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

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Ratings: 2,558
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 80
Gots: 225 | 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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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch # 8749.A brownish amber color with a thick off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted nuts and caramel malt with a touch of citrus and grassy hops. Taste is smooth, medium bodied, lightly carbonated with flavors of light caramel malt, some citrus zest and a touch of pecans.maybe a hint of grass. Finish is smooth, creamy with a more malty aftertaste than any bitterness.Very quaffable,and quite enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of reebtaerG
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured bottle dated 8/20/14 into a New Belgium globe

A-Pours clear brown with a light beige head. Some spotty lacing.

S-Aroma is toasted and bready malt, light toffee, and dates.

T-Nice flavors or caramel malt, biscuit, hint of plum and cocoa.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body and low carbonation.

O-Overall a very nice brown ale. Awesome for a cool fall day.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice deep chestnut colored ale with ruby hues and a dense tan head. The beer itself is clear, I mean not hazy but there are some of the floaties that seem to define this brewery for me so far. I could pour more carefully but I'm not terribly concerned about it.

A really nice sweet malt profile to the aroma, some roasted malt and burnt caramel. Nothing discernible in the hop department as far as aroma goes. The taste is somewhat roasty, with the toasted caramel and malty sweetness as well. Hope flavor comes through in the middle and blends nicely with the very sweet malt. Some hop bitterness comes through in the finish with some noticeable alcohol also.

Nice medium bodied brown, maybe a little hot for the style, but what do I know? I guess it's on the high end. Really a very drinkable and quality brown ale.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of WesMantooth
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep ruby reddish brown with a big fluffy off white head

Smell - roasted nuts, carmel or toffee

Taste - carmel, roasted nuts and malt, toasted bread, slight chocolate

Feel - medium bodied, somewhat creamy feel

Overall - excellent brown ale with an earthy feel and taste. Very easy drinking beer that you can enjoy a few of. A perfect compliment to a cool fall evening.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pretty opaque leather brown with bronze highlights. A firm head with quick dissipation and light lacing.

Scent is of light roasted nuts, caramels and toffee. A warm and inviting nose that has toasted malts in the background. The smell is so pleasing I would buy a candle of it and light it in my house.

Taste is similar to the nose, warm toasted malts with a nutty, metallic toffee touch. A slight buttery flavor and mouthfeel comes through in the aftertaste. No hop profile to speak of, which in this case is ok with me. This beer is about the malts, sweet to the tongue and pleasant on the palate, nice thin but even carbonation adds to the pleasure of this brew.

I've never been a fan of English styles but this one is excellent. A flavorful experience with a nice medium body that keeps every sip interesting. I would definitely buy this again and have it on hand, especially in the winter time. The nutty, toffee, caramel flavors and scents bring a holiday warmth with it.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Dave1999
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber brown hue. Head is minimal and slowly fades. Good carbonation. Amber malt aroma with hints of caramel is inviting. Fairly carbonated and crisp mouthfeel that leaves a lingering tingle on your tongue. There's plenty of amber malt and caramel flavor. A pretty straightforward session beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,558 ratings.