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

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86
very good

2,020 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,020
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 56
Gots: 103 | 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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Dweedlebug

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-31-2012 01:52:43 | More by Dweedlebug
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Scott1970

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-31-2012 00:22:47 | More by Scott1970
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BlackBearForge

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby tinted brown, my bottle being very clear, with a small whitish head with moderate slippery lacing.

Molasses, brown sugar and dark toasty malts in the nose.

The flavor is nicely balances between sweet and a nice drying on the finish. As in the nose, dark rich toasty malts, caramel flavored with a hint of chocolate with a lightly spicy hop presence. Very flavorful and very good!

The mouthfeel is more medium than light, very smooth and lightly creamy.

Overall I believe this has to be one of my favorite brown ales now! I've always been impressed by Bell's beers in general and this ale is no different. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 20:30:35 | More by BlackBearForge
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brbrocc

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-30-2012 18:34:20 | More by brbrocc
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lilsmizzul1225

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-30-2012 09:37:50 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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DMB

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-30-2012 02:53:14 | More by DMB
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

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

Best brown ale pours a cloudy copper to brown color with a nice cap of creamy foam. The nose is light and grainy, fitting for a brown ale. The aroma that it does produce is a pleasant darkly roasted malt with nutty overtones. The brown malt theme continues on the palate with a creamy smooth malt texture. A slight bitterness provides balance toward the end. This brew has all the makings of good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 02:47:13 | More by BeardedBoffin
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elcrawl

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-30-2012 02:17:11 | More by elcrawl
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-29-2012 22:36:29 | More by Brushkanna
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yokken

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-28-2012 21:52:46 | More by yokken
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jaybags

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-28-2012 14:42:56 | More by jaybags
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TubaManJack

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-28-2012 01:50:20 | More by TubaManJack
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ssimpson89

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-27-2012 22:34:23 | More by ssimpson89
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Bung

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-27-2012 16:59:02 | More by Bung
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jduprey007

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-26-2012 19:59:56 | More by jduprey007
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arizcards

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up 2 singles at Total Wine in mid-November for $1.99 each. Bottled on 9-13-12.

Beer poured brown with a tan head that is leaving lacing behind. Some setiment floating at the bottom.

Nose has hint of toasted grains with some cocoa.

Taste is well balance, toasted malts with some cocoa form a nice backbone but there is enough hopping to make this less sweet and give it a bit of oilyness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. It is well carbonated but not refreshing.

Overall i like this beer. The hops and the cocoa make this beer an interesting and palatable brown. This is more an American Brown style wise.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 23:51:37 | More by arizcards
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-24-2012 21:21:55 | More by cliff1066
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JasonSiedman

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-23-2012 22:35:54 | More by JasonSiedman
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JJFordick

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

12-23-2012 16:50:33 | More by JJFordick
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Lukass

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

12-22-2012 14:22:52 | More by Lukass
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WesM63

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-22-2012 08:42:22 | More by WesM63
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Trevormcraig

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

12-20-2012 23:00:13 | More by Trevormcraig
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HazardousBrewer

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-20-2012 03:02:02 | More by HazardousBrewer
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Gehrig13

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-19-2012 14:09:16 | More by Gehrig13
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SurlyHotdog

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.5%

12-19-2012 01:43:53 | More by SurlyHotdog
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,020 ratings.