Short's Bellaire Brown Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Bellaire Brown AleShort's Bellaire Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bellaire Brown is our flagship Brown Ale. Full-flavored with notes of sweet caramel, chocolate, and toasted malt, Bellaire Brown is balanced with a mild and earthy hop quality. This ale is dark and rich with a medium body. It’s hardly classifiable as a brown, but is certainly considered a delicious masterpiece.

Bellaire Brown was originally created to appeal to people who enjoyed drinking coffee, and to beer drinkers who are not interested in hoppy options. When Joe Short was creating the Bellaire Brown recipe, he desired a beer that was meatier and burlier than most browns. Bellaire Brown is a great gate-way beer for drinkers to be introduced to darker beer varieties.

19 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 774 |  Reviews: 274
Photo of doubledadster
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jgarvis
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of damndirtyape
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 06/19/17, served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear dark amber-brown. Thin white head that died back to the barest skin of foam across the top. No lacing.

Smell: Roasted/Toasted malt with just a hint of cocoa powder.

Taste: Rich toasted malt, caramel notes, hint of chocolate, some grape/doppelbock sweetness at the finish, and a light bitterness to counter it all. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, dry finish, but sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very tasty brown ale. Went really well with food (Mushroom meatballs and rice) and I think this would not only pair with a wide range of meat, but also some desserts as well. Easily drinkable and I could easily see myself having another in an evening. A very good brown ale.

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Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of C_Adams
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rmarquardt17
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of grawp57
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown with a persistent tan head. Aroma has chocolate and caramel. Taste (marvelous) includes chocolate, coffee, and a roasty, toasty malt. Goes down smooth and a little thick; very pleasing on the palate and throat. A top flight brew!!!

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Photo of claminat420
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle marked 07/14/17 08:08:20 poured heavily into my libbey's porter glass.

Appearance- a dark amber color with a slight off white head that leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma- caramel and raisins.

Flavor- like the smell. has a bready malt taste. really dry. abv is well hidden. has a weird spiciness. is there rye in this?

Mouthfeel- medium/ heavy body. good carbonation.

Drinkability- ehh. not the worst but I can tell you i'm never purchasing this again.

Overall- for what you would think is a basic style of beer not too many breweries are hitting it out of the park when it comes to browns. this beer somewhat reminds me of the old recipe of arcadia's scotch ale. alil too much raisin action in this for me. I look for caramel, honey, maybe some nutty action in browns but as soon as you hit raisin notes I take it to the scotch or Scottish ale dept. it's even as dark as a scotch ale. I can see people who tend to malty beers liking this one.

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Photo of onlymurderers
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bwood06
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Both my father-in-law and my mother-in-law were in town this past weekend so I decided to pick up a brown ale since my FIL is a big fan of browns, and I like them as well. I've heard good things about this particular beer so I figured he and I could give it a shot.

This beer pours a hazy, dark brown/amber hue that shows off only light carbonation. The head is khaki colored and creamy, dissipating ultra slowly. 4.25/5 The aroma is not overpowering in the slightest but it is heavily oriented toward the malt side of the bill. Some dark, toasted bread is noticeable as well as a bit of caramel and toffee sweetness, although the sweetness not overly sweet at all. The hops are hardly noticeable but they seem to provide just a hint of earthiness to counteract the malt bill. 3.5/5 The flavor is much stronger than the aroma and is big on the malt. Sweet caramel, toffee, tobacco, and a hint of molasses come through providing a burst of dark malty flavors. A good bit of dark, toasted bread comes through as well, complementing the sweetness. There seems to be a hint of oats as well. Bitterness is very mild and comes from a light hop profile in the form of an herbal note. The bitterness does not linger long after swallowing. 4.25/5 This is a medium to full bodied brown that feels creamy and coating with just mild carbonation providing a tickle. There really is no dryness to speak of and the coating feeling lingers after swallowing. 4.25/5 This is an excellent brown ale that is full of flavor, although a bit light on the aroma. This could easily be the best brown that I have had to date. It sits light despite the full body and higher (per the style) abv. 4/5

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Photo of zaraspook
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mchegash
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Btheis13
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice ruddy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that spider-webbed as it went down. The lacing was there and trickled for the most part. The smell was nutty and malty. The taste was a nice nutty sweet maltiness running about my tastebuds and reminding me of a time I spent in Michigan. The palate had a nice creaminess running about my mouth and tongue and had a decent sessionability about it as well. Overall, in my opinion, this was a great American Brown ale well worthy of having again and well worthy in Autumn.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, nuts. Taste is chocolate, bready malts, a touch of nuts, easy drinking for the abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worth trying.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jp32
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Brown in color. Not much head retention. Big candy caramel nose with toasted nuts and subtle chocolate in the background. It's flavor is mostly toasted caramel malts and coffee, but there is a lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Nice body and excellent carbonation. A good brown ale here from Short's.

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Photo of Gravewalker
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of uncleotis
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Radnati
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furlinator
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Vinsetta Garage, Detroit, Michigan on 02/17/17.

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