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

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Best Brown AleBest Brown Ale

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, 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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Wheels2532
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of nwhittin
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/23/15; drank 10/30/15 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big khaki head; a curtain of tree-rung lace.

Brown sugar, autumn leaves & faint orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Faint brown sugar & smoke flavors up front; dry pumpkin & autumn leaf notes on the finish. Super tame with nice accents.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A bit more of a murky amber than brown, moderate tan head topping it all off.

S: Caramel aromas, a bit of a citrus hops balance in there. Some curious dark fruit aromas seem to be in there that don't seem to fit the style, but the aroma is nice, nonetheless!

T: A tad harsh on the tip of the tongue, but it smooths out excellently with a toasted malt, oily nut, sweet sugar, and mild hops bitterness. A tasty brew.

M: Medium body, a lively carbonation that's not overdone.

D: I'd drink a couple of these in a sitting, but the ABV is pushing on getting a little high, so it might keep it a bit on the more easy-does-it side of things.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I dont know why its taken me this long to bang out a review of this. Living in Bell's distribution territory means I've obviously had this before but under much more casual circumstances.

A- Not many Bell's beers fall short in the looks department, this one is no acception. It sports a tall, frothy head over top a rich deep red body.

S- Nice balance of citrusy,and vegetal hops and chocolate and toffee malts.

T- To reiterate, this beer has a great balance between hops and malts. Some chocolate comes out at the end just before a dry finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Oxymoron
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a hoot. Best Brown (as if they had a worse?) pours a chestnut brown color with darker shades. A good frothy white head that remains for the whole sampling and leaving limited lacing.

The smell is malty with a every presence of Bell’s yeast strain. Some bready and lighter grainy malt notes. Accents of caramel and a splash of roasted on the side.

The taste is very rich and good malt backing. Now I see what they mean best. Some marris otter and roasted gives a robust taste. A nutty and caramel flavor up front. Finishes with some toasty and caramel flavors. Some earthy bitterness is noticeable but is second to the malt backing.

The body is mid to high. Good dextrin flavors. Carbonation is light but overall a good beer indeed.

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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%

Photo of Bear1964
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsalz21
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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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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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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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Best Brown Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 3,116 ratings