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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,005 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,005
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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Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-26-2013 00:18:35 | More by Stoshua
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 21:45:54 | More by thagr81us
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cosmicevan

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 18:37:06 | More by cosmicevan
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 03:49:43 | More by ummswimmin
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Danno48

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-24-2013 03:04:02 | More by Danno48
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Linus4AU

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-22-2013 18:55:30 | More by Linus4AU
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 05:07:39 | More by AdamGarcia
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gir02021

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-22-2013 04:28:51 | More by gir02021
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twenteone

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-22-2013 01:31:34 | More by twenteone
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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-21-2013 13:07:40 | More by LooseMoose1978
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours copperish brown with a two-finger white head. No lacing.

S - Raisins, roasted malt.

T - A wee-bit of coffee, raisins, roasted malt, a bit water.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, it was exremely average. I could have it at the the bar, but probably wouldn't buy it for the home.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 06:01:15 | More by SometimesIfart
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Mulcahey

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-20-2013 22:35:34 | More by Mulcahey
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CapEmCrunch


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-20-2013 20:51:46 | More by CapEmCrunch
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mvdillman

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-20-2013 20:33:37 | More by mvdillman
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beerhast

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-20-2013 18:55:52 | More by beerhast
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Tawny

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -28%

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Bakker

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-19-2013 16:39:23 | More by Bakker
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beergoot

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-18-2013 05:37:48 | More by beergoot
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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duffalo


4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nothing frilly, just a really well done brown ale. The balance is great - there's no hop smell, but they nicely cancel out the sweetness that could easily be in this beer given the amount of grains they pack in. I think the taste is great, but personally I think it's almost on the verge of a porter in darkness and alcohol content - not quite as light as most of the brown ales I'm used to. Nevertheless, this is a great choice if you're in the mood for a no frills well done brown.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 00:51:58 | More by duffalo
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Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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ShutOutTheSky


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-17-2013 03:22:48 | More by ShutOutTheSky
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a bit of a red hue. Medium head that looks creamy and fades somewhat quickly. Smells sweet like a red ale, cherry amd roasty presence here. Flavor is nutty and smooth, different from the aroma. A bit of chocolate with the nut and a bit of fruit on the finish. Nice easy drinker. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 20:22:50 | More by BMMillsy
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Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,005 ratings.