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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,253 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,253
Reviews: 937
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 46
Gots: 178 | 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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hoegaardenhero

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: beautiful ruby/burgundy/purple like the color of a pomegranate kernel w/ minimal white head that fades pretty quick probably fue to the alcohol

s: fruity with some spiciness and sweet malts; plums

t: dark toffee taste with some alcohol flavor; very sweet with malts as the predominant flavor and some fruitiness as well

m: very smooth with only light carbonation

d: great name and a great beer to match; a good north american take on the belgian abbey ale
~~~
Alright, this beer has been chilling in my cellar since the last tasting and it is ready for a retry

a: poured with just a little bit of head that was slightly purplish white but fizzled down almost immediately to a ring of foam with a few wisps of foam floating on top

s: very yeasty - like warm baked bread; light abv; a sharp raisininess mixed with abv in the back of the nose

t: dry and grainy at first; in the middle of the sip more of the prunes and raisins begin to rise; strong abv like cognac taste; there are also some more of the sweet grains in the back of the sip; it is very good; although i feel like maybe the abv has increased in potency as it feels very warm the whole way down but in a nice way of course

m: very little carb very mild and smoth with medium body and light cloy

d: not better from what i remember but different and more mellow; this beer has really grown on me

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 04:39:12 | More by hoegaardenhero
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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 2,253 ratings.