The Six Pack Review – New Belgium + Ben & Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale

Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale

New Belgium Brewing

Brown Ale

6.3% ABV

That’s certainly a long title. Were you able to read the whole thing? If you were I’m sure the “Ben & Jerry’s” part threw you off. Are the ice cream guys making beer now? No, this is just a collaboration with New Belgium. But what exactly is this?


It’s still beer. It’s just a brown ale made with some extras. It’s actually pretty standard for a brown ale. It’s dark but not black. You taste chocolate. It’s malty. Not very different from every other brown ale. So what makes it a “salted caramel brownie” ale?

Is it salty? Maybe, but do I want my beer to be salty? If you try hard enough you can taste salt but maybe that’s not actually salt. I doubt they threw salt in while making this. What about caramel. That’s also a standard natural flavor of brown ales. They didn’t have to do anything to get that flavor. We already mentioned the chocolate so there’s the brownie. But new Belgium wasn’t satisfied with the natural chocolate flavor. They added real cocoa to this beer to make it taste even more like chocolate.

Since the makers of this beer are from Vermont and Colorado, you know there’s some cause they’re fighting for with this beer. Proceeds from the sale of this beer will go to Protect Our Winters, an organization combating climate change. So when you’re drinking a bunch of these there’s no need to feel guilty. You’re helping save the world.

This beer was good but it wasn’t as interesting as it seemed. This is not candy. This won’t replace your overly sweet cocktail. This is still unmistakably beer. It’s not a gimmick, this beer does have a focus on chocolate. In the end, it’s just a standard brown ale with a little more focus on chocolate and there’s nothing wrong with that.



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