Bell's Best Brown - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by MJR:
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Has a deep brown body with a touch of garnet under a small, light tan head. It's cloudy as hell, due to the fact that all of Bell's beers are unfiltered. This is a bit different from the norm for brown ales, which are usually clear, but so what...
Smell: The strongest aroma to me is spicyness. Not hot or anything like that, more like a Belgian-like spiciness. Does that make sense? There's a bit of roasted malt in there as well. Very little hop aroma to be found.
Taste: The first thing that hits me, again, is the spicyness. Checking out their website, I find that they use all Belgian malt to make this one. That explains it. There's a touch of malt sweetness, but I don't pick up on it near as much as some other reviewers here...maybe they 'want to' detect it 'cause it's usually there in other examples of the style. There's a nice balance of flavor here. It finishes with a little hop twang.
Mouthfeel: Quite full for a brown ale. Thicker in body than all of the other standard browns I enjoy. Nice...
Drinkability: High for the style. While some might like a more restrained flavor profile for a session-style beer, I like my brews to have a more assertive personality. I could drink this all night.
All in all, a very solid brown ale. One that bucks tradition a bit and gives a bit more to the drinker's tastebuds. A good beer from one of my favorite brewerys.
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2002 21:19:17 | More by MJR
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4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- Thick off white head that dissipated quickly. Medium lacing. Dark brown in color.
S- Roasted nuts and hints of caramel. Slightly earthy.
T- Slight hop bitterness up front with plums, toasted bread through mid palate and finishing with roasted nut and caramel sweetness
M- Light bordering on medium body, creamy and dry.
O- Overall a very enjoyable brown ale that will always be welcome in my glass!
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 21:21:44 | More by gutbuster
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,030 ratings.