Bell's Best Brown | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A smooth, toasty brown ale 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
Ratings:
3,007
Reviews:
888
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.2%
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
479
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 3,007 |  Reviews: 888
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 09/03/13

Appearance - Pours a hazy, rusty auburn with a khaki finger width head. Fair retention, leading to a broken layer of suds across the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.small, spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Prominent malty notes in the form of chocolate, brown sugar and toasted biscuit. Light notes of caramel and a hint of earthiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolate and caramel hit upfront, quickly followed by a toasted bready quality. A light leafy and earthy undertone, which strengthens in the aftertaste and joins in the caramel finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fairly lively carbonation. Goes down with nice smoothness and is nigh chuggable.

Overall - A solid, straight forward brown from Bell's. Nothing fancy, just a great example of the style.

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Photo of glass_house
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Beautiful medium-dark brown with a puffy off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice lacing. Not getting a lot of aroma, but some faint earthy hops with dark nutty malts.

The texture is great for the style. Smooth and crisp with just a hint of creaminess. Light-medium carbonation supports the body perfectly. Taste is mostly subtle, dark nutty malts with a brief, barely-bitter hop note. Faint maple-like sweetness with a roasted cocoa accent. I love the way the flavor lingers and fades on the finish.

This is exactly what I want out of a brown ale. Nothing too fancy, straight to the point and leaves me wanting more. In a good way.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a brownish/red color, with an off-white head. Lacing is pretty good. It smells like toasted malt and nuts. It tastes the same way, except for some caramel and breadiness in the taste, along with a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light/medium, with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's good, smooth and easy to drink, and I think it would be a decent choice as a session beer. Another good beer from Bell's!

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Photo of philbe311
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A -Slightly more than a finger's worth of lush creamy textured medium khaki colored head comprised of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention... The color is a medium brown that has a very inviting glow to it... A slight bit of very small bubbled carbonation that rises at varying paces throughout... Excellent appearance...

S - The nuttiness can be detected without even bring the glass close to one's nose... Some light brown sugar notes... Dark bread and bread crust... Very light hints of caramel and toffee... Perhaps even some slight chocolate notes... Very appealing and spot on for the style, but perhaps a bit understated...

T - Nutty to start and nutty throughout... Light brown sugar... Light caramel... Light chocolate... Lots of depth and complexity... Subtlety is the name of the game here... There is a very light roasted malt component that takes prominence once the light sweetness subsides... A slight hop noble hop character emerges on the finish...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Smooth... Creamy... Rich... Goes down very easily sip after sip... Limited carbonation... I can't say enough good things about the mouthfeel...

D - An outstanding world class English Brown ale... This is something that I'll make sure I invest in each fall when it is released... No weaknesses... Very good in all facets and off the charts in terms of mouthfeel... Highly recommended...

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Photo of gogreen99
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite beers. Medium carbonation and medium body dark beer. I wish this beer wasnt seasonal. Small notes of cocoa characterize the flavor of this dark beer and allow for the caramel flavors to be recongized. Overall a must try for any beer drinker!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is totally a 5. Creamy head that rivals root beer floats, a beautiful iced tea colored body, 90% opaque but enough light shining through to highlight the colors displayed here.

Aromas of chocolate, nuts, barley malt, followed by more cocoa. Aroma could be louder but otherwise very nice.

Nutty flavors, followed by shavings of chocolate, roasted malts, but then a sort of sourness from malts kind of takes the train off track.

Dry and roasty from the start, a creamy wash, followed by a nutty and parching finish.

Overall this brown is one of the best I've had, and from the title I suppose that's what I was to expect! I like it a lot, even though I'm not a fan of brown ales. I'd have it again.

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Photo of semihobo
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 8745, Packaged on 9/11/08.

Poured with a large head, off white foam that dimpled nicely and retained good depth. Very compact bubbles. Dark red/brown.

Smell is nutty with some toffee and milk. Minor noble hops spicing.

Tastes like a hybrid between a brown ale and a sweet stout (and given that this is a Bell's beer I shouldn't really be surprised at the stout creeping in). The combination works well -- has the roasted aspects of a stout but in a very subdued, sweeter fashion. A coffee/Hershey's syrup/Nutella blend comes through at the end with some minty hops that add a touch of dryness. Some nonspecific fruit and honey on the front.

Mouthfeel is very wet and creamy, I kept expecting a drier beer from the taste. Carbonation comes and goes smoothly with a strong peak. Sweet and smooth on the finish.

Definitely tasty and sessionable -- a good spin on the brown ale style and a solid fall seasonal.

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Photo of dave21414
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Ravenz98
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Jackalope1977
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled 9/07/11.

Appearance: Deep and slightly cloudy brownish amber orange with lots of bubbles. Big five finger light tan head with good retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Some bready, lightly toasted caramel malts with lots of toffee. Hints of nuts throughout. Also a light hint of earthy hops in the background. Mostly malt forward in the nose.

Taste: Sweet and bready caramel malts and toffee up front with a little roasted character. A solid presence of nuts throughout. Light hints of dark fruit. A noticeable presence of grassy hops adds a little balancing bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid brown ale. Well balanced and pretty tasty.

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.84 out of 5 based on 3,007 ratings.
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