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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,390 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,390
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 70
Gots: 182 | 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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Ratings: 2,390 | Reviews: 802 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

TheNightwatchman, Aug 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

assman79, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rusty amber with a slight red hue and frothy off white foam.

Roasted malts add nuttiness, chocolate, and caramel.

Flavors of fall, toasty malts, caramel, chocolate, and slight bitterness from the hops, but hardly noticeable.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth as most brown ales are.

Overall, a tasty brew for a fall night and considerably sessionable.

larryarms847, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

DruC4, Mar 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

BigJim5021, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

mmcnaughton, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

ruckus232, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

vicsju1991, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jmich24, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of silver0rlead
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

HeadyTheElder, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of delta490
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A hazy medium brown. The creamy off white head leaves a thin sheen and nice lacing. Aroma is a sweet malt with a little bit of hops in the background. The taste is very malt forward with a hint of nuttiness and hops. Thinner feel is good with the overall sweetness of the beer. A nice brown ale that doesn't overawe but doesn't disappoint.

delta490, Nov 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

SaisonRichBiere, Mar 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

mrcraft, Jun 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jeffthepony, Nov 15, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

mwbrady12, Jul 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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
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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

srw, Oct 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

anticipation23, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Kevin_Young, Mar 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Moses_Malone, Oct 30, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

maxcoinage, Mar 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Iamjeff6, Oct 07, 2014
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,390 ratings.