Brother Thelonious | North Coast Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,082
Reviews:
1,066
Ratings:
3,051
pDev:
13.16%
Bros Score:
3
 
 
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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.

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s- malty, phenolic
t- light on hops, not as sweet as i expected
mf- dry aftertaste, medium bodied for a strong
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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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Smell- brown sugar, belgian yeast, spice

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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.

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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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