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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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Ratings: 3,094 |  Reviews: 916
Photo of Rihup
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of SerialTicker
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Holy hell does this look great. It has a hazy, dark brown appearance, with a nice little head, and lacing from start to finish. A very nice looking beer.

Bell's Best Brown is an awesome beer all-around. This being my first Brown Ale, I didn't know what to expect. I feel like this tastes a good bit like a porter, but it doesn't rely quite as heavily on the coffee/chocolate notes. It's just a big, malty beer. I actually really enjoyed this beer. Not surprising... Bell's knows what they're doing.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice rich malt flavor. Smooth, very tasty brown ale.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass. Bottled on 10/4/11.

A- Poured a brownish orange color, two finger fluffy head

S- Lots of sweet roasty malts, caramel, and grains

T- Very sweet maltiness, some roasted malts, caramel, toffee, barley, rich flavor reminiscent of a milk stout without the big chocolate notes. Light tartness on the finish. Overall a very sweet brown ale.

M- Very creamy, silky, somewhere between medium and fuller bodied, more fuller bodied than most brown ales I've had

O- This brown ale has a great mouthfeel, very smooth and creamy. The taste of this beer was good at first, the sweetness of this beer became a bit much for me as got about half way through the beer. Very rich and sweet.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. bottled on 9/20/11

A: a very hazy, deep mahogany hued brew. off white head dies down to rim. however very pretty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: similar to an english bitter, lots of nutty aromas. however, more roasted and definitely more chocolate smells in there too.

T: a little bit of roast, a lotta bit of chocolate on the first sip. a slightly bitter chocolate, but not a full on dark chocolate variety. sweet malts mix with a sort of oaky woodyness.

M: a low carbonation on this medium bodied brew. wouldnt hate a touch more carbonation here.

D: great flavor on this rich brown ale. this is one that i have not had until this past fall season and i will be looking for it each season that comes.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Didn't think i'd be fond of this one... Whatdya know. Pours out to a dark reddish tea color with a nice dense, tan colored foam head. Lacing is present. Aromas of hops, strong notes of toffee and some malt blend well in the nose. Taste is mild and slightly complex; flavors of roasted malts, light creamed coffee, some nuts and cereal grain. Nice. Aftertaste is utterly delicious. Smooth and nutty. Wow. Mouthfeel is nice, carbonation keeps the flavors flowing and the tongue entertained. Good drinkability. Perhaps the best Brown Ale i've had yet. The only change I would make is to lower the alcohol, as I felt it was just a touch too present at times. Still, a very good beer. Recommended.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Due to the subtle nose, neither hound was immediately interested. Peaches tasted it, and decided she could take it or leave it. Benji didn't even seem interested.

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Photo of brycevolk
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rypkr
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lochef81
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TheBishopco
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Dave1999
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid brown with lighter amber hues and nice white head.

The smell is sweet and malty with some nutiness.

The taste is light malt, nuts and very light hop bitterness. The flavours are very subtle but complex enough to at least make it decent.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Overall a decent brown ale a little light for my tastes but enjoyed the one bottle I bought.

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Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Roze
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of rodlavers
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 09/04/13, poured into my brand new Bell's snifter.

Strong appearance, opaque rusted brown/red, very light tan head, about an inch, recedes to a nice thin layer that fades in and out along the surface, and forms a thickish ring around the edge.

Aroma is a little flat, but still notes of brown sugar and spice mix with mild hops. Nutty, mildly filled with wood, roasty.

Taste is similar but sweeter; brown sugar, malt, some caramel. taste is better than smell.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Above average carbonation. Refreshing for a fall beer.

Overall fond of this as a fall beer; well-balanced bitterness and sweet flavors. I will go back to this. Cheers.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of rudabegga9
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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