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:
3,002
Reviews:
885
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.2%
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
477
For Trade:
5
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Photo of ShepardCommander
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with a generous light brown head

Smell of molasses, brown sugar, raisins, roasted malts and some nuttiness.

Taste of bitter molasses, biscuit, brown sugar, slight hop presence, dry finish. Pretty thick mouthfeel for a brown ale.

Drinkability is good , sure a few of these would be great

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Photo of Miami66
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mschrei
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Nolen12
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of joemochas
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of hoosier222002
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gwiedman1
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kingmaker
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of carrollmel7
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of roadhouse
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a dark reddish brown with a creamy one and a half inch thick off-white head. Leaves very nice sheets of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is floral/spicy hops with a slight vague chocolate and caramel. Pretty weak generally.

Taste begins with a bit of toffee sweetness but it then get's chocolaty with a tinge of nuttiness. Pretty hoppy overall, in a spicy way.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, fairly high carbonation for the style, but good.

Well I ended up drinking five of these tonight, so I suppose it's pretty drinkable. Overall, it's really not that great - I made a homebrew that I tasted side by side and mine was similar but better. My friend agreed in a blind taste test. This stuff is good but I'd rather drink Goose Island Nut Brown, even though it's a totally different kind of brown (much sweeter).

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of putnam
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. There is a wild, sour gaminess on the nose that reminds me of some lambics. Nutshell, used coffee grounds, fur and metal weave together there as well. The flavor is frankly sweet with a heavy dose of roasted grain flavor to balance the sugar. More stale coffee emerges on the finish. Overall a thoroughly rustic experience. One to drink while on a hunting trip, decked out in flannel, sitting at a campfire, gnawing on a turkey bone.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark red-brown, with a creamy tan cap that settles quickly but never quite goes away.

Nose is nice and roasty, nutty, bread crust with hints of brown sugar and cocoa. Delicious but a bit reserved.

Taste is beautifully rich and balanced - nutty and roasty, you get a big dose of the same breadcrusty flavors you get in the nose. But you also get a big, slightly dry brown sugar note that has that Belgian shimmer to it, leading to a nice, dry, roasty finish that balances the body perfectly without being overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a crisp but very light carbonation.

Superbly drinkable and delicious beer, I would buy this by the case if I could get it.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of pagriley
4/5  rDev +4.2%

16oz can poured into pint.

A - fantastic mid-tan with hints of rust brown through the light - exactly what i expect from a brown ale. 1 finger head with good lacing
S - Nutty malts with a touch of roast
T- Light caramel with a nice touch of bitterness on the finish. Just a hint, but enough to round out the flavor
M - Light and crisp mouth feel with solid carbonation.

O - Super solid beer. A go to brown ale

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/1/2009 (bottle coded 8899):

Pours a clear brown color body, with a big tan foamy head, very lasting. Malty nutty aroma, some toasted notes and earthiness, mustiness. Some sharpness too. Somewhat creamy, nutty taste. Very brown ale like, some earthiness and slight sweetness. Some sharpness from the hops, and finishes pretty smooth. Wow, a pretty good beer, nearly session-like.

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.84 out of 5 based on 3,002 ratings.
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