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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 MusicaleMike:
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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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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.

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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.