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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep amber/mahogany brown and quite clear. Large tan head has decent retention and shows some lacing.

Aroma-Rummy brown sugar and molasses malt waft up from the glass, along with some clove spice and an apple cinnamon note. Some dark licorice alcohol notes, and just a hint of figs. Smells sweet and tasty.

Flavor-Opens with sweet brown sugar and a slight apple fruitiness. Licorice in the mid-palate along with mild spicy clove-like phenolics. Finishes dry with a substantial dose of booze, leaving a lingering candy apple/dark candi sugar flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderately high carbonation. Moderate alcohol warmth on the palate as well.

Not bad, but certainly doesn't stand up to it's Belgian counterparts, nor even some of the better American brewed examples. Definitely worth trying, but it doesn't make my list of go-to's for the style.

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

Bottle poured into goblet

Two finger head

No date indicated for freshness

A: Dark Brown with a ruby red hue at the base, lacing very present

S: toffee, candi sugar, and dark fruits

T: Toffee and candi sugar

M: Thick and warming

This is an ok beer, the alcohol content is cleverly disguised as I could not detect a whiff of it. I'll have this again.

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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $3.99. Poured from the Tan/Red labeled bottle w/ Brother Theo. about to enjoy some of this belgian style brew and piano keys around his head into a 16oz Tulip Glass. Does not have a freshness date on the bottle. Hate this about some breweries! Not very hard to add this on the label/bottle...

Aroma- Caramel and malt come up big time in the beginning and then some hops are available to whiff at. Nothing like it should be... Wheres complexity? Richness? Spiciness? Depth? Missed the mark here...

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that has average retention. Has a deep amber/red glowing body that was cool! Nice clarity. Doesn't leave any lacing behind.

Flavor- Sweet, malty, and has a light hop bitterness. Come on, give us something we can get interested in! Needs more complexity here too...

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves a decent amount of caramelized/sweet malt flavor behind.

Overall Impression- Would Brother Thelonious be impressed by this one? I don't think so. Needs some work. More complexity, body, and more character would make a good starting point. I'm glad I got this in the 12oz form and not the 750mL bottle! Wouldn't recommend for this style... Very average all around.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 3,017 ratings.
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