink. Most beers (darker the better) that i enjoy tend to limit themselves to a few drinks before they become overwhelming and there isn't much point in eating anything else. however, this beer leaves a clean and subtle feeling and is therefor very easy to drink. I would love to try this one out of the tap. Its definately worth a buy.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear deep reddish brown color with a thick 1/4" head of tan foam that looked like it was going to be around for a while. There is quite a bit of lacing left on my stein after the beer starts to recede.

Aroma: Rich malty aroma with quite a caramel presence. There is a reserved floral note that I believe is hop derived. To accent the hops, there is also a rich roasty aroma that suggests that it was one malt addition that is adding the dark color and flavor. As the beer warms a bit, there is a really bready component. To go with the bread, there is a ripe fruit aroma making itself known.

Taste: The flavor is somewhat close to the aroma. It is really fruity, and reminds me of red apples and pears. The malt plays a smaller role in the flavor than in the aroma. There is some sweet caramel and a tad of roast, but for the most part the beer is fruity. The finish is balanced toward the malt with a slightly syrupy flavor to linger for some time.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. The malt is pretty much in charge of this beer and it is clean. It ultimately tastes a little like a dessert. It is brewed by Koningshoeven, so I had pretty high expectations for this beer. It isn't bad by any means, but it is no trappist. Either way, I would drink this beer again. It is pretty tasty.

Photo of wedge
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean deep red color with a thin creamy tan head. Sweetened fruity yeast smell...sour apple and toffee. Sweet malts, dark fruits followed by some toastiness - maybe some alcohol. Sugary and kind of tart...on the thin side and a bit flat by the end of the glass.

This is an odd beer...I see why they chose a part of a Hieronymus Bosch painting for the bottle - (that bird-like character is supposed to be Satan I believe). Not really sure if I like it or not...peculiar.

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

I got a bottle of this in a 12 pack "Beers of the World" from World Market as a Christmas present from my cousins. Poured into my mug. This beer pours a medium, clear amber ruby brown color with a nice head that sticks around for quite a while. One of the foamiest heads I have seen in awhile with nice lacing. Aromas of sweet and perhaps roasted nuts along with some dark fruit, such as raisin, as well. Taste is of sweet, slightly roasted malt, with a hint of caramel and roasted nut, raisin and a bit of bread. Not overly sweet on the palate. Rounded out witha slight touch of hop bitterness for good measure. Crisp, smooth and creamy texture and mouthfeel, light to medium body, with moderate carbonation. Just about everything about this beer reminds me of root beer, which is great for me since root beer is one of my favorite soft drinks. The only difference is that this beer isn't as sweet or carbonated as root beer. Also sort of reminds me of coffee as well, but root beer more so than anything else. This beer has its own unique taste, unlike any other brown ale or any other beer period for that matter that I have ever had. A must try for those who like brown ales and also root beer lovers everywhere!


Photo of Metalmonk
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful deep caramel-brown with a foamy light mocha-colored head that lacked retention. Nice bubble activity and gorgeous lace patterns adorn the glass over time.

Has a yeasty/malty sweetness with a mellow alcohol background, reminding of a variety of Belgian tripels. Excellent aroma that is a little too timid, would be great if it was just a little more assertive.

Flavors lean toward the sugary end of things, with a brown sugar sweetness that mingles with dark fruits and candy-like malts, but there's no complexity here. It's like they got the look and aroma down but lost inspiration somewhere along the way. It's severely let down by a water-thin mouthfeel that's just short of abominable (especially considering the style).

I used to like this a lot more when I was just getting into the wide world of imported beers beyond Hoegaarden and Guinness. But I guess my tastes have changed, as this doesn't taste as impressive as it once did. It started off great, between the look and aroma, and though I can still get enough enjoyment out of it, it's the Bosch-adorned label that I like best.

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