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:
No notes at this time.

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

On-tap at Volo. Malty and yesasty aroma. Mahogoney dark reddish brown, with some soapy white head. Some nice lacing follows. Above average mouthfeel, caramel, dry, not complex, cocoa but with Belgian characteristic finish that is yeasty.Not overly sweet.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish brown in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense beige head that quickly died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of brown sugar and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of dark malts along with hints of candi and brown sugar, dark fruits and port. No bitterness is noticeable.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied and quite smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and I really enjoyed the slight amount of sweetness, which shared some similarities with a dubbel but isn’t quite as strong in terms of aromas and flavors. I’m not sure if I could drink more than one of these at a time but it could make for a pleasant after dinner drink.

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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 biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a clear dark amber colour, with one finger of thin, soapy off-white head, which renders some sparse webbed lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of caramel malt, pitted fruit, and earthy hops. The taste is light molasses, apple, pear, and soft woody, earthy hops. The carbonation is mild, the body medium weight and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, with some fruity malt carrying through.

A tasty, fruity brown ale - funny how a well-made example of the style increases one's appreciation of it. I don't really know where the BA classification of this beer comes from, unless the beer has changed recipes over time...

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy ice tea brown body with a prodigious beige head that shows good retention and leaves plenty of "Dutch" lace

Smell: Toffee, Candi sugar and a touch of buckwheat

Taste: Starts out with a sweet toffee flavor profile that builds to the verge of becoming cloying, but adds a tart earthy balance at justthe right moment; after the swallow, the toffee and buckwheat flavors blend with a bit of cocoa powder and fruit in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation

Drinkability: Despite the sweet profile, I rather enjoyed this; just don't think I would want more than one at any sitting

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Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Light brown color with a three finger tan head. The taste is quite malty, but has a little bitter kick to it. It has a very light mouthfeel. It is very drinkable. Works well washing down a spicy, hot salsa! Overall, i rate it quite high.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light chocolate, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, pear, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light clove, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes od raisin, plum, pear, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a very good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a nice Belgian brown ale. Good balance and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/05/08 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a flute glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, maple, dark fruit and touches of Belgian yeast and hops, bite it's kind of faint overall.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of dark fruit, maple, caramel and some Belgian yeast. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence and the malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown in color with some reddish/amber hints when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall cream colored head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering just over half of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: There are aromas of caramel malts, brown sugar, molasses, and some very light hints of dark fruit.

T: The beer has a definite sweetness with dark malts, caramel malts, candi sugar, brown sugar, and molasses. Additionally there are some hints of port wine and some dark fruit. Very little bitterness present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. I could easily see this being a session beer (if it was more readily available). This beer is pretty well balanced, not being too sweet considering the lack of bitterness.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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 russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Good lacing % head retention

S: Musty toast + caramel & that's it

T: Caramel with toasted malts & dryness up front. A little nuttyness & faint herbal hops follow. Finishes with tinged candy sugar, dryness

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Fairly creamy & balanced

Drinks good, I believe my tastebuds & other senses make me think brown ale or amber ale. This is a functional, if not inspired session choice

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Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured with a huge creamy tan head that lasts w/ chestnut brown body
S - bready, yeasty a slighty fruity w/ minimal hop aroma
T - Malty sweet, slightly roasty flavor along with a mellow woody finish
M - creamy thin and easy on the tonque. inoffensive, dark-lager qualities are evident
D - A highly quaffable ale - nutty, malty, nice yeast taste and aroma. subtle carbonation gives a satisfying session brew character

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, ruby brown color. Crystal clear. Frothy head; leaves huge chunks of foam on the glass.

Smells like Graham crackers--slightly sweet with a touch of brown sugar.

Plenty of sugar to the taste, strong light molasses flavor. Low carbonation to the otherwise quite rich body. There's a nuttiness to the taste, a little bit like Frangelica. Smooth to the swallow but it's short lived.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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 RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, but clear. Shows ruby when held to light. Nose is fairly mild. Sappy caramel character there, but just a wee bit. Isn't really that strong. Flavor is very caramel sweet. Strong sugar tones. Leafy tone on the very end that is extremely subdued. Feel is a bit thick on the liquid. Decent level of carbonation. A bit too syrupy I would have to say. Overall though pretty good. Nothing fantabulous, but good enough to try. And for some good enough to go back to maybe.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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 stevoj
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice mildly sweet ale, clear brown with thin foamy beige head; aroma is malt and molasses. Taste is slightly smoky roast grains and brown sugar. Smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, semi-opaque amber. Light tan head, no lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malts and some dark fruit. Flavor of sweet and light toasted malt, dark fruit. a bit of nuts. Light but pleasant flavors. Nice Bosch label. Maybe worth another try for the label and maltiness.

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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 Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Style: Belgian Dark Ale
ABV: 5.00 %

LOOK: Held to light, a beautiful ruby red, fine clarity and active carbonation rising to the top. Small fizzly head recedes to a ring around the glass.

SMELL: Bready, doughy yeast character. Faint wisp of sweet molasses/whiskey like malt.

TASTE: Caramelized brown sugar, light dark fruit notes, toasted grain, and a firm malty flavor at that. Tea like, earthy hop bitterness, a bit grassy as well. Suggestions of figs and dark chocolate. More or less even balance with a light mineral twang. Full flavored ale with rich nutty maltyness and an expressive yeast character.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, elegant drying finish. Palate coating and works with the style,

OVERALL: This is a perfect example of a simple Belgian Dark. Great for a session ale, and quite enjoyable. Would pair well with grilled pork and seasoned vegetables.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark red-brown hue with a clear body and one finger of frothy ivory foam. A decent-looking brew.

Smell: rich, nutty aroma with a little roasted malt. There's also a caramelly crystal malt character here. A tiny hint of tartness shows up, no doubt due to roasted malts, and there's a light estery fruitiness befitting a Benelux beer.

Taste: ah, the delicious fruitiness hinted in the aroma comes through full-force in the flavor. A fresh bready, nutty brown ale with a delicious fruitiness behind. It lacks a bit of complexity, but makes up for it in plain tastiness.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation yields a very delicious creaminess. These guys can make one silky, creamy beer.

Overall: perhaps I've been spoiled by some of the great beers of Belgium and the Netherlands, but I just feel like there could be a little more complexity in this beer's flavor. That said, I still think it is very tasty and could gladly quaff liters of it if given the chance.

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3.75 out of 5 based on 435 ratings.
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