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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2003

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Reviews: 276 | Ratings: 435
Photo of brdc
4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle served on my Corsendonk tulip.

Clear dark brew, that when held against the light reveals multiple amber highlights underneath a light tan head with average retention but nice, if not exuberant lacing.
Nice nose, mostly caramel, bubblegum and fruits, particularly grapes and berries, but also some chocolate.
Medium bodied, with very little carbonation opening to an unexpectedly smooth body. The ensuing taste has, to my surprise, some of those bublegum hints, caramel and fruits, sweet but not overtly sweet.
A very interesting brew, quite easy to go down if not a session beer given its sweetness. For a fan of belgians like myself, a great alternative for warmer days when a strong dark is too heavy.
Significantly better than my first impression.

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Photo of mjurney
4.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ruby brown color, see through. I see lots of rising carbonation. Thick creamy head.

Rich, malty, nutty, roasted.

Very rich and malty, banana bread, nutty, toffee, roasted malts, faint brown sugar. Hop bitterness is very mild, a little leafy. Finish is very clean, sweet, semi-dry. Body is medium, smooth, a little dry linger aftertaste.

A world-class beer. Very delicious!!

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Photo of Chewman
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon pouring; the colour was rich and amber with little to no head, I was concerned that maybe the quality had been compromised. However, to my surprise the flavour was complex and bold, quite smokey and very smooth going down. A top quality ale, I highly recommend.

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Photo of RobAlsbury1
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of enjoying this beer last night with some buddies at Bj's Brewhouse in the great Houston Texas. Knowing an Ashton cigar was coming later in the evening I opted for the Tilburg Dutch with hopes that a little sweetness might match well with the spice of a classic Ashton. Indeed I was right! This is a good beer.

Serving Type - Bottle pleasantly poured into a Tulip Glass
Appearance - Dark Plum, light head, slight lacing
smell- fruity, hints of grape juice (not grapefruit) and slight roasted malts
taste - light, crisp, "winey".
Mouth feel - good, slightly stingy with regard to balanced flavor of malts, hops and the fruitiness.
drinkablity - Very, Very strong, flows nicely off the palette

One of the more unique beers I've ever had.

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Photo of stirgy
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange and black label with a freaky bird-like character wearing a pot on it’s head and eating a leg?? Is this brewed by Monty Python?

In a tall glass, this poured beautifully. Mahogany-orange color, clear with a strong carbonation and topped with a huge, dense head of tan foam. Small lacing left on the glass. This looks great. The aroma has caramel and buttery malts, with faint touches of fermented figs, plums and toasted almonds.

The taste is very pleasant. Nutty with a medium body of malt that finishes with a dark mellow smoothness. Pleasant bittersweet and nutty aftertaste. I’m very impressed by this beer. Not too heavy or too light. I could drink this all the time.

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Photo of scot_chale
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown and burnt orange body with a thick layer of white pillowy head that doesn't fade easily.

S- All malt. Thick dark roasted malts give hints of caramel. To be honest, it smells like wort.

T- Tastes exactly as it smells, malty. The backbone of the malt base is the star.

M- Much thinner than it looks. I expected it to be heavy, but this one doesn't weigh you down.

O- Awesome beer, and my first Belgian Dark Ale. It's easy going, and a great example of what a great malt profile tastes like. I'd suggest this to those that are getting into beer as a novice, and want to know what these beer snobs mean when they say "malty".

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Photo of losdizzel
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tilburgs Dutch Brown Ale

Is very nice beer here

These the perfect time of year for browns

the smell is awsome , the taste very good good malty finish also.
only comes in a 11.5 oz bottle abv is 5 percent good balance
about to have another .
small lacy head at the end .
A small tidbit let sit for alittle before hand .


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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of Portertime
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kvazzo
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
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

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Photo of etn3000
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend suggested the Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale to me while we were at a bar. I was a little hesitant because I don't typically go for darker beers. But I thought I'd give it a try. Wow! I was blown away. This is easily one of the best beers I've ever had. It was dark, but it didn't taste like a dark beer. The color is just a few shades lighter than molasses. It was very smooth and had subtle notes for chocolate. The beer just takes over your taste buds with heavenly delight. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of Tropicalslip
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is a rich brown amber.The taste has a rich roasty creaminess I think stems from the small bubbles and sweetness of the beer. The flavor eminates through your nose while setting on your tongue and clings to your you pallet.

Its a flavorful yet light beer.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Wonderful. A clean, mostly malty, hint of yeast, touch of hop, and a microdot of smoke.
Appearance: Red- amber with a rich creamy tan head that laced all the way down the glass.
Flavor: Balance to the malt with a sweet taste but a good hop finish. A slight nuttiness to it as well and a woody note. The aroma is a good forecast to the taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a bit of oil that leaves a coat.
Overall Impression: Good beer! Quite drinkable, tasty, well made. Just about everything I could want in a beer. To nit pick, maybe a bit mild in taste, but otherwise, I loved this beer!

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice brown and amber color with very little head. The smell is of caramel and malt, very sweet. The flavor is the same as the nose, lots of malty caramel flavor, but not so sweet as to be disgusting. The mouthfeel is light, but leaves a nice coating on your tongue. This is a very drinkable beer, it almost reminds me of some German styles.

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Photo of Offa
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pleasant and easily drinkable beer yet still very flavourful.

Dark red-brown, it has a medium, creamy tan head steadily srhinking to a lasting creamy top.

The aroma is very pleasant, mostly grapes (hint of concord grape juice), a little caramelly bread, and molasses.

The taste is also quite nice, easy to drink yet with plenty of flavour. It's mostyl fruity-caramelly, grapy with toasted grain, stronger in the finish. It has hitns of winey/fermented plum and raisin, a very mild dryish peppery quality, and a smooth feel.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a small white head, very spotty lace, solid retention.

S: Brown sugar syrup, Hawaiian bread, cola, grape jam, very sweet smelling.

T: Excellent dark fruit flavours. Some pastry bread sweetness, caramel candy, with some raisin, Concord grape, heavy plum is the predominant note. Very light hopping, just tastes really good for my palate. Definitely a Belgo-Dutch style brew.

M: Light-bodied, creamy, some crisp carbonation upfront, but very soft on the tongue.

D: Delicious well made beer by the Trappists. I liked this quite a bit. It's hard to find a Belgian style beer with this low alcohol and having this great a flavour which means a definite repurchase is in order.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a branded Tilburg half-pint glass.

The Dutch brown ale is a chestnut brown color with redish highlights. It has good clarity and about an inch of cream colored head that settles slowly.

Aroma is sweet and malty with some nice dark fruit and Belgian-esque yeast.

Flavor is really nice. More of that dark fruit comes through in the form of cherries and raisins. There's caramel and milk chocolate too. It's mostly sweet but there is some balance there too. Bitterness definately takes a backseat.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and moderate carbonation.

This is definately an easy-drinking Belgian. The low alcohol and easy mouthfeel makes it a session beer of great character and flavor.

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Photo of Greggy
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Deep, clear reddish brown color. Huge off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet fruity aroma. Hints of apple, caramel, and a bit of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Deliciously fruity front end with hints of apple and grape, almost like champagne. Caramel, toffee, and slightly sugary middle with a hint of yeast. Finishes up with a delicate chocolate and coffee note. Very interesting to say the least!

Mouthfeel: Medium to full with very high carbonation. Again, almost champagne-like.

Drinkability: Quaffable and sessionable. Refreshing and satisfying.

Final Notes: This beer could almost act as a wine/champagne replacement. It's got a unique, yet very appetizing character all its own. I really like it.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Clear Dark Brown/Reddish color with a dirty white head. Head is quite fizzy and retains for about a minute or so before becoming a brownish film. Finishes quite clean.

Smell - Rum Raisin, Plums, Spices, Malts, Chocolate and Yeasts. Very sweet smelling beer and quite fruity for a brown ale.

Taste - Chocolate, Rum Raisin, Yeasts, and Hops. Very good taste and not too strong at the same time either; Very nice balance!

Mouthfeel - It's light bodied with some mild carbonation. Feels incredibly crisp to drink at the same time!

Overall - An excellent beer with some great flavor and drinkability. If you're looking for a tasty brown ale, this would be one of my top recommendations

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Photo of Tbn2
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

Look: No freshness date on outside bottle I could find. Body pours dark brown that turns a little lighter brown when back lit. Thin creamy colored head sits atop the body that doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell: Big malty sweetness in the form of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. A touch of earthy hops in the background.

Taste: Big malty sweetness as stated above. A lingering sweetness that has kinda of a grape like taste, just sits on my tongue before I swallow and is a great segue way to the classic British Brown Ale mouthfeel. When you put this one down the hatch, it has that dry, hard-water feeling that is balanced in harmony with an earthy hop flavor. Spot on perfect.


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Photo of Immortale25
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque brown with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before it becomes a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Spotty lacing and a healthy amount of surface foam.

S- Has a clean malt nose plus a nice Belgian yeast tone. A bit glassy.

T- Smooth and light but with enough body to convince you that you're drinking a brown ale. The fruity esters from the yeast are mild but still have a good presence. Everything is nicely thrown together in a steady balance. Quite impressive, actually.

M- Very creamy and slick. Medium-high carbonation. Slides down easily.

O- I'll admit, I bought this one for the label but I'm very glad I did. What a nice, sessionable dark Belgian...from Holland!

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