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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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 193
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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Photo of shadow1961
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brau Brother's Ringneck Braun Ale, the first of their single batch series,
pours a finger of dense tan foam over a black brew. The nose is nutty
mocha with notes of dark fruit. Carbonation seems pretty low, though
it's hard to tell considering the opacity of the beer. The flavor is rich bakers
chocolate with rummy and fruity notes and a mellow herbal hop finish.
Mouthfeel is round, creamy and silky. This is pretty much a must-have.
This Minnesota brewer made one batch- and once it's gone, it's gone,
so get your ass over to Westside (in the Brainerd Lakes area) to try about
the best brown ale you can get in this state.

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Photo of Overlord
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick brown pour. Small white head quickly dissipates to the barest of foamy crust.

Not normally the biggest fan of this style, but I did enjoy this beer quite a bit. Unusually high level of carbonation for this type (I think), thick, nutty, malty flavor and mouthfeel. Quite good.

Thanks to Faro for the trade.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice brown pour with a nice off white head that laces well down the glass.
Aroma of chocolate malts not much hops on the nose and a sweet fruitiness..
Flavors of chocolate covered nuts and a very small backbone of spicy hops with a tinge of fruits.
Mouthfeel is a great chewy, creamy and smooth ale, the way a brown ale should be. This is the best offering I have had from Brau Brothers and I would definately have this one again.

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

Poured a small tan head that disappeared quickly and left no lacing. Smells of caramel and toasted nuts. There seems to be a bit of fruity malt smell there too. A ghost of an alcohol smell. The ale appears a medium golden brown with no carbonation movement.

The taste is much like the smell. There is a strong nutty toasty carmel flavor. The alcohol warms very nicely. This ale seems gets bolder and better as it warms.

The mouth feel is pleasant and stays on the pallet awhile. All in all a nice drinkable interpretation. This is a very nice fall offering.

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Photo of slyke
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ring Neck Braun Ale is an opaque red-brown color with very little off-white head. Very little lacing. The lack of the head and lacing brought the score down for me.

The aroma of the beer is great. A mixture of malt, nuts, dark fruit, and toastiness. very inviting.

The taste is also great for this beer. Toasty, nutty, malty, and that dark fruit seeps in there again.

Mouthfeel is nice on this beer. Slightly coating.

Drinkability is very good on this beer. It is a shame this is party of their single-batch series. I wouldn't mind adding this to my regular line up in the fridge. Grab it if you can!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brau Brothers Ring Neck Braun Ale, 12 ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: opaque, ruddy brown, small head.

Aroma: caramel & nuts, nice and malty, good and toasty.

Taste: medium-bodied, with flavor of nuts, and toffee. Dry finish. Grows in complexity through the life of the drink. Getting a deeper feel that reminds me of a Belgian dubbel...makes me wonder what the malts are. Hops seem to be on the way-down-low, but are around here somewhere.

Missing something, though, could use a little this, a little that, to make it memorable.
But quite good...As an autumnal seasonal, not bad at all...I can feel the warmth, already.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice malty aroma with a rich quality. Heavy caramel with toasty notes. Chocolate too. Seems to be a slight yeast in the nose.
Poured rather aggressively brought a brief 1/2 inch dense head that left momentary lacing. Deep brown color showing garnet and clarity in the light.
Nice flavors blended nicely around a rich malty presence. Touch of alcohol. Chocolate. Caramel. Toasted malt. Slight hop presence in the end with flavor and bitterness showing ever so slightly. Medium finish of flavor and minimal dryness.
Moderate body. Lower carbonation. Pushing slickness, just enough to make it interesting. Smooth enough.
One of the better brown ales I've had. Versatile, i.e. with food or stand alone, this one works.

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

Served on tap at the Happy Gnome, this pours a clear dark brown color. The smell is sweet and nutty. The taste is sweet and malty with a nutty caramel flavor, with minimal hops. There's nothing overly complicated about this beer-it just tastes good, in the style of an English brown ale. The mouthfeel is smooth and tasty. It's easily drinkable and satisfyling. Recommended!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear auburn/scarlet red. Thin light brown head. Lacing is more than adequate. Really nice aroma. Kind of dusty, yet quite meaty as well. Thick with malts and nutty goodness. Flavor starts with nice maltiness. Very smooth. Nuttiness is quite prevalent throughout. This flavor has some substance to it. Hops provide balance. Finishes chalky with grain dust coming to mind. The mouthfeel is quite good. Smooth and silky in the mouth. Just enough carbonation. Very good ale. Very good all around.

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Photo of ZAP
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first foray into this breweries beers was a slight disappointment. I'm excited to see if this single batch series effort is any different than the basics they offer. This is billed as a double nut brown ale.

Appearance: Nice looking bottle. Pours an impressive dark brown/maroon color....minimal head...

Smell: I like the aroma....big chocolate/caramel malt notes...some doppelbock like sticky sweetness is evident on the nose...rich and sweet smelling....VERY inviting....a mild yeasty note as well.

Taste: As expected (from the aroma) this features a boatload of sweet malt flavors...while this is certainly not a lager it does remind me flavor wise of a mild doppelbock....toffee...caramel...milk chocolate...even some dark fruits...

Mouthfeel: I do not know if they used oats in this but it sure feels velvety and creamy as if they did. Medium bodied....not an enormous beer but its big enough and the velvety texture really amps up the drinkability.

Drinkability: This is a very enjoyable beer. I was going to save the remaining two for another night but they are going down the hatch tonight. To me that is drinkability. When you can't wait to drink it again. My overall score may seem high but to me this is a dandy. I wish I could buy more. About the only drawback is the yeasty aroma I noted and which is evident in most of the beers I have tried....in this one it blends with things nicer and does not bother me as much as say in their Pilsner or Pale Ale...

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear brown color with ruby hues around the edges. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is very strong. Caramel, nuts, toffee, a hint of butter. The taste is as bold as the aroma. Caramel and toffee round dominate the flavor, with a slight yeasty note that seems to be common to Brau Brothers beers. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with nice carbonation and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one of the better brown ales I have had. I would drink this on a regular basis, and can only hope it is brewed again someday.

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Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin, tan head that quickly disipates to just a ring. Leaves just a little lacing.

The smell is of milk chocolate and nuts. Maybe just a hint of sour. I don't get a big nosefull of many aromas.

The chocolate malt really comes through with some nuttiness and nice hop bitterness to balance everything out. I would say it is medium bodied but the fizzyness of the carbonation makes it seem lighter. This is a really good beer. Just needs to be more active on pour with better head retention.

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Photo of dfried
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite dark brown in color with reddish highlights, thin light brown head that quickly dissipated to a ring. The aroma is full of sweet milk chocolaty notes, some coco and caramel maltiness, and nutty hints. Upfront the taste is quite sweet and brown sugary with some light molasses and caramel, but then a lot of chocolate flavor folds in nicely, combining with some great nutty notes almost like almond and vaguely peanut make it truly taste like a candy bar. Medium to medium-light bodied.

Overall: the only other Brau Bros beer I have tried was their strawberry wheat, and I tell you what, this one was much more impressive. Billed as a double nut brown, I wouldn't call this a big beer, more like a strong brown. I really liked how they brought out the chocolaty and nutty flavors together. I will probably have to grab another 6er or two before this single batch is gone.

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

Pours a brilliant mahogany-amber in color, topped with a rocky medium tan head. Nose is fruity, malty, and fairly biscuity. Malt characteristics (esp. chocolate malt) are nicely expressed. There's even some tannins here, and of course a touch of diacetyl that works for the style. As with several of the ales in the Brau lineup, Ring Neck Braun is a touch grainy, chewy, and with an agreeable bready characteristic. Oaty! Oily/unctious in the best way, and fairly fruity, with notes of berry and plum. Although this one is truly malt-focused and rich, it is also fairly amply hopped to balance out its malt sweetness. Quite drinkable and altogether fairly weighty; after a couple of pints I didn't feel like switching to another brew, but almost felt like tackling a hoppier beast, or for that matter some food: this one seems to just beg for a pairing with something in the rich and meaty category. Finish leans toward the dry side, and the malt character really lingers. Ring Neck Braun Ale is described by brewer Dustin Brau as a Double Nut Brown Ale, and in that sense it reminded me a bit of an imperial nut brown ale I enjoyed earlier this year (edit: Tommyknocker), and although it doesn't reach such boozy heights it is still on-style despite its strength. Rather impressive overall, and I look forward to repeat visits.

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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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