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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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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
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DavidST
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass, I'm not sure how to read the dating code: K02C09?

Pours a nice clear brownish color with a tan/mocha head, the retention is pretty low though. The smell is nutty and malty. Feel is medium to light. Taste is good enough, I get a bunch of malts, some caramel and toffee, a little nutty flavor and some bitterness at the end (note nothing overpowering), I also get a little metallic taste at the end. Overall not a bad beer, but not too memorable either.

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Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of H0rnedFr0gs
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of thisladyluck
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of csfcmitchell
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of pshelto
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of chris1919
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Kornoms
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a rare dutch brown ale from the Koningshoeven Abbey Brewery in Belgium. It pours a nice dark brown colour with a tan head. The aromas are of sweet malts and spices, with little complexity to be had. The taste is malty and sweet, and very well-balanced. This is a nice, well-balanced brown ale, but nothing more. There are many domestic-micro brown ales that are much better than this, for half the cost!

But...this is still damn tasty!

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Photo of Brendog9
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tiny brown bubbles amongst some bright honey highlights make this beer nice and colorful. The strong foam or lacing doesn't hurt any either. Behind the the alkaline aroma was some fruity spices. But they were a little hard to pick out with the alkali and all. But the metal stuffs was gone for the tase. Showcasing some nice plum and cinnamon notes. This would be a very flavorful session beer.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber colored with a small off white head that leaves decent lacing around the glass.

S: Dark fruit a little spicy leads to a sour note.

T: A lot like it smells. Almost like a rollercoaster. sweet then sour then back to the sweet.

M: Medium bodied with a slight creaminess

D: Easily drinkable. Not my first choice but wouldnt be my last choice either. I'd say this is what Newcastle's big brother would probably taste like!

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Photo of Phocion
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Corsendonk tulip. Dark reddish-brown with a bubbly finger of head which is actually a bit small for a tulip, but nonetheless very resilient and leaves sticky lacing throughout.

Malty aroma; chocolate, bready, brown sugar, and dark fruits, particularly raisin and fig. Slightly spiced. Not very complex but still appetizing.

Sweet malted brown sugar and toffee and humbly spiced.

Thin mouthfeel though decently carbonated. Somewhat oily. Slightly spiced aftertaste. Tasty but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of rangerred
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear dark brown with a thick two finger tan head with great head retention.

Smells like sweet molasses and caramel along with a bit of yeastyness. A slight metallic note as well.

Taste is quite sweet right off the bat giving way to caramel along with a slight grassy hop flavor. Some baked apple/peach pie flavors in there too. Mouthfeel is sticky but also somewhat watery.

Overall this beer was just a little too sweet for me. The flavors were all good but it would be hard to have more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear deep reddish brown color with a thick 1/4" head of tan foam that looked like it was going to be around for a while. There is quite a bit of lacing left on my stein after the beer starts to recede.

Aroma: Rich malty aroma with quite a caramel presence. There is a reserved floral note that I believe is hop derived. To accent the hops, there is also a rich roasty aroma that suggests that it was one malt addition that is adding the dark color and flavor. As the beer warms a bit, there is a really bready component. To go with the bread, there is a ripe fruit aroma making itself known.

Taste: The flavor is somewhat close to the aroma. It is really fruity, and reminds me of red apples and pears. The malt plays a smaller role in the flavor than in the aroma. There is some sweet caramel and a tad of roast, but for the most part the beer is fruity. The finish is balanced toward the malt with a slightly syrupy flavor to linger for some time.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. The malt is pretty much in charge of this beer and it is clean. It ultimately tastes a little like a dessert. It is brewed by Koningshoeven, so I had pretty high expectations for this beer. It isn't bad by any means, but it is no trappist. Either way, I would drink this beer again. It is pretty tasty.

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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glazed cranberry-orange with bright tangerine trim. The attractive, golden brown sugar colored crown features a mega-bubbly surface that is becoming mega-pitting before my very eyes. A wide band of Belgian lace is a nice touch.

The aroma delivers a less than abundant amount of medium-dark fruit, with a mustiness rather than a spicy yeastiness. Dutch Brown Ale is clearly a BDA, but it isn't an especially noteworthy one. Especially if the nose is a reliable barometer of what's to come.

Though it's a decent example of the style, I'm still not impressed after the first, second and third mouthfuls. Even 5.0% Belgian ales can be dizzingly complex, so the ABV is no excuse on that front. Maybe the yeast strain is an underachiever.

The flavor profile includes steely caramel (the beer stops short of mineral-like), mild cocoa, dried figs and stale tobacco. It's more bitter than sweet, with the mustiness of the aroma in full flower on the palate. This is an acceptable enough BDA, but more depth and more complexity is sorely needed if it has designs on something more.

The mouthfeel isn't terrible, though it could also use an injection of personality. It's light and is acceptably bubbled. The fact that the carbonation fades quickly in the second half of the bottle is the biggest reason for the above score.

This Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven brew is a disappointment, especially since La Trappe Quadrupel is so stupendous. Given the wide distribution of so many excellent Belgian ales, there's no reason to buy this one again. Unfortunately, Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale is pretty close to forgettable.

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Photo of jnezda
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into balloon glass. Poured a nice dark chocolate brown with full fine head. Smelled of caramel raisins, dark fruits and malt. Hint of chocolate and toffee at the finish. Good carbonation allowed head to stick around nicely throughout the glass and left some good lacing. This is an amazing light smooth drinking beer for a Belgian dark ale. This is on the soft side of the style and could use a little more body. The mouthfeel was good from the carbonation stand point but lacked a bit in overall flavor.

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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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