Belk's ESB
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Belk's ESBBelk's ESB
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
3.78 | pDev: 11.9%
May 03, 2021
Apr 25, 2001
Inspired by the classic “Bitters” from Great Britain, our Belk’s ESB is an innovative take on the style. With a deep, golden hue and big malty foundation, the spicy, herbal hop aromas and crisp, bitter bite give a West Coast flair to this classic recipe.

Formerly Boont ESB.
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Ratings by gatorlove:
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Rated by gatorlove from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sep 23, 2015
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
12 fl. oz. bottle, as Boont ESB, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.8%. Hazy golden colour, big white head. Moderate but pleasant aroma of fruity American hops. The flavour has first a distinct malty sweetness, immediately followed by a powerful hoppiness. Overwhelmingly bitter finish and aftertaste with grapefruity and resinous notes, even hints of wormwood.
May 03, 2021
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Orange yellow color.aroma is slightly floral and hops. A really well crafted beer that replicated the style well. Very well balanced as the bitterness didn't overpower but complimented the other aspects of this brew. I'm not a fan of bitter beer but this one was so well made and balanced that is was very enjoyable
Apr 28, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by tomb_ride from California

Nov 06, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Copper color, looks pretty, 3/5" white head. Aroma hit the bitter C hop and noble notes. Enjoyable.

Taste, one of my favorite esb's actually. More bitter than most. But not grating. Good tea biscuit pale malt usage. Crushing these is pretty nice. Hides the alcohol really well, its like an imperialized version of traditional esb, without going overboard. There wasn't too much difference between this and a lot of the uber bitter 90s ipas.
Jul 01, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Apr 17, 2016
Rated: 3.09 by IPAbastard760 from California

Feb 17, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Sep 24, 2015
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A 12 fl oz bottle with no visible best by or bottled date and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy orangey copper colour with a one finger off white head that dissipates within a minute leaving some stringy lacing.

Aroma: A bit weak but what little I do get is caramel malts, some fruitiness like plum, pear, apple sauce and orange plus hints of mineral notes.

Taste: Strong caramel sweetness beginning and citrus grapefruit bitterness finish with hints of pine, grass and pepper in between.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation and dry finish.

Overall: This was decent but nothing special. I think I may prefer it more if it had a little less of the caramel sweetness.
Aug 21, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by killcore from Russian Federation

Jul 20, 2015
Rated: 4 by threedaggers from Kentucky

May 25, 2015
Rated: 4 by Nick29 from California

May 22, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by Mattias from Sweden

May 04, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by mmhannon from New Jersey

May 01, 2015
Rated: 4 by Taby from California

Feb 18, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by crob3888 from California

Feb 03, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Feb 02, 2015
Rated: 4.24 by nh1e3c from Korea (South)

Feb 01, 2015
Rated: 3.91 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Jan 30, 2015
Rated: 3.71 by Phi_Psi_OR_Beta from Oregon

Jan 24, 2015
Belk's ESB from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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