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

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2,147 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 66
Gots: 127 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

lucasj82, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Zuidman
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Zuidman, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev +4.7%

jk3, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of amalahow
4/5  rDev +4.7%

amalahow, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of mishtif
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

mishtif, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of JWU
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a clear brown/red with a half finger of light tan head that doesn't stick around very long. Lacing is much better than I thought it would be.

S- Typical brown ale aromas. Bready, a bit of caramel and biscuits. English yeast. Hint of brown sugar.

T- A drier take on the style. A balance of dry bitterness, cocoa and a bit of brown sugar/caramel sweetness. Certainly english in it's roots, has a lot in common with an English Bitter, but is noticeably heavier.

M- Medium bodied, not hoppy dry, but a more malt based dryness. Carbonation is medium.

O- A serviceable brown ale. Nothing more, nothing less.

JWU, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of JDizzle
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

JDizzle, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Hopsiam14
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Hopsiam14, Jan 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

richeddi, Jan 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

crytion, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of KillaB
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

KillaB, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of DrJoe82
4/5  rDev +4.7%

DrJoe82, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

SonOfKyuss, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Rmatuszak2, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

kp29, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

EL48823, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of RoninTK3
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber and translucent with a bit of lacing.

S - Caramel, sweet malts, brown sugar. Very nice.

T - Malty, sweet, and a bit nutty. Hints of caramel and brown sugar. A bit of a bitter edge, especially in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth. A bit of a creamy feel.

Brown ales tend to be low on my list, but rating this among other beers in its style I found it to be quite enjoyable. Not something I'd get again, but this is a very good brown ale.

RoninTK3, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Stoshua, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed with the man who put Humpty Dumpty back together again (my orthopedic trauma surgeon)! Served from bottle into a flared pilsner. Poured a deep red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutty, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, toasted malt, nutty, nutmeg, and subtle caramel. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I was really quite intrigued by this one once I smelled the dark chocolate notes in it. However, to my slight disappointment, this note did not carry over into the flavor. Despite this it did not kill the brew at all. This one was rather easy drinking and quite enjoyable. Definitely one of the better browns I’ve had in awhile as most are hit-and-miss that I’ve had recently with other flavors infused into them. Worth your time trying without a doubt.

thagr81us, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this with lunch at the westwood tavern in schaumburg. Nice transparent brown with good lacing on the pint glass. Smells.of brown sugar and tastes the same. Fairly solid brown ale. Nothing mind blowing. Some nuttiness. Easy drinker. I like a good brown and this is good, but a bit of a let down from a brewery that seems to knock every style they take on out of the park.

cosmicevan, Jan 24, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer into a tulip glass.

On the initial pour I got two fingers of foam with very good retention. I like the lacing left behind on a glass. Off the top you can smell the plentiful malts and minimal hopping.

The flavor comes in with more of the malt. I also pick up some decent roastiness.

This is an easy drinking brown ale. Yet another great offering by Bell's.

ummswimmin, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Danno48, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Linus4AU, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of AdamGarcia
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle served in tumbler. package date 9/11/12

A: Warm reddish brown. Light filters through around the edges. Rather murky. Off white head doesn't stick around very long. Thin ring of foam remains.

S: Enticing. Sweet malty aromas. Hints of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, leather, and tobacco. Suggestions of hops come out once the temp rises a bit.

T: Taste mirrors aroma pretty closely. Some sweet fruity flavors pop up mid palate, but get swallowed up quickly with the chocolate and coffee. There's just a modest amount of roastiness and then a fairly long finish with some drying tobacco. Subtle in flavor, but tasty.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum and appropriate for a brown ale.

O: I always enjoy Best Brown whenever it's available. I don't necessarily drink a lot of browns but this is probably one of my favs when I'm in the mood.

AdamGarcia, Jan 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

gir02021, Jan 22, 2013
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.