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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,233 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,233
Reviews: 936
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 46
Gots: 170 | 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 burntoutphilosopher:
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burntoutphilosopher

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – dark ruby or deep amber colored. An off white head that holds well. I would like some sediment or cloudiness for an Abbey. This is very clear when held to light, with no Lees.
S – lightly roasted malt. Very soft… deceivingly so. You’d think it was a mild, flavorless ale at first whiff …
T- softly sweet …so smooth, with a caramel taste. What strikes me is the hops and malt both hit and last for the same time. Usually beers like this are sweet with a bitter after taste, this one, the flavors are so perfectly blended. It’s both sweet and bitter at the same time. It has a LOT of flavor, but not a noticeable alcohol presence. It really attacks the senses (in a good way). No aftertaste, washes cleanly away very quickly.
M – exactly what you’d think of an Abbey … like a 1554. I expected more thick sediment and syrupy texture, but this beer is of average viscosity. Lightly carbonated, and leaves no residue on the palette.

O – 9.4% alcohol, and you can’t even taste it. This is one of my favorite beers. I’ve had this about five times now. It’s sweeter than most beer I like, but it is so pleasantly so… some of these strong abbey’s can have almost a syrupy sweetness that is too much. But this is the most well balanced and blended beer of this style I’ve ever had. It is sweet… it’s supposed to be, but something in the smokey malt flavors really balance it. I don’t directly taste it and find ‘hops’ but there is some element of a dry bitterness there subtly in the background. It washes so cleanly, that it makes a great sipping beer. One of the few beers I consider too good to chug.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2014 04:11:44 | More by burntoutphilosopher
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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,233 ratings.