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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,593 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,593
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 81
Gots: 244 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of stewart124
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.

Photo of sixerofelixir
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%

Photo of BeerBuilder
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.

Sampled 10/17/03

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of whynot44
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice medium brown color with a touch of yellow and a moderate but persistant tan head that left at least a bit of lacing.

Medium bodied, nice toasted nutty malt flavor and aroma with maybe a touch of chocolate, only slightly sweet with a pleasantly dry, mildly bitter finish.

Smooth and very easy to drink.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +11%

A - Brown of course, with 1 finger of head and a tiny bit of lacing on the glass

A - Brown sugar, toffee, malts

T - Light malty, toffee and caramel. Brown sugar, but not sweet. Just perfect.

M - Light bodied, smooth, well balanced.

O - Probably the best Brown I have had, no pun intended. Bells kills it once again!

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

12 ounce bottle. Bell's Brown Ale pours out a dark amber color with a medium sized head. The aroma is toasted malt, fruits (especially grapes), and floral hops. Nutty, spicy flavor. Not as malty as I expected, but the maltiness is definitely there. Toffee flavor, but not overly sweet. There is a bit of an acidic twang in the middle. The finish is hoppy and bitter. This beer has a creamy mouthfeel, which I really enjoyed. Drinkability is good too. This is a fine example of the Brown ale style.

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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz batch #7091 bottled on 9-29-05 as per the Bell's website, poured into a pint glass.

Rusty brown with a bubbly head that is light tan, falls rather quick and leaves only a faint wisp of lace.

The nose is caramel with a slight aroma of toasted nuts and drying hops in the background.

Sweet malts upfront with some breadcrust followed by the trademark Bell's hop bitterness. I wouldn't normally associate this much of a hop profile with the style, but I really like it. Dry finish with a medium mouth that is tempered by the prickly carbonation.

A very approachable and sessionable Brown that hop heads will enjoy.

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4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have has this guy on several occasions on draft, first time out of the bottle, let's see how this goes.

Slightly chill hazed, chalky and glowing reddish brown. One finger thick head that does not give a good indication as too how much lacing will be left behind. Answer: quite a bit.

Nose is wonderful, nutty with fruity esters and a hefty earthy hop aroma. Fresh is a word that comes to mind when smelling this. Roasty and sweet with slightly citrusy hop coupling. A solid complexity, nicely understand and highly appetizing.

Roasted bready malt is the first flavor that can be picked apart here, not as vinous or wine like as other English browns and a great deal hoppier, but hey, this is America dammit. Hazelnut, light piny resin, scorched brown sugar. The finish is slightly drying but maintains just the slightest bit of creaminess. There are also a pretty good deal of spiciness, I'd like to say nutmeg and just the slightest bit of cinnamon which adds yet another layer of complexity to an already outstanding brew.

I could by this stuff by the case, a wonderful winter beer, tasty but just the slightest bit too big to be an endlessly sessionable beer, but it is really easy to knock off not only a glass of this stuff, but a couple bottles as well.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,593 ratings.