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

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

Poured into a tall thin glass.

A: Dark scarlet clear body, nearly ruby in its richness. Head is a perfect two fingers that looks soft and sticks around.

S: The nose is nearly all malt, with candy-red sticky roasted malts. As it sits the hops begin to show, but they remain in the back seat.

T: Bready, malty, moderately complex and definitely sweet. The flavor doesn't stray too far in the sweet direction however, and remains balanced at all times. The flavor profile tastes to me like it is riding the line between macro and micro. Good quality and complexity, but still has a finished taste that doesn't allow for the intricate nuances of the highest quality import belgian dark ales.

M: Medium body and smooth... good carbonation levels.

D: Very drinkable. High marks here.

Overall: A good example of the style, but this is still outclassed by the best of this style.

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Photo of Natural510
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown-red color with a decent amount of tan head, which dissipates into a light ring at the edges of the glass.
Smells very malty and sweet, with hints of cocoa and smoke.
Tastes of rich malt with a noticable hop flavor. Brown sugar & dark fruit notes complement the hops and yeast.
Hops resonate in the mouth. A creaminess helps made up for a somewhat thin body.
A nice little brown ale, I enjoyed the malt & sweetness; reminded me of a malted soda.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: the colors in both the pour and in the glass really made for nice appearance. I see cranberry red, burnt pumpkin orange, and mahogany brown colors. The head is a shade lighter than mahogany as well. Lacing is okay and in the norm

S: a fair share of dark fruits, brown sugar and spicy whiffs. Most of the nose is filled with doughy breads that rouse the senses. Up front it seems to be timid for the style, lets hope the flavors deliver....fingers crossed

T: this is an alright example of the style. I still find it lacking in overall complexity that I usually associate with this type of beer. I does supply a slap of tartness, which is leaning towards musty as the sips continue, with the fig and prune character. The sweetness is a light mixture of brown sugar and caramel. The flavors are okay but it just lacks the depth. I wish it would pack a little more of a punch

M: with the palate finishing lightly the feel is much the same. Plenty of carbonation in the mild body and drinking is left for sips and half gulps only, at least for me. Something worth mentioning and rather disheartening is the finishing blow that is borderline watery

D: great logo...not so great beer. I could see this being in the likes of a session as it is drinkable but in a weak way. I prefer flavor over consumption values. I can safely say that this will never grace the walls of my fridge (or glass for that matter) again

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Photo of Higravity
2.64/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well I have seen this around several stores lately and I have been very tempted, but I knew even before I opened the bottle. . .

Where are the hops, any hops would be fine, I think they used the same hops as BMC. For a brown ale even a Dutch one I would have expected better, but this is pretty bad. Taste like an extract brew steeped with crystal malt and then under hopped. I looked fine and felt fine but there was nothing interesting inside. It is drinkable but a trip to the dentist might be needed with all the sweetness this beer has.

Omit gender biased comments about similarities to vapid people of the opposite sex who happen to look nice.

Not worth it, glad I didn't pay for it.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of danielharper
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Vulcan Beverage, Birmingham, AL.

A: Pours a dark amber (almost brown) hue with a very thick foamy khaki-colored head. The head was so thick on this one that I couldn't even pour all the beer into the pint glass. Quite nice.

S: Some sugary sweetness, almost a cloying "bubblegum" aroma is faintly present in the background. Intriguing.

T: Flavor is made up of rich sweet barley notes, with a nice nutty aftertaste. Slight "funkiness" from Belgian yeast strains.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, slightly chewy. Very low carbonation.

D: I rather like this beer. Not bad for five percent alcohol. It's different from other beers in the same style that I've tried -- I may be buying this again.

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Photo of malcontent
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber to mahogany, with just a finger of head and spotty lacing.

Dark fruits (plums, brandied cherries) and bread (pumpernickel) attack immediately and give way to richer, buttery notes. Softly spicy to finish.

Interesting raisin taste is picked up by the same buttery flavor left over from the nose. Almost no bitterness to speak of with a strange hint at the candy-like notes from a good Flanders Red. Weird but pleasant.

The mouthfeel starts thick and then dissipates without notice. Kind of a mouthfeel roller coaster. A weird little beer but one that is enjoyable enough. You buyin'? Sure, I'll have another.

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

On tap at the Beer Bistro, served in a tulip on Super Bowl Sunday late lunch. Lustrous dark brown colour stood out, plenty of sheen happening there. Head was short and beige, it covered the surface and stuck around, nice ring and some sheet lace. Honey and noughat on the nose, not a very strong smell though.

Smooth, silky mouthfeel, nice texture. Slight sweetness is pleasant and never cloying, brown sugar and molasses, some candied cherry. There is an even balance to this offering and enough acidity to make it interesting, some dark fruit weighs in nicely, bitterness mostly in the swallow and the finish, just about right I'd say. All around a nice brown and well worth a try.

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Photo of McStagger
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice rusty garnet with two fingers of lightly browned bishop roll colored head. Head retention is moderate with a fairly nice amount of lacing left on the glass.

S: Yeasty bready notes with all spice and darkened fruit.

T: Malty sweet notes with flavors similar to those in the nose. Hop presence is pretty diluted except to add a very mild spice.

M: Oh so creamy and delicious. Plenty of carbonation to balance what could have easily been a flabby beer. Nice.

D: Not overly viscous but still a little thick, I could easily have a few of these. Drinkin em all night seems a stretch, though.

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Photo of csiewert
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear dark brown color with two fingers of tan foamy head that retains well and laces nicely. The aroma is bready with a slight amount of caramel notes. The flavors starts caramel sweet and then finishes with a bready malt flavor. The mouthfeel is somewhat undercarbonated and empty. Overall a decent brown ale... Messed up artwork though.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of washburnkid
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Neil for sharing this beer with me!

A: A small frothy head fades quickly but leaves a ring of retention throughout the session. Gorgeous gorgeous ruby and mahogany in the light. Just a tad bit of lacing.
S: Nothing overwhelming, but it works. Fig and raisins, among other dark fruits that I can't quite pinpoint. Then a tangy aroma that plays around with a toasted malt backbone.
T: There's that heavy tang and toastiness, right up front. Well-balanced, with a mild astringency. Tons of citrus...more than I expected from the aroma. The malts are sweet without being dominant. My last few sips are zapped with burning alcohol, but that warm feeling at the back of my throat only lasts a few seconds.
M/D: Light body and low to medium carbonation. I can imagine sucking back this entire 4-pack in one sitting.

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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 slowdaddy
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of kobeer
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of divineaudio
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

flute glass

a - pours a hazy ruby red with a bit of yeast still in suspension. gave me a finger's worth of tan head that calmed slowly to a film and leaves a few chunks of lace around the glass.

s - toasted wheat bread or pumpernickel, toffee, notes of spice, some dark fruits. also a bit musty.

t - bready malt with a fairly prominent spiciness. a little nutty, notes of brown sugar, faint notes of raisin. light bitter twang on the back of the tongue. individual flavors come across as being subtle, but there is really some depth to this beer.

m - firmly medium in body with a coarse co2 profile. a little more carbonation than i prefer.

o - really well put together thoroughly enjoyable. seems firmly planted in between an english brown and a belgian dark, and that's just fine. drinkability is good. recommended.

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Photo of LSUPT
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BradleyR
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of Kornoms
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of MSchae1017
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wolfsblood for this one.

I poured this one into a Chimay goblet. The beer displays a translucent amber-brown body. The head is pushing toward one finger, but is no where near as impressive as many Belgian beers. This head dissipates rather quickly down to a ring and some floating bits of foam on top leaving some lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma of the beer is all malts. This seems to present itself in the form of caramel and toasted characteristics.

The flavor hits you up front with more caramel malts. Toasted malts along with perhaps a bit of roasted malts as well are in there. Hops are no where to be found. What I also find surprising is the incredible cleanliness of the yeast. Usually I would expect a more fruity/phenolic/spicy characteristic in a Belgian-style ale. I find the lack of this element to be rather disappointing. There is a it of a copper penny like flavor in there almost.

The body is medium with a lively carbonation.

Overall, I can't say that I am going to be excited to reach for this one again. The overall flavor profile just seems rather boring. I can't say its bad, but there is very little about this one that would bring me back

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a short chalice from the bottle. Uniform dark brown color, pale tan head that settles relatively quick. The smell is bready/belgian yeast, dark sugar, chocolate malts. The taste is great. Very smooth and sweet. Round throughout the drink. Sweet in the beginning with a nutty character rising until the end. Tastes like a bit of hops were added in the very last minutes of the boil. I like brown ales and this one is more than drinkable at 5%. Great beer overall.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in colour with some hints of red. Mild carbonation. Very sweet malty aroma with only the slightest hint of grassy hops. Sticky sweet malty flavors, along with vague notes of chocolate, roasted nuts, and spices. Good flavor concentration at the beginning, but fades into a somewhat watery finish. A little unbalanced in my opinion, although this really isn’t a style that I’m into.

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Photo of Naes
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a dark amber ale with a tall light tan head.
The aroma is quite sweet; caramel malt and a bit of brown sugar surface.
The flavor is also quite sweet. There is a toffee presence and it seems a bit buttery.
Mouth feel is very light and a bit under carbonated.

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

First I would like to say, what the hell is up with these 11.2 oz. bottles! Anyways, The appearance is quite nice. Has a clear garnett color with great head retention. Sweet malts and grapefruit come out in the aroma. The taste is sweet almost candy like. This is a interesting brown ale to say the least. It was a good beer, but not something I would pick up on a regular basis.

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Photo of Phocion
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.75 out of 5 based on 435 ratings.
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