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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2003

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Reviews: 276 | Ratings: 435
Photo of tavernjef
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby amber with a small soft sandy brwon cap of firm froth. Keeps a great skim always present as well as a firm collaring. Lacing is cobwebby and thickly.

Aroma is tangy with maple syrup, toffee, some cherry and other semi dark fruity hints. Kinda dry with a light breadish play and a feathering of cocoa.

Taste is quite mild and semi sweet with a light malty sweetness rendering a bit of fruityness thats kinda raisiny and dark cherryish.
Little parts of toffee and maple sit underneath as does some cocoa and bready, feathery dryness.

Feel is quick and fairly light with a heavier then neaded carbonation. It smoothes out as it warms helping add both to the flavor and smell as well as helping round out its finish. Slight metallic hints hide under the semi sweet tang.

A sessionable brown that could easily make for many pint fulls. Not extraordinary but worth trying.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a deep reddish-brown color with immense tannish head that had true staying power. Smell is a nice combination of nuts, caramel, molasses, and sweet fruit. Taste is truly exotic with enormous amounts of molasses, sweet dark caramel, roasted nuts and dark fruits combining together to form an exquisite creamy mixture that had a wonderful taste (I really like the taste..) Finishes with more caramel and molasses. Very enjoyable to drink. My glass was empty before I could complete this review. Definitely something to have again ( and again)

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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 macpapi
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had never even heard of this beer. Picked up a single 11.2 oz bottle on a whim, and gave it a try. I am pleasantly surprised.

Tilburg is a realtively dark brown color, with a half inch tannish head. Much like one would expect from a brown ale. The smell is very impressive. First comes malty aromas, later mixed with a strong fruit presence. I noticed plums, raisins and apple. This sweetness is followed by more, in the form of caramel. There is little hop presence noticeable. Very typical of a dark Belgian in terms of fruity aromas. The taste is also quite well done. Hints of multiple fruits--grape, plums, raisins--give it a nice, deep quality. Maltiness is also quite present. There is a bit of an aftertaste, but overall, this is a very smooth tasting brew. Substantial and full on the palate. There is little carbonation to speak of and a hint of yeast remains on the tongue.

This was a good find. It is an impressive beer. Sweet, smooth and tasty. Very drinkable and worth trying.

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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 mmmbeer
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle with no freshness date - served slightly chilled in a red wine glass. It has a 1 finger tan head that leaves nice lacing and it tops a brown/deep ruby body. It smells of caramel, anise, and fruity malts. The flavor matches this but adds a good sweetness, raisins, and other (tropical?) fruits. It has a medium body and a good mouthfeel. Overall it is good but not too complex. Wouldn't go out of my way to find it, except for perhaps the Heironymous Bosch painting on the label.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First, I have GOT to know... what the FUCK is that on the label? A bird-man eating a woman with crows flying out of her ass? And a cauldron on the thing's head? *LMFAO*

The beer was a lovely clear red color, with a half finger head that died quickly but left a thin film of foam.

Aroma was fruity and sweet, with a hint of molasses. Nice.

Taste is of sweet dark malt, no roasted character. Molasses and toffee. Also a bit of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinkability... hell, it's a really nice brown ale. More like an American nut brown ale, IMHO, but good nonetheless.

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

Poured this one from a 11.2oz bottle with a 10/15 freshness date. The color is dark ice tea with a coppery edge. The head is tan in color and very frothy and smooth. With a one inch thick head, it leaves a good amount of lace at the top of the glass. There is ample carbonation and lots of rising bubbles.

The smell is hard to figure out, but, is a combination of sweet fruitiness, slightly nutty and grape-like. There is a hint of sweet wine in the aroma. The taste is also grapey and like wine. The taste is smooth with very little hop flavor and maybe some hints of caramel.

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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 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 UncleFlip
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me, this is just a beautiful looking beer. It pours clean and dark, a lush ruby colour with orange tones on the edges. The head is patchy (tight and loose) and thick, just over one finger, but receding at medium pace, leaving a thick wet lace behind.

Smell is light, spicy, and hoppy. The aromas tend to call up brown sugar, orange peel, and just a hint of molasses. There's also a yeasty overtone.

The flavour waits a beat to hit, and contains a strong element of light molasses and spice. These flavours stay very consistent, and coast down slowly, as a hint of woodiness builds. Sometimes in the back of your mouth, you can catch a bit of black cherry, as well.

The body is slightly thicker than what you might expect from looking at this brew. It's not chewy, but it definitely lets you know it's there. The carbonation starts small, then swells and loosens as it rolls back on your tongue.

I'm a bit biased in the review, I think. I loved this beer before reviewing it, and I still love it. Definitely not one of the world's best beers, but it's sort of a 'comfort food' beer for me. It just feels right- I don't demand too much of it, and it doesn't demand too much of me. It's very drinkable, and could keep me company just about any evening.

Be well

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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 putnam
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown with a little red in it. I get a distinct, persistent aroma reminiscent of sea water, like the smell of live oysters and live fish. My mind races trying to account for this fact (true, there are some wines that display similar tendencies -- Manzanilla, Muscadet, etc. -- those are aged in barrels within earshot of the ocean. Could this be too?) Sweet nutty brown flavors melt silky-textured and dry yet kissed-with-saccharine. Very little bitterness and no hops bite. Cola flavors. Hmm. Strange beer. It tastes vaguely mass-produced and has little character, except for the fishy smell.

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Photo of Brent
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was unlike anything I've had before. Poured a dark walnut with a candy-shop aroma. Quirky sweet-tart flavor combination - raw cane sugar and light molasses riding atop a slightly funky granny smith tart apple flavor. Would be unbearably sweet were it not for the bit of sour funk going on. Sort of dubbel-like, but lighter. An interesting experience, but not something I see making a regular appearance in the beer fridge

And that "Garden of Earthly Delights" character on the bottle is frightening.

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Photo of Todd
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful deep, dark, shimmering crimson hued beer topped with a slightly off-white thick head and retreating lacing and stick.

Big candied grape lollipop-like and soft chocolate/toffee Tootsie roll-like aroma ... hey a Tootsie Roll Pop! - quite sugary overall. Crazy, but very appealing.

Smooth and very creamy on the palate, with a foaming feel. Malt sweetness is moderate, but pronounced with a light sugary character, beery and grape flavors and a slight toasty and toffee flavor smooth around with suggestions of nugget. Cocoa in the back. Some breadiness in the grain, hint of sourness soaks into a low hop character and bitterness. Finish goes dry, powdery, and more-ish.

A very nice drink. The play on sugar is almost overwhelming, but the results make it quite unique, interesting and appealing in a non-beer way ... if that makes any sense.

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Photo of mntlover
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a redish brown walnut like color with a nice tan head that falls quick to a small cap leaves some decent lace.
Aroma is sweet malt dark fruity esters raisins, plums figs hints of spice in nose clove and light pepper no hops found unless its the wheat like hints.
Looks good smells good but taste wow is this sweet too sweet. Get some zesty feel and light caramel malt mixed with mollasses flavors to start then a sudden wave of sugar hits and blows the flavor to hell. Finishes with some fruit flavors and spice but hard to make it past the sweetness.
Mouthfeel is not bad but the sugary coating of your mouth detracts.
Drinkability is not good much to sweet for me will be letting the wife finish these if she likes or save them for guests.

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Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pours a clear dark brown body that is a brilliant ruby hue when held to ambient light. Small beige head disappears in seconds, leaving only a collar and a few patches of lace on the glass. Aroma is malty caramel, with a hint of chocolate, raisins, and coriander. Mouthfeel is light medium to medium in body with lively carbonation. Taste has a dark fruit component of figs and raisins, complimented by notes of chocolate, coriander, and white pepper. Some sour green apples are noted in the middle, along with some floral hops which add some needed bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet. I really didn't detect any significant yeast presence in this one, and the hops are overly subdued. Overall, a decent drinking brown ale that is worth a try. Thanks to mntlover for this one.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty tulip glass, this beer is reddish brown, the color of powered iced-tea, and perfectly clear. A tightly knit head of oatmeal-colored fluff rises up and retains quite well. Lacing is spotty and extensive..

The nose is subtle, too subtle. Displaying little more that caramel-malt sweetness, lite yeasty notes, leather, and diluted cocoa. Ya really gotta' stick your nose deep in to the glass the get any of this.

The flavor is better than the nose indicated, although still subtle. The main characteristic is sweet, caramel malts, raisins, cocoa, leather, and mild yeasty spice. Nothing really jumps out at you.

Mouthfeel is medium and slick, almost creamy feeling. The finish is sweet and there is virtually no aftertaste. I like to be reminded of what I'm drinking in a beer's finish, this one has nothing.

Not bad considering the price ($5.79/sixer on sale @ Lowes Foods). Quite easy to drink and very non-threatening. Think of a so-so dubbel mixed 50/50 with Newcastle Brown Ale.

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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 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 TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown, cola-like and crystal clear, with a 1/2" white head that fades to leave a creamy layer on the beer. Smells mostly of roasted malt, but slightly sour and grassy. Taste is creamy with roasted malt, fruity flavors, and a moderate hop bite. High carbonation, and very unique and delicious.

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

12-oz bottle, with a nifty little illustration that looks like something from an Hieronymus Bosch painting, probably depicting Hell.

Appearance: Deep ruby brown color, with a solid finger's height of off-white foam.

Aroma: Grainy, bready aroma. Not a lot of scent.

Flavor: Sweet malt. Very sweeet, in fact, the kind of flavor from very very low rates of hopping. Fairly clean yeast character, though slightly fruity. Finish borders on cloying, to me.

Medium-low body, avg carbonation.

Quite different from Belgian brown ale examples, this beer is fairly one-dimensional. Too sugary.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cream, two-fingered head, fades quickly and leaves some lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Deep, amber color. Sweet nose. Starts with a light and sweet and finishes mellow but with a slight metallic aftertaste. This brewery's double and quad are much better. Wierd label. $1.90 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light brown color and a thin, off white head that clings a little to the glass. Aroma is very malty and aromatic. I detect some phenolic and candylike sweetness. Flavor is a sweet, malty sipping brew. Finishes sweet and malty. An enjoyable beer with some distinct "Belgian" character that is easily forgivable. If this was passed off as an English Brown, it would have failed on the phenolics alone!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark reddish amber with a large, light-mocha head. Lots of hills and valleys as it melts, but only sparse lacing.

Aroma - initial chocolate (light) and vague malt. Develops some yeast and grain taste, but pretty average on the whole.

Taste - sweet and malty, a touch of chocolate perhaps, but not much depth. Finishes with a bit of roasted malt, staying sweet throughout.

Mouthfeel - smooth and generally pleasant with low level carbonation.

Drinkability - one for the maltier side of BA. Palates that enjoy sweeter, sturdy beers may well enjoy this one, but it may be a bit much for volume quaffing.

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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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