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

Tilburg's Dutch Brown AleTilburg's Dutch Brown Ale
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 BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glazed cranberry-orange with bright tangerine trim. The attractive, golden brown sugar colored crown features a mega-bubbly surface that is becoming mega-pitting before my very eyes. A wide band of Belgian lace is a nice touch.

The aroma delivers a less than abundant amount of medium-dark fruit, with a mustiness rather than a spicy yeastiness. Dutch Brown Ale is clearly a BDA, but it isn't an especially noteworthy one. Especially if the nose is a reliable barometer of what's to come.

Though it's a decent example of the style, I'm still not impressed after the first, second and third mouthfuls. Even 5.0% Belgian ales can be dizzingly complex, so the ABV is no excuse on that front. Maybe the yeast strain is an underachiever.

The flavor profile includes steely caramel (the beer stops short of mineral-like), mild cocoa, dried figs and stale tobacco. It's more bitter than sweet, with the mustiness of the aroma in full flower on the palate. This is an acceptable enough BDA, but more depth and more complexity is sorely needed if it has designs on something more.

The mouthfeel isn't terrible, though it could also use an injection of personality. It's light and is acceptably bubbled. The fact that the carbonation fades quickly in the second half of the bottle is the biggest reason for the above score.

This Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven brew is a disappointment, especially since La Trappe Quadrupel is so stupendous. Given the wide distribution of so many excellent Belgian ales, there's no reason to buy this one again. Unfortunately, Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale is pretty close to forgettable.

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

Tilburg Dutch Brown
12oz. brown bottle

Poured into a snifter. Pours a rich mahogany color with a slightly tan head that leads to great lacing compared to most brown ales. Solid nutty aroma with sweet grains. The taste is outstanding. Great complex flavors but not overdone. Nutty flavors are there, with a nice sweetness. Wonderful beer. Seriously I was shocked by it, even knowing that it was from Brouwerij de Koningshoeven. Mouthfeel is perfect, not heavy, not light, sweet but not to sweet, rich but not overdone. With all this said, it is very drinkable. I usually convert non-beer drinking girls into this beer.

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Photo of Phocion
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of AshevilleSippin
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Short version:
Flat, too light-bodied. Overly sweet even for a brown ale.

This brown 11.2 oz bottle is certainly an eye-catcher. It sports an inexplicable, if not slightly unsettling, mascot and flaunts it's IMPORTED status prominently on the neck.

I didn't particularly enjoy this beer although I appreciate the style. It poured an appetizing medium brown to amber color but was rather flat without much head to speak of. Ongoing carbonation and lace were in a witness protection program.

I personally feel like this beer is way out of balance in favor of malt even for a brown ale. The smell and taste are both dominated by a mildly spicy brown sugar or caramel flavor. Hops are nonexistent or are being effectively silenced by the malt assault.

Mouthfeel was surprisingly light; belying its deep color. More body may have helped save this beer from a sub-par rating. Too sweet and too light give me the impression (true or not) of a 'cost over quality' brown ale that relies on its exotic "imported from Holland" status to move off of the grocery store shelves in America where I bought it.

This beer is quite drinkable... but for the wrong reasons. This will be the last 6-pack I buy although I'm glad (as with most beers) for having experienced all 6.

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Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/burgandy colored pour, with a thin light brown short lasting head. Lightly malty and almost metallicy vinegary, acidic smell too. Highly carbonated, with a sweet, nutty flavor and a very quick finish. Fairly light bodied, and easy to drink. Simple flavors, and not too full bodied for a brown ale. Nothing offensive, but nothing outstanding. A decent brown ale.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copped this in a single 11.2 oz bottle from Total Wine and More in Union... interesting label with an odd, indescriable creature on the orange background of the logo... Pours a dark-brown, mahogany color with minimal head... smell is malty, full of caramel and brown sugars... taste also has that brown sugar / caramel flavor with a malty background full of figs and light prunes... somewhat bland flavor comparable to the style, but still pleasing and crisp, and goes down effortlessly with a modest ABV and very good drinkability due to the rather light alcohol percentage... An interesting beer, certainly worth a try, although not very heavy on flavor...

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Photo of AltBock
2.19/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

330ml/ 11.2 fl oz. bottle that happens to have one of the creepiest labels out there. I honestly don't know what it is nor do I want to know what it is. This creature has a face of a fly, trunk of an elephant, and a body of a human with four legs. If that's not bad enough, this creature is wearing a pot on his head. It's strapped on like he's ready to battle the norms (normal people). Let's get away from that label. The back label has the address of the brewery, US importer, US Government warning, barcode, refund values, and some kind of bin number in the top left corner. This number reads K27B7 15:55. Whatever it means, it has to use to the average consumer.

Appearance: Poured into a Lion Stout tulip glass. This Dutch Brown Ale appeared to be a dark brownish color, but when held into the light, it's actually a dark amber blended in with some cranberry red. It had a 1 1/2 to 2 inch head of white bubbly foam, but that quickly changed after about a few seconds. It dissipated away, but managed to leave behind some off white colored rings and few sopts of lace.

Smell: If I had to describe this aroma in one word, I would use "funky!" It smelled alot like sweetened tea. Not sweet tea. It was more like tea sweetened with one of those pink or blue packets. Behind that tea aroma was a hint of sweet mals. Wow! A actually beer aroma finally emerges. It's just too bad that was it.

Taste: The taste was almost as funky as the aroma. It started off with a beer aroma of sweet malts and then that was followed by tea leaves, dab of sweet dark fruits, and a slight pinch of bitter hops. What was with this beer and tea. I didn't think tea would show up in the taste, but there it was. I do have to give it to them this time. It wasn't sweetened tea, it was tea leaves.

Mouthfeel: It was a light bodied beer with a barely noticable aftertaste of sweet malts and tea leaves. I got it Tilburg's! You wanted to make a tea instead of a beer.

Drinkability: What a great tea! If it smells like tea and tastes like tea, it has to be a tea. I don't understand why they would market this a beer. They should have tried the tea market first. Best tea in a beer bottle!

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Photo of slyke
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tilburgs' pours a deep red color with a tan head that laces a little and fades to a thin cap.

Smell has malt sweetness and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is sweet with a biscuit-like note and a touch of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly coating with a bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is pretty good. I don't imagine making a session out of this beer, but it is worth a try.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, but clear. Shows ruby when held to light. Nose is fairly mild. Sappy caramel character there, but just a wee bit. Isn't really that strong. Flavor is very caramel sweet. Strong sugar tones. Leafy tone on the very end that is extremely subdued. Feel is a bit thick on the liquid. Decent level of carbonation. A bit too syrupy I would have to say. Overall though pretty good. Nothing fantabulous, but good enough to try. And for some good enough to go back to maybe.

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Photo of iceball585
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark reddish brown color, semi-transparent, thin white ring of head around the glass

S- Toasted nuts, dark malts, fairly sweet smelling w/ hints of dark fruits

T- Brown sugar, toasted nuts, dark malts, molasses, toffee, dark fruits, slight caramel flavor

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, lingering sweetness

D- Definatly worth trying

Not quite what I was expecting because it was labeled as a brown ale when it turns out it is actually a dark belgian ale. This beer is also very sweet on the tongue.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a woody orange-brown with a creamy, sturdy, off-white head that clings to the sides of the glass. Smell is very "worty" with big emphasis on dark bread, raisins, and brown sugar. Some mild Belgian-esque esters poke around in the back. Taste is big on brown sugar and dried fruits with a faint fresh fruitiness in there somewhere. Hops are mild but pleasantly herbal. There's a slight acidity on the sides of the tongue. Kind of too sweet for me. Mouthfeel is lightish with a definite sticky characteristic. Carbonation is mellow. This is a tasty beer but the sweetness gets to be too much. I think I'd like this a whole lot more if it was better attenuated.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint. Brew is a deep ruby red color with a 3 fingers thick foamy tan head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell: A nutty character at first, fading into a sweet candy-like aroma, and finishing with a hint of dark fruits.

Taste: Very sweet, almost sugary. A hint of malt comes along, dulling the sweetness a bit, but adding a caramel kind of dimension. I imagine that if the brown tootsie-pop were a beer, this would be it.

Mouthfeel: Easily my favorite part of this beer. Velvety and creamy in the mouth and very smooth going down. Very nice.

Drinkability: Average amount of alcohol, but the massive sweetness of this lowers my desire to have any more of these right now. It was a good beer, but not one that I would necessarily pick up again any time soon.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Northern Brewer pint glass.

Appearance: Clear brown w/ amber hues. Nice lively 1/2 inch head that dissipates to 1/8 inch a few minutes after pouring.

Smell: Mostly sweet and malty w/ a hint of molasses.

Taste: Smooth w/ a malty character. A hint of nuttiness and caramel. Very mildly bitter and finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and clean. Carbonation is lively and lights up the mouth.

Drinkability: A pretty solid beer. I could put back a few of these quite easily. Very drinkable as it isn't to alcoholic or bitter and goes down smooth.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one I've been eyeing at the local supermarket for a while. I think it's also definitely in the running for strangest label I've even seen. (Why is the bird wearing a kettle like a hat?).

Fantastic, luxurious pour into my beat-up (I only recently got the memo about not putting glassware in the dishwasher) Czechvar chalice. Beautiful tan head rises high but falls quckly. Dark amber body with little carbonation and reddish overtones. Faint but heavily sweet chocolate malts and sugar are perceptible in the nose.

The taste is a bit of a letdown. Actually, it isn't bad but the texture is weak and watery and doesn't hold it up. I'm not a Belgian expert but this is too thin and doesn't have the chops or complexity of my favorite Belgian darks (like Corsendonk Christmas, for example). Sweeet and plenty malty but lacking in both body and nuance. Certainly drinkable but nowhere near elite in the style.

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Photo of Vancer
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, nuttin great either. Best part was the pour – ah oh!

Dark mahogany brown with a massive tan head that left Brussels lace all the way down.

Aroma was a barely adequate light caramel malt with chocolate. Same for the quaff – No Belgium aspects to this brew at all. Just OK, not worth the $8 a sixer price tag.

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Photo of brdc
4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle served on my Corsendonk tulip.

Clear dark brew, that when held against the light reveals multiple amber highlights underneath a light tan head with average retention but nice, if not exuberant lacing.
Nice nose, mostly caramel, bubblegum and fruits, particularly grapes and berries, but also some chocolate.
Medium bodied, with very little carbonation opening to an unexpectedly smooth body. The ensuing taste has, to my surprise, some of those bublegum hints, caramel and fruits, sweet but not overtly sweet.
A very interesting brew, quite easy to go down if not a session beer given its sweetness. For a fan of belgians like myself, a great alternative for warmer days when a strong dark is too heavy.
Significantly better than my first impression.

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

A: Clear really dark red. Small 1-finger head. Decent retention, but not great.

S: Caramel, plums, pumpkin and vanilla with lots of spices. A little fruity.

T: Interesting flavor - very sweet and fruity. A touch of vanilla and some other spices. Not a bad flavor at all.

M: A little too fizzy - burns the tongue slightly. Medium-light bodied. Fairly dry.

D: Pretty drinkable, but you have to burp a lot because of the carbonation.

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Photo of morimech
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My 50th review. Too bad this beer isn't really special to mark the event.

Pours brown with a red tint. A one-fingered tan head forms but head retention is poor and leaves just spotty lacing.

The smell is sweet malt and plums.

The taste is really sweet as well. Malt with some fruit hints. Too sweet for me. Mouthfeel seems thin as well. Leaves a lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of casadebia
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dutch Brown has a rich taste that retains a certain level of balance despite the sweet taste. This is a beer that has a nice reddish-brown appearance with decent head retention. The smell matches the taste for the most part giving off sweet floral and toasted characters. It is not too much on the thick side for this type of beer and delivers a smooth finish that make it very easy to drink. Overall this is a great selection in my opinion.

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Photo of malcontent
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
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 bort11
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Starts with a tan head that stands a fingers width and slowly recedes to a clumpy lacing. Color is a reddish mahogany brown with some carbonation activity.
Smell is sweet and malty with a slight hint of orange blossom. Taste is still sweet with caramel, oranges, and some banana flavor. Slight phenol notes are present.
Mouthful is on the creamy side, nice medium body. Finishes mostly clean. This is interesting, and the label definitely caught my eye, but i doubt I'll get this one again

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear brown color with amber hues. The head is small and recedes witin seconds into almost nothing. The aroma is of caramel malt, and not much else. The taste is a bit more lively than the aroma. It is of caramel with some nice dark spices and a mil yeastiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a disappointing beer, and I will not drink it again.

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Photo of surlyseth
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous, billowy, light-tan head atop a dark gold-amber, clear body.
Nose is a malty plum.
Taste is sweet..Yup. plum, nuts, malt, raisin...Pretty mild, though.
Feels a little thin to me but I like the medium carbonation.
Drinkability is pretty good. Easy drinking without a lot to think about.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes Newcastle, because, well, this is probably a little better.

Man, the label art is a bizarre marvel. A seated bird eats a naked man who has birds flying from his buttocks.

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Photo of Hollister
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a beautiful color and good head retention. Nose is malty and sweet, and the initial taste is the same. Unfortunately the beers characteristics disappears quickly. Not that it should be the goal of a beer drinker or a characteristic of a good beer, but one could probably get really drunk off of this Tilburg offering. It's maybe a little too sweet for it's own good -- and definetly more sweet than most brown ales.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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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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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