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: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Note: I'm reviewing this as a classic Dubbel. Your experience may vary.

A - Dark brown, slightly muddy, and brighter than I expected for a Dubbel (or BSDA). Poured a meager 1 finger off-color head, with good retention. No notable lacing.

S - Lighter than expected, with strong notes of liquorice and prunes, and hints of nuts. Belgian candi sugar and dark fruit.

T - Surprisingly good! Very sweet and mellow. Maybe not the most complex Dubbel/BSDA, but quite tasty. Cherries and prunes or dates, a very slight liquorice note (gaining strength as it warms). Slightly nutty.

M - Also quite good. A very smooth drinking beer. Medium-full feel, with no sting and no burn at all. Easy to chew, swish, swallow. Leaves a thick amount of remainder in your throat (calling it "oily" would be an understatement) that is quite pleasant. Is this a perfect mouthfeel? For me, I think so.

O - I was expecting something less than stellar based on the reviews, but I have to say, I came away very impressed. It may not look or smell like it's about to rock your world, but give it a taste with an open mind. This was better, for me, than the Allagash Dubbel I had two days ago, and I was expecting the exact opposite result.

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P: Hazy dark brown tea colored body with a fluffy micro bubble khaki lead. Minimal lacing.

S: Decadent Belgian candy malt, apples, raspberries, blackberries, plums, toasted caramel and spiced rum.

T/M: Sweet, syrupy, aggressive booze up front. Taste follows the decadent nose and finishes with warming cherry NyQuil. Also scorched grain, bitter apple peel, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and faint tart white grapes in a vivacious body.

O: A solid offering from North Coast. Great flavors but I gotta say at first the booze was very heavy. Other than that it was really enjoyable. Cheers!

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 3,011 ratings.
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