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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,007 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,007
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 56
Gots: 103 | FT: 3
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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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Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a ruby-brown color with a thick, creamy tan head. The aroma has a sweet, nutty maltiness to it. The flavor is sweet and nutty with maltiness in the drying finish. It is a light-medium bodied brew that is very smooth. This one would be an excellent session brew. A very nice beer overall.

Sampled 10/17/03

Serving type: bottle

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jkrich

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a wise owl shown in the forefront of a wintery scene.
The beer poured an opaque, brown with deep copper hightlights. The quickly disippating, tan head with some lacing on the glass.

This ale has a slightly spicy, almost wine-like aroma. Indeed, the strong odor leads you to believe this will be a full bodied interpretation of an English brown ale.

The taste is actually surprising mellow given the rather intense smell. The initial taste is slightly sweet (never cloying) with a slight acidic aftertaste. The flavors become more balanced as the ale warms.

While brown ales are not my favorite style of ale, I am certainly pleased to try another good seasonal from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 00:15:11 | More by jkrich
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-15-2011 00:01:35 | More by Lawnboy33
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Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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California

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.
Pours a hazy brown-amber, with a bit of a light off-white head. Fairly spicy toasted malt flavor & aroma. A bit like a cross between a brown ale and an Oktoberfest beer. Medium-bodied and smooth, with light carbonation. A tasty and really nice beer, but not your typical brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 00:55:27 | More by mithrascruor
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-16-2012 20:32:48 | More by Greenster
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Florida

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, balanced beer. Appearance as avertised, decent head, some retention. Good balance, slightly towards the bitter. Almost reminds me of a darker IPA (like Indiga). Bell's beers tend to be very flavorful (the one's I've experienced), and this is no exception. Another one I'd probably buy regularly if it was available down here. Thanks, Al.

Serving type: bottle

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Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-13-2012 23:43:11 | More by mtlasley
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Florida

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-02-2013 21:54:40 | More by ucfalum08
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Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-15-2011 04:24:26 | More by Franz4
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Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-10-2011 03:05:36 | More by Shango42
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Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Florida

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-19-2011 03:08:49 | More by DoctorB2B
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Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A - Clear, ruddy chestnut in color with a thin tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Nutty, toasted malt, a hint of milk chocolate, creamy-buttery notes.

T - Nice chocolate and nutty malts, a touch of sweetness, with just enough earthy hop bitterness thrown in for balance.

M - Round, medium body.

D - A well-put-together brown ale. Good sessionability, good flavor without being too complex or demanding.

Serving type: bottle

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Michigan

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,007 ratings.