Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Appearance 3.5: Head was a standard 3/4" for my pour. Dark walnut brown. Completely opaque.
Smell 3.75: Nice, deep bouquet. Hints of deep, lightly roasted, caramel barley and notes of a heavy hop presence. Doesn't smell "Belgian" at all to me.
Taste 3.50: Front is slightly sour and somewhat sweet. Middle is an assault on the tastebuds: sourness, but big kicks of sweet barley and lightly toasted grains. However, this all fades away quickly, eliminating the sweetness and fading into the finish, which features a strange, blue-cheesy hop that is remarkably similar to one of the signature hops in North Coast's flagship brew "Rasputin." Aftertaste is short and somewhat strange: tastes of root vegetables and earthy grains. Abbey ale?
Mouthfeel 3.00: Mouthfeel is off for a Belgian Ale. Far too much front of the mouth tastes and too much fizzy CO2 carbonation.
Overall 3.50: A good beer on its own, but as a representative of an "Abbey Ale" or a "Belgain Strong Dark," it is laughable. Interesting to me that this beer just happens to use one the same hops and (probably) some of the same grains as the brewery's flagship "Rasputin." Guess they didn't start back at "zero" to brew this baby. Ultimately, I think the imbiber should just ignore the supposed "Belgian" relation (which is impossible) and drink this beer for what it tastes like, not for what it claims to be.
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2013 05:28:58 | More by BeerDocT
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle dated 07172013 at cellar temp into imperial pint
Aroma malt with spices
Head large (6.5 cm), creamy with rocks, light brown, rapidly diminishing,
Lacing none to spotty
Body a deep red-amber approaching garnet
Flavor begins with malt, spice and dark fruit, sweet, no diacetyl, no alcohol
Ends with a slight alcohol burn
Palate medium, creamy, carbonation lively
A decent Belgium-style ale I’m revisiting after 7 years. Very pleasant and easy drinking.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 13:00:03 | More by Ozzylizard
Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,037 ratings.