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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,240 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,240
Reviews: 936
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 46
Gots: 174 | 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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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Listening to Charles Gounod's "St. Cecilia Mass" and doing a review for new beer Sunday. 12 oz. bottle poured into a wide-bodied glass with a narrow opening. No freshness date indicated on the bottle. I have been celaring this for only a few months.

A: This beer pours with a modest tan head consisting of tight bubbles. But it seems that the head dies as quickly as I can turn around and put the bottle into recycling. It really did a poor job of sticking around, eventually leaving nothing on top. The body itself is a muddy cherry brown color. When held up to the light, it shows off a beautiful purple red hue. Other than that though, I am wondering where the head is?

S: The smell is restrained. No hop presence, which is fine. It shows off its malt and yeast characters. I notice notes of cherry, caramel, toast and figs, with a slightly sour tinge.

T: Sweet up front with notes of caramel and butterscotch. There is a pleasing cherry flavor at the back of the throat, which is followed by a bready malt aftertaste. The finish has a whiskey malt-like quality. The alcohol is there, but it is extremely subdued and very well hidden. It rears its ugly head more towards the end of the glass. The beer is not overtly sweet; it's balanced by hop bitterness (without the flavor) and alcohol. I detect notes of raisins and dried cherries.

M: The carbonation is very active, almost to the point of being "spritzy." The beer is full-bodied, though the carbonation makes it feel fluffy. Very good mouthfeel and definitely to style.

D: It is easy to polish off a 12 oz. bottle. However, watch out for that high alcohol content. It can sneak up pretty quickly. It is interesting enough that I would drink it again, but I am not sure I would want two in the same night.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 03:41:44 | More by MusicaleMike
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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,240 ratings.