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

Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Style: Belgian Dark Ale
ABV: 5.00 %

LOOK: Held to light, a beautiful ruby red, fine clarity and active carbonation rising to the top. Small fizzly head recedes to a ring around the glass.

SMELL: Bready, doughy yeast character. Faint wisp of sweet molasses/whiskey like malt.

TASTE: Caramelized brown sugar, light dark fruit notes, toasted grain, and a firm malty flavor at that. Tea like, earthy hop bitterness, a bit grassy as well. Suggestions of figs and dark chocolate. More or less even balance with a light mineral twang. Full flavored ale with rich nutty maltyness and an expressive yeast character.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, elegant drying finish. Palate coating and works with the style,

OVERALL: This is a perfect example of a simple Belgian Dark. Great for a session ale, and quite enjoyable. Would pair well with grilled pork and seasoned vegetables.

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

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown in color with some reddish/amber hints when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall cream colored head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering just over half of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: There are aromas of caramel malts, brown sugar, molasses, and some very light hints of dark fruit.

T: The beer has a definite sweetness with dark malts, caramel malts, candi sugar, brown sugar, and molasses. Additionally there are some hints of port wine and some dark fruit. Very little bitterness present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. I could easily see this being a session beer (if it was more readily available). This beer is pretty well balanced, not being too sweet considering the lack of bitterness.

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

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear dark brown with a thick two finger tan head with great head retention.

Smells like sweet molasses and caramel along with a bit of yeastyness. A slight metallic note as well.

Taste is quite sweet right off the bat giving way to caramel along with a slight grassy hop flavor. Some baked apple/peach pie flavors in there too. Mouthfeel is sticky but also somewhat watery.

Overall this beer was just a little too sweet for me. The flavors were all good but it would be hard to have more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish brown in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense beige head that quickly died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of brown sugar and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of dark malts along with hints of candi and brown sugar, dark fruits and port. No bitterness is noticeable.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied and quite smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and I really enjoyed the slight amount of sweetness, which shared some similarities with a dubbel but isn’t quite as strong in terms of aromas and flavors. I’m not sure if I could drink more than one of these at a time but it could make for a pleasant after dinner drink.

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Photo of Swim424
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into into pint glass

A-when held up to light this is a very dark amber. not up to light it appears to be brown. small head that fell quickly

S-a bit nutty. like thick malts. maybe a tiny bit of hops.

T-slightly nutty, less than most browns. fairly sweet. actually really sweet. Cant describe this to well. Not really any hops. cant taste any yeast. just very malty sweet, with a hint of nuts.

Mf-medium-thick bodied. a bit creamy on the finish. good aftertaste. low carbonation.

O-this is pretty good. best brown I have had. Not a huge fan of the style but this is pretty good.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque brown with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before it becomes a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Spotty lacing and a healthy amount of surface foam.

S- Has a clean malt nose plus a nice Belgian yeast tone. A bit glassy.

T- Smooth and light but with enough body to convince you that you're drinking a brown ale. The fruity esters from the yeast are mild but still have a good presence. Everything is nicely thrown together in a steady balance. Quite impressive, actually.

M- Very creamy and slick. Medium-high carbonation. Slides down easily.

O- I'll admit, I bought this one for the label but I'm very glad I did. What a nice, sessionable dark Belgian...from Holland!

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 330 ml bottle. There are what appear to be batch codes printed on the back label, but no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is deep, deep brown (almost black); light passes through easily, turning the beer a ruby red. Two fingers of tan-tinted head dissipated quickly to leave a spotted, bubbly lacing and a ring around the edge.

Smell: Very malty. Both sweet and toasted caramel, chocolate, toffee, black raspberry, a little hazelnut, and maybe fig and plum.

Taste: The flavor is a disappointment compared to the smell. The mouthfeel is light and flavors of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar dominate. The nuttiness from the smell also plays a bigger role, and the dark fruit peeks its head out after the beer has continued warming.

Drinkability: Though it is not spectacular, it is a good beer.

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

Pours a very dark mahogany. One fingered very light tan head with lots of lacing.

Smells of ripe fruit and breadiness.

Taste is sweet with ripe fruit and a little nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this was a pleasant surprise. Very good and easy to drink.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

flute glass

a - pours a hazy ruby red with a bit of yeast still in suspension. gave me a finger's worth of tan head that calmed slowly to a film and leaves a few chunks of lace around the glass.

s - toasted wheat bread or pumpernickel, toffee, notes of spice, some dark fruits. also a bit musty.

t - bready malt with a fairly prominent spiciness. a little nutty, notes of brown sugar, faint notes of raisin. light bitter twang on the back of the tongue. individual flavors come across as being subtle, but there is really some depth to this beer.

m - firmly medium in body with a coarse co2 profile. a little more carbonation than i prefer.

o - really well put together thoroughly enjoyable. seems firmly planted in between an english brown and a belgian dark, and that's just fine. drinkability is good. recommended.

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

Appearance- Two finger khaki head with a decent amount of retention. There is a good bit of puffy lace on the glass too. The body is a very attractive dark chocolate body.

Smell- Very heavy on the caramel and bread malts. There is a slight nuttiness here too. It smells wonderful!

Taste- There is a nice amount of bread malt here. Also some earthy hop notes. Not as sweet on the palate, but a really good drink nonetheless.

Mouth feel- Medium bodied and a smooth drink. It is a good quality beer.

Overall- It is qualified as a dark belgian, and the herbal notes and earthy hops make a case for this. However, there is so much bread and caramel malt that it is very much trying to be a brown. No matter how confused this beer might be, it can't help but be incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic cup at Sydney's in New Orleans while walking around the Quarter.

Appearance: dark shoe polish brown; 1 finger head with good retention that laced nicely around the cup.

Smell: Malty, sweet

Taste: caramel, nuts, bread, figs, malts, and a little dab of dark chocolate. Oh, so smooth.

Mouthfeel: medium, creamy

Overall: a really good recommendation from the beer guy at Sydney's. You never know what treasures you'll find here. Another strong contender to my brown ale list. Rich, robust and smooth drinking.

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

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass, I'm not sure how to read the dating code: K02C09?

Pours a nice clear brownish color with a tan/mocha head, the retention is pretty low though. The smell is nutty and malty. Feel is medium to light. Taste is good enough, I get a bunch of malts, some caramel and toffee, a little nutty flavor and some bitterness at the end (note nothing overpowering), I also get a little metallic taste at the end. Overall not a bad beer, but not too memorable either.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, clear brown with ruby hues; creamy, thick 1/2 finger head that remains the same thickness along the surface of the brew, sticking to the side of the glass

S: Sweet and nutty malts at first; some chocolate, Belgian sugar, and slight caramel; as it warms, hints of sour, Belgian yeast strain come forth

T: All sweetness, with a touch of roasted malt bitterness underneath; tastes like a brown ale with sugar syrup stirred end, but not overwhelmingly sweet, thanks to hints of dark chocolate and malt flavors

M: creamy, but not too thick; medium body; some metallic hints; finishes smoothly, like velvet

O: interesting how something that should taste overly sweet comes across pleasantly; well-balanced, straightforward, and distinctively Belgian version of English Brown Ale style

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Photo of jcurtis55
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The picture on the label is from the painting "Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymous Bosch. He did the painting in 1504, but if someone told you it was done by a 1960’s artist under the influence of LSD, you wouldn’t question it. Quite bizzare.

As for the beer, this is a nice smooth brown ale. Very drinkable, but certainly not a big beer. I got very little head or lacing, Slightly sweet and malty. This could definitely be a session beer. Mouthfeel is somewhere close to medium, but pleasant enough. For those who prefer malt flavors over hops, try this out. One of the tastier brown ales I've tried.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark red-brown hue with a clear body and one finger of frothy ivory foam. A decent-looking brew.

Smell: rich, nutty aroma with a little roasted malt. There's also a caramelly crystal malt character here. A tiny hint of tartness shows up, no doubt due to roasted malts, and there's a light estery fruitiness befitting a Benelux beer.

Taste: ah, the delicious fruitiness hinted in the aroma comes through full-force in the flavor. A fresh bready, nutty brown ale with a delicious fruitiness behind. It lacks a bit of complexity, but makes up for it in plain tastiness.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation yields a very delicious creaminess. These guys can make one silky, creamy beer.

Overall: perhaps I've been spoiled by some of the great beers of Belgium and the Netherlands, but I just feel like there could be a little more complexity in this beer's flavor. That said, I still think it is very tasty and could gladly quaff liters of it if given the chance.

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Photo of csiewert
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear dark brown color with two fingers of tan foamy head that retains well and laces nicely. The aroma is bready with a slight amount of caramel notes. The flavors starts caramel sweet and then finishes with a bready malt flavor. The mouthfeel is somewhat undercarbonated and empty. Overall a decent brown ale... Messed up artwork though.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look Beautiful reddish brown color with 1/4 beige head with very little head retention and very little lacing

Smell Slight malty notes with hints of prunes figs and a bit of caramel

Taste Similar to the smell. Up front is the sweetness from the malt and on the back end you pick up traces of the prunes figs and caramel. very nice

Mouthfeel Medium body and lightly carbonated

Overall Good example of a brown ale. This is exactly what I look for in a brown ale good flavor good mouthfeel and very drinkable, I could drink this daily.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a cola colored brown ale with a large off white khaki brown head, fine even lacing. Aroma is full of caramel and brown dark roasted malt character. Flavor is full of caramel roasted brown malts with hints of dark chocolate, a dominant sweet malt character with underlying herbal Euro hops backing it up. Mouthfeel is even bodied carbonation is a bit high especially for a brown ale with a bit of a cloying sweetness as a whole. Overall I can't believe this is from Koningshoeven, damn tasty brown ale.

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

Bottle, unknown date.

Pours reddish amber/brown with a one finger light beige head that leaves some spots of lacing and holds a nice creamy cap.

Aroma is fruits, nuts, bread, yeast, some caramel and toffee. Good strength.

Flavor is dark fruits, yeast & bread, nutty, some caramel & toffee, fair sweetness, no bitterness or alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium bodied, medium carbonation.

This is not your standard Brown Ale like the label may indicate...definitely has the profile of a Belgian-style Brown and does it well.

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

A -- A dark garnet brown brew that pours to a three finger khaki head and recedes into a thin skim, leaving spots of lacing.

S -- Candied apples, plum and dark berries, backed by a light earthy caramel tone.

T -- Plum and grape, almost nutty like almond butter, toasted malt character with an essence of toffee and some bready qualities. Seems a little sour and slightly bitter on the finish.

M -- Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, a little dry on the end.

D -- Very interesting, and very nice. I would recommend this brew to anyone looking for something that is decidedly different.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a Chimay chalice.

A: It pours a mostly clear reddish-brown color with a half-finger of tan head that falls quickly but leaves decent trails of lace.

S: Caramel, light red apples, sweet figs, and rye.

T: Lots of caramel and bready maltiness, sweet dark fruits, nutmeg, cinammon, and mild banana.

M: It has a medium-light body with average carbonation and goes down smoothly.

O: This is amazingly complex for being 5%. I'll certainly revisit this in the future.

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Photo of Tropicalslip
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is a rich brown amber.The taste has a rich roasty creaminess I think stems from the small bubbles and sweetness of the beer. The flavor eminates through your nose while setting on your tongue and clings to your you pallet.

Its a flavorful yet light beer.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Deep, clear reddish brown color. Huge off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet fruity aroma. Hints of apple, caramel, and a bit of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Deliciously fruity front end with hints of apple and grape, almost like champagne. Caramel, toffee, and slightly sugary middle with a hint of yeast. Finishes up with a delicate chocolate and coffee note. Very interesting to say the least!

Mouthfeel: Medium to full with very high carbonation. Again, almost champagne-like.

Drinkability: Quaffable and sessionable. Refreshing and satisfying.

Final Notes: This beer could almost act as a wine/champagne replacement. It's got a unique, yet very appetizing character all its own. I really like it.

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Photo of cyrock1
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Amber brown without much of a head.

Smell: Light coffee with a sweet malt aroma.

Taste: Burnt Coffee with a highly roasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, burnt caramel on the tongue, somewhat disappointing.

Drinkability: Not like I remembered it, I used to rave about this beer but with the price having gone up so much in the past two years, i wouldn't recommend it.

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

Deep, ruby brown color. Crystal clear. Frothy head; leaves huge chunks of foam on the glass.

Smells like Graham crackers--slightly sweet with a touch of brown sugar.

Plenty of sugar to the taste, strong light molasses flavor. Low carbonation to the otherwise quite rich body. There's a nuttiness to the taste, a little bit like Frangelica. Smooth to the swallow but it's short lived.

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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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