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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: 770 |  Reviews: 273
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5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of LupulinDevil
4.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my classic favorites from Joe. Rich malty american brown style with a bit of a larger body than you might expect. Great hop bite with a wonderful balance. Poured a nice dark malty body. Beautiful head and a nice lacing. This is one of those beers that I could enjoy any time!! If you haven't had the chance, search out this or any of the Shorts beers and try them!!

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4.82/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The worst thing about this beer is that it makes me think I like Brown's and then i am sadly dissapointed with others attempts.
This pours a dark brown color that initially put me off as I usually do not like darker beers. However this beer was amazingly easy to drink and appreciate. I rate this as the best brown available. It has subtle hops and almost a faint nut quality. My mother in law (who is not a beer drinker loves this also). I will still go for the pale ales but this is in the rotation.

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Great brown ale ...smooth without a bad aftertaste. A must try.

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: sits clear, very dark brown with an amber hue

Smell: cool, roasted malt with some chocolate and just a tiny hint of hops

Taste: extremely well balanced roast, chocolate, caramel notes. just a little bit of alcohol and hops to tingle the tongue. sweet, brown sugar finish with just a hint of bitterness to balance.

Mouthfeel: med body. low carbonation. very clean and crisp. seems to go down effortlessly.

Notes: great brown. this is now my third and final shorts brew (for now), and honestly my favorite. just a delicious dark beer.

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4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 8/10/15; drank 11/10/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Opaque brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a decent tan head; strong lace.

Acorn, burnt leaves & sarsaparilla notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Cream, autumn leaves & faint milk chocolate flavors up front; mild caramel & banana notes on the finish. A strong example of the style; complex & flavorful but very easy to drink. A fall classic.

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4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Extremely solid brown. Little coffee undertones, which is a good thing.

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4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice extra from sarcastro. Thanks!

Poured in a big wine glass at 54 F/ 12 C.

Attractive deep reddish brown color, small beige head, nice blobby patterns of fine lace.

Rich malty aroma, caramel and toast, with brown sugar, some good fresh fruitiness, a bit of roastiness, and a bit of chocolate. When it warms a bit more, there's a fleeting savory note like ramen, in a good way, adding to the complexity.

Rich smooth malt flavor. Just the right modicum of sweetness, finishing dry and toasty, superbly balanced. Some fresh fruitiness, a bit like honeydew melon but I may be grasping at straws. Reminds me a bit of good English ESB, but with some darker malts thrown in to good effect. Tasty finish, toasty and fruity.

Great smooth juicy texture, extremely drinkable, difficult to put down.

Great beer, I was glad to have the chance to try this.

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4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pint glassed. Pours a clear, beer-bottle brown with firey amber highlights. The head is a nice froth of off-white cappuccino foam. A wee bit of lacing.

S - Hugely malty, not roasty. Sweet molasses/brown sugar and a nice light hopping. Classic brown with a little umph.

T - A lightly roasted malt comes through most in the beginning, but as opposed to finishing overly sweet, the delicate hopping manages to balance the robust malts. Many wonderful flavors, and nothing overdone.

M - Well done. Nice body and slightly crisp. Could stand a little bit less attenuation but then it'd kill the drinkability.

D - At 5.2% and the flavors involved, this is one amazing beer. I'm ecstatic about making it to bottles.

Notes: This beer has and will continue to convert the uneducated masses.

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4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another 12oz received as a great extra in an incredible trade with kbeals.. Kevin hooked a brother up with some Short's brews...

Poured into my Delirium goblet.... 1" lite tan head leaves nice lace... but the beauty is in the brew.. the dark brown ale gives a nice hint of the goodness in my glass.

The nose is damn near perfect .... I love a good American Brown ale... and this is one of the most interesting ones I've had in a long while... toasty... a bit of chocolate.. but a pronounced, yet very well balanced blast of citric hops make the continent of origin known.

I'm gonna start with the finish... just because I am so very impressed with this one.. long and nutty.. toasty with some residual citrus hops.. out of the gates a very balanced dark brown maltiness pops up.. no where near "porter territory" yet a big "brown" maltiness is just everywhere from front to back.. I like that there isn't an abundance of darker caramel malts.. instead just enough touch from coffee and chocolate elements come as it warms... and as room temperature comes around, some biscuity maltiness rears its head... the body is a nice medium and carbonation is lighter than expected, yet still is very pleasing with a smooth mouthfeel.

This is every bit as good and probably better than most PNW brown ale's I've had over the years.. it seems a bunch of thought has gone into the recipe on this one... I've only had a few Short's beers... and this is pretty damn good and very sessionable.... I could put away a few of these and never get bored.

I would definitely recommend Kevin as a good trader.... but I want him all to myself... Don't ask kbeals to trade with you!! You're not worthy!! I just hope I am. :-)


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4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was easily my favorite of the day. A classic brown ale and another gem from Shorts. This one was served in a pint glass and consumed on 05/09/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich dark brown in color with a huge head of tan coming up and over the top, just barely settling down into a thing veil that was just perfect across the top. Deep roasted malts and a nice hop not dominate the early aroma. As it warms some nice hints of light cocoa start to come through and really provide some nice balance to it. Really a very rich brown ale here as the feel was medium to full with lots of carbonation. Roasted malts, hints of light nuts, piney hops and a touch of chocolate made this one damn complex beer to say the least, smooth mellow, dry finish with a touch of sweetness, what more could I ask for.

Overall one of the best brown ales I have ever had, and I have no issue with that at all. This is a must get and something I will keep as a staple in my fridge.

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