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: 757 |  Reviews: 269
Photo of blazinworm
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of a6ladd
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of TheBigLebrewski
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass; color is impressive, solid head that quickly dissipated, decent lacing. Smell is sweeter than I'd prefer but is certainly prominent in respect to the style and overall quite pleasant.

Malt heavy flavor. Toffee on the nose but once it's in the mouth the flavor becomes less refined - a more lightly burnt caramel swallow. While mentioning those flavors, however, the beer is arguably more drinkable and a bit more clean than the standard brown. The sweetness, which is prominent, is not overpowering. And while my personal taste favors a stronger hop presence (especially in the finish), this beer is a favorable version of a malt heavy brew. Overall, and particularly if you're a fan of browns, try this beer! (As always, Life is Short's.)

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mrebeka
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm. Man, this is one nice brown ale. Maybe I don't try enough brown ales, but I just don't seem to find many that are on this level. Excellent and oh so smooth levels of earthy wood and leafy stuff, in that brown ale kind of way. Lingering flavor just sits with you and never wavers. This, to me, is what a brown ale should be.

All these beers I've had by Shorts keep advertising all the wide variety of ingredients they are putting in each beer. The label on this one reads: "A classic American brown ale." There's nothing wrong with sticking to the traditional, but there's nothing wrong with making it better through your skill and know how.

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Photo of Osky88
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this a while ago (thanks michibrew) and just found it. 12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with just a halo of almond colored head. Some lace left on the glass.

S - Black coffee, chocolate malts, a little bit of pine, and mud. The aroma is decent, but faint.

T - Starts with bitter coffee and some pine. Some bready malts in the middle. Finishes with a sweet milk chocolate aftertaste. Pretty good.

M - Active carbonation and a pretty thin body.

O - A solid, easy drinking brown. If you are in the distribution area, I recommend grabbing a six pack for a full flavored session beer.

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Photo of jbonch
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of BennyL1
2.18/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Found a leftover single of this in the fridge so even though its a bit warm out for a brown I figure why not. No freshness date - poured into a perfect pint glass.

This brew pours a nice chestnut brown color with a thin off white head. Minimal lacing on the glass.

Pretty malty aroma, caramel mostly. Some other kind of odd roasty scents in there as well. Not really feeling this so far.

Taste is not what I expected at all, and that isn't a good thing. Caramel malt and dark fruits but overall a watery feeling to it. This beer just tastes off - maybe because of age but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Medium in body but watered down. Not much carbonation which leads me to think that this beer is past its prime. Oh well, that's why breweries need to put some dating info on the bottle. So it goes.

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

a - poured a one finger thick creamy tan head into a snifter that left nice sheeting throughout. the body was very dark brown.
s - caramel and toffee dominate.
t - toffee with some chocolate sweetness.
m - slick and medium.
o - one track mind brown ale. doesn't mess around. really tasty.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of beagle75
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

A: Clear, light brown color with less than one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel and cooked mixed fruit are at the center of this beer's smell. Lesser chocolate is also detected, as well as very discreet carbon dioxide.

T: Begins off-dry, with mixed fruit and mild roasted malt that is made unfocused by carbonic acidity that shows up almost immediately. The latter half of the flavor profile is saved by intensely toasty Munich malt that follows the eventual decline of the acidity. Hop qualities, including bitterness, are largely absent although a phantom of acidity lingers on the palate.

M: Thin viscosity, watery and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This ale is a mediocre effort from a brewery that is known for putting quirky and unique twists on traditional beer styles. Although the texture is unconvincing in general, it is the early acidity that holds this beer back from being a better example of its style.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the most exciting of styles, but this was an above average brown ale for sure. A great nuttiness and toffee taste, medium bodied, with nice dark brown color.. this been finished clean and smooth and was more tasty than most for the pretty generic style. Won't knock your pants off, but definitely worthy of a try.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Short's Bellaire Brown Ale from Short's Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 757 ratings.
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