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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,170 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,170
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 66
Gots: 132 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Ljoreilly, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

chewy6935, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Murky brown with a creamy light tan head.

Aroma - Light floral and grassy aromas.

Mouthfeel - Creamy full bodied ale with a moderate amount of small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Light hop flavor up front that leads into a very nice caramel middle. The finish turns slightly dry and then ends with a little hop bite.

Overall - Hmmm... A very well balanced, creamy and delicious brown ale.

praufs01, Dec 18, 2008
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Pjev11, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best brown ale pours a cloudy copper to brown color with a nice cap of creamy foam. The nose is light and grainy, fitting for a brown ale. The aroma that it does produce is a pleasant darkly roasted malt with nutty overtones. The brown malt theme continues on the palate with a creamy smooth malt texture. A slight bitterness provides balance toward the end. This brew has all the makings of good beer.

BeardedBoffin, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

CB2maltygoodness, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a ruby-brown color with a thick, creamy tan head. The aroma has a sweet, nutty maltiness to it. The flavor is sweet and nutty with maltiness in the drying finish. It is a light-medium bodied brew that is very smooth. This one would be an excellent session brew. A very nice beer overall.

Sampled 10/17/03

BeerBuilder, Nov 25, 2003
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a wise owl shown in the forefront of a wintery scene.
The beer poured an opaque, brown with deep copper hightlights. The quickly disippating, tan head with some lacing on the glass.

This ale has a slightly spicy, almost wine-like aroma. Indeed, the strong odor leads you to believe this will be a full bodied interpretation of an English brown ale.

The taste is actually surprising mellow given the rather intense smell. The initial taste is slightly sweet (never cloying) with a slight acidic aftertaste. The flavors become more balanced as the ale warms.

While brown ales are not my favorite style of ale, I am certainly pleased to try another good seasonal from Bell's.

jkrich, Nov 24, 2007
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.
Pours a hazy brown-amber, with a bit of a light off-white head. Fairly spicy toasted malt flavor & aroma. A bit like a cross between a brown ale and an Oktoberfest beer. Medium-bodied and smooth, with light carbonation. A tasty and really nice beer, but not your typical brown ale.

mithrascruor, Oct 20, 2010
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Greenster, Oct 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, balanced beer. Appearance as avertised, decent head, some retention. Good balance, slightly towards the bitter. Almost reminds me of a darker IPA (like Indiga). Bell's beers tend to be very flavorful (the one's I've experienced), and this is no exception. Another one I'd probably buy regularly if it was available down here. Thanks, Al.

JohnnyDuvel, Oct 29, 2003
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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,170 ratings.