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Ring Neck Braun Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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87
very good

87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 183
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 6
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: 183
Photo of Czequershuus
2.27/5  rDev -41.6%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
2.63/5  rDev -32.4%
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 (376 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (1,213 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light to medium brown with a bone white head that dissipates quickly. Fairly clear appearance, just a touch of sediment. No lacing.

S: Nutty and toffee malt. Big hints of chocolate.

T: Lots of carmel and chocolate. A hint of cherry/raspberry sweetness. Finishes very smooth with a subtle malt sweetness. Very malt forward, just a hint of bitterness near the end. A little too chocolaty and sugary/carmel sweet for my taste. It seems like the flavoring is too artificial.

M/D: Medium to lighter body, lighter carbonation, fairly smooth feel as it rolls around the tongue. Drinkability is not the greatest. I grow tired of this pretty quick. Too much fake chocolaty and fruity flavoring. (691 characters)

Photo of jt31914
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

A: Brown with little to no head or lacing. Not very carbonated.

S: Coffee and dark chocolate malt aromas.

T: Taste is char flavor with coffee malts and a little oakish flavor. A bit watery on the finish.

D/M: Very drinkable with a nice bubbly mouthfeel.

Overall this is decent, drinkable, but mostly average. (328 characters)

Photo of oakbluff
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany with some ruby tones. Quickly disappearing head. Nose- expected brown malt smell along with a raspberry concentrate smell. Taste- biscuity malts and ripe raspberries. Finishes too quick- not much complexity on the back end. Light hopping. Good cabonation. Beer is somewhat sour as you get into it.Decent effort. (333 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of DaCheesehead
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle: Aroma is malty, caramel, slight chocolate cake notes, slightly roasted, not much hops here but very fiantly detectable with light grassy notes. Appearance is a muddy brown with a medium to low tan head that diminishes into a soapy film. Taste is sweet malts with a slight graininess, lightly bitter, and more of the chocolate and caramel note coming out in the backing. Palate is medium bodies, creamy and slightly thick, nice carbonation with a nice bitter finish. Overall, Nice offering as a brown ale. I would drink this agian. Cheers! (552 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The off-white head builds to about a finger’s worth of foam. Lace starts at the side of the glass, but it dissipates quickly and leaves little behind. The color of this beer is nice though, mahogany with amber highlights.

Smell: There is the bread malt smell that is usually found in brown ales. However, it is pretty tame and not near big enough. I am trying really hard to find raspberry or chocolate notes like the bottle suggests should be there, but no luck.

Taste: The heavy and sweet bread malt flavor is here in spades. The after taste is just plain strange though. It is sour, but not bitter sour like what you would get from a hoppy finish. It must be from the raspberry that is in here. Although,

I can’t really distinguish raspberry or chocolate flavor. Because it does a nice job of carrying a good malted brown ale flavor through the drink, it isn’t bad. But it’s not as complex as I was expecting or as the bottle said it was going to be.

Mouth feel: It is very smooth and medium bodied. None of the flavors linger long except for that weird sourness, not doing anything good for the beer there.

Overall: I am very partial to brown ales, but this one wasn’t nearly what I was hoping for or expecting. There is certainly a nice brown ale base, but it just kind of goes downhill from there. I am willing to give this one another go sometime down the road because I usually enjoy Brau Brothers offerings, but for now, I’ll have to call it a disappointment. (1,501 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Aroma:
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.

Taste:
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.

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

Overall:
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. (907 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark-ass "braun" color, with only a few highlights around the bottom. Opaque. Head is shy of tan but off-white, less than an inch, and sticky.

Nose is sour, with cocoa notes along with some fruitiness. Some toasted malt ideas are thrown around along with an ever-present over-ripe banana.

Lots of flavor in the mouth for the Braun Ale. There are nuts to be found, along with some caramel malt, a classic Brau Bros. metal edge, and the fruits that I found to be decomposing in the nose are still there.

I suppose that I should try this fresh, because it touts autumn hunting season in SW MN. The mouthfeel is firm, a little creamy but slightly harsh with carbonation. As of this bottle, I'm not impressed (yet again) with BBB, but I'm willing to accede that this is close to an interesting take on the English brown style. (827 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (1,496 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a small ring of bubbles.

Smell: Mild, chocolatey aroma with a hint of biscuit, caramel, nuts, and even some spearmint.

Taste: Caramel malts with some light hints of chocolate and nuts. Soft, earthy bitterness. Dry, minty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pretty average, though drinkable brown ale. (390 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a dark and murky/muddy brown colour with a huge inch plus meringue-like light tan head that seems to have plenty of staying power. in fact, this is a nitro pour head without the nitro. nice. a definite lack of lace despite the unusually ginormous head. weird. malty aroma of chocolate covered nougat and nutty candy bars, gingerbread cookies, and a spicy hop note accentuated by a bit of fruit infused alcohol. even some sourness. taste is a thick mix of chocolate maltiness complimented by the usual hearty flavours of caramel, toffee and some butterscotch. it seems a touch yeasty,sour, and maybe some home canned rum soaked cherries, too?...boozy undertones give a warming feel in the belly and the choice of hops give a nice layered balance with a dose of bitterness. lots of nuances come out as it warms a bit. while the body of brew is obviously big, it's the mouthfeel that seems out of place. it's spritzy and lively to a fault...very belgian-like, whereas a beer of this sort should, in my opinion, should have a big, soft, supple and velvety feel to it. it's definitely overcarbonated, thus the monster head and too lively mouthfeel, unless, of course, this is what the brewer was going after.

drinkability is good...if you expect this to be the sterotypical brown ale..be prepared to be surprised. it's a riddle of a beer wrapped in an enigma.

after a few bottles, it seems like this offering is trying to meld american/english brown ale qualities with belgian style wackiness. very confusing, but interesting and unique. (1,546 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A more sharp and robustly hopped brown ale.

Nice chestnut reddish brown in the glass. Head pours creamy and dissipates to a pleasant carbonation. Nutty flavors, a little murky but with more of an edge than malty mellowness. Hops are more forward than you'd expect. Quite well balanced. Some toasty notes and fairly aromatic in the nose.

A little thin but a good quaff. Malt comes through nicely as it warms. (410 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deliriumfest for this one in a trade!

A-Completely transparent chestnut brown colored body. Pours with an approximately 2 finger foamy off-white head. Head eventually fades completely. No lacing left behind in the glass.

S-Nose has a very sweet, sticky nose of caramel and toffee, behind this is a hint of nuttiness.

T-Initial flavor of sweet caramel and toffee. These flavors intensify for the finish and add a hint of roasted nuttiness. Flavor is clean otherwise.

M-Medium tingly carbonation and medium weight, drinkable body. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky.

D- This is a nice English Brown Ale. I haven't had an English Brown in awhile and it was nice to revisit the style. This brew is very sweet and has a strong flavor. It would be perfect for making bread with. Wouldn't mind having this again. (816 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Malty brown, pours brown with initial white foamy head. Some bitterness apparent, but well washed over with malt, making it easy drinkable but essentially another malt. Some chocolate malt. nothing really roasty came through, but did come to a fruit finish. (257 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dirty dark amber/brown with a thin off white head, mild lacing and minor retention.

The smell is very grainy and malty, lightly sweet with a touch of chocolate.

The balance is nice with a bit of toasted grain, hints of chocolate and toffee and a nice bit of earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, a bit on the thin side though.

Easy to drink solid English Brown. (383 characters)

Photo of Nesued
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Had a really nice pour, nice tan head that lasted throughout the beer. Deep brown color was a little cloudy.

S: The beer smelled good, but nothing really "stuck out". Fruity, sweet, roasted, caramel, nutty, maybe even maple syrup were all present in the mixture. Nice balance.

T/M: The taste was equally well balanced with the flavor being the same as the smells listed above. Mouthfeel was good for a brown ale. Had some carbonation and went down decently smooth. The alcohol was well masked.

D: Yeah, it was not the greatest beer, but I found it hard to criticize. I don't think it was overly drinkable. (613 characters)

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$1.50 / ea.

A: Bright copper body topped with a small loose head that quickly dissipates leaving no no lace and only a ring of cover (fitting).

S: Really interesting nose. Roasted nuts dominate with hints of raspberry (just like the label explains). Hop aroma is negligible.

T: Nutty malt backbone with just a hint of smoke and booze. Again, hop character is light, and aftertaste is light. The raspberry character comes out at the very end, a bit like a raspberry chocolate. Good flavor overall.

M: Light body with medium carbonation. Smooth overall, bordering on crisp.

D: Solid session choice, but not something I would concentrate on. Light body, crisp, clean flavor, and interesting flavor, but not something everyone will enjoy.

O: Brau Bros. consistently puts out quality product, but rarely transcendent. This one fits the mold. (880 characters)

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Copper to deep copper colored beer, quite clear, a light tan head on top. Head reduced quickly to a thin layer and a ring around the glass.

S-Nutty with toffee maltiness is dominant. No hop aroma.

T-Blasts me in the mouth with prominent nutty malts, overcome quickly by caramel (some toffee) malts. Bitterness almost imperceptible. A very malt-oriented beer, as a brown ale should be. Finishes with a semi-sweetness.

M-Medium body, pretty smooth. Present, but not imposing. Medium-low carbonation.

D-A drinkable brew. Enjoyable to enjoy on occassion, as the sweetness of the toffee/caramelly malt can become a bit much. (652 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to BJ for this great brew!!!!

A- Pours a nice deep dark brown with a slight reddish hue and a thin off white 1 finger head.

S- Nice roasted malts with a slight nuttiness and a hint of raspberries. Maybe some milk chocolate as well.

T- Not to much there. Roasted barley with a nice nutty background and a slight sweetness from the raspberries but not in your face. Also leaves a nice bitter chocolate hint in the finish. Surprising but good. Like you just ate a chocolate covered nut

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a pretty wet finish.

SkÅL! (577 characters)

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Ring Neck Braun Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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