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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,021 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,021
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 56
Gots: 103 | 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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3/5  rDev -21.5%

11-19-2011 00:55:07 | More by bacher468
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a clear brown body that had some ruby highlights...the head was tan in color and creamy...it held up pretty well and left some patches of lace on the mug

S - Very malt forward with hints of caramel, toffee, nuts, and some faint fruits...pretty solid for a brown

T - Again, being a brown ale this is very malt forward...the toffee and caramel flavors reign supreme...the nuttiness and fruity flavors are in the middle of the beer and they help to add some character...I would have liked some more nutty nuances...there is a surprisingly high hop presence at the end of the beer...it's earthy and goes well with the other flavors

M - Medium bodied...a little thin and not enough lingering on the palate

O - I would not turn down another one of these...I feel Bell's did a nice job making a classic English Brown Ale

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2011 21:25:14 | More by thain709
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Malty and toasty with a very bisquity aroma, slight herbal component.

L: Hazy orangish brown, creamy light tan head with good retention and lacing.

T: Malty up front with a prominent bisquit note. Medium low herbal bitterness leading. Soft pear notes as it warms. Finishes very dry with a dry cocoa note.

M: Creamy medium full body with medium carbonation.

Great, big and bold for the style while still being kept in check. Really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-18-2011 02:24:12 | More by tmarq9
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass. Bottled on 10/4/11.

A- Poured a brownish orange color, two finger fluffy head

S- Lots of sweet roasty malts, caramel, and grains

T- Very sweet maltiness, some roasted malts, caramel, toffee, barley, rich flavor reminiscent of a milk stout without the big chocolate notes. Light tartness on the finish. Overall a very sweet brown ale.

M- Very creamy, silky, somewhere between medium and fuller bodied, more fuller bodied than most brown ales I've had

O- This brown ale has a great mouthfeel, very smooth and creamy. The taste of this beer was good at first, the sweetness of this beer became a bit much for me as got about half way through the beer. Very rich and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 23:18:14 | More by Hoptometrist
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

11-16-2011 06:31:16 | More by danyalc
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Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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District of Columbia

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Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/7/11

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.

Serving type: bottle

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