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RATINGS: 1282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rowefam3 (70) - kendallville, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 roasty malt aroma with a similar taste. Alot of things going on in this one for a brown ale. Very sweat,which I liked. This beer was great on cool late summer day. Iíll buy another 6 in the fall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2006
A classic brown ale: Sweet, fruity aroma; good brown color. Initial taste of fruity caramel. Aftertaste of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is a tad watery, otherwise simply terrific.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Bottle 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
erickomosa (68) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2011
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.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CPDalton (67) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2012
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
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.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteysmu (63) - USA - MAR 12, 2011
Very hoppy taste, one of the better ales I have sampled. Not very heavy, could see myself drinking multiple beers

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchHillbilly (62) - Mattawan, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Very good full flavor beer. Quite bitter. Strong aftertaste. Overall a very satisfying beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rollsrace (62) - - AUG 31, 2014
Tasted on 12/20/2013. a decent brown ale, slightly bitter. itís pretty dark for a brown ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopsandvines (61) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2009
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


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