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Belk's ESB - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Belk's ESB
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517 Ratings
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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
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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Photo of vkv822
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
Photo of NOLTERN
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

NOLTERN, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of db12
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

db12, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Botulizard
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Botulizard, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of IWannaEatFood
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

IWannaEatFood, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ejimhof, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Beermazter310
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Beermazter310, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of JJStorm
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

JJStorm, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -20.8%

dertyd, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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

LampertLand, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of csfcmitchell
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

csfcmitchell, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of kjyost
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

kjyost, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

PGVG, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of pod
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

pod, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

whatname, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of patre_tim
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

patre_tim, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of FLima
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

FLima, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -20.8%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 07, 2013
4/5  rDev +5.5%

WOLFGANG, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

nyyfanatic213, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

mrfrancis, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of WyNG
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

WyNG, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of ek_ek
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ek_ek, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

abcdefghijkyle, Jun 19, 2013
Belk's ESB from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.