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Belk's ESB | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good
355 Reviews
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
355
Ratings:
544
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
14.81%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Murph
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another good offering from Anderson Valley. Pours a nice orangey gold color with a small head that dissipated quickly. Smells of hop bitterness and slight malt aroma. Taste starts off as quite bitter but works its way to a nice balance with the malt as it warms. Clean, smooth and crisp mouthfeel and highly drinkable. Man, this is a real nice beer. Great for some session drinking.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.83/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No question this is an ESB, strong, hoppy after taste. Very little aroma its all in the taste. Alcohol not noticable even though it's on the high side. Low carbonation. If you like a bitter this one is for you but it is not my style.

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the beer on the back label.

Appearance: Gold with a deep orange hue, dense fluffy white lace does a great job of leaving rings all the way down the glass.

Smell: Clean to the nose with a mix of a little raw hop and biscuity grain.

Taste: Medium to full in body, big malty palate with a creamy and slick mouth feel. Lots of malt with a huge sweet grain presence. Alcohol and hops come hand and hand to leave a cutting spicy and bitter character. Hops are more or less a quick in and out bitterness with a leafy finish. Alcohol is fruity, warming, estery and quite boisterous. Vague hop leaf and lots of grain in the finish.

Notes: Big beefy American Style ESB these guys have dished out. Close to a strong ale in my opinion, alcohol is very noticeable. Certainly one of the biggest ESBs I have ever had the pleasure to try.

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Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, amber/brown. Big bubble, thin head that lasts. Robust impact taster, hop bitterness, quite alcoholic. Lots of flavor front to back but a little on the "too bitter" side and needing some balance to me. Real sticker of a mouthfeel, a little overdone, almost as if Anderson Valley is showing off too much.

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Photo of Mark
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A assertive highly hopped ale. Not anything like English ale, but then what is. This is one of my favorite domestic breweries and this ale one of my favorites. I don't sound as enthused as I should because I don't think our micro brewers put out a real smooth ale on par with the British. does anyone else feel this way?

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Belk's ESB from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 544 ratings.
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