MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, medium reddish-brown with a thick and full tan head that holds well. Rich, malty aroma with a fair amount of spiciness from the use of Belgian malts, as well as some faint nuttiness, roasted malt, and celery salt. Creamy and reasonably full on the palate, it starts out with a flowery hop bite, then settles to a smooth maltiness, along with some rounded spiciness, pale chocolate, dry nuttiness and a hint of roasted malt. Lethargic carbonation aids in itís easy going drinkability. Lengthy, slightly dry finish. The late-2003 bottles from the new brewery have much less yeast sediment than before, so adding the dregs doesnít turn it into the muddy mess it once did. Overall, a session-worthy brown ale that Bellís should turn into a year-round brew.
erickomosa (68) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice reddish brown color that lights the let through. Nuts, yeast, hops in the aroma. Inviting. Sweet malts, nuts, a little citrus flavor. Thin bodied. Finishes dry, reminiscent of good belgians.
CPDalton (67) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours pretty dark, with an off white half inch head. The nose is a little sweet with caramel, but a lot of hoppy freshness breaks through. I really like it. The taste is more mild than I thought. I get some malt, bread, and a small kiss of hop bitterness at the end. Carbonation was very low, crisp finish. This has been in my fridge for over a month so it could have lost some of its kick. Very mellow but I like it. Id like to try a fresh one.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good brown. Thick head, with roasty/biscuity malt aroma. Firm malty body, hopped enough to avoid sweetness, but still is a malty, rich treat. Good on a cool evening.
peteysmu (63) - USA - MAR 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very hoppy taste, one of the better ales I have sampled. Not very heavy, could see myself drinking multiple beers
hopsandvines (60) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bellís Brown ale is always a favorite of mine that I look forward too each year itís released. With that being said this years Best Brown was a bit disappointing. Pours dark brown, head small, white, OK. Flavor with a bit thin this year with some chocolate and Munich character. Seems too be missing that special something that Bellí usually delivers. Hops are present but lacking for the style. Probably will go unnoticed to the unsophisticated palate. Not bad. $9.99 6/pk at Hops & Vines. www.hopsandvines.net
HopKitty (59) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, translucent, burnt sienna color, aroma is malty, with a hint of black olives and chocolate Nestle Quik. Tastes like unsalted mixed nuts with a splash of nail polish remover. Softens with lingering palate.
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 Head retention was really surprising, lasted forever. A rich creamy off white head. Aroma slightly nutty, and other roasted things brought to mind. Feels slightly like a stout. Very sweet and creamy. Tasted some notes of milk. My first Bellís, and certainly not my last.
SpecialBrew99 (57) - grand blanc, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am actually drinking one of these right now, and I must say that it was another let down. I like a lot of the Bellís beers, but this one just isnít up to par. I would rather have a Newcastle anyday over this. The smell is not even really a brown smell, it is more like a stout.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle '02)The aroma is overwhelming with roasted malts and a hit of chocolate. Quite unusual for this beer...smells almost identical to a Bells Porter. The pour is beautiful leaving a creamy head that lasts for quite some time, while lacing the glass. A small amount of yeast gives the appearance of cinnamon to the top of this lovely brew. Malt, malt, malt. Age seems to have tempered the bite and bitterness normally associated with this beer. The most outstanding example of Best Brown to date. Note to self, lay some of these down in the future