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: 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:
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 MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a clear and dark mahogany brown with a reddish huw. Has a dense tan head that maintains. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and malty with some nice dark fuity tones.

Taste is mildly sweet and malty upfront with some dark fruity flavors. Finishes fruity and rather clean with only a hint of lingering malt.

Medium body, creamy texture.

This is a nice beer. I was expecting a brown ale by the label, but it is definitely a Belgian dark. It really caught me by suprise, and it was only 99 cents for the bottle.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know if a Brown Ale gets much better. Though listed as a Belgian Dark Ale, I prefer to describe it as a Brown Ale. Pours a ...well...brown creamy texture with lightly tanned, dense head and ruby highlights. Smells a creamy, chocolaty, nutty, caramel flavor with a bready, toasty, yeasty contributing scent. Flavors of nuts and chocolate stand out with caramel, barley, yeast, and dark fruits lying close behind. A creamy, yet moderate body lends to a easy going brew. Sometimes tasting and feeling rich due to the lack of hopping. Nevertheless many flawless flavors to offset the sweetness and graininess. Certainly one to try.

Re-sampled on June 15, 2009: Thanks Arvjunk!

Photo of kamiller
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a one finger off white head, leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Malty and sweet

Taste: Like the smell, malty and sweet, a little bit of bitterness in the finish

Mouth-feel: surprisingly light, mild carbonation

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of sevineyes
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle. The orange label appears to feature a bird-person with a kettle on its head eating a human.

A: Deep copper. Poured with a egg white head that leaves ample lacing. Even leaves sheeting on the glass.

S: A piney, malty smell with - and I know this sounds bad but it's really not that bad - airplane glue. Sugary. Some raw sugar smells

T: Even though it's not that high, I pick up on an alcohol presence. Dark fruits. Plum skins. Candied rasin. Some black cherry. Gives way to a small bananna presence with some floral hops and then ends dry and with a touch of bitter.

M: Silky and watery. Very much what I would expect from the style.

D: Probably a bit too complex to be too drinkable by nature.

Overall: Man, how mislead I was by the label. This beer has everything I'd expect from a Belgian Dark, but really threw me off by the "brown ale" on the label.

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Light brown color with a three finger tan head. The taste is quite malty, but has a little bitter kick to it. It has a very light mouthfeel. It is very drinkable. Works well washing down a spicy, hot salsa! Overall, i rate it quite high.

Photo of virtualshock
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The color is a dark amber. It pours with quite a bit of carbonation. The head is a dark tan and pretty thick.

S - The smell is very pronounced. It took me a while to place the smell but it is like grape candy(now and laters). I enjoy the smell very much.

T - Tastes malty and sweet with a carbonation kick. The hop balance is not bad. I think the grape or fruitiness comes through as a flavor component.

M - The mouthfeel is light with bubbly carbonation. This beer is not heavy at all.

D - I like this beer a lot. I think I could drink a few no problem.

Photo of Naes
2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a dark amber ale with a tall light tan head.
The aroma is quite sweet; caramel malt and a bit of brown sugar surface.
The flavor is also quite sweet. There is a toffee presence and it seems a bit buttery.
Mouth feel is very light and a bit under carbonated.

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

Strong acidic aroma balanced by a mellow, slightly sweet, maltiness. Dark brown body with a lovely two finger thick tan head. Caramel malts, smooth fruits featuring apple and raisin with a strong hint of walnut in the finish. Great sipping beer and an interesting Belgian take on a basic Brown ale. I’d love to have this fresh on draft.

Photo of acrawf6
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice dark ruby color with a slightly tan head. good lacing.

Smells a very sweet maltiness, but i also got a touch of a earthy hops. very much like grape flavored candy (sorry i saw that at what the bros say but i totally agree. that's dead on what it smells like... and some chocolate.)

Taste is malty. not as sweet as i remembered, but still sweet. small vanilla flavors to it, as well as chocolate. and though the alcohol is only at 5%, i still seem to detect the alcohol. i also get some cloves in this, like a dark wheat.

Mouthfeel is good. good balance. Full flavor. nice carbonation.

Overall, i give this beer more credit than before. I remember it being ultra sweet, but it's not bad at all, and for .99 a bottle, cant go wrong.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
1.68/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I tried this beer in bottle at the Wild Wing Café in Marietta, GA. It pours into a standard pint glass a dark murky brown with little head and very little lacing. The smell was shocking a very deep musky malt scent that didn’t set well with me. The flavor is very similar to the smell with a heavy malt taste. It’s so malty and sweet that it is cloying. It does have a bit of hop bite at the finish but this beer is way out of balance for my tastes. The mouthfeel is moderate-heavy with an unpleasant slickness. I did not like this beer and it took all my willpower to finish it. I physically shuttered on the last sip.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale

Appearance- ruby reddish brown with a super thick meringue-like head. The head just sits there and you gotta eat it.
Smell- creamy chocolate with a light cherry wood aroma.
Taste- light cocoa with a slight woodsy taste.
Mouthfeel- Very mild. Smooth but playing it too safe.

Overall- a Brown Ale that, unfortunately pulls its punches. Mediocre but not bad. I was hoping for so much more.

Photo of rustymoore
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber, purplish color with light to medium head and little to no lacing. Smells of fresh fruit and caramel and a hint of a nutty scent. Tastes much of the same...I taste strawberry and grape in the mix along with all of the standard brown ale fair. Very smooth...goes down easy. Unlike some of the other reviews, I could drink a few of these easily. Depending on your taste, if you can't deal with a fruity, sweet ale then stay away from this one.

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy ice tea brown body with a prodigious beige head that shows good retention and leaves plenty of "Dutch" lace

Smell: Toffee, Candi sugar and a touch of buckwheat

Taste: Starts out with a sweet toffee flavor profile that builds to the verge of becoming cloying, but adds a tart earthy balance at justthe right moment; after the swallow, the toffee and buckwheat flavors blend with a bit of cocoa powder and fruit in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation

Drinkability: Despite the sweet profile, I rather enjoyed this; just don't think I would want more than one at any sitting

Photo of CultureJamMN
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber with crimson edges. In a pint glass this beer has fantastic head, three fingers at least, fades to about 1 finger by the bottom. Lacing is wonderful.

The smell is roasted and malty but with fruits, largely dark fruits like blackberry and maybe even loganberry. There is a sweet smell as well that comes on with maybe coccoa and buttery toffee.

The taste is sweet and malty, the berry undertones are a bit more pronounced than in the smell. There is also a pancakes and syrup thing, but it's very subdued... pleasant.

This beer seemed a tad overcarbonated, but that faded further down the glass. Mouthfeel was thinish, but not unsubstantial. Leaves the mouth a bit dry, but not parched.

All in all, a great brown ale if you are drinking a few pints. This could be a nice session beer in April or maybe even May. Among the best in class for the pricepoint.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into the glass a dark, clear amber. A frothy tan head with impressive fine lacing.
Smells of sweet dark roasted malts and sweet dark fruits.
Taste is sweet, but not overly so. There is an unusual aftertaste that I can only describe as the sensation you get biting into the skin of a grape.
Overall, pretty tasty, easy to drink and reasonably priced.
I would buy this one again.

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/4" beige head on top of dark brown beer. Beer has some amber tint. Streaky, spotty lace.

S - Sweet. Hint of spice. Subdued.

T - Brown sugar. Spice. Dark fruit. Toffee. Earthy/woodsy. Light molasses or maple.

M - Rich medium bodied mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level.

D - Super sweet. Drinkability is good when I am in the mood for this.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This label is awesome.

What a nice color. It is kind of a black cherry. The head is off-white with glints of a faint red/pink hue when the light catches it a certain way. The head quickly fades, but leaves excellent lacing.

The nose is a mixture or nut, alcohol, and fruit skins.

Taste is rich, sweet, malty caramel with some cranberry tanginess in the finish. This isn't a complex beer, but it is a good one for those who like it on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is thin and almost watery, but helps drinkability.

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

Very nice,deep rich chestnut color. Great sweet, caramel like aroma. Malty and just slightly vinuous. Good, deep malty flavor. Again with the caramel sweetness. Very full body for only being 5%. Overall a very pleasurable beer. Somewhere I had read negative things about this beer. I cant remember where. Nevermind-well worth a try. Thanks mushroomcloud !!!

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

Pours a nice dark chocolately brown with a touch of red. Tan head quickly dissipates with very little carbonation going on. Nothing but sweetness in smell. A remarkable similarity to grap juice in aroma. Very sweet tastes of raisins, grapes, and plums with some matliness to finish it off with some dryness. Overall a very smooth, rich, and extremely pleasent beer. Definately one of the sweetest beers I've ever tried, but it isn't overly so. Enjoyed this one very much.

Photo of Mitchel
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio, TX when they were having ‘mystery beer night’. That is a random bottle of beer for $2 (what a deal). I had never heard of this beer, but to my surprise, I really liked it.

It offers a great claret, amber color with a thick bronzed head. While the head quickly disappears, it leaves an irregular level of head pockets. It has great soft flavors of maple, brown sugar, and a somewhat fruity essence (almost grape). Though, this beer can come off a little sweet.

For you home brewers, Tilburg’s comes in some interesting 11.2 oz. bottles (like most beers of this style) which are unique in themselves and great for recapping.

Photo of qcitydarkstar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my Unibroue tulip, resulting in a murky burgundy without particulates and at least two inches of heavy cappuccino-shaded head. The head settles down quickly and unevenly leaving pockets of lumpy head and sticky latticing on the rim of the glass. The initial smell is malty-sweet, with a mild candy sugar smell reminiscent of a Belgian Strong Ale, but considerably lighter. Upon pouring this beer, I also detected an unpleasant scent of burnt plastic, but as the beer warmed it went away. This beer has a rather mild, sweet and rather indistinct taste. Flavors present are sugar, dark berries and roasted grains. Tilburg’s is an enjoyable session beer and for the price is a choice option.

Photo of tavernjef
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby amber with a small soft sandy brwon cap of firm froth. Keeps a great skim always present as well as a firm collaring. Lacing is cobwebby and thickly.

Aroma is tangy with maple syrup, toffee, some cherry and other semi dark fruity hints. Kinda dry with a light breadish play and a feathering of cocoa.

Taste is quite mild and semi sweet with a light malty sweetness rendering a bit of fruityness thats kinda raisiny and dark cherryish.
Little parts of toffee and maple sit underneath as does some cocoa and bready, feathery dryness.

Feel is quick and fairly light with a heavier then neaded carbonation. It smoothes out as it warms helping add both to the flavor and smell as well as helping round out its finish. Slight metallic hints hide under the semi sweet tang.

A sessionable brown that could easily make for many pint fulls. Not extraordinary but worth trying.

Photo of tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a deep reddish-brown color with immense tannish head that had true staying power. Smell is a nice combination of nuts, caramel, molasses, and sweet fruit. Taste is truly exotic with enormous amounts of molasses, sweet dark caramel, roasted nuts and dark fruits combining together to form an exquisite creamy mixture that had a wonderful taste (I really like the taste..) Finishes with more caramel and molasses. Very enjoyable to drink. My glass was empty before I could complete this review. Definitely something to have again ( and again)

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

Thick substantial ivory hued head with staying power. Nice foam lacing.
Dark brown color that is not quite clear-a little haze-cloudiness.

Very mild pleasing aroma of caramel and malt with no hoppiness at all.

Good complexity of flavor with malt, caramel, sweetness and a touch of sour cherry. Residual sugar a little bit under-matched by hop bitterness.

Easy drinking. Finishes with a little bit of the sour cherry tang and a very slight touch of burnt sugar. Nice on a hot afternoon. Refreshing.

Photo of macpapi
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had never even heard of this beer. Picked up a single 11.2 oz bottle on a whim, and gave it a try. I am pleasantly surprised.

Tilburg is a realtively dark brown color, with a half inch tannish head. Much like one would expect from a brown ale. The smell is very impressive. First comes malty aromas, later mixed with a strong fruit presence. I noticed plums, raisins and apple. This sweetness is followed by more, in the form of caramel. There is little hop presence noticeable. Very typical of a dark Belgian in terms of fruity aromas. The taste is also quite well done. Hints of multiple fruits--grape, plums, raisins--give it a nice, deep quality. Maltiness is also quite present. There is a bit of an aftertaste, but overall, this is a very smooth tasting brew. Substantial and full on the palate. There is little carbonation to speak of and a hint of yeast remains on the tongue.

This was a good find. It is an impressive beer. Sweet, smooth and tasty. Very drinkable and worth trying.

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