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

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #170
Ranked #18,891
3.84 | pDev: 11.2%
May 07, 2022
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

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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4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

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
3.89 by KT3418 from Colorado on Feb 07, 2022
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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
3.87 by Chipwells from Georgia on Jan 18, 2022
3.5 by mmilyko from Nevada on Dec 30, 2021
3.65 by ohbigun from West Virginia on Dec 29, 2021
4 by Meddwol from Michigan on Dec 04, 2021
Photo of lagrluvr
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by lagrluvr

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
3.84 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin on Jun 29, 2021
3.72 by mountaincoffee from Kansas on May 18, 2021
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3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by blazerkor from Nevada

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
4.22 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on May 01, 2021
3.81 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Apr 30, 2021
3.5 by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina on Jan 17, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jasonbloho from Tennessee

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
3.5 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Dec 11, 2020
4.29 by Jut025 from Pennsylvania on Nov 27, 2020
4.19 by Jaymgould from Minnesota on Nov 26, 2020
3.83 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Nov 19, 2020
3.96 by TargaFlorio from Indiana on Nov 15, 2020
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by nick_perry from North Carolina

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by izraelc from New York

Pours dark amber. Toasted malt aroma. Slightly sweet malt body. Not too heavy. Smooth. Good flavor. A solid brown ale.

Nov 06, 2020
Photo of Reef
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Reef from South Carolina

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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3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

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
4.03 by BigIronH from Michigan on Oct 27, 2020
3.84 by Sayb from Arizona on Oct 26, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

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
3.87 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on Oct 18, 2020
3.78 by Keith27614 from North Carolina on Oct 11, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

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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4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MrOH from Malta

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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4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Greywulfken from New York

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
4.18 by bump8628 from Oklahoma on Oct 05, 2020
3.2 by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan on Oct 03, 2020
4.29 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Oct 03, 2020
3.1 by SaveWaterDrinkBeers from Maine on Sep 30, 2020
4 by Archfiend from Illinois on Sep 28, 2020
Best Brown Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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