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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
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Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,892
Reviews:
945
Ratings:
3,191
pDev:
11.23%
 
 
Wants:
109
Gots:
546
Trade:
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Photo of Samlover55
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into perfect pint
Bottled on 9/4/18 (with a 6 month shelf life)
Pours predictably brown with a nice tan head, great retention, and lacing
Aroma is malt forward, with notes of cocoa and citrus
Taste follows nose with some coffee as well, citrus jam follows, and a nice hop bite on the finish
The feel is smooth and creamy
Overall this beer is great, super balanced and drinkable, totally blew away my expectations of a malt forward beer

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Photo of Mjk5026
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KG30
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deniro
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love my brown ales and like the name this is probably one of the best brown ales I've had.

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Photo of SABERG
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 9/24/18 into the test glass
A - Opaque deep copper color, Disciplined carbonation supports the slightly off white cap. Lacing the glass uniformly from top to bottom.
S - Slightly grassy hop notes, chestnut, light toasted malts, hint of brown sugar.
T - Malt forward, but delicate, wheat toast, earthy hops, a faint touch of orange, and caramel,
M - Medium in body, start is semi sweet, again well balanced, a slide to bitter in the center, a beautiful finish, slightly sweet and dry.
O - A very good brown ale, balanced in every aspect, So glad that this is available in our area, The flavors and aromatics line up, no real surprises and that alone is welcome. Fine offering from talented brewers

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Photo of arrowsmith_
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrWho
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very drinkable, little to no bitterness. Has a hint of sweetness.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottling date is '08/23/2018'. Suggest shelf like is 6 months.
Medium to deep amber colored body. Two finger off white head settles back to thick cap and stays around. Leaves small spots of lacing all around the glass.
Aroma of roasted malts, with sweetness, and nuttiness. Some floral hops.
Taste of roasted and caramel malts. Some nuttiness, along with pleasant floral hops at the end.
Medium plus mouth feel. Slightly sweet taste with a touch of bitterness.
Solid, easy to drink brown ale. Smooth and sweet more than bitter and biting.

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Photo of nice-pitch
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Prost76
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jlswen2945
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent and enjoyable brown ale. Could use a bit more bite to it. Has a somewhat stale nut aftertaste but nothing to put one off from drinking it. Overall, its okay and would buy again as I'm suffering from IPA fatigue. LMAO!

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Photo of bigbutter
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rmarquardt17
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chocolatefreak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amendm
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16-oz. can 9/12/18 needed a strong pour to get a 1/2 finger sized frothy chocolate milk colored head which shrinks to a long-lasting cap with almost no lacing.
Translucent dark chestnut brown with ruby/amber edges when held up to light.
Roasted and caramel malt and herbal hops dominate the smell.
Taste begins semi-sweet from the caramel malt; the middle is well carbonated as the roasted malt backbone takes over the middle. Coffee and roasted nuts come into play. The finish is brightly hoppy, clean and semi-dry.
Medium rich bodied, silky smooth with hidden co2.
Smooth easy drink, unpretentious and true to style. Perfect for Monday Night Football.

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Photo of Nass
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste is like how your typical brown ale should be, it's a little nutty, faint hops, semi rich, rich malts. No major complaints on this side about this brown ale. A great transition beer for someone who is not use to the bold, rich, & roasty characters that stouts encompass. Cheers! B

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbu0126
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MSPEAR1
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, coffee, dark fruit and hint of hops. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and dry. Very nice brew.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves good lacing

S: Toasted malt, caramel, cocoa, brown sugar, and some earthy and floral hops

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the toasted malt and caramel notes and then picks up some light cocoa and earthy hops. Finishes with lingering toast

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid brown that is easy to drink and perfect for the cooler weather

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Photo of eluvah
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaxon53
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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