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

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Added by Chaz on 10-14-2007

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Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep auburn brown with a dull glow moderately capped by a light tan foam. Lacing creeps around with some psotty stringyness and spots.

Aroma is well rounded with deeply sweet nuttyness, malted well with a light, delicate touch of dark fruity tang that seeps raisin and date, has some soft toasted bread, buttercream, and a hint to some nice dry grain husks.

Taste is super soild and yummy for a Brown ale. Great tone and length of nutty warmth and sweetness work together well with a light and soft mapley touch. Breathy vanilla hints, bready, butterey, bold, mildly tangy with a solid malt girth and weight behind it. Nuanced with a remarkably soft, nearly ghostly hint to dry grain husks and a bit of herbal hoppyness as it trails thru to the finish. Which is simple, but lasting.

Has a nice solid medium body with excellent length of malty flavors and mildly sweet tones that keep on giving a firmness of wholesome breadyness and low ended tangy sweetness. Most Browns are short on the tone factors and length of flavors provided. Ring Neck surpasses that and goes to whole nother level of boldness and weight thats just ample enough to give it its wonderful length yet lightly eager enough on the back end to allow for some superb drinking ease. Nearly Porter/Bock like in a number of manners but does keep to its overall Brown ale nature.

By far Brau Brothers finest offering. An American Brown ale(English?, not bloody likely) that is quite possibly one of the top Browns I've enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy, in quite a long time. Right up there with New Glarus Fat Squirrel, Surly Bender, and Rogue Hazelnut.

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Photo of jt31914
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

A: Brown with little to no head or lacing. Not very carbonated.

S: Coffee and dark chocolate malt aromas.

T: Taste is char flavor with coffee malts and a little oakish flavor. A bit watery on the finish.

D/M: Very drinkable with a nice bubbly mouthfeel.

Overall this is decent, drinkable, but mostly average.

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Photo of dbossman
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light brown with a golden tint; a thin head that dissipates to a very thin film

S: Roasted grainy malts with a sweet candied sugar and caramel aroma; also a biscuity smell to complement the sweetness

T: Alcohol is prevalent; nutty and bready with a caramel undertone; surprisingly complex

F: Pretty good mouth feel--though carbonation seems a bit much

D: A nice offering from Brau Bros. Alcoholy but pleasant and nice for sipping

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Photo of herman77
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light to medium brown with a bone white head that dissipates quickly. Fairly clear appearance, just a touch of sediment. No lacing.

S: Nutty and toffee malt. Big hints of chocolate.

T: Lots of carmel and chocolate. A hint of cherry/raspberry sweetness. Finishes very smooth with a subtle malt sweetness. Very malt forward, just a hint of bitterness near the end. A little too chocolaty and sugary/carmel sweet for my taste. It seems like the flavoring is too artificial.

M/D: Medium to lighter body, lighter carbonation, fairly smooth feel as it rolls around the tongue. Drinkability is not the greatest. I grow tired of this pretty quick. Too much fake chocolaty and fruity flavoring.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to morimech!

Pours light to medium brown with a thin tan head. Broken rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of toffee/caramel, raspberries, nuts and toast. Pretty complex - malty, nutty, fruity. Sweet with a sour edge.

The taste is of sweet maltiness - caramel, toffee, nuts - balanced by toasty bread and a tart raspberry fruitiness.

It has a smooth medium body with mild to moderate carbonation.

An interesting twist on an English-style Brown. According to label, Fuggles hops used - It is an English-style brown with a tart raspberry undertone and is higher in alcohol (that shows somewhat) than is typical. It's a creative take on a traditional style. Nice!

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark nutty brown with amber tones showing through. Nice tall tan head that dies to a big bubbly ring. Nice chunks of spotty lace left behind as this one is consumed.

S: Wonderful sweet malt aromas. Bold brown sugar and caramel. Nuts and toffee. Mild chocolate as well.

T: Now this is not an extreme beer lovers dream, what it is though is a real nice brown ale. Wonderful brown sugar sweetness. Notes of chocolate malt with wonderful roast. Lots of almond and pecans.

M: Medium in body, smooth, almost creamy.

D: Wonderful, tasty and damn drinkable. Did not even know this brewer existed. It's a win for me, and I am usually not a fan of malty brews.

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Photo of katan
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown color. Very opaque, almost hazy. Head formation is light, just a film of mocha.

S - A combination of caramel and chocolate notes come through, with just a bit of cherry. Very malty sweet nose.

T - Starts off with the caramel and toffee sweet notes of a brown ale. Mid-stream gets a little bit bitter, but stays malt forward. No hopping detected. Some yeast comes through Finishes with a chocolately sweet note that is complemented by those same cherry notes detected in the smell. Perhaps some peat malt notes as well, similar to a scotch ale.

M - Moderate beer body, very light carbonation. Clinging and sticky to the palette.

D - Pretty drinkable beer. If the ABV is true, it is well hidden. Not filling. Flavors are not overwhelming.

Probably ties the Whirly Bird as my favorate Brau beer.

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

Purchased at Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN. Pours a dark reddish copper body with an off white head that caps the beer. Aroma of milk chocolate, toasted bread and nutty toffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Flavors of chocolate covered dried cherries first greet you then transition to a smooth and sweet finish. Great drinkability.

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Photo of CRichardsMN
4.69/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber orange with absolutely no head but a small amount of spotty lace.

Very nutty and malty with hints of caramel, hops and alcohol. Nice nose made my mouth water.

The nose did not disappoint me. There is a powerful combination of sweet malts, smooth caramel, bits of chocolate and a smooth grain and alcohol finish. Nicely balanced and very good.

Medium bodied and smooth / creamy with very light carbonation.

This reminds me of a milder version of an American Strong Ale; all of the same notes with not as much intensity. Also, since the alcohol is much lower, I can enjoy them for longer. This is very good.

I happened across this at a beer tasting event for 3M. I had never heard of the Brau Bros. and even at the end of the night (12 Breweries, 60 Labels - Many samples), this one stuck out as the clear best while the rest just faded together. I knew that I had to try this one again with a clear head and it turned out even better. For the price and the quality ($7.99 / 6 x 12oz), this is likely to become my fridge beer of choice. Who says you have to go all the way to England for a good nut brown?!

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Photo of jera1350
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery brown color with a thin layer of suds that shrinks to a ring around the glass.

Earthy, sweet caramel malt dominates the nose. Kind of like Newcastle with some more earthiness.

Rich caramel malts fill the flavor. Hints of chocolate, oats and coffee peak out. Some muddy earth graininess is coming through as well. Toasted nut goodness.

Smooth and medium bodied. Nice satisfying feel all around.

Nice solid brown ale. Makes for a nice cool weather beer. If the earthiness was a bit toned down, this would be even better. I will have this again.

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Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich, somewhat dark brown with an orange-red hue. Small off-white head forms with spotty lacing.

Smell: Milk chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Very nice malty smell overall.

Taste: Semi-sweet malt backbone of caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark fruit and molasses. A nice nut flavor helps cut the sweetness which turns slightly drying at the end.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, medium smooth body, slight dry finish. Just a nice pub ale feel overall.

Drinkability: Both full flavored and easy drinking at the same time. Maybe the best English Brown Ale I have had.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark-ass "braun" color, with only a few highlights around the bottom. Opaque. Head is shy of tan but off-white, less than an inch, and sticky.

Nose is sour, with cocoa notes along with some fruitiness. Some toasted malt ideas are thrown around along with an ever-present over-ripe banana.

Lots of flavor in the mouth for the Braun Ale. There are nuts to be found, along with some caramel malt, a classic Brau Bros. metal edge, and the fruits that I found to be decomposing in the nose are still there.

I suppose that I should try this fresh, because it touts autumn hunting season in SW MN. The mouthfeel is firm, a little creamy but slightly harsh with carbonation. As of this bottle, I'm not impressed (yet again) with BBB, but I'm willing to accede that this is close to an interesting take on the English brown style.

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Photo of climax
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is brewed for autumn and I sampled it in April, which didn't seem to hinder.

Poured a cloudy brown/red, not a lot of head on this one.

The nose was of strong over ripened fruit, especially raspberry with an alcohol tinge. It kept to the sweet/sourness that I've been used to getting from Brau Brothers. The malt came through bready, rye, walnuts and cocoa. It was interesting to smell as the flavors kept me guessing.

Flavor was good and bold. Initially the ripened fruit sweetness hit and was followed by darker flavors of cocoa, coffee, dark bread. Finish was roasted and sweet, long lasting and vivid.

Body and feel seemed a little lacking as it was somewhat watery (or smooth?), carbonation seemed low as well. A bit of a chalky finish, that was never very dry.

A good offering from Brau Brothers, It's full of flavor and smooth for a 6.8% ABV. A little more body may have been nice, but that's not to take away from a good beer.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deliriumfest for this one in a trade!

A-Completely transparent chestnut brown colored body. Pours with an approximately 2 finger foamy off-white head. Head eventually fades completely. No lacing left behind in the glass.

S-Nose has a very sweet, sticky nose of caramel and toffee, behind this is a hint of nuttiness.

T-Initial flavor of sweet caramel and toffee. These flavors intensify for the finish and add a hint of roasted nuttiness. Flavor is clean otherwise.

M-Medium tingly carbonation and medium weight, drinkable body. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky.

D- This is a nice English Brown Ale. I haven't had an English Brown in awhile and it was nice to revisit the style. This brew is very sweet and has a strong flavor. It would be perfect for making bread with. Wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Copper to deep copper colored beer, quite clear, a light tan head on top. Head reduced quickly to a thin layer and a ring around the glass.

S-Nutty with toffee maltiness is dominant. No hop aroma.

T-Blasts me in the mouth with prominent nutty malts, overcome quickly by caramel (some toffee) malts. Bitterness almost imperceptible. A very malt-oriented beer, as a brown ale should be. Finishes with a semi-sweetness.

M-Medium body, pretty smooth. Present, but not imposing. Medium-low carbonation.

D-A drinkable brew. Enjoyable to enjoy on occassion, as the sweetness of the toffee/caramelly malt can become a bit much.

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

I got this brew in a trade with josephhaugen, Thanks Joe!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - cloudy brown color with a light tan head that settled to a ring.

S - absolute malt sweetness, toffee aroma.

T - sweet and malty, caramel cream candies.

F - smooth and creamy.

D - goes down nice and easy.

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Photo of Fatduck
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

CARAMEL IN YOUR FACE. This smells sweet and caramely-butterscotch goodness. Its as brown as the bottle it came from and appears smooth and rich.

A - Braun ale indeed, it pours a perfect autumn brown, with a half inch or so tan head, which falls to a small coating pretty quick.

S - This beer smells delicious!! Its like a caramel bunt cake or something equally wonderful, butterscotch is all over the place too. I'm already glad I went out of my way to find this beer. Is that some Vanilla too?

T - WOW! It taste just like it smells, wonderful! I just cant get over how good this is, double brown indeed.

M - So smooth.... its a thick low carbonation ale, smooth all the way through, with a wonderfully sweet caramel background.

D - Ive already had 2, and I think ill be going back for another, at 6.9 ABV this is a relatively strong beer, but it masks it well.

My first sampling of Brau Bros, which I know is a shame as I live in Minneapolis, but wow, there couldn't be a better beer to start with. I AM IMPRESSED. I will be looking for more from the Brau Bro.

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Photo of thethrone
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep mahogany with foamy 2" off white head. Good retention, with sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - Pleasant aroma of nuts and fruit, with some caramel and some roasted grains mixed in.

T - Maltiness is prominent, with hints of chocolate, and nuttiness.

M - Medium body, fairly smooth. Mild carbonation.

D - Good drinkability, I'd certainly reach for another one if I had it available.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bloody nut brown that is closer to dark russet when held up to the rectangle of overcast morning sky outside my front window. A generous escape of CO2 on crown cracking led to a large, airy, ecru colored cap that looks so-so as it deflates. Lace is also so-so.

The aroma is enjoyable and is becoming more enjoyable with each sniff. It features more cocoa-like aromas that toasted and earthy ones... which is precisely my preference when it comes to beer of this style. It's also fruity and baked nutty. Could this be the best Brau Brothers beer yet? Here's hoping.

The first mouthful says that, yes, this might be the brewery's best effort so far. It's also the first of the Single Batch Series, so maybe that has something to do with it. It would be even better beer with a more accomplished mouthfeel, but more on that later.

Boldness of flavor is not a problem. Ring Neck Braun definitely tastes bigger than your average English brown ale, although it isn't the 'double nut brown' that BB claims. The flavor profile includes toasted pecans, steely dark caramel, severely bruised Granny Smith apples and dates that have had most of their sugar removed.

24 IBUs doesn't seem like much, but it's enough to keep bitterness ahead of sweetness through the entire flavor arc. Good use of hop flavor as well. Since things are changing for the better as the beer warms, the taste score gets an upward bump.

My hope was that the mouthfeel would firm up and settle down with time. Thankfully, it has done both. What was initially too light and too buzzy is now light-medium and less buzzy.

Ring Neck Braun shows that Brau Brothers can brew good beer if they put their minds to it. Their standard lineup borders on awful at times, but this first offering in the Single Batch Series is something to celebrate. Thanks to feloniousmonk for the bottle.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Malty brown, pours brown with initial white foamy head. Some bitterness apparent, but well washed over with malt, making it easy drinkable but essentially another malt. Some chocolate malt. nothing really roasty came through, but did come to a fruit finish.

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Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My homie oakbluff hooked me up with this one, knows I have a soft spot for the brown ales. Thanks Scott!

Pours a cloudy red/orange/brown, nice colour, thick off white head forms, settles to a thick layer, leaves behind some decent lacing. Smell is neat, caramel, spices, bread, nuts, lots of sweet fruit, brown sugar, really neat. Taste is nice, caramel, very nutty, light bit of roast, bread, brown sugar, fruit and nuts in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable, nice flavour, great brown ale. Thanks Scotty!

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Photo of budgood1
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a dark and murky/muddy brown colour with a huge inch plus meringue-like light tan head that seems to have plenty of staying power. in fact, this is a nitro pour head without the nitro. nice. a definite lack of lace despite the unusually ginormous head. weird. malty aroma of chocolate covered nougat and nutty candy bars, gingerbread cookies, and a spicy hop note accentuated by a bit of fruit infused alcohol. even some sourness. taste is a thick mix of chocolate maltiness complimented by the usual hearty flavours of caramel, toffee and some butterscotch. it seems a touch yeasty,sour, and maybe some home canned rum soaked cherries, too?...boozy undertones give a warming feel in the belly and the choice of hops give a nice layered balance with a dose of bitterness. lots of nuances come out as it warms a bit. while the body of brew is obviously big, it's the mouthfeel that seems out of place. it's spritzy and lively to a fault...very belgian-like, whereas a beer of this sort should, in my opinion, should have a big, soft, supple and velvety feel to it. it's definitely overcarbonated, thus the monster head and too lively mouthfeel, unless, of course, this is what the brewer was going after.

drinkability is good...if you expect this to be the sterotypical brown ale..be prepared to be surprised. it's a riddle of a beer wrapped in an enigma.

after a few bottles, it seems like this offering is trying to meld american/english brown ale qualities with belgian style wackiness. very confusing, but interesting and unique.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a small ring of bubbles.

Smell: Mild, chocolatey aroma with a hint of biscuit, caramel, nuts, and even some spearmint.

Taste: Caramel malts with some light hints of chocolate and nuts. Soft, earthy bitterness. Dry, minty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pretty average, though drinkable brown ale.

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Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark brown, with a thin finger of light khaki head. Rich, nutty, toasted malt on the nose, with rummy fruit, and hints of chocolate. Toasted grain and nutty malt flavors up front. Caramel and light chocolate mix with hazelnut and dark fruit. Hints of alcohol in a chocolaty, mildly bitter finish. Very nice. Medium-bodied with a smooth, evenly carbonated feel. A nice surprise and glad to find another great MN brew!

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Photo of oakbluff
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany with some ruby tones. Quickly disappearing head. Nose- expected brown malt smell along with a raspberry concentrate smell. Taste- biscuity malts and ripe raspberries. Finishes too quick- not much complexity on the back end. Light hopping. Good cabonation. Beer is somewhat sour as you get into it.Decent effort.

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Ring Neck Braun Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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