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

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Tilburg's Dutch Brown AleTilburg's Dutch Brown Ale
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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 brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy ice tea brown body with a prodigious beige head that shows good retention and leaves plenty of "Dutch" lace

Smell: Toffee, Candi sugar and a touch of buckwheat

Taste: Starts out with a sweet toffee flavor profile that builds to the verge of becoming cloying, but adds a tart earthy balance at justthe right moment; after the swallow, the toffee and buckwheat flavors blend with a bit of cocoa powder and fruit in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation

Drinkability: Despite the sweet profile, I rather enjoyed this; just don't think I would want more than one at any sitting

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Photo of CultureJamMN
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber with crimson edges. In a pint glass this beer has fantastic head, three fingers at least, fades to about 1 finger by the bottom. Lacing is wonderful.

The smell is roasted and malty but with fruits, largely dark fruits like blackberry and maybe even loganberry. There is a sweet smell as well that comes on with maybe coccoa and buttery toffee.

The taste is sweet and malty, the berry undertones are a bit more pronounced than in the smell. There is also a pancakes and syrup thing, but it's very subdued... pleasant.

This beer seemed a tad overcarbonated, but that faded further down the glass. Mouthfeel was thinish, but not unsubstantial. Leaves the mouth a bit dry, but not parched.

All in all, a great brown ale if you are drinking a few pints. This could be a nice session beer in April or maybe even May. Among the best in class for the pricepoint.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into the glass a dark, clear amber. A frothy tan head with impressive fine lacing.
Smells of sweet dark roasted malts and sweet dark fruits.
Taste is sweet, but not overly so. There is an unusual aftertaste that I can only describe as the sensation you get biting into the skin of a grape.
Overall, pretty tasty, easy to drink and reasonably priced.
I would buy this one again.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/4" beige head on top of dark brown beer. Beer has some amber tint. Streaky, spotty lace.

S - Sweet. Hint of spice. Subdued.

T - Brown sugar. Spice. Dark fruit. Toffee. Earthy/woodsy. Light molasses or maple.

M - Rich medium bodied mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level.

D - Super sweet. Drinkability is good when I am in the mood for this.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This label is awesome.

What a nice color. It is kind of a black cherry. The head is off-white with glints of a faint red/pink hue when the light catches it a certain way. The head quickly fades, but leaves excellent lacing.

The nose is a mixture or nut, alcohol, and fruit skins.

Taste is rich, sweet, malty caramel with some cranberry tanginess in the finish. This isn't a complex beer, but it is a good one for those who like it on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is thin and almost watery, but helps drinkability.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice,deep rich chestnut color. Great sweet, caramel like aroma. Malty and just slightly vinuous. Good, deep malty flavor. Again with the caramel sweetness. Very full body for only being 5%. Overall a very pleasurable beer. Somewhere I had read negative things about this beer. I cant remember where. Nevermind-well worth a try. Thanks mushroomcloud !!!

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Photo of bighoppymonster
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark chocolately brown with a touch of red. Tan head quickly dissipates with very little carbonation going on. Nothing but sweetness in smell. A remarkable similarity to grap juice in aroma. Very sweet tastes of raisins, grapes, and plums with some matliness to finish it off with some dryness. Overall a very smooth, rich, and extremely pleasent beer. Definately one of the sweetest beers I've ever tried, but it isn't overly so. Enjoyed this one very much.

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

I first had this beer at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio, TX when they were having ‘mystery beer night’. That is a random bottle of beer for $2 (what a deal). I had never heard of this beer, but to my surprise, I really liked it.

It offers a great claret, amber color with a thick bronzed head. While the head quickly disappears, it leaves an irregular level of head pockets. It has great soft flavors of maple, brown sugar, and a somewhat fruity essence (almost grape). Though, this beer can come off a little sweet.

For you home brewers, Tilburg’s comes in some interesting 11.2 oz. bottles (like most beers of this style) which are unique in themselves and great for recapping.

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

I poured this beer into my Unibroue tulip, resulting in a murky burgundy without particulates and at least two inches of heavy cappuccino-shaded head. The head settles down quickly and unevenly leaving pockets of lumpy head and sticky latticing on the rim of the glass. The initial smell is malty-sweet, with a mild candy sugar smell reminiscent of a Belgian Strong Ale, but considerably lighter. Upon pouring this beer, I also detected an unpleasant scent of burnt plastic, but as the beer warmed it went away. This beer has a rather mild, sweet and rather indistinct taste. Flavors present are sugar, dark berries and roasted grains. Tilburg’s is an enjoyable session beer and for the price is a choice option.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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 +10.6%
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 +3.2%
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 +8.2%
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 -19%
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 +2.6%
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 +4.5%
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 -9.8%
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%
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 -11.4%
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 +15.3%
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 +13.8%
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 -19.8%
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 -4.8%
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 +7.1%
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 -14%
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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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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