Brother Thelonious | North Coast Brewing Co.

very good
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Brother TheloniousBrother Thelonious

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Vital Statistics

Style: Belgian Style Strong Dark
Color: Dark mahogany
ABV: 9.4%
Bitterness: 32 IBU's"

Added by sloejams on 05-04-2006

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

A: Dark brown to maybe even orange. The head is present for just a moment. Lacing throughout.

S: Alcohol, Malt. Prune.

T: Wow. Lots of malt. Carbonation takes over some of the alcohol flavor. Woody. Nutty. Flavor lasts forever and a day.

M: Thin. Carbonation leads to something that is unexpected. The beer is too thin for how heavy it is.

O: You know... I just don't know how to put my finger on how this beer is not as good as it could be. It's like the brewer missed a step.

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S: Alcohol comes to the nose immediately, followed by sweet malty scents. Just a hint of date.

T: Forward on malt flavors, very strong malt flavor. A bit of roasted flavor in there. Some very faint Belgian characteristic flavors. Pencil eraser.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly lacking. It feels very thin and highly undercarbonated.

O: Overall I was not impressed by the beer. I would recommend against it. There are just far too many good beers out there to waste time with something half-done.

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A: dark brown 2-3 finger head.

S: light caramel malty smell.

T: strong citrusy taste hits you right away. Heavy malt sticks to the back of your tongue.

M: you can taste the carbonation throughout your sip. The aftertaste is very strong.

O: it's a 9.4% beer that drinks like a 9.4% alcohol beer. Very spicy (meaning I can REALLY taste the alcohol). Doesn't go down smooth at all. I wouldn't buy again.

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12oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a nearly clear dark brown with really no head to speak of. Some very thin lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma of dark fruit and candy, caramel, along with some toast. There is definitely a brothy note as well.

Lots more caramel and toast on the taste quickly followed by dates and plums. There is a strong sherry note along with more broth. Sweetness pervades throughout and becomes a little much at times. Another think that really strikes me is how thin the mouthfeel is.

Overall, I'm not really impressed by this one at all. It lacks any real depth and the sherry/port sweetness is a bit overbearing. It does help out a good cause, though, so it does have that going for it.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 3,030 ratings.
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