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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

419 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 17
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

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 abcsofbeer
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

abcsofbeer, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Billolick, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

fisherman34, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of UncleFlip
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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
-UF

UncleFlip, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

WesWes, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of putnam
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

putnam, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of Brent
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was unlike anything I've had before. Poured a dark walnut with a candy-shop aroma. Quirky sweet-tart flavor combination - raw cane sugar and light molasses riding atop a slightly funky granny smith tart apple flavor. Would be unbearably sweet were it not for the bit of sour funk going on. Sort of dubbel-like, but lighter. An interesting experience, but not something I see making a regular appearance in the beer fridge

And that "Garden of Earthly Delights" character on the bottle is frightening.

Brent, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of Todd
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful deep, dark, shimmering crimson hued beer topped with a slightly off-white thick head and retreating lacing and stick.

Big candied grape lollipop-like and soft chocolate/toffee Tootsie roll-like aroma ... hey a Tootsie Roll Pop! - quite sugary overall. Crazy, but very appealing.

Smooth and very creamy on the palate, with a foaming feel. Malt sweetness is moderate, but pronounced with a light sugary character, beery and grape flavors and a slight toasty and toffee flavor smooth around with suggestions of nugget. Cocoa in the back. Some breadiness in the grain, hint of sourness soaks into a low hop character and bitterness. Finish goes dry, powdery, and more-ish.

A very nice drink. The play on sugar is almost overwhelming, but the results make it quite unique, interesting and appealing in a non-beer way ... if that makes any sense.

Todd, May 23, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a redish brown walnut like color with a nice tan head that falls quick to a small cap leaves some decent lace.
Aroma is sweet malt dark fruity esters raisins, plums figs hints of spice in nose clove and light pepper no hops found unless its the wheat like hints.
Looks good smells good but taste wow is this sweet too sweet. Get some zesty feel and light caramel malt mixed with mollasses flavors to start then a sudden wave of sugar hits and blows the flavor to hell. Finishes with some fruit flavors and spice but hard to make it past the sweetness.
Mouthfeel is not bad but the sugary coating of your mouth detracts.
Drinkability is not good much to sweet for me will be letting the wife finish these if she likes or save them for guests.

mntlover, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pours a clear dark brown body that is a brilliant ruby hue when held to ambient light. Small beige head disappears in seconds, leaving only a collar and a few patches of lace on the glass. Aroma is malty caramel, with a hint of chocolate, raisins, and coriander. Mouthfeel is light medium to medium in body with lively carbonation. Taste has a dark fruit component of figs and raisins, complimented by notes of chocolate, coriander, and white pepper. Some sour green apples are noted in the middle, along with some floral hops which add some needed bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet. I really didn't detect any significant yeast presence in this one, and the hops are overly subdued. Overall, a decent drinking brown ale that is worth a try. Thanks to mntlover for this one.

merlin48, Apr 11, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty tulip glass, this beer is reddish brown, the color of powered iced-tea, and perfectly clear. A tightly knit head of oatmeal-colored fluff rises up and retains quite well. Lacing is spotty and extensive..

The nose is subtle, too subtle. Displaying little more that caramel-malt sweetness, lite yeasty notes, leather, and diluted cocoa. Ya really gotta' stick your nose deep in to the glass the get any of this.

The flavor is better than the nose indicated, although still subtle. The main characteristic is sweet, caramel malts, raisins, cocoa, leather, and mild yeasty spice. Nothing really jumps out at you.

Mouthfeel is medium and slick, almost creamy feeling. The finish is sweet and there is virtually no aftertaste. I like to be reminded of what I'm drinking in a beer's finish, this one has nothing.

Not bad considering the price ($5.79/sixer on sale @ Lowes Foods). Quite easy to drink and very non-threatening. Think of a so-so dubbel mixed 50/50 with Newcastle Brown Ale.

AlexJ, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of Luigi
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First I would like to say, what the hell is up with these 11.2 oz. bottles! Anyways, The appearance is quite nice. Has a clear garnett color with great head retention. Sweet malts and grapefruit come out in the aroma. The taste is sweet almost candy like. This is a interesting brown ale to say the least. It was a good beer, but not something I would pick up on a regular basis.

Luigi, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of Higravity
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well I have seen this around several stores lately and I have been very tempted, but I knew even before I opened the bottle. . .

Where are the hops, any hops would be fine, I think they used the same hops as BMC. For a brown ale even a Dutch one I would have expected better, but this is pretty bad. Taste like an extract brew steeped with crystal malt and then under hopped. I looked fine and felt fine but there was nothing interesting inside. It is drinkable but a trip to the dentist might be needed with all the sweetness this beer has.

Omit gender biased comments about similarities to vapid people of the opposite sex who happen to look nice.

Not worth it, glad I didn't pay for it.

Higravity, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown, cola-like and crystal clear, with a 1/2" white head that fades to leave a creamy layer on the beer. Smells mostly of roasted malt, but slightly sour and grassy. Taste is creamy with roasted malt, fruity flavors, and a moderate hop bite. High carbonation, and very unique and delicious.

TastyTaste, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle, with a nifty little illustration that looks like something from an Hieronymus Bosch painting, probably depicting Hell.

Appearance: Deep ruby brown color, with a solid finger's height of off-white foam.

Aroma: Grainy, bready aroma. Not a lot of scent.

Flavor: Sweet malt. Very sweeet, in fact, the kind of flavor from very very low rates of hopping. Fairly clean yeast character, though slightly fruity. Finish borders on cloying, to me.

Medium-low body, avg carbonation.

Quite different from Belgian brown ale examples, this beer is fairly one-dimensional. Too sugary.

allengarvin, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cream, two-fingered head, fades quickly and leaves some lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Deep, amber color. Sweet nose. Starts with a light and sweet and finishes mellow but with a slight metallic aftertaste. This brewery's double and quad are much better. Wierd label. $1.90 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of EagleTalon
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light brown color and a thin, off white head that clings a little to the glass. Aroma is very malty and aromatic. I detect some phenolic and candylike sweetness. Flavor is a sweet, malty sipping brew. Finishes sweet and malty. An enjoyable beer with some distinct "Belgian" character that is easily forgivable. If this was passed off as an English Brown, it would have failed on the phenolics alone!

EagleTalon, Dec 25, 2004
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark reddish amber with a large, light-mocha head. Lots of hills and valleys as it melts, but only sparse lacing.

Aroma - initial chocolate (light) and vague malt. Develops some yeast and grain taste, but pretty average on the whole.

Taste - sweet and malty, a touch of chocolate perhaps, but not much depth. Finishes with a bit of roasted malt, staying sweet throughout.

Mouthfeel - smooth and generally pleasant with low level carbonation.

Drinkability - one for the maltier side of BA. Palates that enjoy sweeter, sturdy beers may well enjoy this one, but it may be a bit much for volume quaffing.

brewdlyhooked13, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of garymuchow
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I really wasn't expecting much from this and it wasn't too bad.
Pretty simple brown malt aroma that's low on caramel, slightly sweet, slightly yeasty. Pretty nice.
Pours with an excessive head. Dark amber of browns with red hues.
Very simple taste. Slightly sweet malt character. Virtually no bitterness. Slight yeast taste with mild dryness. Not bad, but maybe a little too simple.
Way thin and rather watery. Carbonation is good.
Better than I expected. Really could be a transition beer form starters to be introduced to maltier beers.

garymuchow, Dec 12, 2004
Photo of Backer2004
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little lighter than a typicall brown ale. At first, I was quite impressed with the taste, I actually had the scratch out a 4.5 from my initial score. Man, this got sweeter and sweeter as I drank it to the point I almost put it down altogether. Perhaps this had to do with the particular bottle, I bought a six pack a few months back and could not recall such sweetness. Chewy almost. A small amount of lacing. The label is such an attraction as well...any theories on this one?

Backer2004, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of BierReise
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear brownish amber with a thick fluffy head comprised of mostly larger bubbles. Interesting aroma, yeasty,sugary,slightly fruity and floral. Body is a bit flat and thin. Flavor is unusual. Sweet with brown sugar, belgian yeast flavors but a bit light in the malt dept. Label gets style points for surrealistic art. Overall not my cup of tea.

BierReise, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of hobbes2112
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours a deep amber-brown with small, rapidly dissipated, white head. Leaves a pretty decent lacing. Fruity and sweet nose that is heavy of malt, I didn't notice hops at all. Taste is almost all malt, slight toasty with a bready/biscuity finish.

Considering the 6-pack was $5.99, this is a great value beer.


Oh yeah, and that label is great....WTHeck?

edit: I found out the label is from Jeroen Bosch’s masterpiece "The Garden of Earthly Delights"

Detail here:
http://cgfa.sunsite.dk/bosch/bosch2.htm

specific panel with the image:

http://cgfa.sunsite.dk/bosch/p-bosch28.htm

This is on display at Museo del Prado in Madrid. I had never need this guy's work before this beer....but I really like it!

hobbes2112, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of baugherlager
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Well I decided to buy one of these where I work and I enjoyed it.

It pours a pleasant dark brown rusty colory. with a head that doesn't last too long.

It smells of molasses and malt with a hint of peanuts? I had to take a strong wiff to get alot of aroma from this beer.A really unique beer considering it is a brown ale it is not what I expected. Although I was impressed a little with this beer I would as mentioned before I would not drink more than one.

The taste is unique as well I taste molasses and toffee with hints of something fruity maybe mango? Leaves a bitterness from the hops in the back of your tongue.

I really like the color of this beer looks very nice. I would buy this beer again because it is a decent beer for a decent price.

baugherlager, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a tan head that fades quickly. Smell is of Dark rum soaked fruits and caramel. Maybe even a bit of chocolate. Taste is Malty and sweet. Dark fruits and caramel again dominate the palate with some coffee notes coming through as well. Almost over whelming in the sweetness. Unfortunately the beer is kinda a one-trick pony. The flavours dont develop and while initially it is kind of tasty it gets old fast. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy. While I would drink this again it would have to be just one in an evening as I dont think I could have another it would just be too much.

TinusTime, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of thadkaster
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. An interesting package for an interesting beer. The brewery appears to be the same Trappist Brewery the produces La Trappe, later renamed Koningshoeven in Minnesota. Billed as a Dutch Brown Ale, Tilburg's pours with a beautiful rusty brown color and a frothy light brown head that lasts. The fine carbonation is lively on the tongue and will revive the head with a simple swirl.

Flavors include caramel, orange, allspice? and hints of cocoa? Finish is failry long with a distinct nutiness. Well balanced hops throughout peeking through in the mid palate and again on the finish. This beer is incredibly pleasant and drinkable.

thadkaster, Aug 25, 2004
Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.