Brother Thelonious | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a generic goblet at the Yardhouse in downtown Los Angeles, California. Cost was $6.50. Expectations were above average given the brewery.

A: Pours a 2.-2.5 finger head of nice cream, good thickness, very light tan tinges, and great retention. Colour is a very dark red; nontransparent.

Sm: Dry cherries, yeast, light caramelized malt, dry (dead?) yeast, and perhaps nuts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Dry fruit - likely cherry and/or raspberry. Some caramelized malt. Maybe some plum? The malts are dryer than I'd expect - maybe biscuit malt or very light roast. The fruit character isn't rounded, but rather stagnant and one-dimensional. The finish is problematic, with a relative emptiness of flavour in comparison to the remainder of the beer. Balanced, but a bit timid with its flavours. I wouldn't call it subtle. Built pretty well.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but with obligatory dryness to let the flavours come through. This lends it character, but may be unmotivated. Not too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Drinkable - especially for the ABV. Good quality. I'd have it again at a better pirce. The problematic finish prevents it from earning a B rating.


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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Spec's in Round Rock.

Was marked a "97" by Rate Beer on the pricetag in the cooler...97 out of 150?

A decent look, poured a dark brown with a big head that did not last. Very spotty lacing.

Getting that familar Belgian, bubblegum, fermentation scent. Not bad, but not blowing me away.

Wow, huge fermentation flavor...and a metal after taste to boot. What happened? Flavor mellows a bit as it warms, but way too many better options out there if you need a Belgian fix.

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4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with a friend as a gift at Local Taphouse in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured dark amber with some haze. Mild carbonation and a one finger light brown head. No lace and mild retention.

S - Tons of dark fruit, yeast and sugar. Very inviting.

T - Sugars and lot's of dark fruit with a little yeast.

M - Mild carbonation, full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - A pretty delicious BSDA. Nice flavours and fairly complex with far too much drinkability for it's strength.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the customers that came from my stores said it was her favorite beer. A coworker said it was "good." the pint was on sale.

a-effervescent, dark but opaque
s- malty, phenolic
t- light on hops, not as sweet as i expected
mf- dry aftertaste, medium bodied for a strong
o- doesn't live up to its expectations

i do have to admit that NC is generous for donating to jazz, but this was one pricey beer. next time i guess i will try something authentically belgium.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 66.7% out of 100 with 3,036 ratings
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