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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,611 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,611
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 81
Gots: 258 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

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.
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Bell's Brown Ale pours out a dark amber color with a medium sized head. The aroma is toasted malt, fruits (especially grapes), and floral hops. Nutty, spicy flavor. Not as malty as I expected, but the maltiness is definitely there. Toffee flavor, but not overly sweet. There is a bit of an acidic twang in the middle. The finish is hoppy and bitter. This beer has a creamy mouthfeel, which I really enjoyed. Drinkability is good too. This is a fine example of the Brown ale style.

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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz batch #7091 bottled on 9-29-05 as per the Bell's website, poured into a pint glass.

Rusty brown with a bubbly head that is light tan, falls rather quick and leaves only a faint wisp of lace.

The nose is caramel with a slight aroma of toasted nuts and drying hops in the background.

Sweet malts upfront with some breadcrust followed by the trademark Bell's hop bitterness. I wouldn't normally associate this much of a hop profile with the style, but I really like it. Dry finish with a medium mouth that is tempered by the prickly carbonation.

A very approachable and sessionable Brown that hop heads will enjoy.

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4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have has this guy on several occasions on draft, first time out of the bottle, let's see how this goes.

Slightly chill hazed, chalky and glowing reddish brown. One finger thick head that does not give a good indication as too how much lacing will be left behind. Answer: quite a bit.

Nose is wonderful, nutty with fruity esters and a hefty earthy hop aroma. Fresh is a word that comes to mind when smelling this. Roasty and sweet with slightly citrusy hop coupling. A solid complexity, nicely understand and highly appetizing.

Roasted bready malt is the first flavor that can be picked apart here, not as vinous or wine like as other English browns and a great deal hoppier, but hey, this is America dammit. Hazelnut, light piny resin, scorched brown sugar. The finish is slightly drying but maintains just the slightest bit of creaminess. There are also a pretty good deal of spiciness, I'd like to say nutmeg and just the slightest bit of cinnamon which adds yet another layer of complexity to an already outstanding brew.

I could by this stuff by the case, a wonderful winter beer, tasty but just the slightest bit too big to be an endlessly sessionable beer, but it is really easy to knock off not only a glass of this stuff, but a couple bottles as well.

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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid brown with lighter amber hues and nice white head.

The smell is sweet and malty with some nutiness.

The taste is light malt, nuts and very light hop bitterness. The flavours are very subtle but complex enough to at least make it decent.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Overall a decent brown ale a little light for my tastes but enjoyed the one bottle I bought.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber/brown color with full tan head that leaves a tan lace on the glass. Smells sweet and of roasted malts. Taste is also of roasted malts with a slight bitterness to it. Feels somewhat thick and smooth in the mouth with just a bit of tingle. A nice beer from New Belgium. Definitely worth having (often).

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy mahogany color, which produces a massive/rocky/billowy off-white head that retains very very well and leaves some nice sheets of lacing along the glass.

S: Not too much going on in the nose...a slight nutty aroma seeps through the head, as well as a dominant malt profile. Very sweet overall nose.

T: Different from the nose...The nutty aroma is present and very nice within the profile, along with a sweet and dark malt profile. Really not too much else to say...pretty one dimensional

MF/D: Medium/full in body, lingering nutty finish

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4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured reddish brown with little head.aroma, malts ,choc. caramel. flavor dark chocolate like the kind that covers a chocolate covered cherry, molasses. got a nice sweetness and a little bit of a bite at the end. had nice mouth feel bells does it again for me

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3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Amber-brown color with a 1-finger bubbly tan head. Pretty nice retention and some lacing. Clear with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles. A little light for a brown ale.

S – Toasted and nutty malts, caramel, some cocoa, and a hint of floral hops.

T – Sweet nearly all the way through with caramel, cocoa, and brown sugar flavors. Toasted and nutty malt picks up mid-taste, and a nice dose of bitter floral hops shows up at the finish. Still malt-forward like a good brown ale, but the spicy hop bitterness is a nice complement.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a spicy, bitter, and dry finish. Floral hop bitterness and spice lingers nicely along with some sweet caramel notes.

O – This is a really nice brown ale. I think the additions of cocoa, caramel, and complementary hops give this beer some nice nuances that not many brown ales have. All the usual toasted and nutty malt flavors are there, plus more. Bell’s doesn’t disappoint.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled tonight on 2/20/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner tulip glass.

Pours a pretty dark brown with ruby highlights in color with a a 1-finger beige head that lasts for a while then settles down to a thin head. Decent lacing was seen with each sip that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of sweet maple, malts with a hint of spice. The taste is even better with a toffee and caramel hint as well. Perfect carbonation. Goes down easy with no bitter aftertaste. One of the BETTER brown ales.

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,611 ratings.