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Belk's ESB - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Belk's ESB
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527 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

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.
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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.

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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.

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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

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Belk's ESB from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.