Ring Neck Braun Ale | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Ring Neck Braun AleRing Neck Braun Ale

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Chaz on 10-14-2007

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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 193
Photo of Thegoodguy111
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a brown that has been very well done. Living in Wisconsin makes it hard to find, thankfully Minnesota is just an hour away. Worth the drive to pick up a few cases of this beer. Caramel and chocolate with a nice malt flavor that has me wanting more and more. It feels a little grainy in the mouth, but has a great finish, not to bitter.

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Photo of beesy
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tom for sending me this one.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Founders snifter.

A - pours a clean, clear medium brown with a finger and a half of creamy light khaki head.

S - malty, nutty, slight sweet, slightly caramel.

T - toasty with a slightly nutty sweet combintion. Very tasty for a brown ale. Fairly malty but not overly sweet. Sweet bread. A slight drying affect on the palate, most likely from some biscuit malts.

M - medium to medium light bodied. Slightly creamy and dry at the same time.

D - easy drinking for me. Modest ABV and a great taste makes this a fntastic drink on a cool Ohio evening.

Overall, a beer I am surprisingly digging. Brown Ales aren't the most sexy beer of all times, but this one comes across with a fantastic mix of sweet, malt, bread and grain to make an exceptional beer.

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Photo of oline73
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Lots of dark fruit with some brown sugar and slightly sweet grain. Definitely a malt forward beer.

Taste: The taste doesn't live up to the smell if you ask me. The bitterness is a bit too strong and overpowers the sweeter notes. There is a slightly tart dark fruit note in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with large bubbles and a dry finish.

Overall: This one was a bit too bitter for me. Smells quite nice, but I don't think I'd look this way again if I want a brown.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice dark ruby red with a brown hue, thumb of big bubbled head with some retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by bitter cocoa, hints of metallic raspberries and an espresso finish.

T - Classic brown ale, offering up more sweet milk chocoalte than the bitter cocoa, the finish provides hints of espresso and burnt toast, toasted almonds and buttery biscuits.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - For a random single, this provided loads of flavour and was definitely fitting of the style. A true sessionable brown ale that packs a little extra ABV that goes completely undetected. Well worth a try, a tasty ale indeed.

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Photo of pgfault
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised at how dark this poured out of the bottle. Head was minimal. Initial nose was malty, indicating that this wouldn't be some Newcastle knockoff. Indeed, this thing is full of delicious malt! It's well balanced with its hops and very drinkable. Th final.is just like the start - malty. All in all, a surprisingly good beer. Will bring a couple more six packs home when I'm in MN.

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Photo of blingice
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Really dark brown beer. Pour leaves a pretty thick head which dissipates relatively quickly into a thinner head, looks pretty good but definitely darker than I expected for a brown ale. Maybe that's my lack of experience with this style.

S: Smells exactly like chocolate ice cream. In fact, the only beer where I'm so sure of what I'm smelling is Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat/Fruity Pebbles. Lots of caramel/candy type flavors to it. I'm quite surprised at how sweet it smells and it's gotta be up there in terms of the best smelling beers I've encountered, even though it smells nothing like beer.

T: A nice warm taste of alcohol is immediately noticeable right up front. There are definitely chocolate-y flavors coming through too. Pretty earthy, woody tasting beer overall, I don't detect any fruit/citrus. Maybe almost a bit of grilled meat taste as well, but I could be imagining that. All of this gives way to a very mellow coffee taste that is quite pleasant. Aftertaste is mild and also quite pleasant.

M: Very smooth beer, just right amount of carbonation. Finish is almost creamy, like I'm drinking coffee or Kahlua.

O: I might have a new favorite beer. Very approachable dark beer. Something you could have at the end of dinner for dessert or in the afternoon sitting in the sun.

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Photo of superspak
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours with instant head that takes forever to settle. Hazy reddish brown color with a very dense 2 finger off white head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice thick soapy lacing on the glass, with a ton of carbonation streaming up. This is probably infected. Aromas of huge apple skins, caramel, molasses, toasted malt, bread, light chocolate, and light herbal hops. Way over the top apple notes makes finding anything else difficult. Taste of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, brown sugar, light herbal hops, and light fruitiness. No bitterness on the finish with lingering notes of chocolate, biscuit, caramel, toast, nuttiness, and light herbal on the finish for a good bit. Good balance of malty flavors with no cloying sweetness. Low noticeable infection traits in the flavor. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming after the finish noticed. Overall, despite the obvious infection, this was still a pretty tasty brown ale. Good balance of some pretty robust flavors, and quite easy to drink. I am sure this is a great beer without bugs in it.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Central Waters shaker pint.

Auburn body with a creamy beige collar and surface slick. Pasty lacing, average retention.

The aromatics bring the fruit flies running: tea biscuits, golden raisins, and a mild hop spiciness.

Powerful malt depth with chocolate covered raspberries, orange seeds, and a tangy spicy earthy finish. Mild bitterness offsets the sweet notes. Very good and surprisingly complex.

Smooth light bodied, creamy yet crisp.

Unique, well crafted example of the style.

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Photo of mothman
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a layer of beige tan head. Color is a clear copper brown.

Aroma: Toasted oats, nuts, caramel, toffee, and raspberries. A pleasant nose.

Taste: A big amount of toasted oats, followed by the similar flavors in the nose. Really nutty. Some chocolate. Ends a bit bland.

Mouthfeel: Toasty and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little charred and bland.

Overall, I liked the nose the best, but the taste and mouthfeel dropped off a bit. Very average.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper color with very little head the fell quick and felt no lacing behind.

S: Real nutty roasted note with a a very light chocolate and raspberry scent.

T: Very nutty malt as I expected. Nice sweetness comes through from the chocolate and raspberry to finish. Great flow.

M: Light body with medium carbonation. Smooth but had a little bit of crispness at the end.

O: Happy with this one! Great blend and nice new flavors, a good pour from Brau Bros.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a dull brown with no head whatsoever. Some dots of lace strewn about. The aroma is mainly of toasted oak, biscuit malt and nuts. This is a malt bomb with subtle earthy notes from the fuggles. On the palate, the same notes come through only with some cocoa powder and berries. The feel is thin, light body, with mild carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy. This is a tame take on the style, but good nonetheless. Nuts and toasted oak linger with a mild berry sweetness. This is definitely one I wouldn't turn away if given the opportunity, but not one I would seek out again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden brown color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It had nice retention and left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled toasty with a biscuity malt aroma.

T - It tasted grassy and earthy with a biscuity malt backbone. Nice caramel and toffee flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice English Brown Ale. A solid brew from Brau Brothers.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 fl oz (355 ml) brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Orval goblet in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. No best before date is listed. Acquired in December 2011, at a bottle store in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My label describes the epithet as "The Ring Neck Braun Ale"; no ABV listed.

Expectations are average.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and good retention (especially for the above average ABV). Colour is a dark brown (shocker!). Looks pretty good so far. The cream is laced. She's good and fluffy.

Sm: Nutty and creamy - just like a brown ale should smell. A moderate strength aroma. I'm excited to take a sip.

T: A nice creamy open with persisting undertones, and a nut tone beginning roughly from the midpoint through the 3rd act, stopped short by the cream on the finish. The nuts are a bit underdeveloped (insert phallic joke here) but the cream compensates. It's pretty well balanced in that regard, and built as it should be. It doesn't try anything bold and isn't experimental - but it doesn't need to (be). A nice little cream brown ale. Nothing wrong with that.

Mf: Delightfully creamy and smooth, with enough wetness to refresh. Not too thick or too thin. Suits the flavour well.

Dr: Very drinkable and pleasant. Almost refreshing. I wouldn't mind trying this on nitro if it's available. The cream in particular is lovely. Hides its ABV well. Give her a spin, especially if you're fond of brown ales.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark chestnut brown with a few centimeters of small-buble, creamy, sticky foam. The aroma has a distinct earthy and nutty characteristic with some bitter chocolate lingering in the background. This theme continues to play out on the palate. The medium to full body of the beer has a creamy texture, but retains a bite through a pleasing level of carbonation. The faint kick of hops at the end is a welcome counter point to the roasted malt. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of enfield249
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark reddish brown, thin head of cream colored foam.

S - Grain, a little straw, and then some slight malt and molasses.

T - Nice brown sugar or molasses flavor, strong malt character, sweet, with just a hint of hop flavor.

M - Medium full, right amount of CO2.

O - Wow, what a pleasant brown ale. Very full tasting, a great fall beer with lots of flavor.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Ruby brown, one finger tan head. Several rings of lacing.
S- Smell is mild, but is predominantly of roasted nuts. Has an underlying pecans.
T- The flavor profile opens up a bit. It starts with a toasted bread flavor and an malty sweetness, almost a touch of honey. The nutty character comes through in the finish.
M- It's just a tiny bit below where I'd like it body wise. Pretty active carbonation. Long finish.
O- A well-made, tasty brown ale. So far it's my recommendation from Brau Brothers.

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Photo of Nesued
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Provided as a extra in a trade. An interesting style for which I'm not very familiar. Should be an interesting tasting.

Appearance - Amber/brown in color, a light head formed (half-finger). Clear, with a light carbonation retained a light ring.

Smell - Earthy aroma. Some rich malts along with an almost chocolate/cocoa aroma. Lots of sweetness and a crisp inviting nose. Some caramel as well.

Taste - A nice warming caramel entry. Bigger in flavor that typical "nut brown" ales. Sweet and malty middle. A linger on the finish. Crisp conclusion. Not much of a hop presence or additional flavor.

Mouthfeel - Some marginal carbonation. Moderate in mouthfeel. Light overall.

Overall - An enjoyable English Brown Ale. I'd buy it if it was available locally.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ring Neck Braun Ale is a brown, cola colored beer, with a small, foamy tan head, which leaves a good amount of lace.

The nose is mostly sweet, brown malts, with a bit of nutiness as well.

The taste starts with sweet malts, caramel and toffee, with quite a bit of nuts, just a hint of vanilla, a bit of dark fruit as well. Mouth is fairly thin.

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Photo of DaCheesehead
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle: Aroma is malty, caramel, slight chocolate cake notes, slightly roasted, not much hops here but very fiantly detectable with light grassy notes. Appearance is a muddy brown with a medium to low tan head that diminishes into a soapy film. Taste is sweet malts with a slight graininess, lightly bitter, and more of the chocolate and caramel note coming out in the backing. Palate is medium bodies, creamy and slightly thick, nice carbonation with a nice bitter finish. Overall, Nice offering as a brown ale. I would drink this agian. Cheers!

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The off-white head builds to about a finger’s worth of foam. Lace starts at the side of the glass, but it dissipates quickly and leaves little behind. The color of this beer is nice though, mahogany with amber highlights.

Smell: There is the bread malt smell that is usually found in brown ales. However, it is pretty tame and not near big enough. I am trying really hard to find raspberry or chocolate notes like the bottle suggests should be there, but no luck.

Taste: The heavy and sweet bread malt flavor is here in spades. The after taste is just plain strange though. It is sour, but not bitter sour like what you would get from a hoppy finish. It must be from the raspberry that is in here. Although,

I can’t really distinguish raspberry or chocolate flavor. Because it does a nice job of carrying a good malted brown ale flavor through the drink, it isn’t bad. But it’s not as complex as I was expecting or as the bottle said it was going to be.

Mouth feel: It is very smooth and medium bodied. None of the flavors linger long except for that weird sourness, not doing anything good for the beer there.

Overall: I am very partial to brown ales, but this one wasn’t nearly what I was hoping for or expecting. There is certainly a nice brown ale base, but it just kind of goes downhill from there. I am willing to give this one another go sometime down the road because I usually enjoy Brau Brothers offerings, but for now, I’ll have to call it a disappointment.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-23-11

Pours a deep, dark brown color, with a filmy head that settles to an off white ring around the edge. Clear, and a bit lighter around the edges.

Smell is very sweet, with lots of that definite English character that is hard to place. Deep, roasted malt gives way to clove and nutmeg at the end. Decently complex.

Taste is exactly what the smell indicates, lots of malty sweetness, a good but of burnt/roasted character, and a kick of the English flavor. Good, though a bit too sweet for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is thick and slick to go with the malty flavors.

Drinkability is good, but the sweetness does build up after awhile.

Overall, a well made beer, if not my favorite style.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear, brown liquid with some ruby red highlights. The white head is thin but has good retention.

S- Caramel, cocoa, nuts, and honey. Rather aromatic, unique, and appealing.

T- Sweet caramel, cocoa, honey, and some nuts. Very tasty, but a bit on the rich side.

M- Smooth body with a touch of a carbonation bite on the finish.

D- A bit on the sweet side and the flavors tend to build a bit on the palate, but it is unique and tasty.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of six styles included in a Brau Brothers Brewing sampler 12-pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. longneck brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Deep hazy brown color. A one finger tan foam head that left nice sticky lacing as it receded.

Smell: Sweet, malty and dark fruits. Caramel and brown sugar.

Taste: Sweet malts with underlying flavors of creamy caramel and some raspberry and blackberry. Very little hops, this one is all about the malts, and it is very good.

Mouth Feel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Malty, flavorful, sweet and smooth. A good malty brown ale to session with. The dark fruit flavors are nice as well. This is a good one from Brau Brothers Brewing.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Many, many thanks to Chaz for this, seemingly in the same vain vein as tone77, both wanting me to keep my bottle numbers up while not abandoning The CANQuest (TM). No worries on either count, my brothers! I accept the bottle as brethren to the CAN and I am now shooting to broach the 500-500-500 club (bottle-CAN-draft, so inclusiveness is paramount.

From the bottle: "First brewed in the fall of 2006, RingNeck Ale was a stepping stone for Brau Bros. in terms of melding styles and pushing ingredients to produce unique flavors and aromas. This ale is nutty, with noticeable chocolate and raspberry. Moderate body and carbonation allow the malt to come through. Fuggle vines edge the southern face of the brewery's hop yard and make up the bulk of hop additions. The focus is on malt, however, with toasted oats and biscuit malt highlighting the bill."

Zounds! Yoi and double yoi! This sounds like a winner! I am the jagov that just blended Sam. Smith's Raspberry Ale with Bear Republic's Big Black Bear and here we are again with chocolate and raspberries. Holy double take, Batman!

My pour resulted in a finger of dense, medium-tan head with reasonable retention on a humid evening. Color was a deep garnet/ruby-red with NE-quality clarity. I am in love! Nose was VERY malty, more truth in advertising. The biscuit malt was definitely in the forefront, but with pecan undertones. I thought of Lazy Magnolia's Pecan Beer for a moment. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching creaminess, with the chocolate/raspberry flavors the immediate senses on the tongue, followed by a nuttiness that I had not achieved earlier. Wow! Not to be sexist, but this might have been the night to have CAPT Midnite (a counterperson at my local mini-mart who often gets to close at 0000) over for a drink. Man, but this was super sweet and certainly a dessert beer. Chicks seem to dig this sort of thing. Finish had a melange of nuttiness and raspberry, but the chocolate seemed to fade initially before making a reappearance on the extreme finish. Hoo! I may need some insulin after all of this sugar. It was wild and a perfect accompaniment to my earlier experiment, but I would not want a steady diet thereof.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, nearly opaque brown color with some slight amber highlights when held up to the light. Looks to be either unfiltered or chill haze. Had to do a very rough pour to evoke even a 1/2 inch head that fades pretty quickly. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S - Very sweet raspberry and milk chocolate aromas are evident early on. Some toasted malts weave in too, but are hard to pick out among the strong raspberry. No hop aroma to speak of. Not unpleasant, but different.

T - Tastes like i'm drinking a raspberry fudge sundae! What I got in the nose is even more evident in the flavor profile. Good, but I can't help but feel it's slightly unbalanced. Could use more toasted malt and hop bitterness.

M - Nice carbonation. Very drinkable. Despite the fruit sweetness, it's not cloying. Very refreshing on an unseasonably warm day in early April (compliments watching the final round of the masters quite well).

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Ring Neck Braun Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
3.84 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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