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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,019 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,019
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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olafphysics

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-04-2012 23:40:27 | More by olafphysics
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harrylee773

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

10-17-2012 03:21:06 | More by harrylee773
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Evarigan

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-20-2013 01:24:24 | More by Evarigan
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malcontent

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Billowy two fingers worth of cream-colored head sit perched atop a typically Bell's cloudy mahogany body.

Lots of grain husk with understated malt sweetness and a little bit of soap?!?

Rich, nutty malt flavor with excellently controlled supporting hop bitterness. Finish is long and creamy with an emphasis on nuttiness (pecans).

Mouthfeel displays appropriate thickness yet the finish is slightly waxy/soapy again. A weird brown which displays a well above average flavor delivered with amateurish flair.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 04:55:21 | More by malcontent
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thekanna

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice light coffee color. Slightly cloudy with some substance, and not overly clear like Newcastle, for example.

Smell: Faint roasted malt flavor and some dextrin sweetness.

Taste: Nuttiness upfront with slight caramel flavor. Hops bite towards the end and result in a slightly bitter aftertaste. Carbonation is good and not overwhelming.

Drinkability: Somewhat more a typical brown ale than anything. I can't detect much that distinguishes this otherwise.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2009 06:24:46 | More by thekanna
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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

10-12-2013 15:10:46 | More by NickyDee21
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Imperial_Sapient_Groat

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

10-30-2012 05:20:06 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

10-30-2013 00:10:04 | More by Moses_Malone
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

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

Served chilled from a bottle at a Bell's tasting at the Brickskeller.

Appearance: Clear copper color with a frothy offwhite head. Head eventually dissipates to a frothy later. Left some nice fine lacing on the plastic cup.

Smell: Nice caramel and toffee aromas. Slightly sour, grassy hops in background.

Taste: Caramel and toasted flavors. Faint coffee tastes. Herby hops on finish.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice quaffer. I liked it, but wasn't overly excited.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2003 03:42:12 | More by ManekiNeko
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rcjennings

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

06-03-2012 14:06:48 | More by rcjennings
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper brown with a somewhat small head. Aroma is very light. Toasty malt with a hint of hops. Taste has a nice malty character with just a slight background sweetness. Toasty and a bit bready. Some herbal hops in the finish. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Easily drinkable. Overall a very solid and pleasant brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 02:29:20 | More by burnstar
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jmccullough108

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

10-25-2013 23:21:29 | More by jmccullough108
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willjschmidt

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a deep brown color with a reddish tint. A tan head quickly recedes.

S: Lots of sweet malts: brown sugar with quite a bit of molasses.

T: It matches the nose... lots of semi-sweet dark malt flavors. A bit of roasted flavors as well, some toffee and some burnt chocolate. Nice balance and very smooth. Dry in the finish.

M: Smooth and medium bodied.

D: A solid, smooth drinking brown ale. A nice beer got the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 04:51:29 | More by willjschmidt
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Morakaton

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

11-19-2013 05:13:11 | More by Morakaton
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ej285701

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-22-2011 21:07:04 | More by ej285701
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PhageLab

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Gorgeous deep plum coloration with a nice medium sized head of froth. Retention and lacing were both appealing.

S - Sweet caramel malts and cherries make the nose on this one, and I must admit, I was surprised at how potent the aroma was. Makes the mouth water.

T - Hearty toasted malt body with hints of roasted nuts. A slight bitterness comes through and gives this brew an impressive balance. Oddly refreshing for how malty it is.

M - Light to medium body, mild carbonation, dry finish.

D - What an excellent brew! I could seriously have one of these everyday, but I wish the abv was a bit lower, for this could be an awesome session brew. Definite reco here.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 17:08:41 | More by PhageLab
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dt_gbpackersfan

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-20-2013 02:13:10 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with a creamy, well-retained light tan head. Surprising hop character in the nose. The palate features a nice citrus hop spice with some caramel, various toasted flavors and a touch of nuttiness. More caramel and a bit of coffee roastiness towards the finish.

Pretty good, above average hop spice in the palate. Otherwise a fairly solid brown.

Recommended…

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 00:08:02 | More by arguemaniac
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish amber rather than the brown I was expecting, one finger tan head dissipates quickly. Lots of suspended sediment is present (batch #9981 so I assume it's not left over from last year).

S: All kinds of caramel and toffee sweetness are present in the aroma; this smells just like October should.

T: A bit too sweet, caramel overload hits taste buds right away, followed by a nice nutty finish.

M: Lively carbonation and light body, very smooth.

D: Hampered by sweetness a bit, otherwise no problems here.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 07:56:04 | More by AwYeh
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billhelm

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-25-2014 16:34:24 | More by billhelm
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Mojo

Alabama

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Bells pours up a ruby red/brown with about a two finger head and minimal lacing. Nose is primarily pine and floral accents. Mouthfeel is pleasing, but not much carbonation. Taste is fairly mild with some malt and coffee flavors, but not much in the way of hops. This is a good beer as you'd expect from Bells, but honestly it is fairly indistinctive. I prefer Samuel Smith's ESB to this.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 02:38:49 | More by Mojo
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

10-21-2012 23:46:44 | More by WoodburyMN
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mrcraft

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-23-2014 03:24:14 | More by mrcraft
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GOBLIN

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-02-2014 14:13:02 | More by GOBLIN
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maDUECEgunner

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-22-2013 03:44:33 | More by maDUECEgunner
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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