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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,162 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,162
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 66
Gots: 129 | 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 deebo
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown with light white head that quickly dissipates
S-Roasted malts with touch of toffee sweetness
T-Very good balance of rich malt flavor, sweet brown notes with hop balance
M-Medium bodied-doesn't linger
D-Very good for this style of beer

Bell's as usual has produced a very good beer that is tasty yet easy to drink.

deebo, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of pearljam118
3/5  rDev -21.5%

pearljam118, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

vicsju1991, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of CesarLopes
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

CesarLopes, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of EvanWilliams
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%

EvanWilliams, Today at 02:15 AM
Photo of mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev +4.7%

mmcnaughton, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of silver0rlead
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 9981 bottled on 9/16/10 pours a slightly hazy mahogany with a thick tan head that retains impressively. The aroma is pleasant and nuanced with notes of caramel and toffee, dark fruits, milk chocolate, hazelnut as well as toasted bread. The flavor has seriously malty goodness going on, with treacle and brown sugar, as well as plum and fig, mild coffee, milk chocolate, herbal hops and some toasted bread. I've had this beer a number of times before tonight but never really GOT it, but this sucker is smooth and super drinkable with a bunch of malt depth...this is what Tumbler should have been.

silver0rlead, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Brushkanna
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Brushkanna, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of mwbrady12
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

mwbrady12, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of KG710
4/5  rDev +4.7%

KG710, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Enola
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 8156

A nice deep brown with a decent head. The smell is a molasses and caramel. The taste is caramel and there is a nice hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth with a lasting aftertaste. Drinkability is good as this is a good beer of the style.

Enola, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy and lazy describes the appearance. Hazy almost ruby look witha lazy, fluffy white head that clings to the top of the beer .
Sweet malts....candylike in the nose. Ever present hops taking a vacation.
Taste is strikingly sweet with very heavy and thick crystal malts dominating the buds.
Ever slight on the bitterness at the finish.

dmamiano, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of anticipation23
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

anticipation23, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Bdel34, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of gmfessen
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of bottle into a pint glass, beer is really more of a deep crimson-amber color than brown. Beer had a very nice overflowing off white four finger head, with small amounts of lacing. Smell is of caramel and nutty chocolate. The taste is exceptional; pleasing with a malty start, perfectly balanced with a slightly hoppy and smooth finish. Never offensive throughout the taste, wonderfully balanced. The mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and delightful. Overall I would have to say that this is an extremely drinkable beer and have to toast this one to Bells!

gmfessen, Nov 21, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

assman79, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

BigJim5021, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

DruC4, Mar 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

zenithberwyn, Aug 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

TheNightwatchman, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

srw, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

EasyReader, Nov 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

brbrocc, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of HumphreyLee
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

HumphreyLee, Sep 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Dec 15, 2013
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,162 ratings.