Best Brown Ale
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
American Brown Ale
Ranked #161
Ranked #19,192
3.84 | pDev: 11.2%
Apr 03, 2023
Jun 10, 2002
Very Good
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Notes: A smooth, toasty brown ale, Best Brown is a mainstay in our fall lineup. With hints of caramel and cocoa, the malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy. This balancing act is aided by the generous use of American hops.
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Rated: 3.92 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Apr 03, 2023
Rated: 4.01 by SoundMakesSense from Indiana

Mar 05, 2023
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
October 30th, 2016 - It is difficult for me to get excited by brown ales. But every once in awhile one comes along that offers something new and exciting, and Bell's American Brown Ale is one of those. I'm drinking it straight from the bottle today, so there's not much aroma for me to parse, but the flavor is excellent, and well supported by the mouthfeel. There's a profound depth of toffee and apple (though not a candied apple), and the flavor leans a little on the sweeter side. But the mild fig touch at the front of the palate eases me into the sweeter brew. The aftertaste is also short, escorting the sweeter notes away quickly enough to just be missed.
Nov 15, 2022
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Muddy brown pour with an off-white head. This is a gentle beer--hints of caramel, a moderate roasty quality that never gets too BIG. Smooth texture makes it silky down the hatch. Great malt/hop balance. This is a wonderful beer to accompany the first falling leaves.
Sep 05, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by DarrellK from Florida

Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours dark brown and slightly hazed with a nice foamy tan head and excellent lacing.

Malty and roasty aromas. A touch of coffee and chocolate. But mostly caramel malts and bready notes.

The flavor follows the nose along with some fruit notes and smoke and leather, and then some sneaky earthy hops at the finish.

Medium bodied, decently carbonated, with a long finish.

This is an excellent brown ale.
Apr 02, 2022
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Best Brown Ale pours a brown color, with a big, long lasting silky head. Aroma is sweet, malty, dark cereal. Flavor is sweet, rich, malty, a hint of earth and smoke to round it out. Good body and feel. Overall, just a great brown ale, no frills.
Mar 22, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by adamstef

Mar 22, 2022
Rated: 3.89 by KT3418 from Colorado

Feb 07, 2022
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Cloudy dark amber appearance.
Just below average carbonation with about a medium body.
Aroma is malt, roasted malt, toasted grain, and caramel.
Taste mild sweetness with toasted grain,earthy mild bitter hops, caramel and dark fruit.
Overall its a really nice beer that I would look for again.
Jan 19, 2022
Rated: 3.87 by Chipwells from Georgia

Jan 18, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by mmilyko from Nevada

Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 3.65 by ohbigun from West Virginia

Dec 29, 2021
Rated: 4 by Meddwol from Michigan

Dec 04, 2021
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Reviewed by lagrluvr

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Below average brown ale, cloudy, weak aromas, weak flavor, and wouldn't get again or recommend, since there a several better local brown ales in my area. Nah.
Nov 11, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

Jun 29, 2021
Rated: 3.72 by mountaincoffee from Kansas

May 18, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
It smells bready and sweet like a brown should. There's not much else to it.

It starts off a little watery but then the flavor picks up and it's malty with an earthy but slightly chocolaty taste.

It's thin, smooth and moderately fizzy. The finish is short and sweet with only a hint of bitterness.

It's a decent brown better than average but nothing setting it apart.  Overall I'd give it a 3.7 out of 6.
May 10, 2021
Rated: 4.22 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

May 01, 2021
Rated: 3.81 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Apr 30, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

Jan 17, 2021
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Reviewed by jasonbloho from Tennessee

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Rather hazy dark amber color. Off white head with a lot of variation in bubble size. Smells like beautiful toasty malt, but not too powerful. Primary tasting notes are caramel, toast, nuts and malt. Surprisingly light on the pallet, and very easy to drink. Great fall/winter beer.
Jan 12, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2020
Rated: 4.29 by Jut025 from Pennsylvania

Nov 27, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by Jaymgould from Minnesota

Nov 26, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Nov 19, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by TargaFlorio from Indiana

Nov 15, 2020
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Reviewed by nick_perry from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Mahogany color. Lot of rising bubbles. Thin lingering white head. Enjoyable notes of nuts, caramel, and roasted malt. Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Dry finish. One of the better representations of the style.
Nov 14, 2020
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Rated by izraelc from New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours dark amber. Toasted malt aroma. Slightly sweet malt body. Not too heavy. Smooth. Good flavor. A solid brown ale.
Nov 06, 2020
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled 8/20/20

Slightly hazy brown, two fingers large bubbled tan head, full curtained lacing and cap.

Caramel, ginger, cocoa, date aromas.
Nutty Roast malty straightforward flavor.
Nice bitter finish, medium body, plenty of carbonation, creamy feel.

Perfect for a cool Fall afternoon.
Oct 31, 2020
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle, almost three months old according to the 'born on' date

Can't comment on the look, I dranked it out tha bottle. Sweet and creamy with a smokey hoppped-out funk, this is a brown that delivers all-around.

The name is a boast, but an accurate one
Oct 28, 2020
Rated: 4.03 by BigIronH from Michigan

Oct 27, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by Sayb from Arizona

Oct 26, 2020
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
this is a straight forward four-on-the-floor brew that is an absolute delight. nothing extravagant here, and decidedly uncomplicated, this brew aims at being consistent and enjoyable and absolutely sticks that landing.
as advertised, it is a cocoa and caramel malt bomb with a slight earthiness and fair nuttiness to spice it up; it looks beautiful and brown/chestnut with amber hues, with a tan head that sticks around and leaves little-to-no lacing behind spare a few suds; medium carbonation and medium body leaves you with a full pillow-fluffed mouthfeel and a slightly bitter finish that warms in slight brown sugar booze heat as it sits.
splendid. 10/10 will do again and recommend. extra "overall" pts given for nailing their aim
Oct 18, 2020
Rated: 3.87 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Oct 18, 2020
Rated: 3.78 by Keith27614 from North Carolina

Oct 11, 2020
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Chestnut appearance, some haziness, with a small tan head and decent lacing. Good mix in the aroma as notes toffee, caramel, brownie bits and walnuts swirl around. Earthy flavor of roasted malts, dried fruit and cocoa. Moderate sweetness but the hop profile keep things from becoming too gummy, Nicely carbonated mouthfeel with a lasting finish.
Oct 08, 2020
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Slightly hazy brown, dense off-white head, nice retention and lace
Nutty, slightly caramel and cocoa nose
Pretty much tastes like it smells
Medium bodied, low carbonation makes it seem more full
Browns aren't really my thing, but this one is very nice
Oct 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Hey! This is really good - hard to say "best" with Underground Mountain Brown on the shelves but then again... this is great without the coffee and bourbon trappings... hmmm... Very impressive - warming malts and sweet brown bread notes but not too sweet - lightly toasted grains with a nutty edge - and super-drinkable - very smooth and light... I'm not normally a "brown ale guy" but this is something else... Get some while it's around...

8/5/20 bottling...
Oct 06, 2020
Best Brown Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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