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

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2,059 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,059
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 63
Gots: 108 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-15-2013 22:41:32 | More by ROBSTARR
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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a rich, dark crimson red with thick head. Subtantial layer of foam resides on top after dissipation, coating the pint glass well.
Smells malty, of sweet brown sugar with a bitter hop note.
Sweet toasted (almost burnt) malt mixes with a significant oily-hop profile. Flavor of molasses, toffee, vanilla, nuts, and earth...like tree-bark.
Feels good in the mouth with the carbonation and hop kick.
Different from other brown ales I've tasted, this one is less sweet with more hops. The malt profile is still there, but this one mixes it up with other elements. Enjoyable.

10-06-2008 16:51:33 | More by Natural510
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-02-2012 00:50:51 | More by EigenBeer
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

01-06-2014 03:13:02 | More by Beestin
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-26-2014 04:16:09 | More by vwbus7
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-13-2013 00:20:07 | More by beerme626
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

10-30-2013 00:10:04 | More by Moses_Malone
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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a dark mahogany color into a pint glass chilled. Little light gets through the glass. Tan surface layer w/ decent glass cling.

Aroma is mainly of caramel malts; some wheat aroma also. Grainy hops sneak into my nostrals as well. Pretty sugary and sweet aroma overall.

Sweet caramel w/ a slight oak, vanilla, and plum flavor. Some slight floral hops hit my palate also on the finish. A bit of alcohol hints as well maybe. Very nice for the style.

Decent amount of carbonation up front w/ a light to medium body. Some slight alcohol, but nice overall feel.

Thumbs up to drinking this one. It'd make a nice Friday evening growler brew. I'd definitely drink this if I had more access to it on a regular basis.

07-27-2006 15:55:57 | More by Fish113d
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

Appearence: Pours a hazy brown with a foamy tan head. Head lingers for a while. As with a decent amount of Bell's brews I've had, there are massive chunks of yeast floating. I know it's a result of the bottle conditioning but I think it's a bit overboard.

Smell: Smells malty and creamy, with milk and coffee notes. The hops make a decent presence, and create nice balance.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Tastes very much like toffee. The roasted caramel notes shine through, and the hops are floral and provide a long lingering finish. The mouthfeel is the normal velvety feel most Bell beers have, but I can actually feel the yeast in my mouth. Maybe just a bad bottle.

Drinkability and Overall: This is very nice tasting beer, but the yeast is overboard. Too much. This is a problem that needs fixed. Other than that I loved the flavor of the beer, and it smelled among the best. Hopefully this is just a bad bottle.

01-14-2005 06:12:29 | More by santoslhalper
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-04-2012 23:40:27 | More by olafphysics
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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... Starts with a fizzy off white head about a finger thick that recedes slowly but leaves little lacing. Dark brown/ruby colored with plenty of sediment floating in it and very little activity

S- Not super smelly, faint malty/dark fruit aroma

T- Very smooth with no hop presence. Starts out with more of a toasted flavor and finishes more malty sweet with a nutty after taste

M- Smooth, medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation

D- I would definately drink more of this one. My favorite of styles for putting in a good session, and this will be put into my rotation


11-04-2009 02:25:12 | More by bbeane
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-30-2012 09:37:50 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-13-2013 14:59:37 | More by Bunuelian
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

05-05-2014 23:41:29 | More by RummyRedbeard
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3.64/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

11-02-2013 21:01:23 | More by delta490
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

10-30-2012 05:20:06 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-04-2013 01:43:01 | More by firstlighthiker
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-02-2013 00:33:47 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

*review from notes on 3/04/11*

Batch #10178 (1/17/11)

Part of a variety case. Chilled bottle into a pint glass, sepia brown body with a finger of tan head, nice retention. Some sweet malts in the nose, along with some nice hop aromas. The taste is interesting, lots of hops up front which was unexpected. The bitterness seems to linger, but can tell there is a nice sweetness back there waiting to shine.**

Mouthfeel seemed right on point for the style, medium bodied with maybe a tad above average carbonation. A nice example of the style, especially if given a few months to balance out.

**I ended up drinking a single from my six pack, and letting the rest sit for 2 months. I can say that there was a big improvement in the taste, which is represented in the score. Much sweeter, with a slight nutiness - caramel, brown sugar, and toffee made this Brown Ale much more balanced and enjoyable.

07-05-2011 04:02:16 | More by prdstmnky
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-02-2014 14:13:02 | More by GOBLIN
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3.78/5  rDev -1%

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.

10-14-2012 02:38:49 | More by Mojo
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

01-25-2008 04:51:29 | More by willjschmidt
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4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “PKGD” date printed on the back label is “01/07/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a becker glass. The color is medium caramel. One finger of lightly tanned head left a skim and thin ring around the edge.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, milk chocolate, cherry syrup, brown sugar, maybe a little toffee and molasses. It reminds me of a Cadbury Creme Egg.

Taste: Very thick mouthfeel. The toasted malts from the smell are much more prominent in the flavor. Earthy hops add a nice bitterness to accompany minor flavors of caramel, chocolate, toffee, and cherry syrup.

Drinkability: This is a very good, heavy winter ale. It is flavorful but not overpowering.

03-23-2013 05:05:27 | More by TheQuietMan22
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-23-2014 03:24:14 | More by mrcraft
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Dark amber brown, 3/4 inch tan head that hung around for a while and left very good lacing.

Smells of caramel malt, yeasty goodness, mollases and a little nutty.

Taste begins with caramel malt which is followed by some toffe and hazelnut notes.

Medium body with a fizzy carbonation.

Oeverall a nice drinkable Brown

04-02-2008 17:17:22 | More by jackorain
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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