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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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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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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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- dark brown to amber, with thick foamy head, low carbonation

Smell- brown sugar, belgian yeast, spice

Taste- brown sugar and molasses, starts up mostly sweet with a faint spice on the finish, not whole lot of complexity but decent yet light flavor

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12 oz stubby purchased here in Utah. This one is poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A slightly hazy (chill haze?) dark mahogany brown with only a small amount of off white head. It settle rather quickly and left no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Caramelized sugars and Belgian yeast phenols. There is some dark dried fruit present as well.

Taste: The taste is a nice mix of maltiness and yeast spice. The dark malts are caramelized well. The finish is quite sweet. The yeast spice reminds of nutmeg and maybe allspice. The alcohol is well hidden for 9.4 ABV. This did not seem as well rounded as I remembered from prior bottles.The taste moved toward that of a brown ale as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel: The flavors coat the mouth really well. The body is approaching thick and the carbonation is medium.

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This pours a beautiful dark brown/almost black with red highlights, a 3 finger, creamy tan head, descent retention and walls of thick lace.

The aroma is full of dark fruit; raisin, plums, and cherry with loads of caramel and toffee. Some wine-like aromas, hint of vanilla and a boozy edge. Grassy and earthy hops are barely detectable but lend to a complexity.

Something missing in complexity. Yeasty esters lend to some herbal flavors but stops short of the undesirable medicinal and metallic notes found in some belgians. Rich, malty toffee flavors dominate with caramel, vanilla and loads of dark fruit like raisin, overripe plum, and cherry notes. Some chocolate hints creep in. No hops detected. Slight booze bite.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 3,051 ratings
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