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Sweet Brown Beer?

Looking for some really good sweeter brown beers. My favorite was Red Hook Nut Brown and it was discontinued! I like Moose Drool...but looking for something more.

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  1. I would think that many brown ales in your area will have ample malt sweetness. Where do you live?

    1. Lagunitas Gnarly Wine might work for you. It's heavy, though.

      1. Have you tried Samuel Smith's Nut Brown? I'd suggest Alesmith's Nautical Nut Brown, but I'm not sure you get that in the Twin Cities. You might like Bell's Best Brown.

        1. Great- I have not tried Alesmith's or Bell's Best Brown. The Gnarly Wine has a bit too much alcohol content for an everyday beer, but I'll still give it a taste.

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          1. re: hazel3000

            Bell's Best Brown is a great brown ale, Goose Island also makes a decent one that is similar to Moose Drool. If you're looking for something sweeter, Raison De Terre (sorry for the spelling) from Dogfish is a nice, strong brown with raisiny sweetness. Also, a lot of dopplebock's out there may get you what you want. Sam Adams "double bock" might be available and is definitely sweet and malty.

            1. re: Shaggy

              That's Raison D'Etre. Good call on doppelbocks. other nice ones are Paulaner Salvator, Spaten Optimator, and Ayinger Celebrator, which is unique in being darker and having more coffee notes.

              1. re: Jim Dorsch

                I second all of these. I'd also add Palo Santo Marron.

                1. re: Josh

                  That's a nice one, too, albeit a bit strong for some folks.

          2. Bell's Best Brown and Rogue Hazelnut are real nice.

            Back in the day I used to like G.I. Hex Nut on tap in Chicago, can't recall having it out of a bottle...

            1. Try Fuller's 1845 if you can find it.

              1. La Trappe (Koningshoeven) Quad would fit the bill nicely at 12% should warm the Winter for you as well.

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                1. re: chefj

                  La Trappe's unsung dubbel (or just about any other belgian dubbel - St Bernardus Prior 8 is my favorite) would be very fitting of the request for sweet brown beer.

                  1. re: LStaff

                    Great idea. I would also suggest Westmalle Dubbel. Complex and tasty, but a good malty sweetness.

                2. Gouden Carolus Christmas or Cuvée van de Keizer Blauw
                  would also be great choices

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                  1. re: chefj

                    Gouden Carolus would certainly be one of my favorites. Very well made beer -- delicious!

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                      1. Just two nights ago I had a bottle of Corsendonk Pater, a brown ale, and it was other-the-top delicious. Most striking is the aroma, which shows off the great variety of herbs used to flavor the beer, though the amounts are very small, representing a very light perfuming of this robust brown ale. Highly recommended!

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                        1. re: Tripeler

                          If you can find their Christmas Ale it is also a great Beer.
                          Nice subtle spicing, Red Brown Color, Flavors of Dried Dark Fruits and Dark Brown Sugar,with some Bready Yeast flavors. Really a great Christmas Beer.

                        2. Rogue Hazelnut Nectar Brown ale?