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Bell's Best Brown - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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86
very good

2,048 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,048
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 61
Gots: 107 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
A smooth, toasty brown ale with hints of caramel and cocoa, the malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy. This balancing act is aided by the generous use of American hops.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002)
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Imsothirsty

New Jersey

1/5  rDev -73.8%

01-28-2012 13:52:50 | More by Imsothirsty
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a murky brown with a decent off white head that leaves some light lacing,smell is of roasted malt with a light sour smell in the background(Iam not sure where that comes from) with some light chocolate hints.Nice flavorful beer with a nice roasted malty taste with some underlying earth tones that keep it from being to sweet.A nice beer drink it each time I go home to Michigan when given the chance.

09-24-2003 23:49:48 | More by oberon
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-16-2013 13:40:33 | More by DanGeo
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Turbo

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-06-2013 01:19:47 | More by Turbo
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a medium brown color with a nice translucency and a fine-bubbled, light-tan head that leaves minimal lacing on the way down. The aroma is wonderful, hits heavy on the chocolates and roasted coffee beans. The taste begins with a warm, malty and bready flavor that quickly turned into a swirl of bittersweet dark chocolate and nuts. Slight coffee beans and maybe even hazelnut in the far background (maybe I'm imagining things, here). I'm also picking up a slight milky flavor, perhaps from the texture. Very nice. Caramel and toffee finish the beer strong with an ever-so-slight but necessary hint at bitterness along the final seconds just before the sip is completely swallowed. Medium body, creamy with lots of carbonation.

Very, very solid brown ale. Perfect for the days transitioning from the fall to the winter. This beer tastes like the holidays.

10-26-2012 11:53:37 | More by tectactoe
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

09-26-2013 00:52:39 | More by OhioBobcat
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

A- pours brown amber with thin off-white head. Good retention, thin lacing. A lot of sediment though, whiched knocked the appearance down a bit for me.

S- Malt forward, caramel and biscuit. Subtle hoppy background.

T- Sweet and caramely up front balanced by slight minerality and hops leaving the finish slightly dry.

M- Just enough heft to be satisfying and soft enough to be encouraging.

D- A little heavier than most browns but tasty and smooth enough to session through.

11-02-2009 00:08:11 | More by brownbeer
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bdkucharski

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-18-2012 17:02:23 | More by bdkucharski
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours from the bottle with the sweet owl illustration a lovely chocolate brown with a nice inch of khacki foam on top. Stringy lacing decorates the side of my glass. My nose descends to the glass and I get a nice roasted dark malt with hints of chocolate and a fresh green herbal hop. Well balanced.

First sip brings a nice roasted, toasted maltiness upfront that has notes of powdered cocoa and burnt grains. Hints of dark fruits emerge here and there along with a mellow herbal hop on the way down. A nice solid brown ale that I find enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy palate. Definetly on the heavy side for a brown ale but I enjoy it that way. I could easily have a few of there..but there are other Bell's brews I'd probably pick first. Definetly worth a try. Thanks to kmpitz2 for hooking me up!

06-25-2005 04:13:44 | More by orbitalr0x
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sabitu

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-08-2012 21:24:06 | More by sabitu
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Joebraggot

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-26-2013 23:07:29 | More by Joebraggot
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-13-2012 19:07:50 | More by danthehopslamman
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

03-14-2014 18:24:24 | More by DaftPatrick
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equinox1

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-25-2013 22:10:47 | More by equinox1
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warnerry

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%

Bottled 9/7/11

A - Pours a clear amber/brown with a lot if suspended material and one finger of tan head. Leaves some lacing.

S - Caramel malt with some nutty aroma. A bit of roasted malt.

T - Roasted malt and nuts. A bit of caramel malt and some sweetness on the finish.

M -- Medium mouthfeel with a mix of sweet and dry roast on the finish.

O -- Pretty good, but I have had much more flavorful brown ales. Wouldn't turn one down, but probably wouldn't buy again.

11-16-2011 01:38:42 | More by warnerry
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz bottle, batch 7216 (1/9/06). Pours a murky hazy tea brown with a smallish light tan head that quickly goes to a wisp.

The aroma is sweet sugary caramel and toffee and a little fresh hoppiness.

The flavor is sweet brown sugar, nuttiness, chocolate and toffee with a little acidic fruitiness. The mouthfeel is medium to full and velvety.

Overall, nothing too exciting, but it is a solid, very well done brown ale.

10-16-2006 04:29:41 | More by Beaver13
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bronwynbh

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-30-2013 19:44:35 | More by bronwynbh
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Shagator

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-29-2013 05:28:04 | More by Shagator
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-04-2014 08:01:51 | More by generallee
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-19-2013 02:13:13 | More by nstroup
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-18-2013 13:12:34 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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bellce0

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-18-2012 01:21:48 | More by bellce0
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-14-2012 05:44:07 | More by TimoP
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Twifiter

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

10-15-2012 20:37:43 | More by Twifiter
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VernonKell

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

11-15-2012 22:46:30 | More by VernonKell
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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,048 ratings.