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Belk's ESB - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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508 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 19
Gots: 5 | 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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British Columbia (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 04:19:43 | More by LampertLand
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-03-2013 20:39:38 | More by csfcmitchell
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-27-2013 23:03:51 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-26-2013 23:55:18 | More by kjyost
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-15-2013 06:10:53 | More by PGVG
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-08-2013 00:58:19 | More by pod
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:00:23 | More by FLima
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-03-2013 18:54:36 | More by nyyfanatic213
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 04:35:41 | More by WyNG
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-19-2013 00:53:36 | More by abcdefghijkyle
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-14-2013 02:35:36 | More by twizzbeatz
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

06-13-2013 22:45:25 | More by doremite
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-13-2013 05:27:21 | More by Paccamacca
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-12-2013 23:12:40 | More by wilfonzo
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2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: An overy aggresive pour (oops) into an imperial pint glass produced a four finger head that sustained for a minute and laced the glass with a thick coat of off white foam. The beer itself showed a murkey copper / orange color a few shades darker then the half acre logo on the glass.

S: Sweet with toffee, caramel and a hefty toast vibe. Some fruity esters coming through possibly from the yeast and a spicy, earthy hop character that is almost missed with all the malt smells.

T: The big malt character expected from the nose: toffee, caramel with some gram cracker and bread crust. The bitterness is fairy strong with earthy noble hop flavors and lingers on the pallet long after it's been swallowed. A bit of a papery tasting in the middle (oxidation?) and a fruity almost german tasting yeast flavor

M: The bitterness in this drys out the mouth giving a slighty astringant vibe (or from the carmel malts?) Moderate body with moderate carbonation.

O: I'm not a big fan of many ESB's or english beers in general unless they are firkin (cask, real ale, etc). This one was a bit harsh and I think it had an oxidation problem. If that was fixed I might have scored it higher, but for now... meh

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 20:01:01 | More by guityler83
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

06-03-2013 02:35:31 | More by maxwelldeux
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-31-2013 13:22:45 | More by SimonTja
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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

One of these days, I'm gonna suggest to one of my linguistics contacts that a paper on Boontling is a good idea... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden-amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises mild orange zest, buttery caramel, and soft grass (think the lush hills of rolling verdance in the general Northumberland area...yeah...). The taste brings in more of the same, though the grass now clearly overshadows the even-milder-than-before citrus character. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a solid ESB, one of the better ones coming from the States.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 19:19:13 | More by TMoney2591
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-28-2013 03:28:23 | More by Bnoise11
Belk's ESB from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.