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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,246 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,246
Reviews: 937
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 46
Gots: 175 | 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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lifeboyq

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel chalice. Appearance is a translucent deep amber/brownish with average off white head and minimal lacing. Smell is of sugar and dates, pretty one dimensional, some phenols coming through. Taste is quite malty with slight bitterness of figs/dates/sugar (although its not really that complex), fairly thin mouthfeel for a true dubbel. Its a good American Dubbel, but not extraordinary due to thin body and lack of complexity. The alcohol is handled fairly well with only a light phenolic taste coming through. I smile at a 9% dubbel. Overall a thumbs up and a solid beer but nothing I'd seek out like a world class offering. Then again, I wouldnt turn it down and would prefer this over a lot of what other american craft breweries offer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 03:45:01 | More by lifeboyq
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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.

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 2,246 ratings.