Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Goldorak:
3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Sampled on-tap at Blue Tusk, Syracuse, NY.
Apprearance: Reddish copper colored brew, could have been a bit darker for the style but still fine. The head retention wasn't that great, it died away to form a thin ring. It was served a bit cold.
Smell: Strange mix of smokey, spicy and acidic aromas that reminded me of those all dressed chips they sell here in Quebec, which made my friends chortle. Definately original. Did they use a Belgian yeast for this? Was it barrel aged? As it warmed, it developped more of a corky smell that I liked.
Taste: Carbonation in the low-to-mid range, the smokey flavors come more than anything else. No real sign of spicy yeast flavors, just a bit of acidity that didn't quite make my mouth pucker. Woody, corky flavors are the only characteristics that make it seem like a Belgian ale to me. Not my favorite from this brewery, but interesting.
Serving type: on-tap
07-25-2007 00:31:56 | More by Goldorak
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3.8/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle poured into Westvleteren chalice. Dark cloudy mahogony with a finger of beige head which very quickly drops to a thin crown, but leaves substantial lacing.
Rich malty aroma. Complex caramel and toasted malts combine with an almost toffee-like candi sugar aroma. Strong dark fruity esters; fig, date, black cherry, etc. Lightly phenolic, but more of a black pepper than clove. Slightly alcoholic.
Flavor is sweet, but not cloyingly so. Mostly a combination of malts and candi sugar, along with some well-defined but not quite overpowering alcohol flavors. Very estery and with a bit of spice on the finish. Just a touch of dry, earthy hoppy bitterness as well.
Medium-heavy body and medium-high carbonation, but little "bite." Alcohol content definitely provides a bit of a warming sensation. Silghtly chewy.
Overall, this is a good American attempt at a BSDA. The flavors are all there but it's just lacking a little something. The yeast doesn't quite compare to a good Belgian version of this style, and the finish is a little too dry. On the plus side, I'm a jazz fan and at least the money I spent on this beer is going to a good cause.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 17:17:12 | More by Phocion
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle into a pilsner. No head, crystal clear medium brown color, no lacing. Aroma is fruity floral hops, and toasted malt. Flavor is toasted malt, fruit--figs, a bit of toffee and yeast, delicious and unique! Overall this is a very good to outstanding medium brown ale. Hint--drink it closer to room temperature, not ice cold.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 02:44:47 | More by Dsimenson
Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,233 ratings.