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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: 60
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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Georgia

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12-30-2013 20:06:52 | More by TigerOwl
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trbergman

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A - Clear, ruddy chestnut in color with a thin tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Nutty, toasted malt, a hint of milk chocolate, creamy-buttery notes.

T - Nice chocolate and nutty malts, a touch of sweetness, with just enough earthy hop bitterness thrown in for balance.

M - Round, medium body.

D - A well-put-together brown ale. Good sessionability, good flavor without being too complex or demanding.

01-13-2009 04:41:50 | More by trbergman
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sternamagrapha7x

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-19-2013 23:25:15 | More by PatM
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Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-19-2012 22:11:52 | More by JBarx
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-29-2011 02:42:16 | More by EasyReader
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours out a brilliant brown with ruby highlights and a moderately-sized white head. Looks pretty thick and viscous for a brown ale.

Smell is heavy with sweet malts, caramel, chocolate, a little bit of piney bitter hops, and a lot of dark fruit scents, particularly plum and some raisins.

Flavor is quite chocolate-laden. There's a solid drizzling of caramel over some of the same plum/dark fruit flavors. Little bits of nuttiness pull through in other places, along with some earthy wood flavors. Hops are present, but not overly assertive. They temper the chocolate flavors well.

Overall: Not mind-blowing, but a very, very good brown ale that definitely has a legitimate claim to calling itself "Best."

11-19-2005 19:08:03 | More by whartontallboy
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-23-2011 12:59:12 | More by JSkone09
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Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-20-2013 02:02:08 | More by Wukk
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-27-2013 05:02:31 | More by Jamison85
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-23-2013 00:25:54 | More by bhawk1
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nrbw23

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

A- Pours a dark reddish-brown with a nice off white head. Head has great retention and leaves some spotty lacing here and there.

S- A touch of coffee and roasted malt. With quite a bit of caramel malt. Pretty much no hops.

T- Taste is dominated by the malts here and mainly caramel malts. Just a bit of a coffee or toffee taste. Very solid and sweet.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and on the higher side of medium in carbonation. Feels really good.

D- Super easy to drink. I've hit this one up a couple times and have no complaints at all.

04-04-2010 09:16:57 | More by nrbw23
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Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Wisconsin

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Virginia

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11-20-2011 23:58:25 | More by cfinch2
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Charlie's Ale House in Wheaton, IL has this beer on tap!

Appearance- A slightly hazy even brown with a one finger head at time of serving that dissipated into a filmy foam.

Taste- A light malt character ende with some hops to even out the bitterness. A feww chocolatey moments were present.

Mouthfeel- A smoothly carbonated, medium body.

Drinkability- This beer would be could for a couple of sessions.

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,048 ratings.