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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,234 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,234
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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doktorhops

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brother Theloniousss! If you know of The Bloody Beetroots the name Thelonious would be familiar to you and every time you see it you want to yell out "The king has come, Theloniousss! Walk in the valley of shadows and shine his voodoo on you", if you haven't heard of them - immediately stop what you are doing, buy a copy of Romborama and give it a good play through. That is all.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: Deep chocolate brown body with a ring of beige lace around the glass. Standard for any high ABV brew to present without a head.

S: Dark rum overpowers the aroma. There are faint notes of brown sugar and molasses, as well as plum/date in the background. This is going to be one hell of a boozy brew.

T: Full of fruit flavours and sugar, mostly plum, date and raisin. Thankfully the dark rum noted in the aroma doesn't present itself (dark rum makes me ill, long story). This beer is a little two-dimensional; sugar and dark fruits, that's all there is to it, missing the complexity that Belgians always manage to bring.

M: Medium bodied with a dense but thin carbonation.

D: Bit of a sugar bomb really. Still it is a rich, dark fruit sugar bomb, likeable in its own right just not as good as the Belgian versions out there. Moral: you want a good Belgian styled brew Belgium is still the place to go. Oh yeah - this is crazy expensive at $9 a bottle here, so I wont be getting it again.

Food match: Definitely desserts are the way to go - fruity ones.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 04:34:43 | More by doktorhops
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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,234 ratings.