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Sweet Brown Beer?

hazel3000 May 22, 2012 03:28 PM

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. Jim Dorsch RE: hazel3000 May 22, 2012 07:52 PM

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

    1. guanubian RE: hazel3000 May 22, 2012 07:59 PM

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

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        RB Hound RE: hazel3000 May 22, 2012 09:27 PM

        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.

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          hazel3000 RE: hazel3000 May 23, 2012 03:20 AM

          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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            Shaggy RE: hazel3000 May 23, 2012 10:59 AM

            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.

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              Jim Dorsch RE: Shaggy May 23, 2012 02:32 PM

              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.

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                Josh RE: Jim Dorsch May 23, 2012 05:53 PM

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

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                  Jim Dorsch RE: Josh May 23, 2012 06:45 PM

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

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            TombstoneShadow RE: hazel3000 Dec 29, 2012 04:28 PM

            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...

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              jpc8015 RE: hazel3000 Dec 30, 2012 10:29 PM

              Try Fuller's 1845 if you can find it.

              1. chefj RE: hazel3000 Jan 2, 2013 05:06 PM

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

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                  LStaff RE: chefj Jan 4, 2013 08:46 AM

                  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.

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                    Tripeler RE: LStaff Jan 4, 2013 06:11 PM

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

                2. chefj RE: hazel3000 Jan 2, 2013 05:14 PM

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

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                    Tripeler RE: chefj Jan 2, 2013 05:17 PM

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

                  2. sunshine842 RE: hazel3000 Jan 3, 2013 01:31 AM

                    Newcastle Brown Ale

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                      Enfielder RE: hazel3000 Jan 11, 2013 06:38 PM

                      Clown Shoes Genghis Pecan

                      1. Tripeler RE: hazel3000 Jan 12, 2013 02:27 AM

                        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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                          chefj RE: Tripeler Jan 12, 2013 09:30 AM

                          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. vorspeise RE: hazel3000 Jan 21, 2013 06:31 AM

                          Rogue Hazelnut Nectar Brown ale?

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