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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,605 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,605
Reviews: 826
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 82
Gots: 251 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

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.
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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown reddish body with good carbonation. Light tan creamy head with pretty good retention and lace.
Almost no smell. A little bit of earth and molasses.
Taste is also surprisingly subdued. Earth and very mild malts, Aftertaste has abit stronger hops and some nutskin but still not alot of flavor.
Medium body, very little coating.
A very middle of the road beer. not bad by any means but abit too bland for me.

-Oelergud

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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

This pours a lighter brown with some amber hues and a light tan head. Nice bits of lace stick to the glass.

There are sweet caramel notes, bits of nutty character along with a biscuity/bready hint and a earthy tone. The sweetness almost smells like grape.

The taste is sharp with a nice malty background. There are little to no hops that I notice. Maybe add a little earthy taste. Lots of biscuity and munich tastes. This brown ale has a very melanoidin rich character. Plenty caramel notes round this beer out but not over the top sweet. Very approachable.

Medium body with a crisp/dry finish. There is a slight sweetness left over from the caramel malts.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep ruby reddish brown with a big fluffy off white head

Smell - roasted nuts, carmel or toffee

Taste - carmel, roasted nuts and malt, toasted bread, slight chocolate

Feel - medium bodied, somewhat creamy feel

Overall - excellent brown ale with an earthy feel and taste. Very easy drinking beer that you can enjoy a few of. A perfect compliment to a cool fall evening.

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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured bottle dated 8/20/14 into a New Belgium globe

A-Pours clear brown with a light beige head. Some spotty lacing.

S-Aroma is toasted and bready malt, light toffee, and dates.

T-Nice flavors or caramel malt, biscuit, hint of plum and cocoa.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body and low carbonation.

O-Overall a very nice brown ale. Awesome for a cool fall day.

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3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with batch code on back label, easily looked up on their website.

Looks very good. Creamy, patchy, tan/eggshell head. Superbly clear mahogany color. Smell is subdued malts and a tinge of mineral. First taste is toasty malts, then abruptly tankard-tasting. Not what I wanted. The aftertaste is still metallic, with a bit of hops, and bit cool-feeling, creamy, and smooth. Drinkability not as good as that of other brown ales. For a beer that looks (and smells) this good, I am disappointed in the taste.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a ruby-brown color with a thick, creamy tan head. The aroma has a sweet, nutty maltiness to it. The flavor is sweet and nutty with maltiness in the drying finish. It is a light-medium bodied brew that is very smooth. This one would be an excellent session brew. A very nice beer overall.

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Nice amber brown hue. Head is minimal and slowly fades. Good carbonation. Amber malt aroma with hints of caramel is inviting. Fairly carbonated and crisp mouthfeel that leaves a lingering tingle on your tongue. There's plenty of amber malt and caramel flavor. A pretty straightforward session beer.

Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,605 ratings.