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

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very good

2,057 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,057
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 62
Gots: 108 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-16-2013 19:28:37 | More by kguard
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-23-2013 15:11:51 | More by ToddThompson
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-20-2013 02:13:10 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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3.78/5  rDev -1%

Pours a dark copper brown with a somewhat small head. Aroma is very light. Toasty malt with a hint of hops. Taste has a nice malty character with just a slight background sweetness. Toasty and a bit bready. Some herbal hops in the finish. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Easily drinkable. Overall a very solid and pleasant brown ale.

12-24-2008 02:29:20 | More by burnstar
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

10-17-2012 03:21:06 | More by harrylee773
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Billowy two fingers worth of cream-colored head sit perched atop a typically Bell's cloudy mahogany body.

Lots of grain husk with understated malt sweetness and a little bit of soap?!?

Rich, nutty malt flavor with excellently controlled supporting hop bitterness. Finish is long and creamy with an emphasis on nuttiness (pecans).

Mouthfeel displays appropriate thickness yet the finish is slightly waxy/soapy again. A weird brown which displays a well above average flavor delivered with amateurish flair.

12-13-2007 04:55:21 | More by malcontent
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

Appearance: Nice light coffee color. Slightly cloudy with some substance, and not overly clear like Newcastle, for example.

Smell: Faint roasted malt flavor and some dextrin sweetness.

Taste: Nuttiness upfront with slight caramel flavor. Hops bite towards the end and result in a slightly bitter aftertaste. Carbonation is good and not overwhelming.

Drinkability: Somewhat more a typical brown ale than anything. I can't detect much that distinguishes this otherwise.

01-12-2009 06:24:46 | More by thekanna
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-14-2012 23:33:20 | More by kayrex
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-25-2013 03:50:41 | More by jemarent
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

10-12-2013 15:10:46 | More by NickyDee21
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

Served chilled from a bottle at a Bell's tasting at the Brickskeller.

Appearance: Clear copper color with a frothy offwhite head. Head eventually dissipates to a frothy later. Left some nice fine lacing on the plastic cup.

Smell: Nice caramel and toffee aromas. Slightly sour, grassy hops in background.

Taste: Caramel and toasted flavors. Faint coffee tastes. Herby hops on finish.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice quaffer. I liked it, but wasn't overly excited.

10-23-2003 03:42:12 | More by ManekiNeko
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3.59/5  rDev -6%

A- Dark brown with almost no head and practically no lacing. It was bottled 2 months ago. Looks like a coke in the glass.
S- Caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits. Given a good swirl, a grassy, citrus aroma pops out.
T- Light flavors. Follows the nose almost exactly. As it warms, some nice citrus hops come out in the finish.
M- Medium, light body with a pretty good drying effect.
O- This was pretty good. I loved it when I first started tasting beers, but now that I'm trying it again, it is just a little too light for my tastes. I would certainly drink it if offered, but I probably won't be buying again.

12-02-2012 03:21:20 | More by tmm313
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-06-2012 18:41:14 | More by azorie
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Gorgeous deep plum coloration with a nice medium sized head of froth. Retention and lacing were both appealing.

S - Sweet caramel malts and cherries make the nose on this one, and I must admit, I was surprised at how potent the aroma was. Makes the mouth water.

T - Hearty toasted malt body with hints of roasted nuts. A slight bitterness comes through and gives this brew an impressive balance. Oddly refreshing for how malty it is.

M - Light to medium body, mild carbonation, dry finish.

D - What an excellent brew! I could seriously have one of these everyday, but I wish the abv was a bit lower, for this could be an awesome session brew. Definite reco here.

04-29-2008 17:08:41 | More by PhageLab
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-01-2013 02:48:51 | More by DudMan
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3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a deep mahogany color with a creamy, well-retained light tan head. Surprising hop character in the nose. The palate features a nice citrus hop spice with some caramel, various toasted flavors and a touch of nuttiness. More caramel and a bit of coffee roastiness towards the finish.

Pretty good, above average hop spice in the palate. Otherwise a fairly solid brown.


03-19-2007 00:08:02 | More by arguemaniac
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

A: Pours a reddish amber rather than the brown I was expecting, one finger tan head dissipates quickly. Lots of suspended sediment is present (batch #9981 so I assume it's not left over from last year).

S: All kinds of caramel and toffee sweetness are present in the aroma; this smells just like October should.

T: A bit too sweet, caramel overload hits taste buds right away, followed by a nice nutty finish.

M: Lively carbonation and light body, very smooth.

D: Hampered by sweetness a bit, otherwise no problems here.

12-21-2010 07:56:04 | More by AwYeh
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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