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:
101
Gots:
479
For Trade:
5
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Photo of AGB
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of MizzouBrew
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.64/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of malcontent
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Billowy two fingers worth of cream-colored head sit perched atop a typically Bell's cloudy mahogany body.

Lots of grain husk with understated malt sweetness and a little bit of soap?!?

Rich, nutty malt flavor with excellently controlled supporting hop bitterness. Finish is long and creamy with an emphasis on nuttiness (pecans).

Mouthfeel displays appropriate thickness yet the finish is slightly waxy/soapy again. A weird brown which displays a well above average flavor delivered with amateurish flair.

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Photo of thekanna
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice light coffee color. Slightly cloudy with some substance, and not overly clear like Newcastle, for example.

Smell: Faint roasted malt flavor and some dextrin sweetness.

Taste: Nuttiness upfront with slight caramel flavor. Hops bite towards the end and result in a slightly bitter aftertaste. Carbonation is good and not overwhelming.

Drinkability: Somewhat more a typical brown ale than anything. I can't detect much that distinguishes this otherwise.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled from a bottle at a Bell's tasting at the Brickskeller.

Appearance: Clear copper color with a frothy offwhite head. Head eventually dissipates to a frothy later. Left some nice fine lacing on the plastic cup.

Smell: Nice caramel and toffee aromas. Slightly sour, grassy hops in background.

Taste: Caramel and toasted flavors. Faint coffee tastes. Herby hops on finish.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice quaffer. I liked it, but wasn't overly excited.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of travelguy
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of PhageLab
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Gorgeous deep plum coloration with a nice medium sized head of froth. Retention and lacing were both appealing.

S - Sweet caramel malts and cherries make the nose on this one, and I must admit, I was surprised at how potent the aroma was. Makes the mouth water.

T - Hearty toasted malt body with hints of roasted nuts. A slight bitterness comes through and gives this brew an impressive balance. Oddly refreshing for how malty it is.

M - Light to medium body, mild carbonation, dry finish.

D - What an excellent brew! I could seriously have one of these everyday, but I wish the abv was a bit lower, for this could be an awesome session brew. Definite reco here.

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3.92/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of arguemaniac
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with a creamy, well-retained light tan head. Surprising hop character in the nose. The palate features a nice citrus hop spice with some caramel, various toasted flavors and a touch of nuttiness. More caramel and a bit of coffee roastiness towards the finish.

Pretty good, above average hop spice in the palate. Otherwise a fairly solid brown.

RecommendedÂ…

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz brown bottle. Newer looking label from the past few years. Same beautiful owl but with more of an Autumn setting and coloring as the white I've had in the past. Both are great labels and very Bell's like though this one really screams 'Fall seasonal' so one can appreciate the fine labeling.

A - hazy brown with dark ruby hitting through on the corners. Head was of a latte darker shade of tan color that poured quite nice and sat around a good while. The ring of lace was pleasant and left some stick to the walls of the glass.

S - nuts and roasted malt. Caramel and more toasted malt aromas.

T - a real nuttiness up front followed by soft chocolate, sweet caramel, and a lot of roasted malt.

M - smooth and easy to drink. Carries a good Bell's style texture and thickness. Body is much like their other ales in this abv range with his somewhat thick liquid. Very tasty and smooth. Perfect for a cool Autumn evening.

O - one of my favorite Autumn brown ales. It has everything needed to give you a nice warming experience when the days start getting shorter and the nights longer. A real classic brown ale that finds its way to my fridge every Fall.

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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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