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 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mild black but is a stunning caramel with a caramel head that dissipates very quickly.
Smells like a Belgian should with your prunes and wine. But it also has kind of a lager smell. When I say that I mean that it has that watery basement smell. Not really pleasant.
No shortcoming in taste. Up front you get your figs and grapes and a very mild alcohol burn. And then there is the aftertaste. I think NorthCoast must have a secret ingredient that they add in their beers that give it a superb coffee/earthy/dirt taste right at the end that I love.
There is very slight carbonation and a medium thickness in the mouth.

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A nice reddish, amber pour. Darker than most other Belgian style ales. Cream colored head dissipates quickly. Sweet toffee, fruity overtones. Prickly bitterness up front, coriander, this fades quickly leaving sugary, plum after taste. Medium carbonation and medium body in general. A pretty good Belgian style ale overall, just not quite on par with the others I have had. Worth a taste.

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Servign Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, 1/4 inch creamy head with tons of lacing.

Smell - Grapes, cherry, rasin, belgium yeasts, honey, some malts and a little alcohol heat.

Taste - First sip is very sweet cherry, cola, syrupy. Plenty of yeast sweetness. Some roasty malts mixed in for some added flavor. A little alcohol at the begining, then more at the finish. A nice banana flavor comes in near the finish. A little funky sour flavor mixed in with the alcohol warmth finishes this one off.

MOuthfeel - Thick, sweet, lots of fruits and yeasts coat the tounge. Palate gets more of the same, with a little hop, and alcohol. The aftertaste is sweet sugary, and a little sour.

Overall - Solid beer, a nice american twist on a belgain strong ale. Lots of sweetness, and alcohol is really masked. Not as complex and balanced as most, but still a fine drink.

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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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