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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Bellaire Brown is a full-flavored brown ale that derives sweet caramel and toasted qualities from four different kinds of malt and specialty grains. Select hop varieties create an enticing aroma and dry finish. Bellaire Brown is very dark and rich, which makes it hard to classify as a brown, but it 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bpar73 (955) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 On tap @ Short’s. Dark brown with a thin tan head. First taste is strong of dark bitter chocolate after that a nice smooth taste. Excellent brown beer with a great malt & chocolate caramel taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tedyjam87 (16) - - SEP 8, 2012
average carbonation, oily feel, creamy, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2008
<i>Draft at brewpub:</i> I’ve had the chance to try this twice now and it steals the show for me at the brewpub. Shorts has taken on one of the most dull styles of beer and made it complex, yet sessionable. The board marked this as 6.6% ABV so this version is probably a far cry from where the beer originally started at 5.2%. The beer pours a sparkling brown with a mocha head that rides the beer all the way down. A deep inhale reveals an onslaught of sweet caramel, brown bread, cinnamon and molasses. The body is full, but never cloying and remains drinkable. As the beer opens up, a great note of caramalized sugars reveal themselves. I am guessing some kettle caramelization is going on here although I couldn’t get an answer from either waitress. Whatever the technique, the maltiness is reminiscent of a Scottish ale, with the drinkablitiy of a brown ale. Layers of chocolate, sweet cake, vanilla and buttery nuts support the caramel core. Finishes with the slightest of bitterness to keep the sweetness under wraps. Very complex and very good. I would love to clone this recipe and have it on tap.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrsenkbe (23) - USA - SEP 24, 2010
This is a good brown, its kind of wierd though because it lacks the most in taste, It is good for one beer but after that the nutty taste can become overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. The body was dark brown with some ruby. A light khaki head. The aroma is strongly malty with some tobacco and chocolate. The body was medium with some toffee and black tea. Nearly perfect for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1379) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Deep hazy rich brown pour with a smaller khaki head. Malty nose with some roasted notes, caramel, cocoa, almost a woody quality, some light fruit, and toast. Really nice nose for a brown. Taste is fairly sweet but with a nice bitter balance. Fuller side of medium bodied, smooth, fair carb with a toasty bitter end to it. About the nicest regular strength brown I’ve tasted. Just well put together, complex without seeming muddled, balanced, and really delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5829) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 4, 2016
Aroma is very nutty malts, toffee and slight sweetness. The flavor is nutty malts, toffee, light berries/fruit and a slightly sweet/tart finish. Old school brown ale, well-made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Poured a very nice dark brown with a light brown, creamy head. The color is so dark it almost appears murky but upon closer inspection is actually sparkling clear. The Belgian lace is well formed and attractive. Rich malty notes with hints of toasted cereal, chocolate and nuts. Smoky? Restrained, yet balanced hops. Layered flavors. Lighter body than the color suggests. Highly refreshing. Rather moreish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
A very nice pour with some decent head, great lacing, and nice carbonation in what looks to be a rather viscous liquid. Smells of caramel, light bread, roasted malt. Unexpectedly nice here. Tastes of caramel, bread, sweetness, very light on the hops, no bitter sensation or alcohol presence. Very good. Medium in both body and carbonation. Such an easy drinker and a solid beer. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Kind of a strong nose of Cascade hops for a brown ale. Starts off sweet then surrenders to a woody flavor that eventually morphs into a very creamy and slightly brown sugared land slide. Awesome.

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