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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,346 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,346
Reviews: 944
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 49
Gots: 209 | 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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Appearance: Dark caramel color with a tan head. Resembling a look similar to Coca-Cola (4)

Smell: Caramel and licorice notes come out strong with a bit of spiciness--cinnamon being the strongest like scent but other spices come though; if only mildly. (3.75)

Taste: Very sweet at first but a caramel / brown sugar / molasses sweetness at first and finishing with a yeasty-breadiness. However, the alcohol definitely comes through strongly. Although 9.4% is pretty high, that doesn't necessarily means that it needs to be boozy-tasting. Perhaps a cloudier or thicker beer could downplay the alcohol. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Light and very carbonated (another Coca-Cola likeness) However, the lightness could be why the booziness is so strong. (3.75)

Overall: Not what I was expecting. The overall strong boozy taste is what brings the drink down. Had the consistency been thicker then the beer would have been a lot better and the complex flavors could really come through. (3.75)

Final Score: 3.75/5

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12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color. The head is a finger high, and off-white in shade. The texture is creamier than most traditional Belgians, but also retains more poorly as well. Minimal lacing is left behind. (3)

Smell: Letting it warm up, I pick up notes of chocolate, brown sugar, and caramel. The spicy Belgian yeast also exists behind the former. It seems a bit boozy for 9.4%, otherwise it does a decent interpretation of a proper BSDA. (3.5)

Taste: At first, the focus (just like with the nose) is on the sweet malts: there are some nice chocolate notes in particular, with lesser brown sugar and caramel floating around. The back end, natch, reveals bready yeast nicely. The first few sips come off as too boozy, but it calms down once the palate gets used to it. The complexity is there, and so is the restrained sweetness; it just needs more balance to be up there in the stratosphere of the Belgians. Sure the alcohol presence gives it a nuanced depth, but it makes it too harsh at times. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated, as expected. It's both dry and light for the style - this must be why it seems relatively alcoholic. The booze brings it back down to sipper territory, basically. (3.5)

Overall: This does a lot right. It manages to be both bone-dry and complex all at the same time, it just needs to conceal the booze better. A solid BSDA that's a step below the best Belgians. (3.5)

3.48/5: Really nice BSDA once you look past the booziness

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,346 ratings.