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

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very good

2,493 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,493
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 79
Gots: 204 | 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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – As the name would suggest the beer pours a brown color with a light hint of orange seen when held up to the light. Upon pouring a one finger cream colored head is present. The head fades lowly over time leaving a ton of nice foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt, brown bread and molasses smell. Mixed with these aromas are some sweeter fruit aromas of both light and dark varieties with some apple, pear, and a hint of cherry. Rounding out the smells is a lighter earthy hop aromas smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly roasted bready taste mixed with some caramel and molasses. The flavor gets a bit more roasted more toward the middle, but also gets a bit fruitier with some of the apple and pear that were in the nose detected on the tongue. The sweeter flavors start to dwindle however more in the middle, being replaced by some more bitter hop tastes of an earthy and herbal nature. Some more bitter nut like tastes come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste, with the mix of flavors leaving a nicely hopped, slightly drier and lighter roasted bready taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both were a nice blend for keeping an easy drinking brew, all the while supporting the blend of hop, fruit, and roasted flavors.

Overall – A rather enjoyable brown ale. It has a nice level of sweetness, hop and roast to make for an easy drinking and tasty brew.

Darkmagus82, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of confer
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cola brown with a tan head. Part of the head stays around.
Small is all toasty malts. Smells like toasted wheat bread.
At first I though I tasted a some hoppy bitterness but I think it is all the toasty malts giving the flavor.
Smooth and a bit creamy , low carbonation.
I don't know if it is truly the best brown but very good and worth getting again.

confer, Oct 27, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Packaged on 09/25/13.

A: Pours a clear ruby brown appearing dark brown in the glass. Slightly yellowed head sits on top and leaves some good lacing on the sides.

S: Roasted malt, bit of nuttiness to this one. Sweetness and carmel as well. Slight fermented fruit and almost a cheese like quality.

T: Enjoyable blend here, sweet malts, carmel, nuttiness and a touch of hops. Well balanced but a touch on the maltier side. Roasted malts are in there and compliment the other flavors.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation. Bit sticky on the finish but still very drinkable.

Overall nice for when the weather is getting colder. Solid beer that represents the brown ale category well.

CloudStrife, Oct 20, 2013
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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,493 ratings.