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%
 
 
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104
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5
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look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bell’s Best

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at OHSO.

Well, this doesn't look right. The brew’s the color of a rusted, weathered penny and is clear as mud. The head is about an inch tall, frothy and mountainous, slowly receding to a thick top layer and thick tendrils of lace.

Nutty nose, with a background of tangy apricot. A touch of biscuits, baking bread and some earthy hops.

In the front I get toasted bread and bitter peanut skins with just a bit of spicy hops. The swallow opens it up more, with smoother bread and peanuts in balance with earth. A touch of apricot and apple at the swallow. Well-balanced. A bit of bitterness lingers on the back sides of the tongue.

Soft, medium-light body. Carbonation is pretty high and massaging, breaking the beer into fizz all over.

Meh. This is far from the best. An average nut brown.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Like all Bell's that I've seen this has a very simple yet classy label with very nice hand drawn(I recently emailed Bell's to inquire about the artwork and was told that all Bell's artwork is hand drawn by local Michigan artists)artwork.

Appearance - Pours out a dark, caramel brown color with a very nice 2 finger golden tan head that dissipates slowly to a thin foam ring. Really good lacing.

Smell - Smells nutty with a scents of roasted malts and bread-like aroma. Hints of sweet caramel are evident. Very solid aroma!

Taste - Tastes of roasted malts with a earthy hop bitterness. Slightly nutty with hints of molasses or brown sugar and toasted bread.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Starts off crisp but finishes slightly creamy.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Not filling at all despite the medium body. These go down easy!

One of the better Browns that I have had. I really enjoyed the way the aroma and flavor complemented each other. Perfect for a fall bonfire and readily available in the Akron Area.

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

Single bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Poured into a branded Bell's nonic.

Chestnut brown with hints of ruby, hazy and a few flecks of sediment. Left a thin but very sturdy head of off white foam. Sheets of lacing. Great looking brew.

Nose is caramel, chocolate malt, herbal hops, raisin, faint coffee.

Solid brown ale. Simple enough to quaff yet complex enough to give the brew some pondering time. Soft grape or raisin backing with a hint of coffee. Caramel malt is pronounced, but not dominant. Medium to light bodied, higher carbonation.

Nice brew. There's a lot to be said for a sturdy brown ale and this one fits the bill. Plus, the bottle had an owl on the label, and owls are awesome.

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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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