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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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Photo of TheEclecticGent


1.68/5  rDev -55.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 02:11:19 | More by TheEclecticGent
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 23:41:31 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of rustymoore


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 04:41:49 | More by rustymoore
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 20:07:09 | More by brentk56
Photo of CultureJamMN


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 21:45:48 | More by CultureJamMN
Photo of EvilKeith


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 19:21:31 | More by EvilKeith


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 02:47:23 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 09:10:52 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of lackenhauser


4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 !!!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 22:38:32 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of bighoppymonster


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 23:53:27 | More by bighoppymonster
Photo of Mitchel


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 20:35:54 | More by Mitchel
Photo of qcitydarkstar

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 05:17:57 | More by qcitydarkstar
Photo of tavernjef


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 02:18:23 | More by tavernjef
Photo of tgbljb


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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)

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 00:23:13 | More by tgbljb
Photo of joedon


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2005 20:07:31 | More by joedon
Photo of macpapi


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 14:06:33 | More by macpapi
Photo of Bonhoeffer


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

Bought a sixer of this shortly after it first arrived in AL. I've been putting off reviewing it because i kept hoping it would grow on me. Alas, it has not. This is either my last bottle, or next to last.

Anyway, it has a nice creamy head that leaves some lace down the glass. Nice appearance. Smell is good, nothing to fawn over.

Taste is pleasant, but unremarkable. A bit sweet. Hops are very reserved.

Yeast doesn't taste very Belgian to me. If i was doing a blind tasting on this, i would've guessed English Brown Ale.

Decent and drinkable, but pretty unremarkable. I wish the occasional new beer that slipped into AL like this was something extraordinary, rather than the ordinary such as this.

Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 20:21:30 | More by Bonhoeffer
Photo of mmmbeer


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle with no freshness date - served slightly chilled in a red wine glass. It has a 1 finger tan head that leaves nice lacing and it tops a brown/deep ruby body. It smells of caramel, anise, and fruity malts. The flavor matches this but adds a good sweetness, raisins, and other (tropical?) fruits. It has a medium body and a good mouthfeel. Overall it is good but not too complex. Wouldn't go out of my way to find it, except for perhaps the Heironymous Bosch painting on the label.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 23:19:43 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of connecticutpoet


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First, I have GOT to know... what the FUCK is that on the label? A bird-man eating a woman with crows flying out of her ass? And a cauldron on the thing's head? *LMFAO*

The beer was a lovely clear red color, with a half finger head that died quickly but left a thin film of foam.

Aroma was fruity and sweet, with a hint of molasses. Nice.

Taste is of sweet dark malt, no roasted character. Molasses and toffee. Also a bit of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinkability... hell, it's a really nice brown ale. More like an American nut brown ale, IMHO, but good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2005 02:03:41 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of abcsofbeer


3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one from a 11.2oz bottle with a 10/15 freshness date. The color is dark ice tea with a coppery edge. The head is tan in color and very frothy and smooth. With a one inch thick head, it leaves a good amount of lace at the top of the glass. There is ample carbonation and lots of rising bubbles.

The smell is hard to figure out, but, is a combination of sweet fruitiness, slightly nutty and grape-like. There is a hint of sweet wine in the aroma. The taste is also grapey and like wine. The taste is smooth with very little hop flavor and maybe some hints of caramel.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 12:18:25 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of Billolick

New York

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

11.2 ounce bottle, w/o freshness indication. Pours dark caramel brown and clear, average tan head and minor lacing. Nose is of some dark sugar and raisins. This is a soft, delicate and subtle brown ale. Candi sugars evident but not over powering. Fruity and fairly sweet brew. More notes of raisins, caramel and cashews. this is a pleasant, drinkable little brew, worth a try

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 02:12:29 | More by Billolick
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in colour with some hints of red. Mild carbonation. Very sweet malty aroma with only the slightest hint of grassy hops. Sticky sweet malty flavors, along with vague notes of chocolate, roasted nuts, and spices. Good flavor concentration at the beginning, but fades into a somewhat watery finish. A little unbalanced in my opinion, although this really isn’t a style that I’m into.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 16:45:40 | More by fisherman34
Photo of UncleFlip


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me, this is just a beautiful looking beer. It pours clean and dark, a lush ruby colour with orange tones on the edges. The head is patchy (tight and loose) and thick, just over one finger, but receding at medium pace, leaving a thick wet lace behind.

Smell is light, spicy, and hoppy. The aromas tend to call up brown sugar, orange peel, and just a hint of molasses. There's also a yeasty overtone.

The flavour waits a beat to hit, and contains a strong element of light molasses and spice. These flavours stay very consistent, and coast down slowly, as a hint of woodiness builds. Sometimes in the back of your mouth, you can catch a bit of black cherry, as well.

The body is slightly thicker than what you might expect from looking at this brew. It's not chewy, but it definitely lets you know it's there. The carbonation starts small, then swells and loosens as it rolls back on your tongue.

I'm a bit biased in the review, I think. I loved this beer before reviewing it, and I still love it. Definitely not one of the world's best beers, but it's sort of a 'comfort food' beer for me. It just feels right- I don't demand too much of it, and it doesn't demand too much of me. It's very drinkable, and could keep me company just about any evening.

Be well

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 03:54:21 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice ruby red/brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich toasted malt scent with a fruity yeast aroma. The roasted malts add a nice "brown" aroma to it. The taste is great. It has a very smooth, malty flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with roasted barley. It is roasted and creamy with a slightly dry, fruity finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very enjoyable Belgian dark. It's smooth and flavorful which makes it highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 21:30:37 | More by WesWes
Photo of putnam


3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown with a little red in it. I get a distinct, persistent aroma reminiscent of sea water, like the smell of live oysters and live fish. My mind races trying to account for this fact (true, there are some wines that display similar tendencies -- Manzanilla, Muscadet, etc. -- those are aged in barrels within earshot of the ocean. Could this be too?) Sweet nutty brown flavors melt silky-textured and dry yet kissed-with-saccharine. Very little bitterness and no hops bite. Cola flavors. Hmm. Strange beer. It tastes vaguely mass-produced and has little character, except for the fishy smell.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 23:11:36 | More by putnam
Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.