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: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Loved this from the look of the bottle so I had high hopes that were QUICKLY confirmed. Poured up a nice cool tall glass. The smell wasn't as murky as I thought it would be. A strong thick, deep bodied, ale. I keep a bottle or two stocked in the fridge.

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P: 12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass.

A: Pours a murky brownish amber with a single finger off-white head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is almost nonexistent.

S: Dark brown sugar and ripe plums are in the forefront of the aroma. Some raisin and Belgian yeast. No hop aroma.

T: Sugary sweetness with the first sip that fades into some grainy malt with a slight alcohol bite in the finish. This beer is sweet through and through. As with the aroma there are no distinct hop flavors and bitterness is low overall.

M: Full bodied and slick. Flavors linger in your mouth.

O: A decent Abbey Dubbel but certainly not in the top tier of what the style has to offer. As with a lot of Belgian beers, you can't get sidetracked with okay beers when there are so many exceptional examples to choose from. A good, drinkable and easy to enjoy beer but not great when you consider what else is out there.

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O- Solid Belgian abbey ale. All the requisites of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, nice color, etc. etc. Something is missing that would make this a divinely sublime Belgian. Did I just say "divinely sublime"? I really am not one of "those" beret wearing dudes who think they are special but reading this it looks like I am. I think it might be the 9.4% ABV talking.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 3,017 ratings.
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