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Ring Neck Braun Ale | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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BA SCORE
3.76/5
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197 Ratings
Ring Neck Braun AleRing Neck Braun Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Chaz on 10-14-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,228
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
197
pDev:
13.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 89
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of blingice
4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
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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3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
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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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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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5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of mothman
3.12/5  rDev -17%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Ring Neck Braun Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 197 ratings
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