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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

514 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 514
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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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
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IWannaEatFood

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-02-2013 16:31:15 | More by IWannaEatFood
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-19-2013 20:22:35 | More by ejimhof
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Beermazter310

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

09-13-2013 19:09:35 | More by Beermazter310
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JJStorm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-12-2013 22:20:39 | More by JJStorm
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dertyd

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

09-08-2013 04:46:07 | More by dertyd
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5%

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

09-05-2013 04:19:43 | More by LampertLand
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csfcmitchell

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-03-2013 20:39:38 | More by csfcmitchell
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-27-2013 23:03:51 | More by GraduatedCashew
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-26-2013 23:55:18 | More by kjyost
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PGVG

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-15-2013 06:10:53 | More by PGVG
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pod

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-08-2013 00:58:19 | More by pod
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-27-2013 00:35:01 | More by whatname
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patre_tim

China

4.26/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

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

Brazil

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

07-18-2013 01:00:23 | More by FLima
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -20.8%

07-07-2013 20:40:20 | More by TheMrFarnham
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-05-2013 20:32:38 | More by WOLFGANG
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nyyfanatic213

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-03-2013 18:54:36 | More by nyyfanatic213
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

06-26-2013 20:42:37 | More by mrfrancis
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WyNG

Utah

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%

This beer seemed to be very carbonated, I poured it into a standard pint glass and had to put on the brakes about two-thirds of the way through as the head was getting very tall very quickly. I finished the pour once it calmed down a bit.

Aroma is mellow, you pick up the grains and some hop, but not a lot. This is also the case with the taste; smooth, malty, grainy with a solid bitterness but not a lot of floral or citrus hop character. This is a heavier beer than I expected with significant body.

06-25-2013 04:35:41 | More by WyNG
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ek_ek

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-22-2013 05:08:41 | More by ek_ek
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abcdefghijkyle

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-19-2013 00:53:36 | More by abcdefghijkyle
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twizzbeatz

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-14-2013 02:35:36 | More by twizzbeatz
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

06-13-2013 22:45:25 | More by doremite
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Paccamacca

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-13-2013 05:27:21 | More by Paccamacca
Belk's ESB from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.