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

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3.83/5
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3,094 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#11,932
Reviews:
916
Ratings:
3,094
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
513
Trade:
5
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4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Warsteiner mug. Pours a clear but dark copper color with a finger and a half of a quickly dissipating tan head, and light lacing is left behind. Caramel and nutty notes come on pretty strong on the nose. Taste is malty, a bit roasty in the middle, and followed up by a small but detectable earthy hop bitterness. This would be an excellent choice for a session beer, I can see myself having a few of these on an autumn evening around a fire. It has a rich malty aftertaste in the back of the mouth that lingers for quite some time.

Overall: This may not be the most exciting Bell's offering, and I blame that on everyone's love of big styles of beer. This is quite the offering for the autumn seasons, made for a crisp autumn evening with friends and loved ones.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber brown hue. Head is minimal and slowly fades. Good carbonation. Amber malt aroma with hints of caramel is inviting. Fairly carbonated and crisp mouthfeel that leaves a lingering tingle on your tongue. There's plenty of amber malt and caramel flavor. A pretty straightforward session beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Chestnut brown, slightly hazy. Head is a thick finger of off-white, that quickly fades and leaves scant lacing.

S: Toasted bread. Maple syrup. Grass. Faint citrus.

T: A brief moment of toasted grain as it hits the tongue, but tangy flavors quickly rise and push the grain to the background. Sweet malts do show up, but are secondary to the other flavors. Hops that was initially tangy grows bitter in the finish -- perhaps a little moe hops than the average brown ale, but well-balanced.

M: Moist, well carbonated, with just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: Another fine product from Bell's. It's not the absolute best brown ale I've tasted, but it would not be out of place at any pub in England. I'll be buying more of this one.

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

12 Fl. Oz. Bottle
Bottled on 08/29/14
Reviewed on November 21st, 2014
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Eyes
Hazy brown body with an orange glow. Creamy light tan head of a modest proportion. Respectable amount of soapy lacing tracked to the bottom of the glass.

Nose
Sweet toasted malts. Nutty undertones. Molasses was also present. Very pleasant aroma overall.

Mouth
Sweet notes of toasted malts up front. Subtle nutty notes really set a warm tone overall. Sweeter notes of caramel brought everything together. Not much hop flavor but I was surprised with the semi-dry finish considering the fairly strong sweet notes up front. Moderate carbonation. Medium-bodied.

Overall
Pretty straightforward brown ale that does not disappoint!

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 3,094 ratings
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