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RATINGS: 1338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
A smooth, toasty brown ale, Best Brown Ale is a mainstay in our fall & winter lineup. With hints of caramel and cocoa, the malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy. This balancing act is aided by the generous use of American hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2001
Not one of Bellís best beers. Still a really solid Brown Ale. I prefer Boyne Riverís Brown Ale though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2002
I find this to be best with food. It helps bring out the taste of the food as well as the food bringing out the taste in the beer. Not being a big fan of dark beers, I didnít rate it incredibly high.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a brown color with a little bit of amber to it too, with a half finger high white head. Smells of caramel, malt, tiny bit of hops, and maybe a little coffee. Tastes of caramel and malt, a little hop, but is kind of boring and subtle. Goes down fairly smooth, but the after-taste is only so-so. Overall a decent beer, but not Bells best. Also had this on tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago, which was better than bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - APR 12, 2013
Pours brown with thick tan head that dissipates quickly and some lace. Aroma is roast malts. Taste roast malt, light cocoa, some bitterness, nutty medium body, sticky finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours a light, well, brown, with a fair amount of yeast sediment and head. Nice, malty aroma, with strong notes of nuts and caramel. The flavor has similar notes, with some added hints of coffee and fruit, and a touch of hops. "Solid" comes to mind when describing this beer - itís very well-made and a great example of the style, but not particularly interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CJ_Pain (221) - Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Good solid fall beer. Leave the pumpkin this and the pumpkin that for the pumpkin heads and settle in with an original fall beer style. An excellent interpretation of a brown and an easy drinking one at that. A little bit hoppier and a little less maltier than a lot of browns makes this very smooth, though I would have preferred a lil more malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zootfinster (220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2009 Another great Bells offering. Nice balance. Medium brown pour and medium head. If you donít know what yo want - choose Bells

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Dark brown pour with a nice tan head. This stuff is so easy to drink! Very nice hints of roasted malts, toffee, nutty and a mild sweetness. it sits so well on the palate. This is soooo good...I have been on such a brown ale and porter kick lately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Sweet malty aroma with woody notes.Light brown in color with a small but persistant white head. Nutty malty flavor on a thick body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2005
JohnC, jcalabre, does this guy KNOW who he is??? Well, heís one damn fine trader -- threw this in as an "extra." Very nice brown ale: brown (duh) mild, yet fairly complex (for the style) flavors that consisted of roasted malts, caramel, and nuts. Thanks, John!

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