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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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 Sabtos
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brownish-red with a large, soft tan head settling to a thin ring.

Smell is bread dough, caramel, pepper, nut, and raisin.

Taste is nut, caramel, and bread, with a Coke-like tang.

Wet, medium bodied, and quenching for a brown.

Easily the best Short's beer I've had, which is saying something...but not something good.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light chestnut brown with accents of tea. 1 finger of creamy head that leaves hills.

Fresh chocolate on the nose, with more chocolate in the form of NesQuik, and some hints of nut and roast malt.

Flavor is brown malts first, followed by lots of unsweetened cocoa powder. Some sour lactose, nuts, followed by more roast malts. Sour milk fades it out.

Feel is mostly wet and creamy with some dry roastiness throughout and finishing.

Overall, even though the flavor follows through with some of the good aromatic qualities, I still find this hard to finish. It's okay. Never was a fan of brown ales.

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

12 oz bottle. Solid brown ale, sweet toasted brown aroma, clean roasted malt taste, touch of char, clean finish with decent back end bitterness. Would have this one again.

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Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, nut, slight alcohol, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, nut, slight alcohol, hint of roasted malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of wood. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this brown off the Binnys single shelf. It is probably the best beer I've had from Shorts. It poured a clear deep mahogany with off white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has bread. The taste is a nice balance of bread and caramel hints. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer....really liked this one.

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Photo of Benish
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely in the top 5 of the brown ales I have tried. It poured a dark brown color with a brown head. Aromas were mild, mostly malt and a bit of caramel and toffee. The flavors were very sweet yet not overwhelming. Picked up caramel, some toffee and a rich sweet malt throughout. Loved every sip of it. The mouthfeel was smooth and the rich. An awesome brown ale, maybe more like an imperial version. It stood out being one of the sweeter ones I've tasted.

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

Was at a local beer store which had a shorts tasting event with 3 free samples so I decided to try beers I haven't had from shorts yet. This was a pretty tasty solid all round brown ale. I might actually pick a a sixer of this in the future

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Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A beady and somewhat sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit, toast, and caramel. Toasted barley malt with a scent of biscuit, toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate, and nuts with yeast. Subtle hints of earthy hops and brown sugar. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and sweet malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, toast, and caramel. Toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, toast, toffee, caramel, chocolate, and nuts along with some yeast. Light earthy hop notes of grass. Sweet notes of brown sugar. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and smooth.

Overall: A very solid version of a Brown Ale. Nice toasty malt flavors.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/17/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate/cocoa, light berry/fruits, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate/cocoa, light berry/fruits, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate/cocoa. and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good English brown ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very nutty malts, toffee and slight sweetness. The flavor is nutty malts, toffee, light berries/fruit and a slightly sweet/tart finish. Old school brown ale, well-made.

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Photo of plumberman63
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a local bar MIMI's Retreat.
Poured a nice dark brown with a creamy tan head
Very good aroma, toasted malt with a hint of chocolate.
Taste smooth malty, touch of caramel sweet, but also coffee which I don't like.
Edit: Drinking straight from the bottle seem to get rid of the coffee taste, makes it very drinkable
Good feel not watery or thick, no after taste.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We recently began getting distro of Short's B.C. beers here in south-central PA & I am pretty excited about it! I have known those guys for years, between BA fests in BOS & my (usually) annual excursion to Madison, WI for the GTMW. I don't care if they are in bottles since I never expected them to come to me!

From the bottle: "A Classic American Brown Ale"; "Handmade by people who care. (tm)"

I Pop!ped the cap and let fly with an aggro pour since it was a very fresh bottle. In fact, I blushed at some of the things that it was saying! This action produced two fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like liquefied milk chocolate with caramel! I usually hold sweet beers in disregard, but this smelled pretty enticing. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was sweet, all right, but pleasant. It was like a ROLO candy or even a Twix bar with its biscuity maltiness! As I said, I am not usually a fan of such things, but this really was a nice change of pace. Finish was semi-sweet, restrained thanks to the malts & whichever hops they used. It had a real potential to be cloying & they managed to avoid that. Bravo! Send some more of your beers our way!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled 02/12/2016. Another new one to me from Short's Brewing, acquired a single bottle from the local beer store. "A classic American Brown Ale". No abv listed on the bottle, and BeerAdvocate lists two different ones.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A nice brown colored body with huges of red when held to the light. One finger of frothy khaki-tan / off-white head that leaves lots of good spotty lacing. A nice look.

S - Good classical brown ale nose: very toasty, roasty, nutty, & malty. Notes of toast, roasted nuttiness, and brown bread. A clean, traditional aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp, creamy, nutty, malty, toasty. Minor alcohol bite on the finish. Smooth, creamy, & nutty above all else. A very delicious and traditional example of the style.

M - Feel is crisp, creamy, nutty, & malty. Minor alcohol, medium-bodied, with good carbonation.

Overall, exactly what it advertises itself as - a classic example of the style, to be damn sure. Very enjoyable stuff, and highly recommended per the style.

Short's Brew Bellaire Brown -----4/5.

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Photo of BB1313
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3/9/16. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy brown with orange hues; light khaki head that fades leaving great retention and decent lacing. The aromas are very subtle. Hints of fresh dough and malts in the mix. The flavors are very clean. Lots of cocoa, caramel and toffee. Malts are there with some barley. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter and thinner side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink.

I've always been a huge fan of brown ales. This one is very nice, but nothing too crazy. It's a nice traditional example of the style with an amped up abv. It might be "boring", but brown ales aren't supposed to be flashy. It's very quaffable. It's also very refreshing for the style.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed form the growler via Jungle Jim's in a snifter. This excellent brown ale pours a dark brownish mahogany with a very nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, a nice cloak of wispy foam, and nice lacing. Nose of toasted nuts, subtle caramel malt, and as many others have notes---toast. Flavors exceed the nose with a deep toasted nut flavor reminiscent of walnuts on all sides dashed with caramel and deeply roasted malts. Chocolate of the dark bakers variety and subtle cream comes into the foray on the middle to back. Great mouth feel, nicely carbonated, medium body, and a nutty lightly chocolatey finish. Rich for the of the best I have ever tried. Bar none!



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Photo of dannycohen62
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Tall khaki head, brown!
S - Very sweet, fruity. A little bit of roasted malt.
T - Nutty chocolate, toast. Some floral hops on the back end.
F - Light, smooth and flavorful.
O - Very good brown ale, kind of reminds me of Nutella on toast.

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Photo of Gear54
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is medium brown with 1/2 in of kaki foam. On tap at Johnnys pour house in Flushing MI

Smell is chocolate, roasted malts, Carmel, and a bit of burnt toast.

Taste follows the smell well with nice nutty roasted malt flavor and an underlying sweetness. Very sight hop bitterness helps to give near perfect balance.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick with medium carbonation. Good middle ground between a sipping beer and a beer you drink several of.

Overall one of my favorite brown ales available in my area.

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Photo of pat61
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: brilliant chestnut, 1” tan head that gradually dissipates S: a crystal malt nose with a hint of darker malts in the background. T: Malt forward with rich mildly roasted malt, subtle chocolate, nuts, bitter hop accent, lingering malt flavors. F: Creamy wuth very fine soft carbonation, medium body seems a little more due to the carbonation. O: Everything you want in a brown ale.

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

Poured from bottle into freshly washed trusty ol' tulip glass. Pours and amber brown, with some head. No lacing to write home about. Some khaki head that dissolves to nothing. Smell is sweet caramel malt. Taste follows, with some roasted nut/coffee flavor. Smooth, great finish, clean.
This was my first brown ale years ago and the one that I measure others by. Great example of the style, highly recommended, along with Bell's Best Brown.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Appearance: lots of smoke; very dark brown. Hazy (should be filtered). 1" light tan head; fades to 1/8". Light brown rocky head.

Aroma: roasty malts; slightly tart, fruity esters. Toasty.

Taste: Sweet, clean arrival. Malty, roasted mid-palate. Very clean finish. As it warms, sweeter. Roasty, very nice. Very quaffable.

Mouthfeel: Solidly midweight. Mild carbonation.

Overall: Excellent. Very quaffable. Will be buying again (If I can get my hands on it here). Very easy drinking; among the best American brown's I've had.

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Photo of MBbeerking14
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer from the folks at Short's Brewery in Bellaire, MI

Bellaire Brown is Short's stable Brown Ale. Full flavored, with a carmel and malty taste. The mouthfeel is also very pleasant. It is dark and rich, which is abnormal for most browns, but it really works for this beer. The beer has coffee aftertaste, and lacks any strong notes of hops. This is the type of beer that is perfect for beginning dark craft beer drinkers.

I drank this beer in glass, which poured a hazy brown with medium sized head. This beer tasted a bit better when it is served on the warmer side of cold, around 40 degrees would help bring out the flavors. Drinkability was great, I can always have another Bellaire Brown.

My go to beer when I do not know what else to get!

7% ABV
14 IBU

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Photo of WillKorn
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very classic american ale with flavor, body, and taste. I really like this in the winter because of its darker flavor components, but it is still smooth and light enough to have a couple. The flavor is really well balanced and nothing is overpowering in this beer.

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Photo of gogreen99
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer has a hearty malt flavor and exactly as the label states BROWN. A medium brown color. There is a hint of chocolate flavor with minimal presence of hops. a hint of light roast coffee and a mild bitterness in aroma. not one of my favorite beers but also not the worst.

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