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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,553 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,553
Reviews: 813
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 80
Gots: 220 | 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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Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a moderate brown with some clarity that gives off a red hue in the light. A tan head pours off the tap at just over one finger with lots of action, leading to a little over-pour. The head diminishes and leaves a stubborn foam that drops ragged curtains of lacing in its wake.
The nose is really very mild. I'm not sure what's going on, but I'm just not finding much. What I can detect is good: light caramel, toffee, and perhaps molasses with a touch of barley-like grains are there, but it's a struggle to smell them.
The flavor, on the other hand, doesn't hold out on me. A strong malt base with some sturdy barley and caramelized sugars along with brown sugar notes make up this one. A taste of hops rounds out the finish along with a touch of dark fruits.
The mouthfeel is smooth and there's a nice creaminess in the body, but I'm not getting any crispness off the tap and carbonation is very light.
This is very drinkable; I don't doubt that the nose would really pick up and the body would firm up a little from the bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Keithstone44
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a wonderful deep mahogany color with 2 fingers of off-white head that leaves behind considerable lacing

S: Smell is sweet-malt with notes of caramel and floral hops.

T: Very malt-forward with pine-hops, caramel and some nuttiness

M: Smooth, but a little lighter than what I expected. Carbonation is at an appropriate level

O: Good beer, especially for the season we are currently in. I will gladly pick this beer up again

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1 finger head, quite lacey and sticky that topped deep orange-brown ale.

S: The aroma is weak and difficult to capture. I pick up on sweet roasted malts and that's about it.

T: Sweet malty backbone and hints of toffee and berries. There are floral hops come out in the finish.

M: It's light to medium bodied with medium carbonation and a smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed with the man who put Humpty Dumpty back together again (my orthopedic trauma surgeon)! Served from bottle into a flared pilsner. Poured a deep red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutty, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, toasted malt, nutty, nutmeg, and subtle caramel. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I was really quite intrigued by this one once I smelled the dark chocolate notes in it. However, to my slight disappointment, this note did not carry over into the flavor. Despite this it did not kill the brew at all. This one was rather easy drinking and quite enjoyable. Definitely one of the better browns I’ve had in awhile as most are hit-and-miss that I’ve had recently with other flavors infused into them. Worth your time trying without a doubt.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,553 ratings.