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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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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Chaz on 10-14-2007)
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Photo of jera1350
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery brown color with a thin layer of suds that shrinks to a ring around the glass.

Earthy, sweet caramel malt dominates the nose. Kind of like Newcastle with some more earthiness.

Rich caramel malts fill the flavor. Hints of chocolate, oats and coffee peak out. Some muddy earth graininess is coming through as well. Toasted nut goodness.

Smooth and medium bodied. Nice satisfying feel all around.

Nice solid brown ale. Makes for a nice cool weather beer. If the earthiness was a bit toned down, this would be even better. I will have this again.

jera1350, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich, somewhat dark brown with an orange-red hue. Small off-white head forms with spotty lacing.

Smell: Milk chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Very nice malty smell overall.

Taste: Semi-sweet malt backbone of caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark fruit and molasses. A nice nut flavor helps cut the sweetness which turns slightly drying at the end.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, medium smooth body, slight dry finish. Just a nice pub ale feel overall.

Drinkability: Both full flavored and easy drinking at the same time. Maybe the best English Brown Ale I have had.

bsp77, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of BretSikkink
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

BretSikkink, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of climax
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is brewed for autumn and I sampled it in April, which didn't seem to hinder.

Poured a cloudy brown/red, not a lot of head on this one.

The nose was of strong over ripened fruit, especially raspberry with an alcohol tinge. It kept to the sweet/sourness that I've been used to getting from Brau Brothers. The malt came through bready, rye, walnuts and cocoa. It was interesting to smell as the flavors kept me guessing.

Flavor was good and bold. Initially the ripened fruit sweetness hit and was followed by darker flavors of cocoa, coffee, dark bread. Finish was roasted and sweet, long lasting and vivid.

Body and feel seemed a little lacking as it was somewhat watery (or smooth?), carbonation seemed low as well. A bit of a chalky finish, that was never very dry.

A good offering from Brau Brothers, It's full of flavor and smooth for a 6.8% ABV. A little more body may have been nice, but that's not to take away from a good beer.

climax, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

CHSLBrew, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Fatduck
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Fatduck, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of thethrone
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep mahogany with foamy 2" off white head. Good retention, with sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - Pleasant aroma of nuts and fruit, with some caramel and some roasted grains mixed in.

T - Maltiness is prominent, with hints of chocolate, and nuttiness.

M - Medium body, fairly smooth. Mild carbonation.

D - Good drinkability, I'd certainly reach for another one if I had it available.

thethrone, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bloody nut brown that is closer to dark russet when held up to the rectangle of overcast morning sky outside my front window. A generous escape of CO2 on crown cracking led to a large, airy, ecru colored cap that looks so-so as it deflates. Lace is also so-so.

The aroma is enjoyable and is becoming more enjoyable with each sniff. It features more cocoa-like aromas that toasted and earthy ones... which is precisely my preference when it comes to beer of this style. It's also fruity and baked nutty. Could this be the best Brau Brothers beer yet? Here's hoping.

The first mouthful says that, yes, this might be the brewery's best effort so far. It's also the first of the Single Batch Series, so maybe that has something to do with it. It would be even better beer with a more accomplished mouthfeel, but more on that later.

Boldness of flavor is not a problem. Ring Neck Braun definitely tastes bigger than your average English brown ale, although it isn't the 'double nut brown' that BB claims. The flavor profile includes toasted pecans, steely dark caramel, severely bruised Granny Smith apples and dates that have had most of their sugar removed.

24 IBUs doesn't seem like much, but it's enough to keep bitterness ahead of sweetness through the entire flavor arc. Good use of hop flavor as well. Since things are changing for the better as the beer warms, the taste score gets an upward bump.

My hope was that the mouthfeel would firm up and settle down with time. Thankfully, it has done both. What was initially too light and too buzzy is now light-medium and less buzzy.

Ring Neck Braun shows that Brau Brothers can brew good beer if they put their minds to it. Their standard lineup borders on awful at times, but this first offering in the Single Batch Series is something to celebrate. Thanks to feloniousmonk for the bottle.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -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.

Sammy, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Viggo, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of budgood1
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

budgood1, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

alexgash, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

oakbluff, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

shadow1961, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of Overlord
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick brown pour. Small white head quickly dissipates to the barest of foamy crust.

Not normally the biggest fan of this style, but I did enjoy this beer quite a bit. Unusually high level of carbonation for this type (I think), thick, nutty, malty flavor and mouthfeel. Quite good.

Thanks to Faro for the trade.

Overlord, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of mnstorm99
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice brown pour with a nice off white head that laces well down the glass.
Aroma of chocolate malts not much hops on the nose and a sweet fruitiness..
Flavors of chocolate covered nuts and a very small backbone of spicy hops with a tinge of fruits.
Mouthfeel is a great chewy, creamy and smooth ale, the way a brown ale should be. This is the best offering I have had from Brau Brothers and I would definately have this one again.

mnstorm99, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of ubetchamn
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a small tan head that disappeared quickly and left no lacing. Smells of caramel and toasted nuts. There seems to be a bit of fruity malt smell there too. A ghost of an alcohol smell. The ale appears a medium golden brown with no carbonation movement.

The taste is much like the smell. There is a strong nutty toasty carmel flavor. The alcohol warms very nicely. This ale seems gets bolder and better as it warms.

The mouth feel is pleasant and stays on the pallet awhile. All in all a nice drinkable interpretation. This is a very nice fall offering.

ubetchamn, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of slyke
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

slyke, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brau Brothers Ring Neck Braun Ale, 12 ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: opaque, ruddy brown, small head.

Aroma: caramel & nuts, nice and malty, good and toasty.

Taste: medium-bodied, with flavor of nuts, and toffee. Dry finish. Grows in complexity through the life of the drink. Getting a deeper feel that reminds me of a Belgian dubbel...makes me wonder what the malts are. Hops seem to be on the way-down-low, but are around here somewhere.

Missing something, though, could use a little this, a little that, to make it memorable.
But quite good...As an autumnal seasonal, not bad at all...I can feel the warmth, already.

feloniousmonk, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice malty aroma with a rich quality. Heavy caramel with toasty notes. Chocolate too. Seems to be a slight yeast in the nose.
Poured rather aggressively brought a brief 1/2 inch dense head that left momentary lacing. Deep brown color showing garnet and clarity in the light.
Nice flavors blended nicely around a rich malty presence. Touch of alcohol. Chocolate. Caramel. Toasted malt. Slight hop presence in the end with flavor and bitterness showing ever so slightly. Medium finish of flavor and minimal dryness.
Moderate body. Lower carbonation. Pushing slickness, just enough to make it interesting. Smooth enough.
One of the better brown ales I've had. Versatile, i.e. with food or stand alone, this one works.

garymuchow, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of edbeered
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

edbeered, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Bighuge, Oct 26, 2007
Ring Neck Braun Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
85 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.