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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Reviews: 276 | Ratings: 435
Photo of thebierbrewery
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Poured crystal clear with a reddish brown hue. Okay head retention, but does have a lace.

S= Smells of carmel, biscuit, and other toasted malts. A very nice blend.

T= Clean tasting, with the smells from the malts coming through in the taste.

M= Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D= Very drinkable, a nice clean brown ale.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. A bit darker brown than tea, tall fizzy tan head falls fast. Clear and active, with reddish highlights.

Spicy yeast and vaguely of roasted grain with faint sourness. Malty sweetness is the platform for above.

Like the nose, malty sweet base with light spicy, roasty, and sour notes. Mild bitterness too.

A faint bite, medium body feels bigger than it is, luscious texture, finishes clean.

Goes down way too easy. Has the flavor of a much bigger brew. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant amber/red with a huge head of foam, yet virtually no lace.

Aroma of brown sugar, candy malts, with a hint of spicy fruit.

The flavor is sweet, with hints of raisin and toffee. Not the usual brown ale!

Tilburg's is an old favorite of mine, and this repeat tasting (for review purposes) proves this is an easy-to-drink and unique brown ale with an unusual character, worthy of a taste even for those not into beer, per se.

Extra points for the awesome and surreal Bosch artwork on the bottle.

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Photo of RobAlsbury1
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of enjoying this beer last night with some buddies at Bj's Brewhouse in the great Houston Texas. Knowing an Ashton cigar was coming later in the evening I opted for the Tilburg Dutch with hopes that a little sweetness might match well with the spice of a classic Ashton. Indeed I was right! This is a good beer.

Serving Type - Bottle pleasantly poured into a Tulip Glass
Appearance - Dark Plum, light head, slight lacing
smell- fruity, hints of grape juice (not grapefruit) and slight roasted malts
taste - light, crisp, "winey".
Mouth feel - good, slightly stingy with regard to balanced flavor of malts, hops and the fruitiness.
drinkablity - Very, Very strong, flows nicely off the palette

One of the more unique beers I've ever had.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice brown and amber color with very little head. The smell is of caramel and malt, very sweet. The flavor is the same as the nose, lots of malty caramel flavor, but not so sweet as to be disgusting. The mouthfeel is light, but leaves a nice coating on your tongue. This is a very drinkable beer, it almost reminds me of some German styles.

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Photo of etn3000
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend suggested the Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale to me while we were at a bar. I was a little hesitant because I don't typically go for darker beers. But I thought I'd give it a try. Wow! I was blown away. This is easily one of the best beers I've ever had. It was dark, but it didn't taste like a dark beer. The color is just a few shades lighter than molasses. It was very smooth and had subtle notes for chocolate. The beer just takes over your taste buds with heavenly delight. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours medium golden-brown. sits clear ruby with brown highlights with a two-finger, creamy, cola-colored head. doesnt last too long. no lacing

Smell: lots of dark fruit (like raisins and plums), mellow spicy yeast character along with some breadiness.

Taste: dark fruits and breadiness with some spicy yeast character in a somewhat dry bath. very low bitterness and hop flavor. finish is fairly dry and balanced. just a slight toasted presence throughout

Mouthfeel: full-medium body with good amount of carbonation

Notes: great belgian-style dubbel-like ale with relatively low alcohol

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Photo of LittleDon
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber/brown and clear. Copious small carbonation. Light khaki colored head with excellent retention. Mild latte like aroma, more milk than coffee with a bit of earthiness. Soft up front, some sweetness in the middle, and a mildly cloying finish. Needs to warm up a bit to bring out the subtleties. Medium body.

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Photo of losdizzel
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tilburgs Dutch Brown Ale

Is very nice beer here

These the perfect time of year for browns

the smell is awsome , the taste very good good malty finish also.
only comes in a 11.5 oz bottle abv is 5 percent good balance
about to have another .
small lacy head at the end .
A small tidbit let sit for alittle before hand .


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Photo of beersensei305
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

The beer pours a deep ruby brown out of the bottle with a tannish head, retreats rather quickly with nice stickiness and lacing. The smell is sweet and malty. The beer is smooth and creamy with the first taste. Malty and sweet, with some toasted notes and toffee. Great beer, a little sweet but smooth and tastey overall

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

On tap at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured into an English nonic ale glass. Dark ruby-brown, leaves a 1/2 inch head that survives the duration quite handily. Sheets of foamy lacing to boot.

Nose is malty, with notes of caramel, dark fruit (grape, figs), candy and spice.

Similar notes here. I certainly do get the "Belgian" aspects of this beer. Much sweeter and with notes of grape, figs, currant, chocolate and caramel. But there is still a mildly hopped, bitter finish and a taste that reminds me a great deal of an English brown. A milder, easier to drink brew than others from Koningshoeven.

Carbonation is a touch low, medium bodied, slick.

A decent Belgian dark. I personally weigh on the side that this brew does qualify as Belgian dark, but there are certainly English characteristics to this brew as well. Flavorful, lower ABV makes this one I could happily drink throughout the evening. Nothing I haven't seen before, but well made nonetheless.

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Photo of dstc
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with a ruby tint. Nice tan head falls to just about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Has a pleasant, sweet malt aroma. Smells very sweet actually, should be good.

Taste is much like the aroma. Full malt taste with a nice sweetness to it. Ends with a very slight bitterness.

Rather full mouthfeel and quite smooth. Low carbonation.

Nice. Like this one. Worth trying.

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Photo of bmwats
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Medium dark, cloudy brown color. Pours about a 1 finger bubbly, brown head. Settles quickly leaving a few pockets of bubbly carbonation on the surface. A little beer ring lacing remains as you drink.

S: A lightly malt and caramel, not much else.

T: Tastes pretty much like it smells. A little light malt, some mild hop character, and just a little sweetness in the form of some orange citrus, and a little mint. Almost like a sweet tea thing workin'.

M: Light body. A mild hop and sweetness coat the palette.

D: Pretty good drinking brew.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Nice tone with nothing out of the ordinary for a head. Nose has a similar characteristic. Pretty nice, nothing special. Flavor has a nice balance of light malt, light hop, and light sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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

Had this at The Friendly Spot in S. Antonio TX.

It was poured into a plastic pint glass. I wasn't feeling pretensions so this didn't bother me. (I could of asked for a regular pint glass, and the bartender would have happily provided me one, but I simply didn't care)

Very dark brown with a 1/2inch bubbly head that settled to a medium lacing.

This was like beer candy!

The smell was like candy mixed with malty beer

The taste was very pleasant. It had a sweet maltiness to it. There were dark fruit flavors - dark cheery cobbler- along with some liquorish. There was a faint hint of hops that added a little dry bitterness.

I drank this outside on a warm night and it was a perfect sipping beer. I could have this for dessert after every meal. Overall, a very interesting beer that I would definitely buy again. (I loved the Bosch character on the tap handle.)

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

Poured into a tall thin glass.

A: Dark scarlet clear body, nearly ruby in its richness. Head is a perfect two fingers that looks soft and sticks around.

S: The nose is nearly all malt, with candy-red sticky roasted malts. As it sits the hops begin to show, but they remain in the back seat.

T: Bready, malty, moderately complex and definitely sweet. The flavor doesn't stray too far in the sweet direction however, and remains balanced at all times. The flavor profile tastes to me like it is riding the line between macro and micro. Good quality and complexity, but still has a finished taste that doesn't allow for the intricate nuances of the highest quality import belgian dark ales.

M: Medium body and smooth... good carbonation levels.

D: Very drinkable. High marks here.

Overall: A good example of the style, but this is still outclassed by the best of this style.

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

Served on tap into a branded Tilburg half-pint glass.

The Dutch brown ale is a chestnut brown color with redish highlights. It has good clarity and about an inch of cream colored head that settles slowly.

Aroma is sweet and malty with some nice dark fruit and Belgian-esque yeast.

Flavor is really nice. More of that dark fruit comes through in the form of cherries and raisins. There's caramel and milk chocolate too. It's mostly sweet but there is some balance there too. Bitterness definately takes a backseat.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and moderate carbonation.

This is definately an easy-drinking Belgian. The low alcohol and easy mouthfeel makes it a session beer of great character and flavor.

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Photo of pootz
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint from tap:

Filtered, clear Amber-copper color with a ample Beige cap.

Sweet and sour tones, roasty, floral hops in the aroma with a nice underlying earthy-mustiness.

Sweetish caramel malts in the front, some roastyness, light complexity: spice, figs, cocoa, succulent fruit peels. Finishes up dry with some tartness and a light honey aftertaste.

A tad on the thin side but flavorful. Nice drink,

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a small white head, very spotty lace, solid retention.

S: Brown sugar syrup, Hawaiian bread, cola, grape jam, very sweet smelling.

T: Excellent dark fruit flavours. Some pastry bread sweetness, caramel candy, with some raisin, Concord grape, heavy plum is the predominant note. Very light hopping, just tastes really good for my palate. Definitely a Belgo-Dutch style brew.

M: Light-bodied, creamy, some crisp carbonation upfront, but very soft on the tongue.

D: Delicious well made beer by the Trappists. I liked this quite a bit. It's hard to find a Belgian style beer with this low alcohol and having this great a flavour which means a definite repurchase is in order.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Fenway Pale Ale pint glass.

A: Deep caramel amber with a nice, meringue head of tan. Creamy lacing down the glass.

S: Nutty, earthy, and malty with notes of cherries and red apples.

T: At first sharp and tangy with good carbonation on the tongue. Middle body is almost like an amber ale; mild and smooth with a light caramel flavor. Finish is completely unoffensive and vacant. Little to no spice character although I think this beer would benefit from a little of that. Amazing mouthfeel that makes this beer go down smooth and creamy. Compliments the flavor perfectly.

D: It's nice and easy going down. Drinkable? Sure, if you like brown ales.

Value: $1.99 for a single...ehhh...a little too bland to justify that price tag.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Coppery brown maybe some amber notes. About 1/2 a fingers worth of head that settles to a nice ring, with just a little lacing.

S: Sweet malt, with a nice fruitiness. Maybe figs, with a hint of caramel and licorice. I'm not getting a lot of hops here. Overall different than the last few Brown Ales I've had....

T: OK, I'm getting some different things here.... Caramel is the overall taste I'm getting. I'm also getting some licorice and a mild hop bitterness. Aftertaste is not bad, not bitter and not to sweet. Well balanced.

M: Carbonation is moderate but comes in for a prickly, crisp feel upfront, maybe a bit too much. otherwise medium body.

D: Very Drinkable brew here.... It feels a little higher in ABV when you are drinking it, but it is not.... Nice, I could do a couple of these.

The name fooled me... This is not a true Brown Ale, it is just as Beeradvocate names it.... Belgian Dark Ale. Do it you are looking for a Brown Ale, this is not it. But it is a very pleasant drink. Give this I try, lots of flavor. It is worth a try.

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

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A : Pours a lovely rich dark brown with just hints of copper in it, along with a small fizzy tan head that fades to a rim quickly. Looks pretty good with that copper tone in it, not murky or muddy.

S : Chocolate hits the nose with notes of caramel. By smell alone I'd expect this brew to be sweet and malty all the way through. Not very powerful, but a good smell.

T : Powerful mocha tastes right up front and center that carries all the way through. Very rich, all the way too swallow it keeps the same flavor. This one isn't complex.

M : Medium to heavy body. Leaves a nice, rich lathery feel in the mouth. No dry end on swallow.

D : I like it! The slightly heavy body keeps me to two at the most, but it is damn refreshing and enjoyable.

This one is for the simple folks that just want a rich tasting brown ale without complexity. Very enjoyable. I am curious at the label of being a "Belgian Dark Ale" when this is very much in the style of English Brown's. Not that it's a bad thing.

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Photo of johnwarne
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer haiku for you:

"Belgian Dark? No Way!
An English Brown, I would say:
Drinkable and safe"

Not a bad beer, but this Dutch offering is much more like an English Brown than anything in the Belgian family. Goes down smoothly, no real complaints--but nothing terribly memorable about this ale. Enjoy it in moderation...


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Photo of cheezdawg
1.79/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Not sure if I got a bad bottle but this beer was a drain pour. I was expecting a nice sweet brown ale however this tasted nothing like that. I am not going to even waste my time reviewing this beer, if someone ever orders one I may have to sample it to see if mine was bad, but otherwise I don't anticipate picking this up again. I love sweet beers but this was just a watery brown ale.

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Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beer Bistro, in Toronto.

This lacquered cherry oak colour makes for a lovely beer, and I'm sure would make a fine stain for a study desk. Tilburg's rich, satiny tones shine with buoyancy and clarity. Its head is thin but looms constantly - the surface is a smooth flowing river dotted with islands - and it is well-founded enough to tack on some impressively strapping strings of lace.

Its bouquet hits the nose like a stiff sea breeze; its mélange of musty oak, rotted fruits and figgy pudding is complexly knitted and wakes the senses with one fell swoop. Its resounding malt presence, although quite sweet in its own right, loosely resembles a slightly less-sweet tawny-port. My nose is insisting to my brain not to put the glass down.

That ample, sticky-sweet maltiness makes an equally respectable flavour profile. A grocery list of fruits, both fresh (grapes, prunes, apples) as well as dried and candied (cranberry, apricot), provide a liveliness beyond all the rich, nutty and sweet maltiness. That maltiness however, and not the fruity undertones, is what makes this tasty.

It always seems almost absurd to comment on a beer's water (even despite that it does, after all, make up something like 95% of the beer's content). This water profile is especially clean and appreciably soft, with just enough mineral content to lend the brisk, floral bitterness a biting hand. It's not really a session beer - but easily could be if you saw it fit.

I don't know what exactly those freaky deaky Dutch do to their brown ales but I sure as hell like it. This variation seemed to possess a little more depth and complexity than what you typically find in your run of the mill English offering. It was more... refined? Well, whatever the word, suffice to say that I enjoyed Tilburg's plenty and would certainly revisit.

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Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Chancey Smith's. Deep murky brown with a nice creamy off white cap,. Nose of burnt brown sugar, caramel malts, toasted bread crust, a bit of spice. Tastes sweet, probably overly so, of brown sugar, caramel, toasty malts and rye bread. A bit of spice and sweet vanilla comes out at the finish. Overall good, but too sweet for me, and probably a bit too sweet for a brown ale, due to Belgian candy sugars. ok.

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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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