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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 czfreeman
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice ruddy brown tone. Head is creamy, slightly tan . Almost like a Flemish bruin color.
Smells bready. Black tea, a touch of sour cherry-like flavor. Bit of a nutty character.Brown ales have a distinct nutty aroma about them I really enjoy and this one is a dead ringer. The slight sourness adds another great dimension to the bready malt and sweet tones.
Flavor is delicately balanced with grains, touch of fruit, good addition of bittering hops.
Really nice caramel in the finish.
Let this beer warm, the flavors develop exponentially into one of the better browns I've had.
Mouthfeel is a great balance of medium body meets near perfect Carbonation.
Excellent Brown!

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of breakingbland
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured a deep reddish brown with some cloudiness. The head was slight and settled down to a ring of foam rather quickly.

Smell: The aroma was basically sweet with some hops but also with a sour component that combined with the sweetness in a way that was a little disconcerting. However, after the first sip, the sourness seemed to recede.

Taste: A fairly rich, deep flavor profile. A slight amount of the sourness came through on the taste, but the main impression was a nice malty sweetness, well balanced by slight hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and light, fine carbonation.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer that I'll definitely have again. (Curious to see if the sourness in the aroma is characteristic of this beer.)

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A 12oz bottle with no visible BB date. Purchased from a webshop quite a while back and stored in my garage.

Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A dark reddish-brown hue with floating sediment and low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, grainy malt with notes of caramel, chocolate, mild roasted malt, dried fruit, faint brown sugar, tea and earthy yeast. There is also a strange sour overtone that seems out of place.

Tastes of caramel malt with a sour character and a dry finish. Notes of lactic acid/mild vinegar, caramel, dried fruit, brown sugar, faint biscuity grain, mild roasted malt and earthy yeast esters. Surprisingly acidic - I assume this is infected or has deteriorated. A mild, dry quality upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly with good body, but flat and undercarbonated. Lacks texture, though slightly astringent. Aftertaste of sourness and caramel malt.

Meh - not brilliant, although the aroma gives the impression that it could have been. There are some nice malty hints that suggest a decent brown ale lurks underneath the acidic off-notes. Not sure what happened here; the sourness is quite clean, almost like yoghurt. Bacteria perhaps? Or maybe it's just age - without a BB/bottled-on date it's impossible to tell. Oh well, I review it as I find it (though I'll re-review if I get a fresh one someday). Disappointing.

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Photo of Nachos4two
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of SerialTicker
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I know I'm thinking of this beer much higher than most of the people on this site, but I can't help myself. This is a great example of why I love me some dark beers (that aren't stouts or porters).

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color -- almost black if it's not held up to light. The head is about two fingers and it's nice and creamy. The lacing is phenomenal and holds up til the bottom.

Smell: Meh. I don't get much of an aroma out of most browns, and this one's no different. It has that typical malt, cereal, grainy aroma that you'd expect. Not bad, but average.

Taste: Awesome beer. The taste has a wallop of malts, but also consists of chocolate and coffee notes in there as well. The finish has a dash of spice and a tiny bit of bitterness, but it's just about perfectly balanced against the sweetness. The feel may be the beer's highlight -- very smooth but not too thick or cloying, and satisfying. This may just be my favorite "drink anytime" Fall seasonal, and my favorite "normal" beer from Short's overall.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Short's Bellaire Brown Ale from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 771 ratings
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