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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

513 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 19
Gots: 6 | 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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rapayn01

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-07-2014 02:14:20 | More by rapayn01
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-22-2014 02:23:11 | More by Eriktheipaman
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Jah_Json

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-20-2014 10:19:55 | More by Jah_Json
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

02-17-2014 01:56:08 | More by WoodBrew
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AaronOp

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-05-2014 06:55:48 | More by AaronOp
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KeeganRohovich

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

02-02-2014 22:42:00 | More by KeeganRohovich
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-01-2014 01:12:43 | More by LXIXME
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envinoveri

Oregon

5/5  rDev +31.9%

01-28-2014 21:26:28 | More by envinoveri
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-28-2014 00:09:14 | More by mpalestino
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rrski198

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-15-2014 00:24:49 | More by rrski198
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

01-13-2014 23:22:16 | More by Ryanm1
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GarthT

Hong Kong

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

01-05-2014 08:20:14 | More by GarthT
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rdoggg

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-30-2013 03:09:30 | More by rdoggg
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ZJPierce

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-22-2013 21:15:03 | More by ZJPierce
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-16-2013 00:48:37 | More by jwps214
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MichaelBigbone

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-10-2013 06:37:52 | More by MichaelBigbone
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-08-2013 16:12:18 | More by tom10101
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elihull

Utah

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-23-2013 07:36:53 | More by elihull
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beerme626

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

11-16-2013 18:28:55 | More by beerme626
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-21-2013 00:27:20 | More by BillRoth
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

10-20-2013 13:47:20 | More by jaydoc
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vkv822

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

10-10-2013 08:28:16 | More by vkv822
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NOLTERN

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-06-2013 02:26:45 | More by NOLTERN
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db12

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-06-2013 00:27:26 | More by db12
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Botulizard

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

10-03-2013 22:34:17 | More by Botulizard
Belk's ESB from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.