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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

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2003

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Ratings: 435 |  Reviews: 277
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look Beautiful reddish brown color with 1/4 beige head with very little head retention and very little lacing

Smell Slight malty notes with hints of prunes figs and a bit of caramel

Taste Similar to the smell. Up front is the sweetness from the malt and on the back end you pick up traces of the prunes figs and caramel. very nice

Mouthfeel Medium body and lightly carbonated

Overall Good example of a brown ale. This is exactly what I look for in a brown ale good flavor good mouthfeel and very drinkable, I could drink this daily.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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 elgiacomo
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, unknown date.

Pours reddish amber/brown with a one finger light beige head that leaves some spots of lacing and holds a nice creamy cap.

Aroma is fruits, nuts, bread, yeast, some caramel and toffee. Good strength.

Flavor is dark fruits, yeast & bread, nutty, some caramel & toffee, fair sweetness, no bitterness or alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium bodied, medium carbonation.

This is not your standard Brown Ale like the label may indicate...definitely has the profile of a Belgian-style Brown and does it well.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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 bucklemyshoe
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a Chimay chalice.

A: It pours a mostly clear reddish-brown color with a half-finger of tan head that falls quickly but leaves decent trails of lace.

S: Caramel, light red apples, sweet figs, and rye.

T: Lots of caramel and bready maltiness, sweet dark fruits, nutmeg, cinammon, and mild banana.

M: It has a medium-light body with average carbonation and goes down smoothly.

O: This is amazingly complex for being 5%. I'll certainly revisit this in the future.

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Photo of Tropicalslip
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is a rich brown amber.The taste has a rich roasty creaminess I think stems from the small bubbles and sweetness of the beer. The flavor eminates through your nose while setting on your tongue and clings to your you pallet.

Its a flavorful yet light beer.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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 cyrock1
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Amber brown without much of a head.

Smell: Light coffee with a sweet malt aroma.

Taste: Burnt Coffee with a highly roasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, burnt caramel on the tongue, somewhat disappointing.

Drinkability: Not like I remembered it, I used to rave about this beer but with the price having gone up so much in the past two years, i wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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 thebierbrewery
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Poured crystal clear with a reddish brown hue. Okay head retention, but does have a lace.

S= Smells of carmel, biscuit, and other toasted malts. A very nice blend.

T= Clean tasting, with the smells from the malts coming through in the taste.

M= Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D= Very drinkable, a nice clean brown ale.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. A bit darker brown than tea, tall fizzy tan head falls fast. Clear and active, with reddish highlights.

Spicy yeast and vaguely of roasted grain with faint sourness. Malty sweetness is the platform for above.

Like the nose, malty sweet base with light spicy, roasty, and sour notes. Mild bitterness too.

A faint bite, medium body feels bigger than it is, luscious texture, finishes clean.

Goes down way too easy. Has the flavor of a much bigger brew. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 review first, followed by an updated 2017 one:

Pours a pleasant amber/red with a huge head of foam, yet virtually no lace.

Aroma of brown sugar, candy malts, with a hint of spicy fruit.

The flavor is sweet, with hints of raisin and toffee. Not the usual brown ale!

Tilburg's is an old favorite of mine, and this repeat tasting (for review purposes) proves this is an easy-to-drink and unique brown ale with an unusual character, worthy of a taste even for those not into beer, per se.

Extra points for the awesome and surreal Bosch artwork on the bottle.

Once my favorite beer of all-time. New review from May 2017:

Appearance: Hazy dark brown, with a nearly black appearance. Fair head of tan suds and little to no lace.

Aroma: Raisins, dark fruit, molasses. Unique and not bad.

Taste: Sweet up front, with a definite Belgian candi sugar taste alongside complex notes of more dried fruit, raisins, and a bit of roastiness. Maybe not the greatest brown ale of all-time, but certainly a unique and legendary brew I’d gladly revisit anytime.

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Photo of RobAlsbury1
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of enjoying this beer last night with some buddies at Bj's Brewhouse in the great Houston Texas. Knowing an Ashton cigar was coming later in the evening I opted for the Tilburg Dutch with hopes that a little sweetness might match well with the spice of a classic Ashton. Indeed I was right! This is a good beer.

Serving Type - Bottle pleasantly poured into a Tulip Glass
Appearance - Dark Plum, light head, slight lacing
smell- fruity, hints of grape juice (not grapefruit) and slight roasted malts
taste - light, crisp, "winey".
Mouth feel - good, slightly stingy with regard to balanced flavor of malts, hops and the fruitiness.
drinkablity - Very, Very strong, flows nicely off the palette

One of the more unique beers I've ever had.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice brown and amber color with very little head. The smell is of caramel and malt, very sweet. The flavor is the same as the nose, lots of malty caramel flavor, but not so sweet as to be disgusting. The mouthfeel is light, but leaves a nice coating on your tongue. This is a very drinkable beer, it almost reminds me of some German styles.

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Photo of etn3000
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend suggested the Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale to me while we were at a bar. I was a little hesitant because I don't typically go for darker beers. But I thought I'd give it a try. Wow! I was blown away. This is easily one of the best beers I've ever had. It was dark, but it didn't taste like a dark beer. The color is just a few shades lighter than molasses. It was very smooth and had subtle notes for chocolate. The beer just takes over your taste buds with heavenly delight. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours medium golden-brown. sits clear ruby with brown highlights with a two-finger, creamy, cola-colored head. doesnt last too long. no lacing

Smell: lots of dark fruit (like raisins and plums), mellow spicy yeast character along with some breadiness.

Taste: dark fruits and breadiness with some spicy yeast character in a somewhat dry bath. very low bitterness and hop flavor. finish is fairly dry and balanced. just a slight toasted presence throughout

Mouthfeel: full-medium body with good amount of carbonation

Notes: great belgian-style dubbel-like ale with relatively low alcohol

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Photo of LittleDon
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber/brown and clear. Copious small carbonation. Light khaki colored head with excellent retention. Mild latte like aroma, more milk than coffee with a bit of earthiness. Soft up front, some sweetness in the middle, and a mildly cloying finish. Needs to warm up a bit to bring out the subtleties. Medium body.

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Photo of losdizzel
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tilburgs Dutch Brown Ale

Is very nice beer here

These the perfect time of year for browns

the smell is awsome , the taste very good good malty finish also.
only comes in a 11.5 oz bottle abv is 5 percent good balance
about to have another .
small lacy head at the end .
A small tidbit let sit for alittle before hand .


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Photo of beersensei305
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

The beer pours a deep ruby brown out of the bottle with a tannish head, retreats rather quickly with nice stickiness and lacing. The smell is sweet and malty. The beer is smooth and creamy with the first taste. Malty and sweet, with some toasted notes and toffee. Great beer, a little sweet but smooth and tastey overall

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured into an English nonic ale glass. Dark ruby-brown, leaves a 1/2 inch head that survives the duration quite handily. Sheets of foamy lacing to boot.

Nose is malty, with notes of caramel, dark fruit (grape, figs), candy and spice.

Similar notes here. I certainly do get the "Belgian" aspects of this beer. Much sweeter and with notes of grape, figs, currant, chocolate and caramel. But there is still a mildly hopped, bitter finish and a taste that reminds me a great deal of an English brown. A milder, easier to drink brew than others from Koningshoeven.

Carbonation is a touch low, medium bodied, slick.

A decent Belgian dark. I personally weigh on the side that this brew does qualify as Belgian dark, but there are certainly English characteristics to this brew as well. Flavorful, lower ABV makes this one I could happily drink throughout the evening. Nothing I haven't seen before, but well made nonetheless.

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Photo of dstc
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with a ruby tint. Nice tan head falls to just about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Has a pleasant, sweet malt aroma. Smells very sweet actually, should be good.

Taste is much like the aroma. Full malt taste with a nice sweetness to it. Ends with a very slight bitterness.

Rather full mouthfeel and quite smooth. Low carbonation.

Nice. Like this one. Worth trying.

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Photo of bmwats
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Medium dark, cloudy brown color. Pours about a 1 finger bubbly, brown head. Settles quickly leaving a few pockets of bubbly carbonation on the surface. A little beer ring lacing remains as you drink.

S: A lightly malt and caramel, not much else.

T: Tastes pretty much like it smells. A little light malt, some mild hop character, and just a little sweetness in the form of some orange citrus, and a little mint. Almost like a sweet tea thing workin'.

M: Light body. A mild hop and sweetness coat the palette.

D: Pretty good drinking brew.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Nice tone with nothing out of the ordinary for a head. Nose has a similar characteristic. Pretty nice, nothing special. Flavor has a nice balance of light malt, light hop, and light sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of LacquerHead
4.12/5  rDev +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 allforbetterbeer
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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 GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a branded Tilburg half-pint glass.

The Dutch brown ale is a chestnut brown color with redish highlights. It has good clarity and about an inch of cream colored head that settles slowly.

Aroma is sweet and malty with some nice dark fruit and Belgian-esque yeast.

Flavor is really nice. More of that dark fruit comes through in the form of cherries and raisins. There's caramel and milk chocolate too. It's mostly sweet but there is some balance there too. Bitterness definately takes a backseat.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and moderate carbonation.

This is definately an easy-drinking Belgian. The low alcohol and easy mouthfeel makes it a session beer of great character and 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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