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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,260 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,260
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 47
Gots: 181 | 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 deruiz10:
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deruiz10

California

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

A - Quarter-inch brownish head fades within a few seconds and leaves very little lacing. Pour is a gorgeous brown and ruby red. It would look spectacular if the head retention was better.

S - I must admit that I did an accidental Belgian dip when whiffing this one. Dark fruits and brown sugar with notes of vanilla and perhaps a hint of alcohol. A little subdued.

T - Dark fruits predominate with some caramel sweetness, also some alcohol showing through and some mild yeast. Finish is a tart apple or cherry flavor.

M - Slick but not watery with fairly light carbonation makes for a pleasant, mildly chewy sensation. A little more carbonation would be nice.

D - A delicious beer all around, though the sweetness would get a little overwhelming after the first one. A good sipper though.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 21:44:32 | More by deruiz10
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Poured dark amber into DFH signature glass. Head is very fizzy, and quickly dissipates.

Aroma is OK, grapes, yeasty and some booze.

Mouthfeel is very good, light.

The taste is overpowered, sharp booze. It stays with you. I can pick up a little dark fruit.

Overall, this beer just isn't balanced. It gets a little better as it warms, but still not good.

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2.15/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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 2,260 ratings.