Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by magictacosinus:
3.23/5 rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Thelonious Monk is by far one my favorite composers of all time, and being a long-time fan of North Coast Brewing, the combination of the two is a beyond cool beer brand - especially if it still goes on to educational cause which is was at the time it came out! Poured into a chalice from a 12oz bottle.
Appearance is pretty spot on when it comes to the classic dubbel color. Reddish-brown, although the alcohol leggings make it more of an "imperial dubbel" hybrid than an actual classic rendition. Sadly, and not surprisingly, not much of a head, but some lacing persists even as it warms up. Overall not bad, but slightly sloppy in presentation.
The aroma starts with an excess amount of yeastiness, but flavors that are typical to these types of beers attempt to catch on at the back. Carmel, brown sugar, fruitiness most resembling figs and grapes - all do eventually turn up, but I think the alcohol is a little too excessive and masks these flavors.
The moment I took a first gulp, I immediately thought, "uh oh." The start is quite flavorful - red apples, raisins, prunes, and medicated oils - but immediately the alcohol, which so strongly took hold in the aroma, really overpowers and burns the remaining flavors. Otherwise, it's quite thick and juicy in feel, and it really is a shame that this is a factor preventing it from reaching its full potential.
I am only 1/3 through the glass and feeling enormously tipsy. I don't mind Belgian-style beers for their high ABV, but this, despite decent flavor and feel all-around, is a bit of an alcoholic inducement gone haywire. I realize what North Coast was trying to do here, but compared to other dubbels, it doesn't quite work out. On the bright side, I could definitely see myself listening to hard bop drinking something like this over a glass of wine!
Serving type: bottle
08-30-2012 02:35:54 | More by magictacosinus
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