Brother Thelonious | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in tall tulip water glass.

A: caramel color, robust carbonation, 2-finger head that dissipates quickly
S: brooding caramel, yeast, malt, smells toasted
t: dark Belgian--like an imperial dark bock. Heavy ABV comes through; semisweet; bitter bottle conditioning; medium hopped


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look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this beer out of a bottle into a chimay glass and the result was a head that disappeared very fast. The smell was of dark fruits and maybe a little olive brine. The taste was sour, of brine, liquor, and bitter hops. The mouth feel is good, silky with good carbonation. This beer had no lacing to be seen. The color is mahogany as stated above in its beer advocate description. I was very disappointed in this brew its not worth the price i paid.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a surprise. I remember this as being rich and a little sweet, but this batch seems to be rather thin and definitely on the acidic side. Looks well enough, more red than coppery in the Duvel tulip. Nice head but coarse bubbles. The nose is a little vinegary.

Sharp and hints of some kind of bacteria like a Grand Cru, only much drier. Where did all the sugar go? Tart, rather bitter, quite earthy. Body is thin. Flavor makes me think of shellac. Aftertaste is very bitter and dirty.

From the 12 oz bottle from the cooler at Olive Tree in OB. I'll give this a taste if I see it on tap, but I'm leery of the bottles now. It was quite tasty in the big bottles but it has been three or four years since I've tried it.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a little new at the Belgian stuff, for the longest time I couldn't get it out of my head that the finish for every one I had was strong with what I identified as an antiseptic taste. It's grown on me though.

Apperarance: Beautiful, a deep ruby color that's a bit translucent. It seems to have a bit more carbonation than some dubbels and tripels I've had, though that may just be the style.

Smell: Definitely Belgian. An almost medicinal, honey and springtime sort of smell. Not pungent, but certainly apparent.

Taste: Not bad, but not spectacular. Not as much flavor as I was hoping to get from a 9.4% brew. Very crisp, and a sweet and malty mild taste, but it fades quickly. Taste is all subjective and shit, and I can't really identify what I taste here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, not very syrupy at all. The carbonation is pleasant but not overly done.

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Aroma: Bold dark fruits. Plums, dates and raisins. Some bitter citrus and pine hops. Some mild chocolate. Overall very sweet. Moderate Munich malt in the background. Mild alcohol.

Appearance: Dark brown. Nearly opaque. Pours a light brown head, which is very, very creamy. Awesome retention and great lacing. Some particles floating around, lots of bubbles rising up the side of the glass.

Taste: Dark fruit, like a condensed syrup of plums, prunes and dates. Definitely some black cherry, pine bitterness. Moderately dry. A bit of malt, but the bitterness is pretty strong here, perhaps due to age of the temperature. The bitterness eases up as it warms up. Low spice and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medum to full body. Moderately dry in the finish. Mild carbonation.

Overall: Nice bold dark fruits, a bit overly bitter. Nice malt flavor. The excess bitterness may be from the over-aging of this bottle.

Notes: Aged 1-3 years in a refrigerator (not my doing).

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 3,104 ratings