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Boont ESB - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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very good

496 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001)
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Photo of IronLover


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep yellow color with a good, but not perfect clarity. Poured with a rocky white head. Good head retention and lots of sticky lacings on the glass. Light toasted malt and herbal hop aromas with hint of citrus orange. Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation and a buttery smoothness. A good balance of toasted malt and hop character in the beginning. Hop flavors are spicey with a bit of tangy citrus. Finishes a bit dry with a lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 17:16:02 | More by IronLover
Photo of Thorpe429


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Anderson Valley in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a caramel color with a nice off white head. Nose brings forward some bread, caramel, fresh biscuits, and some herbal and pine hops. Taste brings a good deal of lighter malt flavors forward and is backed by a good amount of bitterness, but isn't as pleasurable as the nose. The mouthfeel is good, although a bit heavy for the style. Drinks really well and is one of their better standard offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 12:06:55 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of littlesgtpepper


2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a 6oz taster glass at AVBC.

A soft off-white head faded fast on this beer but had some nice lacing. A rather pretty deep honey color.

Maybe I had a bad batch? The scent is slightly skunky which was weird for Anderson Valley and kind of overpowered the smells of hops and malt.

Good strong hop flavor (Cascade hops maybe?), but not enough malt flavor. Something slightly floral is here too but I can't place it. A nice ending spicy bite.

ESB's are all about balance between hops and malt and this beer tends to lean more toward and IPA style. Not a bad beer but I won't go out of my way to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2010 05:26:22 | More by littlesgtpepper
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well damn, if Anderson Valley ain't a cool brewery, and the what is it Buckhorn Saloon (not sure on the name) sure does act as the de facto brewpub in town for these guys. Very hospitable.

Appearance, looks like a decent English ESB. Nothing coming across aroma wise, taste, sweet and tasty, a little thin, doesn't last, but doesn't disappoint and devolve to something lesser. Drinkable, if not for the other (and better) Anderson Valley brews, like the IPA, Oatmeal Stout. . .

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 05:25:03 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was a hazy amber pour into my pint glass carrying a frothy head with visibly active carbonation. The muted floral notes on the nose and pallet are very nice. There is a good amount of fruit presence, again, both in the nose and pallet. This ESB is top end with with a great crispness and sticky feel as it is drank. This is a wonderfully drinkable ESB.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2009 01:48:54 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this out of the bottle, poured into a glass.

The head was massive. I'm drinking it at Lake Tahoe, elevation 6300 ft. Does that effect the head? It was too much. Pouring as carefully as I could, I still created a head that was 50% the volume of the beer. I'm not dinging the beer because of this, because I don't know about the altitude. The color of the beer is a light copper. It is lighter than most copper colored beer. It looks great.

Smell is hops. I imagine this is what it is like to crash your bike into a hop field. Once I stuck hops up my nose. This beer smells more strongly of hops than sticking hops up my nose.

This flavor balance is tipped far in the hops directions. It is very bitter and finishes even more bitter with a great hop freshness. Malt is present, though fairly overwhelmed.

This beer is very drinkable to me. The flavors are so strong that after a few it is still obvious that I'm drinking a delicious, flavorfull beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2009 21:42:41 | More by
Photo of mrquartetman


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber in color, decent head that dissipated quickly

S: Distinct hop, not much malt, fairly floral

T: Quite hoppy, balanced nicely by the maltiness. Citrusy.

M: Hop all the way across the palate, a bit of a malt follow

D: Drinkable, certainly, but not in preference to lots of other highly drinkable beers of the same type.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2009 02:34:04 | More by mrquartetman
Photo of Chinon01


3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Stiff head and spotty lacing

Smell - Roasted malt. Malty fig, maple, chocolaty, cocoa hint of coffee.

Taste - Deep coffee roasted flavor. More flavors found in smell. Sweet. A very unrestrained esb.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Diminished by noticeable sweetness for style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2008 01:59:30 | More by Chinon01
Photo of jfindley

New York

4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great beer overall and is a good session beer in my opinion. There is a lot of fresh hop aroma and flavor up front but underneath that there is a nice malt nose. So overall it has nice balance.

Although I enjoy this beer a great deal I think some people might not think it true to style as it is definitely a West Coast style as opposed to a true English style ESB. It is possibly a little lighter in color than might be expected in an ESB. But these 'faults' are extremely minor.

One thing I will credit the brewery with is that there is a slight chill haze in this beer. While many might think that's a fault I commend the brewery for not filtering their beer to death. It's a much more natural looking and tasting beer.

Now I see my glass is about empty so I need to go to the basement and get another pint...


P.S. As others have mentioned, this beer is actually named Belk's ESB and not Boont which is AV's amber. It has been reported.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2008 00:47:58 | More by jfindley
Photo of ImBOBtheBEERguy


4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Canal Street:

Was called Belks ESB not Boont ESB The bottle in the picture says Belks ESB and here it is listed as Boont. Which is it?

If you are thinking this is a plain and simple ESB, you are wrong! This beer starts out with a hoppy nose and good copper to amber color. The first taste coats your mouth with a good malt and hop balance. Mmmm Then it finishes out on the hoppy side. Not over hopped, not under hopped, just about perfect!

This is a very drinkable beer. It is a little strong for the style but still tasty and good! Have a few!

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2007 20:33:00 | More by ImBOBtheBEERguy
Photo of IceAce


3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Despite all the coaxing one could muster, it is virtually impossible to get this copper colored pint to disclose its contents by way of aroma.

The first sip eliminates any doubt that this will be a boring beer as a full mouthfeel and a wonderful dry malt profile mixes with hints of nuts and fruity sweetness. The finish commences with a floral hop bite and a long, slow Euro-hop fade.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2005 08:26:51 | More by IceAce
Photo of Naerhu


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Beautiful copper semi-opaque body with tight 2 cm creamy head. Excellent lacing.
Aroma: Light spicy hops and creamy malt aroma.
Taste: Long firm bitterness, firm large breadcrust maltiness. Yeasty.
Mouthfeel: Bigbodied for esb, kinda tastes like an IPA
Drinkability: The harsh bitternes brings this beer down a notch and draws it out fo style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2005 02:17:42 | More by Naerhu
Photo of oracle


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer arrived a fairly deep amber, clear with moderate head with good retention and moderate lacing.

Smell was hoppy with moderate carmelized malts and a musty aroma.

Taste was all hops in the front and all earthy oak in the back. Long long long long long (did I mention it was long?) finish. Half an hour later I could still taste this beer.

Moderately good ESB.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2004 01:15:13 | More by oracle
Photo of UncleJimbo


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This ESB poured a hazy, amber color with white foam that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was very minimal (light malt). The taste was fruity (hops) and sharp up front, then came the malt, and then a fruity hops finish. There was a touch of oak in the flavor. The mouthfeel was sharp and crisp with medium body and good carbonation. The fruity hop flavor lingered in the aftertaste. This was a pretty good ESB, though a bit more fruity than commonly found in an ESB.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2004 00:00:07 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of PatandDavid


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pleasant beer enjoyed on tap at Redbones last week. Pour was a slightly cloudy deep golden. I thought it had a clean, sweet aroma. The mouthfeel was medium, and I thought the taste was based on a piney hop note. The carbonation was slightly prickly. I did not realise that the alcohol was that high. Decent beer, but not overwhelmingly wow.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2004 14:06:19 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Capital Ale House.

A cloudy, dull orange in color. Thick and creamy white head distinctly laces the glass. Aroma was of....sweet iced tea. Call me crazy but that's what I smelled. Taste was sweet at the start. Finished delightfully dry with a very noticable and pleasing bitterness. Alcohol well-hidden (6.8%) but peeks through from time to time. Medium-bodied with a very crisp and dry finish. A "right tasty" ESB (thanks to AKSmokedPorter for his eloquence). Good combination of flavors and the finish make for a much better-than-average ESB.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2003 00:50:44 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Redbones.... Medium-golden in color, and a bit hazy. Had a real fine head, with nice lace. Verry mild hop nose. Above average in both bosy and smoothness.... Dry, crisp, almost sourish-citrus hop flavor... Not bad.

overall: 3.95
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2002 16:25:40 | More by Bierman9
Photo of Dsimenson


3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium goblet. Thin head but nice lacing. Coppery amber color, and hazy. Aroma is citrus and malt. I don't quite get the floral notes in aroma and flavor thAt are advertised on the label. The flavor is delightfully bitter, grapefruit with pine and malt. Mouthfeel is medium, with a fair amount if carbonation. Overall this is a very good to outstanding bitter ale, and one of my favorite styles. This brewery makes several styles that I really like.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:57:33 | More by Dsimenson
Photo of WoodBrew


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley still remains one sneaky brewery....they are producing some good stuff. The ESB....while not my favorite style is quite taste. The beer poured a slightly hazy copper with 1/2 finger thick head that is leaving a lace. The scent is slightly sweet with bitter hops present. The taste is bitter at the front then smooths with a sweet malt. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer and glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 01:56:08 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Ryanm1


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle to a darker
Golden color. Lots of white lacing but could be due to that fact I used a narrow glass. Disappeared quickly. The nose of the beer is hoppy, floral, the bottle describes it as lilacs, white pepper, and Bartlett pears with blueberry honey and roses. Not sure if I get all that but can believe the floral as it is flavorful but dry. Spicy but mild in my opinionCrisp finish slightly hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 23:22:16 | More by Ryanm1
Photo of vkv822


3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Pours a coppery, golden orange with a thick, foamy off white head.

Herbal, earthy hops blend with a solid, malty, backbone.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

Fairly standard stuff overall. Tasty, but nothing really intriguing going on.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 08:28:16 | More by vkv822
Photo of Botulizard


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden amber with a 2-inch beige head that retains for a while. Lots of bubbles on the bottom of the glass.

S: Very floral, with spicy black pepper notes.

T: Hop bitterness with a lot of florals and some black pepper.

M: Spicy black pepper tingle on the tongue accompanies thick mouthfeel and average carbonation.

O: Good beer. I like the black pepper notes a lot- that's not something I've really tasted in beer before. I really enjoy the spicy tingle in the mouthfeel, and I'd love to try more beers with similar characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 22:34:17 | More by Botulizard
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley 'Belks ESB' @ 6.8% , served from a couple of 350 ml bottles purchased for $3

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a small off white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint glass

S-big floral on the initial smell

T-clean and crisp , malty with a good dose of hops for a dry finish

MF-low/mild carbonation , full bodied , not an overpowering bitersweetness on the palate , seems to linger

Ov-ok/good beer , interesting take on an English style beer

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 04:19:43 | More by LampertLand
Photo of patre_tim


4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper, virtually no carbonation, small white particles floating all throughout it, 3 fingers of slightly yellowish head.

S: British malts, molassis, grass, apple sauce, dull British hops, grass, dried hay, phenols, yeast.

T: All the qualities mentioned above of an ESB, but includes citrus hops, dull lengthy dull bitter British hop finnish. Light sweetness. Good yeastiness .

M: Medium, bready, somewhat resinous body, low carbonation.

O: A delicious and authentic ESB. Great to see a US company do this so well. I like the additional citrus hoppyness. Makes it slightly American, slightly modern. Would go well with British pub foods.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 14:10:52 | More by patre_tim
Photo of FLima


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber orange color with a two finger head with medium retention and leaving some laces. Delicious citric aroma of grapefruit, oranges and slightly toasted malts. Nice bitter and citric taste. Flavor of grapefruit, sweet malt with hints of peppery yeast, earthy hops and burnt italian bread crust. Dry with a long last bitter aftertaste. Light body with perfect carbonation. 6.8% ABV is completely hidden. This Belk's ESB version gave me the impression to be better than the previously named Boont ESB, probably due to the fact this is much fresher. Anyway, not sure I was lucky, but I tasted an excellent beer, flavorful, balanced, quite assertive and pleasant to drink. An American interpretation of an English ESB, and in my opinion, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:00:23 | More by FLima
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Boont ESB from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.