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

very good
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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Ratings: 435 |  Reviews: 276
Photo of Byeast
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With an agressive pour , the head on this ale was massive and lasted as 2 inches of off-white , ice cream float like froth, with nice stick lacing. The color was deep brown/auburn. Taken to the nose , aromas are mildly sweet , slight candied dark fruit , bit of nuttiness , faint pear , and yeast. The taste is very smooth and also on the sweeter side. Some more dark fruit and darker malt flavors , grape , and yeast. The mouthfeel is very smooth. I found this Belgian Dark Ale to be very interesting and drinkable. It's very different... creamy.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tiny brown bubbles amongst some bright honey highlights make this beer nice and colorful. The strong foam or lacing doesn't hurt any either. Behind the the alkaline aroma was some fruity spices. But they were a little hard to pick out with the alkali and all. But the metal stuffs was gone for the tase. Showcasing some nice plum and cinnamon notes. This would be a very flavorful session beer.

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

Bought based on the trippy picture on the label, and after checking other reviews I now know it's from a real work of art. A bird sitting on a chair, wearing a kettle for a hat, eating a human body which is farting out more birds. Circle of life.

The beer was murky brown with almost no carbonation. I think it might of been a really old bottle, but I can't tell from the bottle. There's a stamp stating "K02F5", I don't know what it means, maybe Feb 2002?

The flavor is OK, kind of similar to Nostradamus from Caracole. It might have tasted even better fresher...

Slightly above average, with an extremely good label.

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Photo of olacub
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a rich, dark reddish-brown. Nice head with some lacing, but it disappears after a minute or so.

S: I don't get much on the aroma - some malty sweetness, and that's about it.

T: Sweet, maybe even a tad raisin-esque, a kiss of bitterness on the back of the tongue as it finishes - otherwise rather plain.

M: Pretty thin, a little too much carbonation.

D: Very drinkable if so inclined - I'd want a little more complexity myself.

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Photo of wolffman17
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Looks like liquid mahogany. A decent 1 1/2 inch light brown head tries to stick around, but ends up fading fairly quickly. At any rate, it looks inviting out of the bottle.
Smells like sweet caramel and grapes. Intriguing. The first whiff is very sweet, and I was certain that this would be a decent beer.
Tastes much like the smell, but with a bit of bitterness. Sweet and satisfying...something salty would go well with this.
Very smooth, moderate carbonation, but it seemed somewhat watery by the time I finished it.
Drinkable? Without a doubt.

A good beginner's beer that's sweet and easy to drink.

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Photo of andrewm190
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. there is a multitude of flavors involved. most notably its malty. I drank this right after having a shiner bock, which i did not enjoy at all, so my opinion may be somewhat scewed. For me, it seems rare that a beer is really tasty and easy to drink. Most beers (darker the better) that i enjoy tend to limit themselves to a few drinks before they become overwhelming and there isn't much point in eating anything else. however, this beer leaves a clean and subtle feeling and is therefor very easy to drink. I would love to try this one out of the tap. Its definately worth a buy.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear deep reddish brown color with a thick 1/4" head of tan foam that looked like it was going to be around for a while. There is quite a bit of lacing left on my stein after the beer starts to recede.

Aroma: Rich malty aroma with quite a caramel presence. There is a reserved floral note that I believe is hop derived. To accent the hops, there is also a rich roasty aroma that suggests that it was one malt addition that is adding the dark color and flavor. As the beer warms a bit, there is a really bready component. To go with the bread, there is a ripe fruit aroma making itself known.

Taste: The flavor is somewhat close to the aroma. It is really fruity, and reminds me of red apples and pears. The malt plays a smaller role in the flavor than in the aroma. There is some sweet caramel and a tad of roast, but for the most part the beer is fruity. The finish is balanced toward the malt with a slightly syrupy flavor to linger for some time.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. The malt is pretty much in charge of this beer and it is clean. It ultimately tastes a little like a dessert. It is brewed by Koningshoeven, so I had pretty high expectations for this beer. It isn't bad by any means, but it is no trappist. Either way, I would drink this beer again. It is pretty tasty.

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Photo of wedge
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean deep red color with a thin creamy tan head. Sweetened fruity yeast smell...sour apple and toffee. Sweet malts, dark fruits followed by some toastiness - maybe some alcohol. Sugary and kind of tart...on the thin side and a bit flat by the end of the glass.

This is an odd beer...I see why they chose a part of a Hieronymus Bosch painting for the bottle - (that bird-like character is supposed to be Satan I believe). Not really sure if I like it or not...peculiar.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a bottle of this in a 12 pack "Beers of the World" from World Market as a Christmas present from my cousins. Poured into my mug. This beer pours a medium, clear amber ruby brown color with a nice head that sticks around for quite a while. One of the foamiest heads I have seen in awhile with nice lacing. Aromas of sweet and perhaps roasted nuts along with some dark fruit, such as raisin, as well. Taste is of sweet, slightly roasted malt, with a hint of caramel and roasted nut, raisin and a bit of bread. Not overly sweet on the palate. Rounded out witha slight touch of hop bitterness for good measure. Crisp, smooth and creamy texture and mouthfeel, light to medium body, with moderate carbonation. Just about everything about this beer reminds me of root beer, which is great for me since root beer is one of my favorite soft drinks. The only difference is that this beer isn't as sweet or carbonated as root beer. Also sort of reminds me of coffee as well, but root beer more so than anything else. This beer has its own unique taste, unlike any other brown ale or any other beer period for that matter that I have ever had. A must try for those who like brown ales and also root beer lovers everywhere!


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Photo of Metalmonk
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful deep caramel-brown with a foamy light mocha-colored head that lacked retention. Nice bubble activity and gorgeous lace patterns adorn the glass over time.

Has a yeasty/malty sweetness with a mellow alcohol background, reminding of a variety of Belgian tripels. Excellent aroma that is a little too timid, would be great if it was just a little more assertive.

Flavors lean toward the sugary end of things, with a brown sugar sweetness that mingles with dark fruits and candy-like malts, but there's no complexity here. It's like they got the look and aroma down but lost inspiration somewhere along the way. It's severely let down by a water-thin mouthfeel that's just short of abominable (especially considering the style).

I used to like this a lot more when I was just getting into the wide world of imported beers beyond Hoegaarden and Guinness. But I guess my tastes have changed, as this doesn't taste as impressive as it once did. It started off great, between the look and aroma, and though I can still get enough enjoyment out of it, it's the Bosch-adorned label that I like best.

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Photo of pibbxtrasucks
2.81/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

For starters this beer was purchased based only on the packaging. Its weird. has a bird with a pot on its head eating a naked girl with ravens coming out of her bum... my girlfriend was amused so she bought it. But I digress, this site is about taste. So, the beer was a very nice dark brown color and had a decent head. it smelt really sweet, but nothing that made you not want to drink it. once you finally get around to having a sip you are almost immediately overpowered by the sweetness of the beer. wouldn't have been so bad if that was what you were expecting... but, I wasn't... and it was too sweet in my opinion. my girlfriend complained of a plastic aftertaste, but I didn't really notice it. It had a nice mouth feel and if you like sweet beers, it should be very drinkable. Bottom line, if you like sweet, try this beer, if not... its your call.

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Photo of ZAP
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive amber color...nice creamy tan head..

Nose is sweet and fruity (grapes), also slightly nutty.

Very sweet taste to this...big on the brown sugar or candy sugar...a very slight nutty component.

High carbonation but smooth and creamy.

Decent enough. If you like a sweeter style brown ale you'll like it.

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Photo of danielharper
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Vulcan Beverage, Birmingham, AL.

A: Pours a dark amber (almost brown) hue with a very thick foamy khaki-colored head. The head was so thick on this one that I couldn't even pour all the beer into the pint glass. Quite nice.

S: Some sugary sweetness, almost a cloying "bubblegum" aroma is faintly present in the background. Intriguing.

T: Flavor is made up of rich sweet barley notes, with a nice nutty aftertaste. Slight "funkiness" from Belgian yeast strains.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, slightly chewy. Very low carbonation.

D: I rather like this beer. Not bad for five percent alcohol. It's different from other beers in the same style that I've tried -- I may be buying this again.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a clear and dark mahogany brown with a reddish huw. Has a dense tan head that maintains. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and malty with some nice dark fuity tones.

Taste is mildly sweet and malty upfront with some dark fruity flavors. Finishes fruity and rather clean with only a hint of lingering malt.

Medium body, creamy texture.

This is a nice beer. I was expecting a brown ale by the label, but it is definitely a Belgian dark. It really caught me by suprise, and it was only 99 cents for the bottle.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know if a Brown Ale gets much better. Though listed as a Belgian Dark Ale, I prefer to describe it as a Brown Ale. Pours a ...well...brown creamy texture with lightly tanned, dense head and ruby highlights. Smells a creamy, chocolaty, nutty, caramel flavor with a bready, toasty, yeasty contributing scent. Flavors of nuts and chocolate stand out with caramel, barley, yeast, and dark fruits lying close behind. A creamy, yet moderate body lends to a easy going brew. Sometimes tasting and feeling rich due to the lack of hopping. Nevertheless many flawless flavors to offset the sweetness and graininess. Certainly one to try.

Re-sampled on June 15, 2009: Thanks Arvjunk!

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

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a one finger off white head, leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Malty and sweet

Taste: Like the smell, malty and sweet, a little bit of bitterness in the finish

Mouth-feel: surprisingly light, mild carbonation

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of sevineyes
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle. The orange label appears to feature a bird-person with a kettle on its head eating a human.

A: Deep copper. Poured with a egg white head that leaves ample lacing. Even leaves sheeting on the glass.

S: A piney, malty smell with - and I know this sounds bad but it's really not that bad - airplane glue. Sugary. Some raw sugar smells

T: Even though it's not that high, I pick up on an alcohol presence. Dark fruits. Plum skins. Candied rasin. Some black cherry. Gives way to a small bananna presence with some floral hops and then ends dry and with a touch of bitter.

M: Silky and watery. Very much what I would expect from the style.

D: Probably a bit too complex to be too drinkable by nature.

Overall: Man, how mislead I was by the label. This beer has everything I'd expect from a Belgian Dark, but really threw me off by the "brown ale" on the label.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Light brown color with a three finger tan head. The taste is quite malty, but has a little bitter kick to it. It has a very light mouthfeel. It is very drinkable. Works well washing down a spicy, hot salsa! Overall, i rate it quite high.

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Photo of virtualshock
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The color is a dark amber. It pours with quite a bit of carbonation. The head is a dark tan and pretty thick.

S - The smell is very pronounced. It took me a while to place the smell but it is like grape candy(now and laters). I enjoy the smell very much.

T - Tastes malty and sweet with a carbonation kick. The hop balance is not bad. I think the grape or fruitiness comes through as a flavor component.

M - The mouthfeel is light with bubbly carbonation. This beer is not heavy at all.

D - I like this beer a lot. I think I could drink a few no problem.

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Photo of Naes
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a dark amber ale with a tall light tan head.
The aroma is quite sweet; caramel malt and a bit of brown sugar surface.
The flavor is also quite sweet. There is a toffee presence and it seems a bit buttery.
Mouth feel is very light and a bit under carbonated.

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Photo of Jredner
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong acidic aroma balanced by a mellow, slightly sweet, maltiness. Dark brown body with a lovely two finger thick tan head. Caramel malts, smooth fruits featuring apple and raisin with a strong hint of walnut in the finish. Great sipping beer and an interesting Belgian take on a basic Brown ale. I’d love to have this fresh on draft.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice dark ruby color with a slightly tan head. good lacing.

Smells a very sweet maltiness, but i also got a touch of a earthy hops. very much like grape flavored candy (sorry i saw that at what the bros say but i totally agree. that's dead on what it smells like... and some chocolate.)

Taste is malty. not as sweet as i remembered, but still sweet. small vanilla flavors to it, as well as chocolate. and though the alcohol is only at 5%, i still seem to detect the alcohol. i also get some cloves in this, like a dark wheat.

Mouthfeel is good. good balance. Full flavor. nice carbonation.

Overall, i give this beer more credit than before. I remember it being ultra sweet, but it's not bad at all, and for .99 a bottle, cant go wrong.

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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 NJpadreFan
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale

Appearance- ruby reddish brown with a super thick meringue-like head. The head just sits there and you gotta eat it.
Smell- creamy chocolate with a light cherry wood aroma.
Taste- light cocoa with a slight woodsy taste.
Mouthfeel- Very mild. Smooth but playing it too safe.

Overall- a Brown Ale that, unfortunately pulls its punches. Mediocre but not bad. I was hoping for so much more.

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Photo of rustymoore
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber, purplish color with light to medium head and little to no lacing. Smells of fresh fruit and caramel and a hint of a nutty scent. Tastes much of the same...I taste strawberry and grape in the mix along with all of the standard brown ale fair. Very smooth...goes down easy. Unlike some of the other reviews, I could drink a few of these easily. Depending on your taste, if you can't deal with a fruity, sweet ale then stay away from this one.

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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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