Simple, but great at the same time. Dark caramel, toffee, biscuit - the classic Brown is characterised by pleasant, mild malt aromas. It can be sweet or have a distinct hop bitterness. And as a companion for dishes incredibly versatile.
Beer Style Facts: Brown Ale
- Appearance: Dark amber to brown with dark red highlights.
- Aroma: Clearly the malt aroma is the focus of Brown Ale. With hints of rye, bread, nut, dried fruit, caramel, chocolate. Not to minimally bitter. Full-bodied, rather sweet in parts.
- Alcohol: 4-6%. Partly stronger, partly lighter.
- Classic Beer: Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
What is a Brown Ale?
Along with Pale Ale and Porter, Brown Ale is probably one of the most famous classic beer styles in England. The origins of Brown Ale probably lie in the earliest days of brewing. Since the 18th century this beer style has been very popular, especially in the north of England - although it was a collective term for all beers with roasted malts. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the term has existed for a brown, top-fermented beer, with an alcohol content of between 4 and 5%. This makes it an ideal, very palatable beer.
The taste of a Brown Ale
The aroma and taste of the beer depends mainly on the malts used. The taste is usually quite pure and straightforward. The range of flavours can include nuts, caramel, chocolate, rye bread or cocoa. Depending on the interpretation, the taste can be rather sweet or dry. Whether copper-coloured or deep brown - the colour of the beer also varies depending on the recipe. A cream-coloured head is usually characteristic.
Brown Ale - A beloved Beer style
Brown ale is still an integral part of British pub and cask ale culture today. A Brown Ale tapped fresh from the cask is a great pleasure - and completely different from a normal draught beer or a Brown Ale from the bottle. In the US American craft beer scene, Brown has been a popular beer style again since the 1990s. Many micro and nano breweries as well as consumers appreciate the combination of great taste and high drinkability with a low alcohol content.
In addition to roasted or grilled meat, a Brown Ale goes wonderfully with hearty stews and soups, with chilli con or sin carne or braised vegetables, with mushroom ragout with sour cream or with old Gouda.
But a Brown Ale can also be the perfect accompaniment to sweet dishes: For example for a Black Forest Cherry Torte! Or for a walnut crumble. A Brown Ale also goes very well with a simple scoop of ice cream.
Or simply leave the Brown Ale to stand on its own.
For a beer after work. As a thirst quencher.
Let the simple genius of a Brown Ale convince you! Beyond Beer always has a changing selection of classic or modern Brown Ales on offer.