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 garymuchow
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I really wasn't expecting much from this and it wasn't too bad.
Pretty simple brown malt aroma that's low on caramel, slightly sweet, slightly yeasty. Pretty nice.
Pours with an excessive head. Dark amber of browns with red hues.
Very simple taste. Slightly sweet malt character. Virtually no bitterness. Slight yeast taste with mild dryness. Not bad, but maybe a little too simple.
Way thin and rather watery. Carbonation is good.
Better than I expected. Really could be a transition beer form starters to be introduced to maltier beers.

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Photo of Backer2004
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little lighter than a typicall brown ale. At first, I was quite impressed with the taste, I actually had the scratch out a 4.5 from my initial score. Man, this got sweeter and sweeter as I drank it to the point I almost put it down altogether. Perhaps this had to do with the particular bottle, I bought a six pack a few months back and could not recall such sweetness. Chewy almost. A small amount of lacing. The label is such an attraction as well...any theories on this one?

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Photo of BierReise
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear brownish amber with a thick fluffy head comprised of mostly larger bubbles. Interesting aroma, yeasty,sugary,slightly fruity and floral. Body is a bit flat and thin. Flavor is unusual. Sweet with brown sugar, belgian yeast flavors but a bit light in the malt dept. Label gets style points for surrealistic art. Overall not my cup of tea.

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours a deep amber-brown with small, rapidly dissipated, white head. Leaves a pretty decent lacing. Fruity and sweet nose that is heavy of malt, I didn't notice hops at all. Taste is almost all malt, slight toasty with a bready/biscuity finish.

Considering the 6-pack was $5.99, this is a great value beer.

Oh yeah, and that label is great....WTHeck?

edit: I found out the label is from Jeroen Bosch’s masterpiece "The Garden of Earthly Delights"

Detail here:

specific panel with the image:


This is on display at Museo del Prado in Madrid. I had never need this guy's work before this beer....but I really like it!

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Photo of baugherlager
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Well I decided to buy one of these where I work and I enjoyed it.

It pours a pleasant dark brown rusty colory. with a head that doesn't last too long.

It smells of molasses and malt with a hint of peanuts? I had to take a strong wiff to get alot of aroma from this beer.A really unique beer considering it is a brown ale it is not what I expected. Although I was impressed a little with this beer I would as mentioned before I would not drink more than one.

The taste is unique as well I taste molasses and toffee with hints of something fruity maybe mango? Leaves a bitterness from the hops in the back of your tongue.

I really like the color of this beer looks very nice. I would buy this beer again because it is a decent beer for a decent price.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a tan head that fades quickly. Smell is of Dark rum soaked fruits and caramel. Maybe even a bit of chocolate. Taste is Malty and sweet. Dark fruits and caramel again dominate the palate with some coffee notes coming through as well. Almost over whelming in the sweetness. Unfortunately the beer is kinda a one-trick pony. The flavours dont develop and while initially it is kind of tasty it gets old fast. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy. While I would drink this again it would have to be just one in an evening as I dont think I could have another it would just be too much.

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Photo of thadkaster
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. An interesting package for an interesting beer. The brewery appears to be the same Trappist Brewery the produces La Trappe, later renamed Koningshoeven in Minnesota. Billed as a Dutch Brown Ale, Tilburg's pours with a beautiful rusty brown color and a frothy light brown head that lasts. The fine carbonation is lively on the tongue and will revive the head with a simple swirl.

Flavors include caramel, orange, allspice? and hints of cocoa? Finish is failry long with a distinct nutiness. Well balanced hops throughout peeking through in the mid palate and again on the finish. This beer is incredibly pleasant and drinkable.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber brown in color with excellent clarity and a large off-white head and abundant broken lace. There are small streams of carbonation, the head retention is superb.

Aroma: Rich roasted malt aroma, with a faintly smoky note and hints of molasses and dark fruits; very little hop presence, quite pleasing.

Taste: Begins with burnt caramel and smoky notes, followed by spicy alcohol and dark fruit, and an understated hop presence, finishes with a lingering molasses and dark fruit note, which lingers on well paste the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A most unusual beer, and one that seems to have little in common with brown ale, save its appearance. Still, it’s quite unique and would seem most pleasing on a cold and dark autumn afternoon.

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Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has the strangest label art that I can ever recall seeing…strange, disturbing, and apparently historical.
The beer is a clear, reddish-brown color. The head is thin and light-tan in color. Delicate, and thin lace is left on the glass. Caramel and sugar mix in the aroma. It’s got a slightly bread-like, yeasty smell, along with an faint adhesive-like phenolic quality. Mild sweetness up front. The taste has a Belgian, candi-like quality that runs throughout. Medium body with relatively low carbonation and slickness on the tongue.
I bought a six pack for about $6.00 at a NJ beer store. Although this wasn’t a world class beer, it was an excellent value. It’s certainly worth picking up again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An obligatory comment about the label: what the hell? The people of Tilburg are obviously very proud, and justly so, of the artistic tradition of Holland, but I've got to say it takes guts to shush aside Rembrandt or Vermeer, and instead celebrate the painter of "the Garden of Earthly Delights" (Hieronymous Bosch) and isolate a particularly horrific "bird-headed, kettle-hatted monster in the midst of devouring a human, with birds flying out of his/her ass" picture to use as the central label image on, of all things, a beer label. Most bold, Koeningshoeven, most bold!
But, about the beer...
Clear, bright crimson color, dark and nearly brown, not quite, though, with a thick, rich, cocoa-colored, creamy head, very nice.
Aroma is sweet and nutty from the start, with big caramel notes, alert, lively, wide open and awake, ...so far, so good!
Taste: smooth, and slightly sweet, mild hops, lush malt, more caramel in the flavor, bright, fruity, with a significant character.
I was prepared to be disappointed, but I'm not. As a brown ale, this is above par, quite top of the notch. Tasty, medium bodied, with a long, lingering nutty, sweet finish. As far as brown ales go, this one far surpasses many more famous versions.
Still scratching my head about that label image choice. Even "Christ Mocked" would be better!

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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 ADR
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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 ChrisBowers
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After paying only $5.99 for a six pack at my local store in Baltimore I was nicely surprised by this beer. While not a home run, it is a tasty brew with just the right amount of complexity to make it a wonderful everyday beer. Pours a deep mahogany with a frothy head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Smell is of ripe fruit, candy sugars and malt. Taste is much of the same. Ripe plums, and maybe a bit of brown sugar. Quite sweet, but not over the top. Nice well balanced carbonation. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but still passable. A very smooth, drinkable beer. Perfect for those "not sure what I'll have" evenings when you don't feel like cracking open a special beer but also don't want to go slumming.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale brewed by Koningshoeven for Bavaria is an interesting interperetation of an oud bruin. It pours a clear, reddish copper body beneath a short head of creamy, light-tan foam that drops readily to an average collar and leaves only minor lacing about the glass. The nose is quite enticing with bright notes of darkly caramelized sugars laced with fruit (berries, a touch of red cherry). More sugars appear in the flavor... some are clearly caramelish, but others are more like simple table sugar; although there is also a subtle chocolatey edge that hangs around in the background. There's less fruit than might be expected given the nose; and there's also a floral note that's no doubt due to some hops. It's quite unique. Clearly, this is an ale that's been sweetened to some extent, and yet there's no real sourness or tart fruit to off-set its bold sweetness; leaving it slightly off-balance. The body is solidly medium, and it's fine, restrained carbonation leaves it slightly viscous and very smooth across the palate; also lending to its impression of sweet, caramel-drenched maltiness. There is some hop bitterness present, but it's not noticeable until after the swallow when the sweetness has receeded and it appears at the back of the throat. Unique, rich and exciting!

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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 vitesse
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a nice dutch brown ale from koningshoeven brewery.

pours a deep brown color with a bubbly tan head. smells of roasted nuts. great malty taste. slightly nutty/biscuity malt flavor in this one. not terribly complex, but is pleasantly sweet. a bit of candi sugar seems to be in there as well. it has a medium body. very drinkable. No bitterness or hop profile, but a fairly thirst-quenching brown ale. compares EXTREMELY favorably to newcastle brown ale. it just packs a lot more flavor into the malt than newcastle does. Overall, a pretty damn good brown ale from the netherlands.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep, clear mahogany, streams of carbonation bubbles racing up. The beer is a brilliant cherrywood when backlit, the carbonation streamers very apparent. A giant froth of cream colored head billows up, crowning out of the tulip glass. The head settles reluctantly into a thick 1/4" coating, leaving clumps of lace in it's wake. The head retains well, striated mist surrounded by a thick collar, coating the glass with a sheet of lace. Poured into a plain tulip glass.
The aroma is soft and malty, a dominating caramel sweetness readily apparent. Very smooth, with a distinct belgian malt feel. Rather sweet, with a sugary, candi quality suggestive of a belgian ale. No hops to speak of, although a whisper of yeast and some band-aid phenols add a spiciness. Slight pear and plum esters, with a soft floral note.
The flavor starts out with a mild caramel maltiness, rather sweet, with perhaps some candi or brown sugar. The malt is extremely smooth and silky, gliding across the tongue, allowing a bouquet of fruity plum, pear and floral esters to glide through the middle. The finish is accented by a light phenolic band aid and clove flavor, with just a tinge of peppery yeast. Still very sweet, completing with a smooth caramel malt, perhaps a touch of woody hop flavor. Somewhat dry, with a lingering, sticky, sugary caramel aftertaste. Moderate carbonation, though very small bubbled and mellow, with an extremely even, smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied.
The characters chosen for the label art, taken from the dutch painter Heironymus Bosch's "Garden of Delights" triptych, is an interesting choice. I'm not quite sure why they chose one of the images from the right hand panel, which depicts humanity in hell, being destroyed by it's own vices, but it's a masterwork from an eccentric 15th century (local) artist. Hey, I'm just a beer drinker, so what do I know. Perhaps a jab at the american view of alcohol, and temperance? There's a short write up about the painting and the artist on the back label, but anyone interested in viewing the entire painting can click here. http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/bosch/delight/
The picture on the label is on the lower right of the right hand panel.
A solid, slightly belgian-ized brown ale from a venerable brewery. Perhaps a bit too sweet, nearly cloying without the kind of complexity I'd like, but the six pack wasn't hard to finish at all. A bit of that teeth grinding sweetness I'm accustomed to with soda and macro beer. Probably nothing I'd get again, but a great recommendation to someone looking to get into quality beer. Very sweet, but relatively interesting.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear amber borwn. The head was white and fell back slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was estery with dark fruits and higher alcohols. Also caramel and some Belgian yeast components.

The flavor was neutral with slight fruitiness. Slight dark fruit and caramel flavors and some nuttiness.

The finish was fruity, nutty and neutral in sweetness. The body was medium light.

11.2 ounce bottle. Purchased in NC, so must be lower than 6% ABV. Might explain the lower body.

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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 kbub6f
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of ybnorml
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I poured this (in my ususal style 1/3 down the side , the rest down the middle) I got a large foamy light tan head. This beer is a dark reddish brown (mahogany?) colored brew.Very clear and clean, no cloudyness or sediment. A light belgian ale aroma ( what is that belgian sugars, special hops. I got to find out). There is an almost candy sweetness to the malt characteristic. Which is followed by a gentle bitterness at the end of the swallow with no back bite. Very easy drinking, goes down quickly. I'd be interested in finding out the abv% on this. It might be one of those sneaks up on you 6%ers.

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Photo of saltydog
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish brown, clear, head fades rapidly. Smell: very sweet, noticeable nuttiness and caramel aromas. Taste: Sweet, malty, very nutty, slight fruitiness. Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth. Drinkability: Sweet, pleasent drink, not outstanding, but easy to take.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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 beerluvr
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.75 out of 5 based on 435 ratings.
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