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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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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Photo of pootz
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint from tap:

Filtered, clear Amber-copper color with a ample Beige cap.

Sweet and sour tones, roasty, floral hops in the aroma with a nice underlying earthy-mustiness.

Sweetish caramel malts in the front, some roastyness, light complexity: spice, figs, cocoa, succulent fruit peels. Finishes up dry with some tartness and a light honey aftertaste.

A tad on the thin side but flavorful. Nice drink,

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a small white head, very spotty lace, solid retention.

S: Brown sugar syrup, Hawaiian bread, cola, grape jam, very sweet smelling.

T: Excellent dark fruit flavours. Some pastry bread sweetness, caramel candy, with some raisin, Concord grape, heavy plum is the predominant note. Very light hopping, just tastes really good for my palate. Definitely a Belgo-Dutch style brew.

M: Light-bodied, creamy, some crisp carbonation upfront, but very soft on the tongue.

D: Delicious well made beer by the Trappists. I liked this quite a bit. It's hard to find a Belgian style beer with this low alcohol and having this great a flavour which means a definite repurchase is in order.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Fenway Pale Ale pint glass.

A: Deep caramel amber with a nice, meringue head of tan. Creamy lacing down the glass.

S: Nutty, earthy, and malty with notes of cherries and red apples.

T: At first sharp and tangy with good carbonation on the tongue. Middle body is almost like an amber ale; mild and smooth with a light caramel flavor. Finish is completely unoffensive and vacant. Little to no spice character although I think this beer would benefit from a little of that. Amazing mouthfeel that makes this beer go down smooth and creamy. Compliments the flavor perfectly.

D: It's nice and easy going down. Drinkable? Sure, if you like brown ales.

Value: $1.99 for a single...ehhh...a little too bland to justify that price tag.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Coppery brown maybe some amber notes. About 1/2 a fingers worth of head that settles to a nice ring, with just a little lacing.

S: Sweet malt, with a nice fruitiness. Maybe figs, with a hint of caramel and licorice. I'm not getting a lot of hops here. Overall different than the last few Brown Ales I've had....

T: OK, I'm getting some different things here.... Caramel is the overall taste I'm getting. I'm also getting some licorice and a mild hop bitterness. Aftertaste is not bad, not bitter and not to sweet. Well balanced.

M: Carbonation is moderate but comes in for a prickly, crisp feel upfront, maybe a bit too much. otherwise medium body.

D: Very Drinkable brew here.... It feels a little higher in ABV when you are drinking it, but it is not.... Nice, I could do a couple of these.

The name fooled me... This is not a true Brown Ale, it is just as Beeradvocate names it.... Belgian Dark Ale. Do it you are looking for a Brown Ale, this is not it. But it is a very pleasant drink. Give this I try, lots of flavor. It is worth a try.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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 johnwarne
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer haiku for you:

"Belgian Dark? No Way!
An English Brown, I would say:
Drinkable and safe"

Not a bad beer, but this Dutch offering is much more like an English Brown than anything in the Belgian family. Goes down smoothly, no real complaints--but nothing terribly memorable about this ale. Enjoy it in moderation...


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Photo of cheezdawg
1.79/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Not sure if I got a bad bottle but this beer was a drain pour. I was expecting a nice sweet brown ale however this tasted nothing like that. I am not going to even waste my time reviewing this beer, if someone ever orders one I may have to sample it to see if mine was bad, but otherwise I don't anticipate picking this up again. I love sweet beers but this was just a watery brown ale.

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

On-tap at Beer Bistro, in Toronto.

This lacquered cherry oak colour makes for a lovely beer, and I'm sure would make a fine stain for a study desk. Tilburg's rich, satiny tones shine with buoyancy and clarity. Its head is thin but looms constantly - the surface is a smooth flowing river dotted with islands - and it is well-founded enough to tack on some impressively strapping strings of lace.

Its bouquet hits the nose like a stiff sea breeze; its mélange of musty oak, rotted fruits and figgy pudding is complexly knitted and wakes the senses with one fell swoop. Its resounding malt presence, although quite sweet in its own right, loosely resembles a slightly less-sweet tawny-port. My nose is insisting to my brain not to put the glass down.

That ample, sticky-sweet maltiness makes an equally respectable flavour profile. A grocery list of fruits, both fresh (grapes, prunes, apples) as well as dried and candied (cranberry, apricot), provide a liveliness beyond all the rich, nutty and sweet maltiness. That maltiness however, and not the fruity undertones, is what makes this tasty.

It always seems almost absurd to comment on a beer's water (even despite that it does, after all, make up something like 95% of the beer's content). This water profile is especially clean and appreciably soft, with just enough mineral content to lend the brisk, floral bitterness a biting hand. It's not really a session beer - but easily could be if you saw it fit.

I don't know what exactly those freaky deaky Dutch do to their brown ales but I sure as hell like it. This variation seemed to possess a little more depth and complexity than what you typically find in your run of the mill English offering. It was more... refined? Well, whatever the word, suffice to say that I enjoyed Tilburg's plenty and would certainly revisit.

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Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Chancey Smith's. Deep murky brown with a nice creamy off white cap,. Nose of burnt brown sugar, caramel malts, toasted bread crust, a bit of spice. Tastes sweet, probably overly so, of brown sugar, caramel, toasty malts and rye bread. A bit of spice and sweet vanilla comes out at the finish. Overall good, but too sweet for me, and probably a bit too sweet for a brown ale, due to Belgian candy sugars. ok.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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 biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Rayek
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Chestnut brown with ruby highlights and fairly active carbonation. A small cream cap has good density and fair retention. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Baking chocolate, toasted walnuts and a bit of black tea greet the nose.

T: Starts out with a generous dose of roasted nuts. Bitterness is very mild and adds just a touch of black tea. Gets a bit acidic toward the end as charred wood flavors creep in. Finishes dry and rather clean.

M: The body is dry, light and a bit too fizzy.

D: More of an English Brown than a Belgian Dark in my book. Certainly enjoyable enough. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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 northaustin
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a thin brown with quickly disappearing off white head.

smell is weird and artificial to me. honestly smells like a forty with caramel.

taste is a bit better. nice presence of malts but still very thin. very similiar to other commercial brown ales.

mouthfeel: thin then sticky cheeked syrupyness.

drinkability: not one of my favorite brown ales. worth a try though. fairly sessionable.

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Photo of McDosey
2.53/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought this from a local party store because the dude working the register was pushing it at a cut rate. He raved that his customers "really liked it", but I was skeptical. Do his customers really come back to the store to tell him they just couldn't get enough of the Tilburg's they bought from him at half-price? Dubious story, but I picked it up anyway.

Took a break from work this morning to have a bottle:

A: Legit mahogany, with lots of vibrant red when held to the light. Very clear. Thin tan head with little retention. Good color-wise, but I could already tell this baby was going to be watery.

S: There was a distinct scent lingering just under the surface here that I just couldn't nail. I swirled this thing 100 times and finally ran out of time. Mildly astringent, roasty smell at first sniff. Post-swirl, I detected wax, root vegetables (parsnips?), dough and yeast. Was expecting some nuttiness perhaps, but nothing very rich in the nose here.

T: Kind of non-descript for me. Some sweet notes, some bitter notes, but nothing very distinct. This beer didn't seem too deep or complex, just kind of ho-hum.

M: Some sharp carbonation upfront that fades quickly. Finishes watery and gives you a brief, queer aftertaste that I couldn't quite identify - yeast perhaps.

Overall, didn't particularly like this and I wouldn't expect to drink it again. It is light and thin, so you could session with it, but there are lots of better options if that's what you're after.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is pretty unusual. It is most similar to the Carribean-Latino brew style known as Malta-Hatuey (the style, not the brand).

G – Tulip.

A – Deep mahogany with a one finger head, lesser retention.

S – Honey, bread, raisins and dark brown sugar.

T – Sweet brown sugar flavor that seems to almost separate from the malt character, which is generally full, rich and moderately buttery and with traces of caramel flavor as well. The hop is muted and only appears to balance the sweet and malty tastes. There is also a subdued berry-fruit tone to it, but only the faintest hints.

M – Sweet and lightly carbonated. A comparison to sweet tea, at least in terms of liquid viscosity, is appropriate.

D – Too sweet to be consumed frequently. But I still think it is very interesting and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of TLove
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle to pint glass.

This beer got the unfortunate categorization of being placed in the Belgian Dark Ale category. As a brown ale, it is creamy and smoky and pretty good. As a BDA, it is not creamy enough, poorly balanced, and a poor rendition.

There is some cane sugar, dark fruits, and sweet bread in the tastes, but it is mostly dominated by burnt milk chocolate and smoked hops. There is a pungent, sour cherry taste that rounds out the thin body's lack of yeast.

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Photo of bsp77
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into a Tilburg's glass, which resembled a mini-Pils glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish brown with thick tan head and nice lacing lines coating the glass.

Smell: Very dry (almost stale and musty) dark fruit with light Belgian yeast notes of banana and clove.

Taste: Sweet fruity malts that are somewhat musty with only a very light touch of the expected Belgian funk. I can't explain the taste very well, but not sure I like it that much - one-dimensional and sickly.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium slick body, with a strange unidentifiable finish.

Drinkability: Just a strange (yet simple) beer that I would rather not have again.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks like Jack Daniels w/a mocha-colored, modest head that settles to a film. No lacing.

S - Malt, leather, and a bit of mocha. Very nice - kinda jumps out of the glass.

T - A lot like smells with a hint of oak and perhaps even some peat thrown in for good measure.

M - Prickly but creamy and even a tad refreshing, this is a nice sipper.

D - Big time drinkability and in my opinion, decently blanced enough for year 'round enjoyment. Probably food friendly, too!

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Photo of albern
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks awfully good with a nice mahogany brown color with an tan head, some lacing, some retention. The beer is very smooth, and very light for a Belgian. It has a very caramely nose with some Belgian-esque yeastiness. There are some sweet malts in there too.

The beer is very sweet, with loads of candied sugars, a nice caramel maltiness, some roasted notes, some chocolatey flavors too. The beer is just very light, very drinkable, quite smooth, but not creamy. What's not to like in this beer. It is a Belgian Dark Ale for those who don't want the outrageous ABV but appreciate the caramels, the yeastiness, and the candied sugars.

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Photo of jnezda
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into balloon glass. Poured a nice dark chocolate brown with full fine head. Smelled of caramel raisins, dark fruits and malt. Hint of chocolate and toffee at the finish. Good carbonation allowed head to stick around nicely throughout the glass and left some good lacing. This is an amazing light smooth drinking beer for a Belgian dark ale. This is on the soft side of the style and could use a little more body. The mouthfeel was good from the carbonation stand point but lacked a bit in overall flavor.

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Photo of Buebie
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottleing date of K11H8, not sure what the freshness date on this is.

Poured from a brown bottle into a pub glass. A semi soft pour produces an inch of light brown head, somewhat quick to recede, leaving a thick collar of retention.
Color is a deep amber red, transparent, mildly dark.

Aroma of fermented candy sugar bordering cane sugar, mild vanilla, toffee, tootsie rolls, a touch of dark fruits and raisins, delicious sweetness at the nose with just a touch of floral hops.

Taste is light with burnt sugars, mild breadlines, mild chocolate, rose pedals, somewhat sweet mixing with a bit of sour cherries.
Finishing with a light hop bitterness. Carbonation is sharp but does not exceed an annoying level. Mouthfeel is a tad thin with a faint cry of stickiness.

Overal a decent brew representing the style nicely. Its an easy drinker as well, with a lower abv making this a good sessionable belgian. Most Belgians seem to run on the high side for abv, but this one could be had at a pub and still allow you to drive home.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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 njdhopgrower
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was bought to try something new. We were pleasently surprised it was an easy drinking brown ale.
It is light in body wiht a dark brown color. Light hop aroma in the nose Sweet malty taste with a clean finnish. It also has slight caramel and chocolate taste and sweet but not overly cloying.
It is an easy drinking beer.

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Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 436 ratings
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