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

BA SCORE
85
very good
435 Ratings
Tilburg's Dutch Brown AleTilburg's Dutch Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands
latrappe.nl

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
435
Reviews:
276
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.8%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 435 |  Reviews: 276
Photo of zachgroves
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Sarunas7
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of syndelee
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of degerbah
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with a pretty reddish hue. Plenty of quick head that died down almost immediately leaving no lacing. very sweet smell that tastes slightly fruity.

The taste is sugary sweet. Very fruity initial taste with very little aftertaste. An extremely easy drinker, I could drink these all night. No alcohol taste at all.

This is a much more simple taste than I normally associate with a Belgian Dark Ale, it has much less complexity and far less alcohol that I thought belonged in the style. Very drinkable, but I feel that it was a little over-priced for a session.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
1.71/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I tried this beer in bottle at the Wild Wing Café in Marietta, GA. It pours into a standard pint glass a dark murky brown with little head and very little lacing. The smell was shocking a very deep musky malt scent that didn’t set well with me. The flavor is very similar to the smell with a heavy malt taste. It’s so malty and sweet that it is cloying. It does have a bit of hop bite at the finish but this beer is way out of balance for my tastes. The mouthfeel is moderate-heavy with an unpleasant slickness. I did not like this beer and it took all my willpower to finish it. I physically shuttered on the last sip.

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Photo of LacquerHead
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at The Friendly Spot in S. Antonio TX.

It was poured into a plastic pint glass. I wasn't feeling pretensions so this didn't bother me. (I could of asked for a regular pint glass, and the bartender would have happily provided me one, but I simply didn't care)

Very dark brown with a 1/2inch bubbly head that settled to a medium lacing.

This was like beer candy!

The smell was like candy mixed with malty beer

The taste was very pleasant. It had a sweet maltiness to it. There were dark fruit flavors - dark cheery cobbler- along with some liquorish. There was a faint hint of hops that added a little dry bitterness.

I drank this outside on a warm night and it was a perfect sipping beer. I could have this for dessert after every meal. Overall, a very interesting beer that I would definitely buy again. (I loved the Bosch character on the tap handle.)

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Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured straight into a pint glass and almost overflowed it with four fingers of toasted marshmallow colored head. Head was real fluffy and light. Beer was dark brown in color and perfectly clear. Deep red glow came from within when held to the light.

Smell was sweet with brown sugar, hazelnut, and malty goodness. Had a little yeasty smell of fresh baked bread.

Mouthfeel was light on the tongue with little carbonation - it all got caught up in the head.

Taste started again sweet like the smell. Hazelnut notes with slight coconut, and malt. There was a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue that rounded with flavors of burnt toast, and apple butter. All in all a good beer for trying it just out of curiosity.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Deep, clear reddish brown color. Huge off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet fruity aroma. Hints of apple, caramel, and a bit of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Deliciously fruity front end with hints of apple and grape, almost like champagne. Caramel, toffee, and slightly sugary middle with a hint of yeast. Finishes up with a delicate chocolate and coffee note. Very interesting to say the least!

Mouthfeel: Medium to full with very high carbonation. Again, almost champagne-like.

Drinkability: Quaffable and sessionable. Refreshing and satisfying.

Final Notes: This beer could almost act as a wine/champagne replacement. It's got a unique, yet very appetizing character all its own. I really like it.

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Photo of joedon
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick substantial ivory hued head with staying power. Nice foam lacing.
Dark brown color that is not quite clear-a little haze-cloudiness.

Very mild pleasing aroma of caramel and malt with no hoppiness at all.

Good complexity of flavor with malt, caramel, sweetness and a touch of sour cherry. Residual sugar a little bit under-matched by hop bitterness.

Easy drinking. Finishes with a little bit of the sour cherry tang and a very slight touch of burnt sugar. Nice on a hot afternoon. Refreshing.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A : Pours a lovely rich dark brown with just hints of copper in it, along with a small fizzy tan head that fades to a rim quickly. Looks pretty good with that copper tone in it, not murky or muddy.

S : Chocolate hits the nose with notes of caramel. By smell alone I'd expect this brew to be sweet and malty all the way through. Not very powerful, but a good smell.

T : Powerful mocha tastes right up front and center that carries all the way through. Very rich, all the way too swallow it keeps the same flavor. This one isn't complex.

M : Medium to heavy body. Leaves a nice, rich lathery feel in the mouth. No dry end on swallow.

D : I like it! The slightly heavy body keeps me to two at the most, but it is damn refreshing and enjoyable.

This one is for the simple folks that just want a rich tasting brown ale without complexity. Very enjoyable. I am curious at the label of being a "Belgian Dark Ale" when this is very much in the style of English Brown's. Not that it's a bad thing.

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Photo of fiveiron
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Swim424
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into into pint glass

A-when held up to light this is a very dark amber. not up to light it appears to be brown. small head that fell quickly

S-a bit nutty. like thick malts. maybe a tiny bit of hops.

T-slightly nutty, less than most browns. fairly sweet. actually really sweet. Cant describe this to well. Not really any hops. cant taste any yeast. just very malty sweet, with a hint of nuts.

Mf-medium-thick bodied. a bit creamy on the finish. good aftertaste. low carbonation.

O-this is pretty good. best brown I have had. Not a huge fan of the style but this is pretty good.

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Photo of Thullin187
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle.

The pour is a medium brown with a foamy off-white head. The head recedes rather quickly and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

The nose is yeast with coffee, spices and a hint of fruitiness (grape?). The taste starts sweet before going more sour, which is when the spices come out. The finish and aftertaste bring on a bit of off-flavour before getting back a bit of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high; if I had more than one in the house, I'd drink the other.

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Photo of danielocean03
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a ruby-hued deep brown, almost garnet in appearance. Two full fingers of thick foamy off-white head slowly dissipate to a sticky oil slick and lacing. Aroma is sweet, smells of honey and dark dried fruit, raisins, caramel, malt, grain. Taste is also sweet, full of caramel and roasted malty goodness, more dark fruit undertones, grain and bread notes follow through to a dry finish, with a slight hint of a bitter hop bite. Mouthfeel is watery, light bodied with low to moderate levels of carbonation, a smooth brew that goes down exceptionally easy. Being paired with a sweet malty aroma and flavor along with the low abv% and light body, this would make for a great session beer. Recommened trying if available, definitely a worthwhile beer, would purchase again.

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Photo of H0rnedFr0gs
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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 guinnessfan
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz poured into Das Festhaus pint

A: Beautiful deep clear reddish brown with a nice 2 finger off-white head. Nice bubbles, leaving decent lacing.

S: Sweet, maybe prunes, dates or raisins. I can't pick up chocolate or caramel.

T: Malty, with a lingering sweet raisiny touch. I think the roasted taste is perfect, not too overpowering.

M: Medium body, not too thin. Although it starts sweet, it leaves no sweet aftertaste of thick feel in your mouth.

D: Very good beer, with a certain complexity, yet not trying too hard to be something it isn't.

I really like this beer, even though I normally don't drink sweeter beers. This one was very good. The label is a nice conversation piece. A bird eating a person and the person has birds coming out of his ass ?!?!?

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Photo of thisladyluck
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of GoGata
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a sixer of this shortly after it first arrived in AL. I've been putting off reviewing it because i kept hoping it would grow on me. Alas, it has not. This is either my last bottle, or next to last.

Anyway, it has a nice creamy head that leaves some lace down the glass. Nice appearance. Smell is good, nothing to fawn over.

Taste is pleasant, but unremarkable. A bit sweet. Hops are very reserved.

Yeast doesn't taste very Belgian to me. If i was doing a blind tasting on this, i would've guessed English Brown Ale.

Decent and drinkable, but pretty unremarkable. I wish the occasional new beer that slipped into AL like this was something extraordinary, rather than the ordinary such as this.

Oh well.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- A dark garnet brown brew that pours to a three finger khaki head and recedes into a thin skim, leaving spots of lacing.

S -- Candied apples, plum and dark berries, backed by a light earthy caramel tone.

T -- Plum and grape, almost nutty like almond butter, toasted malt character with an essence of toffee and some bready qualities. Seems a little sour and slightly bitter on the finish.

M -- Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, a little dry on the end.

D -- Very interesting, and very nice. I would recommend this brew to anyone looking for something that is decidedly different.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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 allenc85
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TheBear11D
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat clear dark red to brown color with a fairly long lasting tan brown foamy head.

Has a deep chocolate and caramel scent with a fruit overtone and a hint of nut and raisin.

Interesting, an off-caramel taste with a grape flavor that adds to the beer. More bitter than sweet and more so than expected.

Medium mouthfeel and slightly heavy.

Pretty smooth. Nothing outstanding but worth trying.

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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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