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RATINGS: 1342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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.

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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Not brown but nice dark amber brew with a rapidly dissappearing head.Some malts and toffee aromas but mild at best,no pun intended.Mild toffee taste,kindaí sweet but nice on the tongue

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4902) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2005
On tap at Bells. Poured a small tan head that completely diminished, good lacing, fine-small sized bubbles, uncarbonated, transparent, and an orange brown hue. The aroma was malty, very mild hops and caramel. Sweet, malty and caramel flavor. Smooth palate. Light-medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 12, 2005
draft at Crane Alley, Urbana-Champagne, IL / awesome. i thought this was great. cremey, spicy, fruity, and delicious. a bit too thick to be quaffable, but very drinkable in any case. mainly caramel and spicy fruit sweets with subtle hop presence.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 10, 2005
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Poured out a hazy, murky light brown color, with a minimal white, soapy head. Overcarbonated by quite a bit. Aromas are of Cara-Munich malts, along with sweet caramel as well. Hop aromas are subdued, as are the hop flavors. Flavors are well balanced, nothing stands out above anything else. Balanced aftertaste, not bitter at all. A decent brown ale, but too carbonated for my liking.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Bellís must be one of the most consistent craft breweries around. Iíve never met a Bellís beer that I didnít love, and this is no exception. The slightly weak aroma (nutty, with a hint of hops) belied the robust flavor. Cloudy red-brown in color, the taste begins with a nice hard shove of malty goodness, then finishes quickly with a clean cripsness I didnít see coming. This is truly a beer for any situation or season.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005
bottle. hazy brown colour with a tinge of orange. small off-white head. aroma is quite hoppy along with crystal malt, perfumey. starts out fairly sweet and follows through with some nuttiness. Good balance.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Oh Bells, what happened here. Taste was not good enough to take notes. I had such high hopes that were quickly dashed by the taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2006 12oz - Appealing nutty aroma with toffee and carmel. Pours brown with decent off-white head with subtle lacing. Flavor is nutty and toasted malt. The toffee and carmel show up in the finish. Palate is creamy and smooth. A really nice brown.

3.6
   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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2005
brownish rootbeer appearance...aroma was weak when cold, but opened up a lot as it warmed...sugars and hops abound, as well as nuts and some roasted malts...flavor was very sugary and malty, with a definite kick of hops...


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