Friday, November 30, 2012

Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale (8/10)

Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale is a top-fermented ale produced in the village of Tilburg near the Belgian border.  The brewery is located inside the Abbey of Koningshoeven.

Bierbrouwej de Koningshoeven's

It pours a dark brown, with a thick head that's light tan in color.

The beer has a very nicely balanced flavor, which is a combination of very mild hops, cocoa, and a sugary sweetness... none of which overwhelms the others.

Beer Advocate rates it a 90/100 or "exceptional".  This is pretty much my opinion as well.  It's a great beer and highly recommended if you get the chance to try it.

The strange creature depicted on the beer's label is worth noticing.  It looks something like one of the spies from Mad Magazine's "Spy vs. Spy" cartoons, but has a slightly mangled snout and what looks like a spittoon on its head while it is sitting in an armchair.

I tried this beer at The Winking Lizard Tavern on Bethel Road, and I've seen it for sale at Weiland's Gourmet Market.

ABV: 5%
IBU: 18
My rating: 8/10

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