Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A – dark ruby or deep amber colored. An off white head that holds well. I would like some sediment or cloudiness for an Abbey. This is very clear when held to light, with no Lees.
S – lightly roasted malt. Very soft… deceivingly so. You’d think it was a mild, flavorless ale at first whiff …
T- softly sweet …so smooth, with a caramel taste. What strikes me is the hops and malt both hit and last for the same time. Usually beers like this are sweet with a bitter after taste, this one, the flavors are so perfectly blended. It’s both sweet and bitter at the same time. It has a LOT of flavor, but not a noticeable alcohol presence. It really attacks the senses (in a good way). No aftertaste, washes cleanly away very quickly.
M – exactly what you’d think of an Abbey … like a 1554. I expected more thick sediment and syrupy texture, but this beer is of average viscosity. Lightly carbonated, and leaves no residue on the palette.
O – 9.4% alcohol, and you can’t even taste it. This is one of my favorite beers. I’ve had this about five times now. It’s sweeter than most beer I like, but it is so pleasantly so… some of these strong abbey’s can have almost a syrupy sweetness that is too much. But this is the most well balanced and blended beer of this style I’ve ever had. It is sweet… it’s supposed to be, but something in the smokey malt flavors really balance it. I don’t directly taste it and find ‘hops’ but there is some element of a dry bitterness there subtly in the background. It washes so cleanly, that it makes a great sipping beer. One of the few beers I consider too good to chug.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2014 04:11:44 | More by burntoutphilosopher
3.36/5 rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours dark amber with a small lightly foamy head. Smell is boozy and fruity.. Can tell this is a strong ale. Cider-y. Flavor is bitey with booze but tastes sweet...almost a cane sugariness to it..definitely a dessert like barley wine. Mouthfeel is thin and boozy with some mild heat. Overall not this biggest barley wine fan..but this isn't bad.
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2014 03:46:36 | More by fgmiele
Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,217 ratings.