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

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2,505 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,505
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 81
Gots: 209 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

chrishiker1409, Oct 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

VRH, Oct 04, 2014
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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.

KMcG, Jan 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Knowlesbryan, Jun 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

sjones5045, Oct 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

connor4835, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

MrWilliams, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

dparker7, Aug 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

arthurbdavis, Oct 16, 2013
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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.

thagr81us, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Bunuelian, Sep 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

pagesofphotographs, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

jason_nwx, Mar 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DougT, Apr 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

ShutOutTheSky, Jan 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Danielr26, Feb 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

dexterk1, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The coloring of this brown ain't to Brown as it has a deep cherry hue with a mahogany flair. The head build up to what looked to be a significant structure but disappeared in an eruption on fizz.

The aromas are subtle but noticeable with some barley malt, chocolate malt, maple and a baked biscuit. Subtle molasses and a Graham cracker surround a stronger overall chocolate aroma.

The taste is dry with a bit of powdered cocoa, barley, toasted grain, roasted nuttiness and baked bread. This is absent of any sweetness and holds the finish with cracker and biscuit.

The feel is dry, ever so slightly astringent and relatively easy on the stomach.

KYGunner, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

GeoCait, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Bung, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

deanis30, Mar 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

gillagorilla, Sep 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

zp6167a, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

alfie, Sep 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish copper with suspended micro sediment. Intricate lacing, the foam maintains itself for longevity. Really nice color, foam has a brown eggshell hue, with adequate retention. Classic brown ale in the visual department.

Slight malt sweetness and brown sugar in the aroma.

Honey, sunflower seed aftertaste, husky grain and malt sweetness. Light caramel flavor. Creamy and slightly astringent at times, but not a defining characteristic overall. Easily drinkable, seems well suited for cask serving.

emerge077, Feb 02, 2011
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,505 ratings.