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Belk's ESB - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Belk's ESB
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BA SCORE
85
very good

516 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 19
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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:
Inspired by the classic “Bitters” from Great Britain, our Belk’s ESB is an innovative take on the style. With a deep, golden hue and big malty foundation, the spicy, herbal hop aromas and crisp, bitter bite give a West Coast flair to this classic recipe.

Formerly Boont ESB.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

FadetoBock, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Dsimenson
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Dsimenson, Mar 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Catracho5, Mar 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

rapayn01, Mar 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Eriktheipaman, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Jah_Json, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

WoodBrew, Feb 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

AaronOp, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

KeeganRohovich, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

LXIXME, Feb 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

envinoveri, Jan 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mpalestino, Jan 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

rrski198, Jan 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Ryanm1, Jan 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

GarthT, Jan 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

rdoggg, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

ZJPierce, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jwps214, Dec 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

MichaelBigbone, Dec 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

tom10101, Dec 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

elihull, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

beerme626, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BillRoth, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

vkv822, Oct 10, 2013
Belk's ESB from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.