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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

419 Ratings

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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

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 CityBoy1986
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle.

The pour is a medium brown with a foamy off-white head. The head recedes rather quickly and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

The nose is yeast with coffee, spices and a hint of fruitiness (grape?). The taste starts sweet before going more sour, which is when the spices come out. The finish and aftertaste bring on a bit of off-flavour before getting back a bit of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high; if I had more than one in the house, I'd drink the other.

CityBoy1986, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

Brown with a certain edge of orange color in there. The head is really impressive, tinged brown, and lasts for a long time, all the while contorting itself into different shapes and leaving intricate lace all over the glass.

Perhaps a touch muted by the head, I'm really only getting a few notes of a Belgian-esque yeast strain with some sour fruit and spices.

I hoped the flavor would bring it a little more. Basically follows the nose pretty straightforwardly: some caramel malt notes, dark fruit sweetness, a little metallic, with a dusty, oddly aged flavor that smacks more of "stale" than "cellared".

Mouthfeel is acceptable overall, a touch light, but so's the abv and complexity. The finish is clean, leaving a mild note of flowers. Not hard to drink by most standards, but nothing exceptional either.

BretSikkink, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of kvazzo
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

A - dark with a white head, medium head retention, nice lacing
S - very malty with fruity and caramel esters
T - sweet and caramely with a nice yeast flavour at the end
M - Medium body with medium carbonation
D - great brown ale, easy to drink and with lots of flavour

kvazzo, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of dolemite77
2.95/5  rDev -22%

Not sure about this one... aroma is like some sort of candy, with a flavor that isn't far from that either. The look of this beer is great... nice dusky red, verging on brown, with a nice fluffy head that crags up after a second or two... the flavor is average, at best... I don't shy away from funkiness in beer, but this one is too all over the place to have a good flavor profile... at the end I vaguely taste and smell grape candy on this one...

dolemite77, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.63/5  rDev -4%

A huge light tan head forms above a dark brown brew. The head recedes slowly and leaves small clumps of lacing behind. Smells of deep roasted malts, followed up by some spice and a very subtle sweetness that finishes things off. Tastes rich and malty with some caramel edges that surround a slight bitterness. Some furtive medicinal notes coat the finish of this medium bodied, yet highly drinkable brew.

stephens101, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

A - Clear amber with one finger of off white head that doesn't last long. Leaves a little bit of lacing

S - Malt with a little bit of light fruit

T - Lots of good malts with a little sweetness

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Good brown ale that is easy to drink and enjoyable. A little less sweet than new castle

midaszero, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

A: It's a deep cherry color with a sizable toffee colored head that retains fairly well and leaves some noticeable rings of lacing down the glass.

S: Rather malty and full for a small beer. Definitely getting dark fruits from the Belgian yeast, some caramel malt sweetness, and a faint nutty character. Definitely sweet as opposed to spicy. For a smaller beer it's got a quite nice aroma.

T&M: Decent, but it's missing a lot. It starts somewhat sweet, but grows more bitter and bland after the initial candied flavor--there's a roasted caramel and chocolate flavor, and a hint of floral flavor. The flavor really fades on the tail end due to an inferior mouthfeel. The finish is dry, but devoid of any appreciably good flavor. Carbonation is decent, but the body is too light to hold up well. A fuller body would allow more of the malty flavors to develop and provide that familiar velvety mouthfeel we all know and love from Belgians.

D: Light body does leave it rather drinkable, but the flavor isn't good enough to merit a higher score. I'm glad I tried this beer, but I probably won't revisit it anytime soon.

BamaBeerBuff, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of Natural510
3.93/5  rDev +4%

Pours a medium brown-red color with a decent amount of tan head, which dissipates into a light ring at the edges of the glass.
Smells very malty and sweet, with hints of cocoa and smoke.
Tastes of rich malt with a noticable hop flavor. Brown sugar & dark fruit notes complement the hops and yeast.
Hops resonate in the mouth. A creaminess helps made up for a somewhat thin body.
A nice little brown ale, I enjoyed the malt & sweetness; reminded me of a malted soda.

Natural510, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev 0%

On-tap 11/05/08 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a flute glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, maple, dark fruit and touches of Belgian yeast and hops, bite it's kind of faint overall.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of dark fruit, maple, caramel and some Belgian yeast. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence and the malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of drpimento
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

Kind of a bizarre label; don't know what's up with that. Anyway, Poured with a nice tan, foamy, frothy head and little lace. Brownish in color with cherry red highlights. Malty, a bit bittersweet aroma. Very malty, caramel flavor with a little fruit in flavor. Smooth, decent body and carbonation/ good mouthfeel. Easy drinking. No alcohol characteristics. A tad sweet in the finish. Could be a session beer. Interesting Brown Ale.

drpimento, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours a clear brown color with a small tan head. Smells of malts and nuts. Has a great nutty caramel flavor, not overpowering, minimal and clean. Crisp and refreshing as it goes down very easy. A slight sweet off taste at the end but only on the first 2 drinks, smooths out and evens up with the rest of the beer.

nrpellegrini, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

A- Pours a 1 finger head over a beautiful Dark brown/amber color. Body is crystal clear. After a minute or two, the head recedes to a thin cap. Slight lacing is present.

S- Very nice biscuity and bready notes along with dark fruits like sweetened raisins, brown sugar, a slightly floral aspect and a touch of toffee, caramel, and slight chocolate.

T- Starts with sweet caramel/maplenut notes then moves into a nice long delicate finish of maplenut, sweetbreads and slight raisin, finally drying about a minute into the finish.

M- At the beginning of the brew, the carbonation seems a bit much but settles out as it sits. There is a nice full mouthfeel for this gem despite its relatively low ABV of 5%.

D- Bottom line, this is an excellent beer, and a steal at $7.99/six at my store. I will definitely have this again. Given the ABV, you could have a few of these without getting to goofy.

Greggy, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of McStagger
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%

A: Pours a nice rusty garnet with two fingers of lightly browned bishop roll colored head. Head retention is moderate with a fairly nice amount of lacing left on the glass.

S: Yeasty bready notes with all spice and darkened fruit.

T: Malty sweet notes with flavors similar to those in the nose. Hop presence is pretty diluted except to add a very mild spice.

M: Oh so creamy and delicious. Plenty of carbonation to balance what could have easily been a flabby beer. Nice.

D: Not overly viscous but still a little thick, I could easily have a few of these. Drinkin em all night seems a stretch, though.

McStagger, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler glass.

Very dark brown for the style leaving little head and almost no lacing. Toasty malt smell. Also a very nice smell of rotting bananas and raisins. The taste is like the Newcastle Brown Ale but sweeter and with the rotting fruit character that I noted.

BierFan, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of bcolflesh
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Received in a beer trade - drank after mowing the lawn.

Cool looking bottle has a demon image from the third panel of Hieronymus Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delights" triptych.

Tasty and smooth drinking - no annoying aftertaste - I liked it. Probably really good with some cheese and pretzels.

bcolflesh, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Chimay glass. 09/05/08.

Pours a clear, deep ruby-brownish color with a thin half finger of tan head. The head dropped to a thin layer quickly. Aroma is nutty with caramel, toffee, chocolate, and dark fruits (raisin, fig, date).

Taste is a bunch of nuttiness with plenty of toffee and caramel. Lots of sweet malt and a yeasty breadlike/biscuit taste. The dark fruits from the aroma are less pronounced in the taste, but still there. Some cherry in the taste as well. A bit on the sweet side.

Feel is medium body with plenty of carbonation. It's kinda smooth yet a bit watery. Drinkability is very good. It's not heavy at all and the alcohol is low enough to make it sessionable if it weren't for the sweetness.

Pretty good, though it seems more like a brown ale (as the label suggests) than a Belgian strong dark.

bkilpatr, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of beersheppard
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Appearance: light brown mahogany, slightly transparent, white creamy heady with good foam and residual lacing.

Smell: malts, brown sugar, and molasses

Taste: a light brown ale, sweet but not overly toasty malts that are kept in check by the hops.

Mouthfeel: watery, slightly carbonated.

Drinkability: This beer is decent. I prefer more malt in my brown ale. If you want a brown ale that is not too heavy on the palate is a good beer for you. Very reminiscent of Newcastle's Brown Ale in my opinion.

beersheppard, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of danielocean03
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a ruby-hued deep brown, almost garnet in appearance. Two full fingers of thick foamy off-white head slowly dissipate to a sticky oil slick and lacing. Aroma is sweet, smells of honey and dark dried fruit, raisins, caramel, malt, grain. Taste is also sweet, full of caramel and roasted malty goodness, more dark fruit undertones, grain and bread notes follow through to a dry finish, with a slight hint of a bitter hop bite. Mouthfeel is watery, light bodied with low to moderate levels of carbonation, a smooth brew that goes down exceptionally easy. Being paired with a sweet malty aroma and flavor along with the low abv% and light body, this would make for a great session beer. Recommened trying if available, definitely a worthwhile beer, would purchase again.

danielocean03, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Reddish brown beer pours a lively off-white head. Nice floral aroma. Taste is light with hints of raisin and caramel but is pretty subdued. The watery texture helps to bring a clean finish. Not a very big beer but easily drinkable. Not the worst but I'll be looking elsewhere for my next brown ale.

gonzo46and2, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of SirSketch
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

A - Beige head with little retention. Deep mahogany color and had some murkiness to it.

S - There isn't much aroma to this beer. Slight malt smells and some fruity notes.

T - The taste of this dutch brown ale was what really stood out to me. The malt used left a wonderful sweetness on the tip of my tongue. It also had nutty and butterscotch facets to it. Nice, long lasting aftertaste, too!

M/D - Medium amount of carbonation and medium body, just perfect for the style. I could drink this beer all night.

SirSketch, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark brown/deep red and transparent with a light tan 2 finger head. Retention is moderate, and falls to a thin film with thick collar.

S - Brown sugar, some caramel, and butter.

T - Sweet brown sugar. Not cloying or overdone, but definitely on the sweet side. Caramel and toasted malts shine through, with a minimal bitterness in the finish.

M - Smooth and low carbonation, medium to full bodied.

D - A great brew for sure, but the sweetness makes me think twice about sessioning this brew. A good glass, but that might be all I need at one time.

PatrickJR, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of hooligan
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%

Enjoyed with breakfast on Father's day 2008.

Poured into a pint session glass, to a deep brown beer with soft bubbles that dissipate quickly and slide down the glass as you drink.

Smell is strong strawlike yeast upfront with fruit esters, rum raisin and dried pineapple. Very faint noble hops.

Flavor is big, soft, and chewy, a savory dry malt character upfront that's eventually pushed out of the way by a sublime dried fruit character. The fruit and straw esters from the yeast and noble hops both support throughout and can be picked up easily throughout this complex and well balanced beer.

This is a gentle, pleasant, yet big and complex brown ale. I had never heard of it until I saw it at the store, and I'm glad I did.

hooligan, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

I get this one at the Grub Mart here in Jacsonville. Poured into a pint.

A: Came out a nice dark brown with ruby hues. Got a good amount of off white head that stuck around, creating some nice lacing.

S: Malt. Lots of malt. Has a sweet smell of caramel and dark fruits I can't place.

T: Sweet, caramel and roasted malt. Maybe some cherry in there, maybe plum. Got a bitterness on the finish.

M: Has a medium carbanation. Silky smooth.

D: Very drinkable with the light ABV. This is one of the better beers we have readily availiable here in Alabama. Great beer!

everetends, May 13, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
3.93/5  rDev +4%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a dark brown with a 1 finger tan head. There was moderate carbonation and decent sticky lacing.

S- It smelled mostly of sweet, candy-like malts and the yeasty tones I've come to expect of many beers in this style. The aroma becomes a little fruity and slightly nutty with a little time to warm.

T- There were a lot of nice malty tones. It plays between sweet and slightly nutty. There were even some bready flavors hiding in there.

M- It has a solid, but smooth, feel. The carbonation was kept at a moderate level and the thickness was right down the middle too.

D- At 5% ABV, it's a much easier drinker than the stronger dark ales. I could enjoy a couple in a sitting without feeling overwhelmed by the malty flavor.

GRPunk, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%

I like this one and if anybody didn't know the cover art is from the painting "Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymous Bosch. It is an excerpt from the "hell" panel called the Birdheaded Monster of the three paneled painting with heaven on the left, the Garden of Eden in the middle and hell on the right. It is pretty crazy looking and was painted in 1519! On that note, on to the beer. HAd this one chille in a pint glass. Pours a dark goldish color. Smells of plesant caramel and slightly nutty. Tastes quite the same reminds me a bit of amaretto. I could enjoy this a lot.

Portertime, Apr 18, 2008
Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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