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

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very good

2,167 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,167
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 66
Gots: 131 | 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: 2,167 | Reviews: 782 | Display Reviews Only:
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2/5  rDev -47.6%

psuwiz99, Jan 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

GreatPumpkin, Jan 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

mrebeka, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Profchaos20, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

kjkinsey, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

greenbeer29, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz poured into a pint.

A- Cloudy dark orange. Brown at a distance. Classic 2 finger white head.
S- Lots of earthy notes. Smells pretty Christmasy with ginger and cinnamon. A little bit of caramel.
T- Very earthy caramel. Some nuts perhaps. Definitely some Christmas characteristics but they're not too obvious. Sweet and stupidly smooth. A great malt and caramel profile. Little to no hop profile.
M- This is a smooth drinking brown with a fantastic full feel to it. Some sticky mouth and good carbonation. Dry aftertase.
O- This is to date, the best Brown Ale I have had. Its most similar to Goose Island Christmas Ale (2009) but way more available. Good stuff, get some.

TwelveOunces, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of speter
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, translucent hazelnut brown. Two-finger, persistent fluffy light tan head. Moderate lacing.

S: Toasty brown sugar and cinnamon (pop tarts, anyone?). Toffee, caramel, and almond. Very light grassiness from the hops.

T: Lightly-almond caramel malt with sweet, brown-sugar up-front, with just enough hop bitterness to cut the sweetness from mid-palate on.

M: Great carbonation, but the body itself is very light and completely belies the 5.8% ABV.

O: A very flavorful brown ale in the English tradition, with a wonderful balance between rich malt and subtle hop.

speter, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

gustogasmic, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

msuspartan22, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

bcal16, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of mdhkc
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a little skeptical of brown ales in general. A lot of them seem to taste quite good up front, but then leaving something malty behind that simply lasts too long and quickly goes from tasty beer to a leftover taste that you want to exorcise from your mouth. Happily, Bell's Best isn't a victim of this phenomena. Slightly "warmer" than many other brown ales I've personally tried, this seems like a nice winter seasonal.

Clean is the word I'd use to describe the flavor of this beer all around. The carbonation level seems just right as well, naturally complementing it without overwhelming. Nutty and slightly chocolatey malt notes up front lead into a slightly sweet finish that doesn't overpower. A light body combined with the clean finish makes this beer extremely drinkable on a cool winter's evening, or paired with a nice hearty English beef or mutton stew.

Bottle is stamped with "10/24/11A", so I assume this is a bottling date, but it doesn't specify.

Overall, this beer is an exception among the style in my opinion, and likely my favorite brown ale thus far.

mdhkc, Jan 20, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: it present a clear, traslucent deep amber body, not really a brown one, there is not too much carb activity, the head is off white with enough retention, some waste left on the glass

A: some nutty, some caramel, a little hops, sweet and richy malt aroma

T: nice nutty, malty and caramel taste, the finish is a little dry but lasts for a while, well balanced

treque, Jan 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

dfillius, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of barleyroad
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown in appearance with a nice foam, that is carmel in color. The smell is flat, with a acidic floral tone. This is a rather interesting smell. Mouthfeel is verymuch a brown ale, smooth. Taste is very clean in its taste, slight hints of toasty malts, Overall this is a very delightful brew and easy drinking. Goes well with what you are eating.

barleyroad, Jan 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

schnay90, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of natemort13
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes

Pours a ruddy brown with a light tan head that dissipates quickly.

Nose gives lots of toasted malt, hint of carmel and chocolate.

Taste follows the nose. Very much a beer of toasted malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, I love this beer. When I'm sick of all the spiced winter warmers this malt-balanced beer is where I turn.

natemort13, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

JoeLacy, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

nmeiborg, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Charlesl22, Jan 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

gafferjohn, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

superjose, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

page101, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of KMcG
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1 finger head, quite lacey and sticky that topped deep orange-brown ale.

S: The aroma is weak and difficult to capture. I pick up on sweet roasted malts and that's about it.

T: Sweet malty backbone and hints of toffee and berries. There are floral hops come out in the finish.

M: It's light to medium bodied with medium carbonation and a smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

KMcG, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a brown, amber color with a 1" head. The color is translucent and slightly cloudy.

S - Nutty and roasty malts with some brown sugar scents in there. Could be some fruit in there too but very little. A nice roasty aroma.

T - More nuts on the front end with malts and yeast on the finish.

M - Medium carbonation that's very crisp.

O - Not bad.

brstls4drmrs, Jan 15, 2012
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,167 ratings.