Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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Tilburg's Dutch Brown AleTilburg's Dutch Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 436 |  Reviews: 277
Reviews by ThatWineGuy:
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Beer Bistro, served in a tulip on Super Bowl Sunday late lunch. Lustrous dark brown colour stood out, plenty of sheen happening there. Head was short and beige, it covered the surface and stuck around, nice ring and some sheet lace. Honey and noughat on the nose, not a very strong smell though.

Smooth, silky mouthfeel, nice texture. Slight sweetness is pleasant and never cloying, brown sugar and molasses, some candied cherry. There is an even balance to this offering and enough acidity to make it interesting, some dark fruit weighs in nicely, bitterness mostly in the swallow and the finish, just about right I'd say. All around a nice brown and well worth a try.

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm very odd picture on the label Iam not gonna even attempt to figure that out,pours a light brown/amber with a creamy-like head that settles quickly with a small amount of lace.Aroma of sweet fruit and a little caramel makes me think this is gonna be pretty sweet.Taste isnt to overly sweet but lacks a little depth some light sweetness and toasted malt aftertaste but not much fruit wich I was looking for.Alot of malt but not refined enough I guess for me,a good beer but needs a little more for me.

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Photo of braugon
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of tohe9384
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Todd
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured into an English nonic ale glass. Dark ruby-brown, leaves a 1/2 inch head that survives the duration quite handily. Sheets of foamy lacing to boot.

Nose is malty, with notes of caramel, dark fruit (grape, figs), candy and spice.

Similar notes here. I certainly do get the "Belgian" aspects of this beer. Much sweeter and with notes of grape, figs, currant, chocolate and caramel. But there is still a mildly hopped, bitter finish and a taste that reminds me a great deal of an English brown. A milder, easier to drink brew than others from Koningshoeven.

Carbonation is a touch low, medium bodied, slick.

A decent Belgian dark. I personally weigh on the side that this brew does qualify as Belgian dark, but there are certainly English characteristics to this brew as well. Flavorful, lower ABV makes this one I could happily drink throughout the evening. Nothing I haven't seen before, but well made nonetheless.

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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.

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Photo of bsp77
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into a Tilburg's glass, which resembled a mini-Pils glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish brown with thick tan head and nice lacing lines coating the glass.

Smell: Very dry (almost stale and musty) dark fruit with light Belgian yeast notes of banana and clove.

Taste: Sweet fruity malts that are somewhat musty with only a very light touch of the expected Belgian funk. I can't explain the taste very well, but not sure I like it that much - one-dimensional and sickly.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium slick body, with a strange unidentifiable finish.

Drinkability: Just a strange (yet simple) beer that I would rather not have again.

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Photo of Hugh37
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kingjames1
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich ruby brown, with a frothy tan head. The nose is dark fruits, chocolate, funky belgian yeast, wood. Taste is sour wood, bittersweet dark chocolate, a hint of light alcohol, and a touch of blonde roast coffee. Great brown ale - not sure what I think of it as a dark belgian though. Definitely has the belgian yeast funk, but really drinks like a brown ale. Good stuff though.

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Photo of ADR
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark and deep chestnut color, seems clearish. Lively head of 1/2 an inch of light tan foam. Good lace, rings with drips on the glass. Malty aroma, deep like cough drops and with some molasses elements. Flavor starts nicely, cocoa powder, slight ginger, and that molasses from the aroma. Mouthfeel is a bit light but the carbonation is low, giving a smoothness. Slightly watery at the finish with little to no hops to be found but with residual sweetness and ginger lingering into the aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all, a little boring for my personal tastes.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a cola colored brown ale with a large off white khaki brown head, fine even lacing. Aroma is full of caramel and brown dark roasted malt character. Flavor is full of caramel roasted brown malts with hints of dark chocolate, a dominant sweet malt character with underlying herbal Euro hops backing it up. Mouthfeel is even bodied carbonation is a bit high especially for a brown ale with a bit of a cloying sweetness as a whole. Overall I can't believe this is from Koningshoeven, damn tasty brown ale.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small white to off white head leaves a decent but thinning lacing above a clear deep amber reddish colored beer.

A sweet caramelish nut aroma that leads into a nutty caramel sweet taste.

A medium bodied beer with a sweet nutty slightly dryish aftertaste.

The Dutch sure do love their sweets.

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Photo of degerbah
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with a pretty reddish hue. Plenty of quick head that died down almost immediately leaving no lacing. very sweet smell that tastes slightly fruity.

The taste is sugary sweet. Very fruity initial taste with very little aftertaste. An extremely easy drinker, I could drink these all night. No alcohol taste at all.

This is a much more simple taste than I normally associate with a Belgian Dark Ale, it has much less complexity and far less alcohol that I thought belonged in the style. Very drinkable, but I feel that it was a little over-priced for a session.

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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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a deep brown that shines red in the light. A nice light tan head is dense, taking some time to settle to a light foam and leaving sticky lacing as it goes.
There's practically a candy shop in the aroma. It's a very sweet, sugary aroma with some chocolate on the nose and perhaps caramel or toffee. There are perhaps some dark fruits in here as well (plum) with a bit of a malt backing almost masked by all the sweetness.
The taste follows suit, though there's a very light hops flavor underlying. There's also a slightly toasted note as well. Malt backing is present throughout, though, again, the sweetness is the dominant factor and somewhat complex, though not as much as it could be by any means.
The body is medium. Carbonation is active and foamy, making this one very creamy. Eventually it seems to thin out, though.
This is well worth trying if you want to get more into the style or are interested in an atypical drinking experience.

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Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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