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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 CRichardsMN
4.69/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber orange with absolutely no head but a small amount of spotty lace.

Very nutty and malty with hints of caramel, hops and alcohol. Nice nose made my mouth water.

The nose did not disappoint me. There is a powerful combination of sweet malts, smooth caramel, bits of chocolate and a smooth grain and alcohol finish. Nicely balanced and very good.

Medium bodied and smooth / creamy with very light carbonation.

This reminds me of a milder version of an American Strong Ale; all of the same notes with not as much intensity. Also, since the alcohol is much lower, I can enjoy them for longer. This is very good.

I happened across this at a beer tasting event for 3M. I had never heard of the Brau Bros. and even at the end of the night (12 Breweries, 60 Labels - Many samples), this one stuck out as the clear best while the rest just faded together. I knew that I had to try this one again with a clear head and it turned out even better. For the price and the quality ($7.99 / 6 x 12oz), this is likely to become my fridge beer of choice. Who says you have to go all the way to England for a good nut brown?!

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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 ZAP
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first foray into this breweries beers was a slight disappointment. I'm excited to see if this single batch series effort is any different than the basics they offer. This is billed as a double nut brown ale.

Appearance: Nice looking bottle. Pours an impressive dark brown/maroon color....minimal head...

Smell: I like the aroma....big chocolate/caramel malt notes...some doppelbock like sticky sweetness is evident on the nose...rich and sweet smelling....VERY inviting....a mild yeasty note as well.

Taste: As expected (from the aroma) this features a boatload of sweet malt flavors...while this is certainly not a lager it does remind me flavor wise of a mild doppelbock....toffee...caramel...milk chocolate...even some dark fruits...

Mouthfeel: I do not know if they used oats in this but it sure feels velvety and creamy as if they did. Medium bodied....not an enormous beer but its big enough and the velvety texture really amps up the drinkability.

Drinkability: This is a very enjoyable beer. I was going to save the remaining two for another night but they are going down the hatch tonight. To me that is drinkability. When you can't wait to drink it again. My overall score may seem high but to me this is a dandy. I wish I could buy more. About the only drawback is the yeasty aroma I noted and which is evident in most of the beers I have tried....in this one it blends with things nicer and does not bother me as much as say in their Pilsner or Pale Ale...

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear brown color with ruby hues around the edges. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is very strong. Caramel, nuts, toffee, a hint of butter. The taste is as bold as the aroma. Caramel and toffee round dominate the flavor, with a slight yeasty note that seems to be common to Brau Brothers beers. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with nice carbonation and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one of the better brown ales I have had. I would drink this on a regular basis, and can only hope it is brewed again someday.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear auburn/scarlet red. Thin light brown head. Lacing is more than adequate. Really nice aroma. Kind of dusty, yet quite meaty as well. Thick with malts and nutty goodness. Flavor starts with nice maltiness. Very smooth. Nuttiness is quite prevalent throughout. This flavor has some substance to it. Hops provide balance. Finishes chalky with grain dust coming to mind. The mouthfeel is quite good. Smooth and silky in the mouth. Just enough carbonation. Very good ale. Very good all around.

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Photo of mrseano
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium-dark brown with slight lacing and quickly vanishing head.

S: Nutty. Nice overall, balanced smell.

T: Excellent chocolate-nutty taste. Well balanced with a hint of raspberry. Very peasurable to drink.

M: Medium-bodied, creamier than expected mouthfeel.

Overall, a quality example of a brown ale with great nutty smell/taste and a balanced load of chocolate supporting flavors. Will definitely drink again. Well-hidden ABV at 6.80% as alcohol does not come through on taste.

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Photo of slyke
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ring Neck Braun Ale is an opaque red-brown color with very little off-white head. Very little lacing. The lack of the head and lacing brought the score down for me.

The aroma of the beer is great. A mixture of malt, nuts, dark fruit, and toastiness. very inviting.

The taste is also great for this beer. Toasty, nutty, malty, and that dark fruit seeps in there again.

Mouthfeel is nice on this beer. Slightly coating.

Drinkability is very good on this beer. It is a shame this is party of their single-batch series. I wouldn't mind adding this to my regular line up in the fridge. Grab it if you can!

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Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the style, this is a really enjoyable beer.

A - nice coloring, nothing out of the ordinary.

S - again, nothing out of the ordinary. Biscuity malts are remindful of Fat Tire.

T - I taste the chocolate, I tasty the nutty flavor, I taste the raspberry, I taste the biscuity maltiness, but there's a nice little hop kick. A very drinkable beverage.

M - nice carbonation. Very smooth.

D - this beverage is one of my favorites. Normally the browns are fall beverages, but this one is good anytime of the year.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep auburn brown with a dull glow moderately capped by a light tan foam. Lacing creeps around with some psotty stringyness and spots.

Aroma is well rounded with deeply sweet nuttyness, malted well with a light, delicate touch of dark fruity tang that seeps raisin and date, has some soft toasted bread, buttercream, and a hint to some nice dry grain husks.

Taste is super soild and yummy for a Brown ale. Great tone and length of nutty warmth and sweetness work together well with a light and soft mapley touch. Breathy vanilla hints, bready, butterey, bold, mildly tangy with a solid malt girth and weight behind it. Nuanced with a remarkably soft, nearly ghostly hint to dry grain husks and a bit of herbal hoppyness as it trails thru to the finish. Which is simple, but lasting.

Has a nice solid medium body with excellent length of malty flavors and mildly sweet tones that keep on giving a firmness of wholesome breadyness and low ended tangy sweetness. Most Browns are short on the tone factors and length of flavors provided. Ring Neck surpasses that and goes to whole nother level of boldness and weight thats just ample enough to give it its wonderful length yet lightly eager enough on the back end to allow for some superb drinking ease. Nearly Porter/Bock like in a number of manners but does keep to its overall Brown ale nature.

By far Brau Brothers finest offering. An American Brown ale(English?, not bloody likely) that is quite possibly one of the top Browns I've enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy, in quite a long time. Right up there with New Glarus Fat Squirrel, Surly Bender, and Rogue Hazelnut.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very respectable 1 1/2 finger head. Perfectly clear with a really nice amber-brown color. Orange/ochre tones. Spotty lace.

S: Clovey, sweet malt. A little alcohol and a bready aroma.

T: Caramel, coffee, cocoa, raspberry...wow! This is a big brown ale with little downside. Alcohol is ever-present.

M: For the style, nearly perfect. Richness is balanced by carbonation level. Nice viscosity & texture.

D: Awesome. Could session in nearly any circumstance.

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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 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 shadow1961
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brau Brother's Ringneck Braun Ale, the first of their single batch series,
pours a finger of dense tan foam over a black brew. The nose is nutty
mocha with notes of dark fruit. Carbonation seems pretty low, though
it's hard to tell considering the opacity of the beer. The flavor is rich bakers
chocolate with rummy and fruity notes and a mellow herbal hop finish.
Mouthfeel is round, creamy and silky. This is pretty much a must-have.
This Minnesota brewer made one batch- and once it's gone, it's gone,
so get your ass over to Westside (in the Brainerd Lakes area) to try about
the best brown ale you can get in this state.

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Photo of edbeered
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Happy Gnome, this pours a clear dark brown color. The smell is sweet and nutty. The taste is sweet and malty with a nutty caramel flavor, with minimal hops. There's nothing overly complicated about this beer-it just tastes good, in the style of an English brown ale. The mouthfeel is smooth and tasty. It's easily drinkable and satisfyling. Recommended!

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Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark brown, with a thin finger of light khaki head. Rich, nutty, toasted malt on the nose, with rummy fruit, and hints of chocolate. Toasted grain and nutty malt flavors up front. Caramel and light chocolate mix with hazelnut and dark fruit. Hints of alcohol in a chocolaty, mildly bitter finish. Very nice. Medium-bodied with a smooth, evenly carbonated feel. A nice surprise and glad to find another great MN brew!

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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 Viggo
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My homie oakbluff hooked me up with this one, knows I have a soft spot for the brown ales. Thanks Scott!

Pours a cloudy red/orange/brown, nice colour, thick off white head forms, settles to a thick layer, leaves behind some decent lacing. Smell is neat, caramel, spices, bread, nuts, lots of sweet fruit, brown sugar, really neat. Taste is nice, caramel, very nutty, light bit of roast, bread, brown sugar, fruit and nuts in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable, nice flavour, great brown ale. Thanks Scotty!

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Photo of Fatduck
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

CARAMEL IN YOUR FACE. This smells sweet and caramely-butterscotch goodness. Its as brown as the bottle it came from and appears smooth and rich.

A - Braun ale indeed, it pours a perfect autumn brown, with a half inch or so tan head, which falls to a small coating pretty quick.

S - This beer smells delicious!! Its like a caramel bunt cake or something equally wonderful, butterscotch is all over the place too. I'm already glad I went out of my way to find this beer. Is that some Vanilla too?

T - WOW! It taste just like it smells, wonderful! I just cant get over how good this is, double brown indeed.

M - So smooth.... its a thick low carbonation ale, smooth all the way through, with a wonderfully sweet caramel background.

D - Ive already had 2, and I think ill be going back for another, at 6.9 ABV this is a relatively strong beer, but it masks it well.

My first sampling of Brau Bros, which I know is a shame as I live in Minneapolis, but wow, there couldn't be a better beer to start with. I AM IMPRESSED. I will be looking for more from the Brau Bro.

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Photo of Misfit138
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Brown in color with a massive creamy tan head

S- Mostly a sweet sent of nuts, but mild

T- Sweet caramel, chocolate and hints of nuts with a roasty finish.

M- Medium bodied and mile carbonation

D- I like this. Pretty solid brown ale, so far best beer from the sampler.

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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 tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark nutty brown with amber tones showing through. Nice tall tan head that dies to a big bubbly ring. Nice chunks of spotty lace left behind as this one is consumed.

S: Wonderful sweet malt aromas. Bold brown sugar and caramel. Nuts and toffee. Mild chocolate as well.

T: Now this is not an extreme beer lovers dream, what it is though is a real nice brown ale. Wonderful brown sugar sweetness. Notes of chocolate malt with wonderful roast. Lots of almond and pecans.

M: Medium in body, smooth, almost creamy.

D: Wonderful, tasty and damn drinkable. Did not even know this brewer existed. It's a win for me, and I am usually not a fan of malty brews.

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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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with josephhaugen, Thanks Joe!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - cloudy brown color with a light tan head that settled to a ring.

S - absolute malt sweetness, toffee aroma.

T - sweet and malty, caramel cream candies.

F - smooth and creamy.

D - goes down nice and easy.

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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 katan
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown color. Very opaque, almost hazy. Head formation is light, just a film of mocha.

S - A combination of caramel and chocolate notes come through, with just a bit of cherry. Very malty sweet nose.

T - Starts off with the caramel and toffee sweet notes of a brown ale. Mid-stream gets a little bit bitter, but stays malt forward. No hopping detected. Some yeast comes through Finishes with a chocolately sweet note that is complemented by those same cherry notes detected in the smell. Perhaps some peat malt notes as well, similar to a scotch ale.

M - Moderate beer body, very light carbonation. Clinging and sticky to the palette.

D - Pretty drinkable beer. If the ABV is true, it is well hidden. Not filling. Flavors are not overwhelming.

Probably ties the Whirly Bird as my favorate Brau beer.

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