Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Single 12oz bottle (no date) poured into a Rochefort Goblet (Whoohoo! My first proper Belgian glass drink).
Appearance: Nice dark brown-orange color. Foam died down rapidly to leave just a little bit at the edges with some thin skims of foam floating on top. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the liquid as I drank it down.
Smell: When first poured and still cold, not a lot of anything. As it warmed up fruit (grapes, plums) liquor becomes the predominant smell. Maybe just a hint of molasses in there when cold, but that's gone when warm.
Taste: Fruits a(white grapes, plums) nd sweetness up front, caramel in the middle, very mild bitter finish with sweet aftertaste in the mouth. Definitely reminds me of a Belgian stale ale. Alcohol very well hidden - not at all noticeable.
Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation on the tongue, just a little bit sticky but still plenty smooth going down. Just a hint oily towards the end of the glass.
Drinkability: I had this with a meal (Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes) and it went very well. I'm noticing some of the high ABV sneaking up on me towards the end so not something I have more than one of in an evening, but quite enjoyable overall. Solid good beer overall.
03-10-2010 23:58:50 | More by damndirtyape
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4.28/5 rDev +13.2%
Appearance This is a solid brown in color with a rather smallish head on a hard pour.
Smell The deep, rich yeast is always my favorite and made up for the lack of a good appearance. Its dark and doughy and dominates the nose.
Taste The big malty yeast comes out in spades at the taste. It is very bready like undercooked toast. Theres a light yeasty sweetness as well.
Mouthfeel This is big in the mouth but shy of full-bodied. The carbonation is light and tickling on the cheeks. It shows a light bitterness just at the very end as youre walking away from the glass.
Drinkability This is my kind of BSDA. Its big but not gianormous, heavy on the yeast, and goes down smoothly.
08-04-2006 03:50:31 | More by RoyalT
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
I settle down on the warmest afternoon of the year so far with one Brother, as I wait for my own to arrive from Boston. The note on the bottle couldn't be more fitting: "CARPE DIEM VITA BREVIS." Life is short, seize the day.
It pours a very hazy auburn brown with a finger of tan head that thins out, not quite covering the chalice. The bubbles are very fine and foamy. Lacing is sparse, but it gets extra points for having such a cool bottle and label.
Caramel is most prevalent in the aroma but it is complemented by fruity esters, raisin and prune. Some earthy, woody hops are involved. With warmth, buttery notes show up, and finally some booziness when you get to the dregs.
Raisin, prune and caramel again on the tongue, but in that order. It's a bit sour but not very bitter, and this eases up a little as you drink more of it, or have a bite of cheese (I'm having muenster). Earthy hops are there as well.
The hops add an abundant spiciness to the mouthfeel. It's very light-bodied for such a strong beer and the only thing really keeping me from chugging it down is the sourness. I'm not overly familiar with the style but I'm sure the sour characteristic was intended. The alcohol itself isn't very noticeable but there is a sharp acidity that can be a little overbearing. Overall pretty enjoyable.
04-11-2008 21:35:32 | More by boston2bburg
3/5 rDev -20.6%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.
Brewed in homage to jazz master Thelonious Monk, a portion of the proceeds for each case sold goes towards education at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
A hard pour yields a sizable head--and the thick collar of foam is a snap, crackle and pop away from nothing. Hazy, murky brown color is nearly opaque. Browned apple pulp, toasted grain husk and faint tropical fruit notes invade the nostrils. Slick mouthfeel with a medium body and semi-crisp carbonation. Brown malt to start: toasted and lightly roasted. Big twang of fermentation, fruit and tart with a metallic finish. Brown sugar sweetness flashes on the taste buds. Over-ripened tropical fruit, bread crust and a hint of black pepper in the middle. Beef stock? Finishes a bit toothy with a faded metallic flavor.
This Dubbel is just okay, nothing compared to some of its Belgian counterparts. On the other hand, if you dig jazz, grab a bottle or two--at least you know there's a good cause to get behind.
09-27-2010 18:10:41 | More by BeerAdvocate
4/5 rDev +5.8%
In a goblet the beer was a red/orange color with a very tiny head. Wisps of lace. Brown sugar and dark fruit aroma. Taste followed form: brown sugar, dates, raisins, apple. A little yeasty. Medium bodied and smooth. A bit on the filling side; one was plenty for me.
11-15-2009 15:37:56 | More by lordofthewiens
3.93/5 rDev +4%
Large bottle, caged and corked, picked up @ American Bev in BKLYN, NY, I didnt see any freshness indication. Helps support Jazz Music by brewery making a donation for every case purchased. Pours medium brown, cloudy minor tan head, with so so retention, and just a wisp of lacing left. Nose here is milk chocolate and some raisins. Notes of bananas, chocolate, sweet bready malts. A bit on the sweet side, might benefit from some time in the bottle, still tasty and enjoyable, I'm a bit suprised by the low marks for this one, as somebody else noted, this one will benefit from some time to warm up. I'd like to try it with a chocolate dssert.
07-08-2006 15:07:24 | More by Billolick
Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,325 ratings.