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

Tilburg's Dutch Brown AleTilburg's Dutch Brown Ale
435 Ratings
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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Ratings: 435 |  Reviews: 277
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Biggish, crusty, tan head has big cavities in it. That's why there's nice, thick, clumpy lacing. Beer is dark red/brown and clear. Very appealing. I get a nice, spicy, peppery, dark caramel candy in the nose. So far so good. Lots of pepper and spice in front. Tangy, too. Dark caramel middle shows a little sourish fruit. Wow. Just corn in the finish. Man, that's strange. Overall, a nice, spicy, dark, malty brew. But what's with that big corn finish?

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a nice dark brown with a thin caramel head with decent retention.

S-Sweet and fruity. Not what I expected from a brown ale, but a nice surprise.

T-Sweeter than my expectation. Nutty, fruity with a fair amount of carbonation.

M-starts out full and kind of creamy and then fades. Nice.

D-I enjoyed the drink, but I wouldn't be able to drink many of them. A nice change of pace, definitely not a session brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BucBasil
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint. Brew is a deep ruby red color with a 3 fingers thick foamy tan head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell: A nutty character at first, fading into a sweet candy-like aroma, and finishing with a hint of dark fruits.

Taste: Very sweet, almost sugary. A hint of malt comes along, dulling the sweetness a bit, but adding a caramel kind of dimension. I imagine that if the brown tootsie-pop were a beer, this would be it.

Mouthfeel: Easily my favorite part of this beer. Velvety and creamy in the mouth and very smooth going down. Very nice.

Drinkability: Average amount of alcohol, but the massive sweetness of this lowers my desire to have any more of these right now. It was a good beer, but not one that I would necessarily pick up again any time soon.

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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a massive rocky ivory head that slowly collapses upon clear russet-brown liquid. Lots of hay and grassy notes in the nose with slight maltiness creeping up behind. The first taste was fruity and chocolatey/malty sweet. Some brown sugar notes tasted as well, along with a pleasing Belgian yeast character in the aftertaste. Finished up sweet and satisfying...very tasty and drinkable.

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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had tried this a few months ago, and wasn't impressed, but that was before I understood Belgian style ales, and appreciated them. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a snifter. The beer poured a deep copper, forming a very thick 1 inch head, leaving medium lacing on the glass. Good carbonation, with endless trails rising to the surface. The aroma is on the light side, but there are still hints of dark fruit aromas, along with a little sweet malt. The taste is very interesting, but not as complex as other Belgian style ales, that I've tried. Light fruityness up front, followed by a little malt thickness, and then finishing with the same fruit sweetness. A little light on the flavor for a Belgian, but nonetheless, still tasty. Medium mouthfeel, and very smooth finish. Overall, I have to say I was wrong with my first impression a few months back. A great tasting beer, and one I will continue to come back to. Definitely worth a try!

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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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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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3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 330 ml bottle. There are what appear to be batch codes printed on the back label, but no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is deep, deep brown (almost black); light passes through easily, turning the beer a ruby red. Two fingers of tan-tinted head dissipated quickly to leave a spotted, bubbly lacing and a ring around the edge.

Smell: Very malty. Both sweet and toasted caramel, chocolate, toffee, black raspberry, a little hazelnut, and maybe fig and plum.

Taste: The flavor is a disappointment compared to the smell. The mouthfeel is light and flavors of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar dominate. The nuttiness from the smell also plays a bigger role, and the dark fruit peeks its head out after the beer has continued warming.

Drinkability: Though it is not spectacular, it is a good beer.

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3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Chestnut brown with ruby highlights and fairly active carbonation. A small cream cap has good density and fair retention. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Baking chocolate, toasted walnuts and a bit of black tea greet the nose.

T: Starts out with a generous dose of roasted nuts. Bitterness is very mild and adds just a touch of black tea. Gets a bit acidic toward the end as charred wood flavors creep in. Finishes dry and rather clean.

M: The body is dry, light and a bit too fizzy.

D: More of an English Brown than a Belgian Dark in my book. Certainly enjoyable enough. I'm glad I picked it up.

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3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: Mahogany color with a medium light tan head. Thin and sticky lacing. Aroma of malt and nuts. Medium bodied with a nice caramel malt flavor, along with a little bit of hops. The finish is lightly hopped and nutty. Easy drinking overall.

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Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 435 ratings
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