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

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Bell's Best BrownBell's Best Brown

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

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

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Ratings: 3,110 |  Reviews: 918
Photo of yesyouam
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bell's Best Brown Ale is a clear, dim red ale with a dense, frothy coffee-cream colored head that's elastic and retains its form well. It coats the glass. The nutty chocolate aroma has a light floral note. It's a little roasty. It smells great. It's pretty full bodied and incredibly smooth with a clean, dry finish. It feels soft and fluffy. It tastes dry, roasty, nutty and chocolaty. There's enough wooden, leafy bitterness to balance it out perfectly. It's incredibly drinkable-- an excellent beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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

On-tap at Flanny's in Tempe, AZ.

A: Medium amber. Decent lace and head retention.

S: Sweet, roasted malt.

T: Dry, sweet, lightly toasted malt and a nice nutty flavor throughout. Some quiet hops in the finish.

M: Great flavor, easy drinking. Sweet, nutty flavor lingers on the palate.

O: Fits the style well. Good English Brown Ale.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been a while since I had a Brown Ale. I can't think of a better brewery to choose from in Bells.
Best brown pours a dark brown/mahogany collar with a modest head. It soon dissipates into a thin ring like collar.
There is a rich malt aroma consisting of sweet dark caramel, nutty, and biscuity. There is even a hint of dank herbal hops that are IPA like. A light roast gives off a coffee aroma that is Porter like.
Medium bodied in the mouth with a mild sweetness. Big, even slightly robust malt profile with a silky and creamy feel. Flavors of dark bread crust, dark caramel, toffee, toasted malt, modest hops bitterness for balance. A light roast imparts coffee flavors and blurs the lines between brown ale and Porter. Creamy malt depth with a moderate carbonation. Spicy and slightly sticky hops flavor.
Complex and soulful. A dynamic brew. Who said Brown Ale is boring?

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Photo of jp32
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice transparent dark brown color with a huge, frothy tan head.

The nose is of malts and caramel. A bit nutty.

The taste is great, a nice flavorful brown ale that finishes clean. Nicely balanced, I seem to notice atleast some amount of hop bitterness, but its mild, and disappears about as fast as I notice it.

Mouthfeel is great. Nicely carbonated, medium-bodied beer. The head holds on through the entire session.

Insanely drinkable. This is a classic example of one of those great-tasting beers that I could knock back all night without getting tired of.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with 5.8% ABV (lower than listed here). the space where the batch number is usually put is empty. dont you just hate that?

A- light to medium brown and see through body with a very tiny off white head.

S- toffee is very prominent here. something nutty, and a bit of coffee as well.

T- very sweet is the first thing i notice. the toffee is the main taste. the nuts are in there as well. some coffee in the finish

M- medium bodied with barely noticeable carbonation. creamy and smooth

D- i could have a few of these in a sitting without wanting to switch. nice flavor and low ABV makes this one very sessionable.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with some fairly light tan head that dissolves very quickly. No real lacing. Nose is fairly weak, a little bit of a surprise for a Bell's beer. Just a bit of hops and malt, fairly balanced for an English brown. Taste is solid. Lots of sweet caramel malt, but a nice mix of fairly fruity hops as well. This one's pretty sour too, which is unique to most of the English browns I've had. Feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. I like this one a lot. I've yet to have a Bell's beer that I wasn't impressed at. This one isn't there best, but it's a good beer, a little high in ABV to be sessionable, but definitely one I could drink a bunch of.

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Photo of Raime
2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours copperish brown with a two-finger white head. No lacing.

S - Raisins, roasted malt.

T - A wee-bit of coffee, raisins, roasted malt, a bit water.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, it was exremely average. I could have it at the the bar, but probably wouldn't buy it for the home.

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Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of craigbelly
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nicely mild, British-style nut brown ale.

Pours a bright chestnut colour with minimal head and little residual lacing. Sweet aroma of caramelized malts with chocolate and hazelnut undertones. The taste is well balanced, with roasted and caramelized malts and a distinct nuttiness followed by a pleasantly bitter finish.

A clean and refreshing beer that is decidely more-ish.

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Photo of firkingroovin
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can poured into a shaker pint

Pours a cloudy dark brown with some slight ruby colored edges, nice creamy, fluffy head, not a lot of carbonation, some lacing. Smells of light roasted coffee, toast, toffee, caramel, smells more roasty than sweet. On the taste, get a hit of light roasted coffee up front, toasted bread, slight caramel, toffee, a hint of light bitterness, finishes dry and roasty, it has a great creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable.

I really enjoyed this, it's light yet tasty, doesn't have a big heavy feel to it, very sessionable, reminds of a light porter, very enjoyable, will definitely pick up more of this as long as its available.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

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3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 3,110 ratings