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

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2,607 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,607
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 82
Gots: 253 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mdhkc
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of treque
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of barleyroad
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of natemort13
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of KMcG
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.54/5  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.

Photo of Tyrolaspenleaf
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of thecheapies
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown colored body with an inch of head.

Bready toasted caramel aroma. Bit of biscuity pale malt blending in. Ok.

Pretty standard flavor profile with a slight emphasis on a less nutty/more estery yeast. Some hints of apricot and some citrus happiness backing the toasted malts. Not bad.

Feels appropriate for the style. My only complaint is actually detecting the alcohol in this one.

Verdict: not my style of choice, although it was in the past. I'd say this one's decent, but not as good as, say, Dogfish Head Indian Brown.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tut2528
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smell: slight grain, with a decent malt character, some mild nuts are present along with some hops.

taste: decent decent balance of malt and nuts (but the nuts aren't overwhelming), there is a sweet toffee character that allows the beer to have a high drinkability. Hops come out at the end to balance out the entire brew.

i thought this was a very well balanced beer all around. you can easily down a few of these quickly. i think this would be a great recommendation for individuals just getting started in microbrews.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,607 ratings.