Bell's Best Brown - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by MJR:
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
11-23-2002 21:19:17 | More by MJR
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
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
3.45/5 rDev -9.7%
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
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
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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