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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Brother TheloniousBrother Thelonious

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very good

2,246 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,246
Reviews: 937
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 46
Gots: 175 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Vital Statistics

Style: Belgian Style Strong Dark
Color: Dark mahogany
ABV: 9.4%
Bitterness: 32 IBU's"

(Beer added by: sloejams on 05-04-2006)
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Reviews by Jemonster:
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a thick looking blood red-brown with a dense tan head.
Larger sized bubbles in the bottom of the glass. Opaque. Glows in the light.

S: Deep, fragrant malty scent with honey. Grassy, smoky like a whiskey, wet wood.

T: Sweet molasses, maple, and dark honey right up front. Alcohol, tartness, then a little bit of fresh tasting hops. The flavor is big, but a bit more simple than most Belgian strong ales because of the powerful sweetness at the beginning. Probably one of the sweetest beers I've had.

M: Rich body, strong carbonation. Feels lighter than expected during the swallow.

O: I can't believe I haven't had this popular beer by now. It's great, but the complexity of flavors is missing for me. I like many others in the style more than I like this, but I still wouldn't turn it down. Maybe it's the lack of hop bitterness to balance the sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 01:51:24 | More by Jemonster
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Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass. 1/2 inch head disappeared within a couple of minutes. Not bad but still disappointing for the style.

Smell: Bottle said to enjoy at 55 degrees. It was definitely colder than this when I poured, so given the 9.4% abv I was not surprised that the smell of alcohol predominated at first. No matter, I didn't want to drink it quickly so I had no trouble sipping slowly to allow it to warm up a bit. It was around 60 degrees by the time I was done. But it didn't help much--even at warmer temperatures all I could smell was alcohol and some coffee.

Taste: Not surprisingly, my first sips were all alcohol and burnt coffee. As the glass warmed up a bit it improved marginally. Overly sweet with some burnt toffee. Some spices that were overwhelmed by the alcohol. The lack of complexity is hard to believe until you've tasted it for yourself. I could barely detect some dark fruits--figs, raisins maybe?--struggling to come through without much success. This is such a fantastic style and this beer fails completely.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was about right and at least the alcohol didn't give a burning sensation.

Overall: I'm not sure how I could enjoy this at any temperature.

The worst part is that I didn't even mean to purchase this beer. I bought a four-pack of Three Philosophers--at least that's what the carrier packaging said. I didn't look at the actual bottles at the store, and when I got home, lo and behold I was stuck with four of these. And now I have three more of them to suffer through. I'll update this review if the boozy Brother Thelonious somehow grows on me.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,246 ratings.