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Ring Neck Braun Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Ring Neck Braun AleRing Neck Braun Ale

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very good

87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 184
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 19.79%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Chaz on 10-14-2007

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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 184
Photo of Czequershuus
2.27/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This beer pours a quite hazy muddy brown color with a fizzy but small head. The nose leads with a sweet, caramelized bread, followed by hint of chocolate. The flavor is really quite sweet, with notes of chocolate, golden raisin, and sweet brown bread. The mouthfeel is full and sticky. This really does not hit the notes I am looking for in a brown ale, it is too full, much too sweet, and out of balance. I could not get through the whole thing. I am not saying it is terrible, but it is just not working for me.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Light chocolate, caramel, toast and a hint of plum on the nose. Pours brilliant brown under a 1” off-white foam cap with a slight brown tint. The palate follows the nose with traces of nuts and chocolate over lightly toasted grain and bright fruit. A semi-sweet beginning leads to a drying finish. Very creamy with slightly above average carbonation and a medium body.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

In honor of pheasant season here in South Dakota, I will try the Ring Neck!

Appearance (3.5) : Ummm. (I literally said that out loud). This was disappointing. Almost no head to speak of, except for about 1/2 finger. Did I get a dud? What's there is sticking around though, so maybe not. (When I cracked the bottle there was less hiss than I'm accustomed to.) The body is a cranberry/chestnut color with 80% opacity. The head is now leaving some lace around the glass, so I guess I have some hope here.

Aroma (4.25) : Chocolate right off the bat, with roasted chestnut, black licorice, roasted malt, and some faint coffee bitterness. The aroma is also indicating spice to me as well, although I'm not sure what sort. Bouquet is medium-loud.

Taste (4.25) : Good. Smooth and divine. Very creamy, very malty (but yet still balanced). The roast flavors and chocolate come out quite a bit in this beer. A faint licorice flavor trails behind, ending with more of the unknown spice (it's licorice-y). The hop flavor is more in tune with a flavored coffee bean, which I don't mind at all.

Mouthfeel (4.25) : Very creamy, lightly buttery, very lightly oily, ending smooth and rich. It's about medium bodied yet still bold.

Overall (4.13) : Thought this one was gonna be a tanker for sure. Guess I was pleasantly surprised. The appearance is obviously the weakest link in this chain, but the other categories more than make up for that. It's a great beer, worthy of a sixer, too.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ring Neck Braun Ale pours a brownish color, with a large lacing head. There is a bold aroma aroma, with big notes of nuts. Creamy flavor, nice malty backbone, big nut flavors, and subtle hints of chocolate and raspberry. Good full flavors, good body. Overall a very nice creamy and flavored brown ale.

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Photo of peoplewithhands
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a slightly reddish tint. half finger of off white head that fades to almost nothing. Light lacing. I would prefer more retention.

Smell: pleasantly deep, but sweet with notes of Apricot and maple. a tad Boozy.

Taste: caramel flavor that slowly builds in depth and complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fizzy.

Overall: I am often dissapointed with brown ales because they will deliver a simple maple sweetness without depth or complexity. This brown ale, however, has scrumptuous depth to its sweet complex flavor. I would definitely have more of this. In fact I think I'll have more now!

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Photo of alphagnome
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown body, which is incredibly clear, has a slight ruby tint. Thin, cream colored head leaves no lacing. Carbonation is dismal.

Simpe and a bit boring. Sweet caramel presense and a bit of grain and maybe sweet corn. Very light hop chracter lend a citrusy tinge. Interesting cola character also comes and goes.

Again, simple is the theme here. Great balance with a very light bitterness right up front that disappears quickly revealing a moderately sweet, caramel malt. Slight doughiness.

It's a fairly smooth, medium-bodied brown. Decent carbonation. Clean finish.

This is a good brown ale, but there is nothing about it that screams at you for attention. Brown ales are far from my favorite style, but I try and review to the style, so keep that in mind. Easy to drink and inoffensive, worthy of consideration, but their are better browns avaiable.

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Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On first impressions whilst sat at the airport Surdyks bar. I enjoyed this Braun / Brown Ale. It was a bit on the lighter end of the color spectrum for what I've come to expect with an Americanized Brown Ale. I'd guess this is going for a more traditional English take on it, except for it's been Americanized for abv's. I also noticed that it was quite a bit more interested in acidity than being nutty and caramel-ish. So, I think I probably should've paired it with some kind of noshable to provide contrast.
All that said. This would probably make for a gentle lover of a cool weather beer if it was served as a Real Ale.
Would definitely try it again, and maybe get a session in with it to really test drive it if I would get the opportunity.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a burnt sienna brown color. Some tan froth.

(S)- A slightly smoky oatmeal and cocoa driven profile. Slight hint at a rustic nuttiness.

(T)- A bit of a honey and nutty sweetness to it overall.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. Quite sweet overall with a mellow nuttiness.

(O)- A bit sweet, particularly for the english variety

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Photo of Thegoodguy111
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a brown that has been very well done. Living in Wisconsin makes it hard to find, thankfully Minnesota is just an hour away. Worth the drive to pick up a few cases of this beer. Caramel and chocolate with a nice malt flavor that has me wanting more and more. It feels a little grainy in the mouth, but has a great finish, not to bitter.

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Photo of beesy
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tom for sending me this one.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Founders snifter.

A - pours a clean, clear medium brown with a finger and a half of creamy light khaki head.

S - malty, nutty, slight sweet, slightly caramel.

T - toasty with a slightly nutty sweet combintion. Very tasty for a brown ale. Fairly malty but not overly sweet. Sweet bread. A slight drying affect on the palate, most likely from some biscuit malts.

M - medium to medium light bodied. Slightly creamy and dry at the same time.

D - easy drinking for me. Modest ABV and a great taste makes this a fntastic drink on a cool Ohio evening.

Overall, a beer I am surprisingly digging. Brown Ales aren't the most sexy beer of all times, but this one comes across with a fantastic mix of sweet, malt, bread and grain to make an exceptional beer.

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Photo of oline73
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Lots of dark fruit with some brown sugar and slightly sweet grain. Definitely a malt forward beer.

Taste: The taste doesn't live up to the smell if you ask me. The bitterness is a bit too strong and overpowers the sweeter notes. There is a slightly tart dark fruit note in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with large bubbles and a dry finish.

Overall: This one was a bit too bitter for me. Smells quite nice, but I don't think I'd look this way again if I want a brown.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice dark ruby red with a brown hue, thumb of big bubbled head with some retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by bitter cocoa, hints of metallic raspberries and an espresso finish.

T - Classic brown ale, offering up more sweet milk chocoalte than the bitter cocoa, the finish provides hints of espresso and burnt toast, toasted almonds and buttery biscuits.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - For a random single, this provided loads of flavour and was definitely fitting of the style. A true sessionable brown ale that packs a little extra ABV that goes completely undetected. Well worth a try, a tasty ale indeed.

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Photo of pgfault
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised at how dark this poured out of the bottle. Head was minimal. Initial nose was malty, indicating that this wouldn't be some Newcastle knockoff. Indeed, this thing is full of delicious malt! It's well balanced with its hops and very drinkable. Th final.is just like the start - malty. All in all, a surprisingly good beer. Will bring a couple more six packs home when I'm in MN.

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Photo of blingice
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Really dark brown beer. Pour leaves a pretty thick head which dissipates relatively quickly into a thinner head, looks pretty good but definitely darker than I expected for a brown ale. Maybe that's my lack of experience with this style.

S: Smells exactly like chocolate ice cream. In fact, the only beer where I'm so sure of what I'm smelling is Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat/Fruity Pebbles. Lots of caramel/candy type flavors to it. I'm quite surprised at how sweet it smells and it's gotta be up there in terms of the best smelling beers I've encountered, even though it smells nothing like beer.

T: A nice warm taste of alcohol is immediately noticeable right up front. There are definitely chocolate-y flavors coming through too. Pretty earthy, woody tasting beer overall, I don't detect any fruit/citrus. Maybe almost a bit of grilled meat taste as well, but I could be imagining that. All of this gives way to a very mellow coffee taste that is quite pleasant. Aftertaste is mild and also quite pleasant.

M: Very smooth beer, just right amount of carbonation. Finish is almost creamy, like I'm drinking coffee or Kahlua.

O: I might have a new favorite beer. Very approachable dark beer. Something you could have at the end of dinner for dessert or in the afternoon sitting in the sun.

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Photo of superspak
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours with instant head that takes forever to settle. Hazy reddish brown color with a very dense 2 finger off white head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice thick soapy lacing on the glass, with a ton of carbonation streaming up. This is probably infected. Aromas of huge apple skins, caramel, molasses, toasted malt, bread, light chocolate, and light herbal hops. Way over the top apple notes makes finding anything else difficult. Taste of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, brown sugar, light herbal hops, and light fruitiness. No bitterness on the finish with lingering notes of chocolate, biscuit, caramel, toast, nuttiness, and light herbal on the finish for a good bit. Good balance of malty flavors with no cloying sweetness. Low noticeable infection traits in the flavor. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming after the finish noticed. Overall, despite the obvious infection, this was still a pretty tasty brown ale. Good balance of some pretty robust flavors, and quite easy to drink. I am sure this is a great beer without bugs in it.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Central Waters shaker pint.

Auburn body with a creamy beige collar and surface slick. Pasty lacing, average retention.

The aromatics bring the fruit flies running: tea biscuits, golden raisins, and a mild hop spiciness.

Powerful malt depth with chocolate covered raspberries, orange seeds, and a tangy spicy earthy finish. Mild bitterness offsets the sweet notes. Very good and surprisingly complex.

Smooth light bodied, creamy yet crisp.

Unique, well crafted example of the style.

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Photo of mothman
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a layer of beige tan head. Color is a clear copper brown.

Aroma: Toasted oats, nuts, caramel, toffee, and raspberries. A pleasant nose.

Taste: A big amount of toasted oats, followed by the similar flavors in the nose. Really nutty. Some chocolate. Ends a bit bland.

Mouthfeel: Toasty and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little charred and bland.

Overall, I liked the nose the best, but the taste and mouthfeel dropped off a bit. Very average.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper color with very little head the fell quick and felt no lacing behind.

S: Real nutty roasted note with a a very light chocolate and raspberry scent.

T: Very nutty malt as I expected. Nice sweetness comes through from the chocolate and raspberry to finish. Great flow.

M: Light body with medium carbonation. Smooth but had a little bit of crispness at the end.

O: Happy with this one! Great blend and nice new flavors, a good pour from Brau Bros.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a dull brown with no head whatsoever. Some dots of lace strewn about. The aroma is mainly of toasted oak, biscuit malt and nuts. This is a malt bomb with subtle earthy notes from the fuggles. On the palate, the same notes come through only with some cocoa powder and berries. The feel is thin, light body, with mild carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy. This is a tame take on the style, but good nonetheless. Nuts and toasted oak linger with a mild berry sweetness. This is definitely one I wouldn't turn away if given the opportunity, but not one I would seek out again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden brown color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It had nice retention and left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled toasty with a biscuity malt aroma.

T - It tasted grassy and earthy with a biscuity malt backbone. Nice caramel and toffee flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice English Brown Ale. A solid brew from Brau Brothers.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 fl oz (355 ml) brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Orval goblet in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. No best before date is listed. Acquired in December 2011, at a bottle store in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My label describes the epithet as "The Ring Neck Braun Ale"; no ABV listed.

Expectations are average.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and good retention (especially for the above average ABV). Colour is a dark brown (shocker!). Looks pretty good so far. The cream is laced. She's good and fluffy.

Sm: Nutty and creamy - just like a brown ale should smell. A moderate strength aroma. I'm excited to take a sip.

T: A nice creamy open with persisting undertones, and a nut tone beginning roughly from the midpoint through the 3rd act, stopped short by the cream on the finish. The nuts are a bit underdeveloped (insert phallic joke here) but the cream compensates. It's pretty well balanced in that regard, and built as it should be. It doesn't try anything bold and isn't experimental - but it doesn't need to (be). A nice little cream brown ale. Nothing wrong with that.

Mf: Delightfully creamy and smooth, with enough wetness to refresh. Not too thick or too thin. Suits the flavour well.

Dr: Very drinkable and pleasant. Almost refreshing. I wouldn't mind trying this on nitro if it's available. The cream in particular is lovely. Hides its ABV well. Give her a spin, especially if you're fond of brown ales.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark chestnut brown with a few centimeters of small-buble, creamy, sticky foam. The aroma has a distinct earthy and nutty characteristic with some bitter chocolate lingering in the background. This theme continues to play out on the palate. The medium to full body of the beer has a creamy texture, but retains a bite through a pleasing level of carbonation. The faint kick of hops at the end is a welcome counter point to the roasted malt. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of enfield249
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark reddish brown, thin head of cream colored foam.

S - Grain, a little straw, and then some slight malt and molasses.

T - Nice brown sugar or molasses flavor, strong malt character, sweet, with just a hint of hop flavor.

M - Medium full, right amount of CO2.

O - Wow, what a pleasant brown ale. Very full tasting, a great fall beer with lots of flavor.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Ruby brown, one finger tan head. Several rings of lacing.
S- Smell is mild, but is predominantly of roasted nuts. Has an underlying pecans.
T- The flavor profile opens up a bit. It starts with a toasted bread flavor and an malty sweetness, almost a touch of honey. The nutty character comes through in the finish.
M- It's just a tiny bit below where I'd like it body wise. Pretty active carbonation. Long finish.
O- A well-made, tasty brown ale. So far it's my recommendation from Brau Brothers.

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Photo of Nesued
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Provided as a extra in a trade. An interesting style for which I'm not very familiar. Should be an interesting tasting.

Appearance - Amber/brown in color, a light head formed (half-finger). Clear, with a light carbonation retained a light ring.

Smell - Earthy aroma. Some rich malts along with an almost chocolate/cocoa aroma. Lots of sweetness and a crisp inviting nose. Some caramel as well.

Taste - A nice warming caramel entry. Bigger in flavor that typical "nut brown" ales. Sweet and malty middle. A linger on the finish. Crisp conclusion. Not much of a hop presence or additional flavor.

Mouthfeel - Some marginal carbonation. Moderate in mouthfeel. Light overall.

Overall - An enjoyable English Brown Ale. I'd buy it if it was available locally.

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Ring Neck Braun Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.