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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Brother TheloniousBrother Thelonious

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very good

2,615 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,615
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 62
Gots: 362 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: sloejams on 05-04-2006

"Vital Statistics

Style: Belgian Style Strong Dark
Color: Dark mahogany
ABV: 9.4%
Bitterness: 32 IBU's"
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Ratings: 2,615 | Reviews: 983
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wish I could remember how much I pad for this beer, because that definitely factors into the rating. I think it smells great. Definitely has that wonderful aroma of strong dark ale. The flavor is nice and it as nice mouth feel. There could be a bikt more casrbonation. My bottle seemed a bit flat. I liked it, but if the price is the same as the SDAs from Unibrue I would buy line of those instead.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had to try as I like Belgian style ale and Thelonious Monk is an American Original jazz composer. I wasn't disappointed as the first taste hit the back of my mouth. Very easy to drink, goes well with curries. Really as good as some Belgians. I would get this again.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance; deep brown, but not too dark for the style. nice head that last for a satisfying amount of time. nice bubbles in the beer itself.

smell. malty, middy sweet.

taste; rich maltiness which is classic for the style, with a very nice, light, slight fruitiness that is surprising and welcome.

mouthfeel. very nice. good carbonation and isn't too heavy for a dark ale but is far from thin.

overall. a good beer that fans of dark ales will enjoy but will be appreciated by people with milder taste as well. still lacks wow, the brewery has better.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Honey-amber color, clear with little or no sediments. Thick, foamy head that sticks around. Looks good, refreshing.

Smell - Malts with a very crisp, fruity scent. Not a lot of complexity, though. The sweet scent picks up and leaves right away.

Taste - Starts off very bready, transitions into a fruitiness that is reminiscent of raisins and apple. Dissipates very quickly into a mettalic, malty finish. Hides the alcohol content well for the ABV but it does come through more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Feels alright sitting on the tongue, maybe a little more carbonated than I'd like given how smooth the beer itself is. Little bit of thickness left on the tongue after the swallow.

Overall - Probably not something I'd seek out again but would have no problem drinking again. DIdn't really get any outstanding characteristics from it and it was personally a bit sweeter than what I'd like out of this style of beer. In short, worth a try if you can, it seems like the opinion on this beer forks pretty heavily between reviewers.

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(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

North Coast Brother Thelonious: Beligan abbey ale, 9.4% ABV, about a finger and a half of head, moderate fade; Appearance: mid-dark amber; Smell: nutty, almond, malty sweet, light hop; Taste/Mouthfeel: almond, malty sweet, sharp sweet "spike" toward the finish, very light hop, slight pine needle; Finish: soft, long, raisin noticeable; pretty good

Poured into a pint glass.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,615 ratings.