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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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3.6
bhensonb (15235) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Bottle from Archer Liquors. Deep ruby amber color with a large frothy beige head. Aroma of roughly roasted caramel. Near medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is malt, light citrus, and some light treacle? It’s extremely tasty, and reminds of a lighter Belgian ale. Finishes more dry than not.

3.3
DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle shared at Beer Market Jaffa. Deep amber-brown with a beige head. Aroma of nutty malt, some toast, a bit of chocolate, a bit of caramel and a light fruity hint. Sweetish flavor, malty, nutty, a bit toasty, with a chocolate note, a bit of caramel and a drier bitterish finish. Medium-bodied, rounded mouthfeel. A decent Brown Ale.

3.5
djd07 (14564) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle as shown. Pours a dark brown with beige head leaving spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is roasted malt and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with sweet roast and strong raisin flavor with nice bready finish. Easy to drink a very good brown ale from Bells. L

3.4
Tmoney99 (14497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Tap. Brown color with small tan head. Aroma complex malt and sweet. Flavor was full and the finish was solid and lasted. Another good Bells brew.

2.9
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2003 (Bells Brickskeller tasting 10/03) Clear erd brown body with off-white head. Aroma is artificail blueberry. Medium sweet flavor, blueberry, nutty/roasty, light chocolate. Watery medium body. (5/3/6/3/12)(Bells Brickskeller tasting 11/02) Clear red brown body with light tan head. Aroma and flavor are both sweet caramel and roasty. It's very malty, with mild hops until the aftertaste. (7/3/7/3/14)

3.6
Lubiere (13915) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2013
A reddish brown ale with a thin brown head. In aroma, nice peaty caramel malt with dark fruits and light licorice, coffee, very nice. In mouth, a nice woody caramel with vinous notes, coffee, musty notes, light grassy hops, veering on old ale.

3.7
Drake (13741) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2009 Rerate: 12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a slightly hazy deep red color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is caramel and nuts with spicy citrus hops in the finish. Taste is caramel, nuts, leafy hops and something lightly tart. Medium bodied. 7/4/7/3/14

Bottle. Pours a ruddy brown w/ a light nutty aroma and off-white head. Slightly sweet with a nice hop profile peeking out. 7/3/7/4/15

3.4
bierkoning (13355) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle from Schroppfy, thanks! Brown color. malt, caramel and mint in the aroma. Malty flavor with caramel, licorice and mint. Just a bit thin. Sweetish, but with enough flavors to compensate. Pleasant brown ale.

3.6
BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a large, fizzy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, nutty, toast), average hops (herbal, woody), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and plum. Flavor is heavy malt (caramel, nutty, toast), average hops (herbal, woody), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and plum. Medium body, warmth, carbonation, and creaminess with a sweet yet hoppy dry finish.

3.5
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2005
(Bottle) Pours an orangish-brown body with a medium-sized beige head. Aroma of toasted malt. Flavor of toffee, malt, and a hint of dark fruit. A bit bitter in the finish.


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