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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Pours with a quarter inch head that dissipates to only leave a thin ring around the glass and an island of wafer thin head in the middle from the laser etched Duvel tulip. The beer itself is black, but chocolate or mahogony against the light. A swirl conjures up tan bubbles in little whirlpools along the edges. A delight to look at. Lots of caramel and chocolate on the first sniff. Cherries, plums, and other dark fruit come out with a swirl. Not the most complex aroma from this one, but it's inviting. The taste is smooth, going from one flavor to another easily. Chocolate is the most prevalent flavor with thick caramel and Belgian candied sugar is very evident as well. The fruit aromas are present in the flavor, but very subtle. I mostly dislike the candied sugar, but this one has so much of a chocolate backbone that the sugar doesn't stick around in the back of your throat like most other Belgians I've had. It's like biscotti or maybe a wafer. Good, intense flavor, but it doesn't out stay its welcome. Body is light, which makes this a deceptively high ABV beer. Finish is balanced.

Good beer, but nothing too special. A notch above most other dark Belgians. Great if you're looking for chocolate in your tulip.

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A: Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a big fluffy cream colored head that sticks around

S: Caramel, malt, little hints of dark fruit

T: Malty sweetness, little bit of a creamy/chalky consistency, and a just a hint of currants/dark berries.

O: I expected more from the folks that made Old Rasputin. This is rather bland, but by no means a bad beer.

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Love using my 14oz tulip for Belgians. Blooming head took me forever to pour. Looked nice to snap a picture, but then the head dissipated and left me with a quite nice deep brown/amber/red. Poured like the color of darkest maple syrup.

Smells of raisins and caramel. Strong Belgian smells. Nice, but nothing outstanding.

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Unfortunately I would pass on this option in the future. Overly average for a Belgian, and there is so much more (better) out there.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 3,021 ratings.
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