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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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750ml bottle purchased at Fiddlehead Farms in Dover, NH. Pours a crystal-clear copper-brown with a good inch or so of khaki-colored head. Smells fruity with caramel and nutty notes. Fruity and spicy, with distinct caramel, toffee, chocolate, and nut notes playing fairly equal roles. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Pretty tasty - balanced and robust without being in your face. A little less dry than many versions I've had, but I don't mind that in the slightest. Excellent.

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A - Dark brown amber with a thin but creamy head that lingers and leaves a decent lace.

S - Sweet, fruity nose with some complexities.

T - Malty forward with a vibrant yeast tone that is complemented by various herbal and fruit tones.

M - Vibrant carbonation and a clean mouthfeel for the style.

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750 ml bottle poured into HotD tulip glass

A - Pours a dark mahogany with a two-finger light tan head. Head dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing.

S - Baked apples, brown sugar, bananas, caramel and figs hit my nose initially. There is a very subtle pastry/crumb like aroma that hangs in the background. A phenolic aroma in the form of band aids becomes apparent as the beer warms.

T - Dark fruits, brown sugar, pepper and cloves with an underlying breadiness and molasses. In other words, very sweet and fruity with some spice.

M - Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. The alcohol's presence is noticeable.

O - An okay beer. It has some good qualities but nothing really pops for me, especially in the taste. I do like that North Coast makes a donation to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz for every bottle sold. I think that helps make this beer worth a try.

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Smell of weak citrus, moderate barley, lots of spices. a rather modest smell overall.

The taste is very immediately heavy spices. Cinnamon especially. Orange and lemon zests mix well with traces of honey and some mild hops at the finish. It's an extremely sweet beer at the start, but mellow out into a warm, spiced aftertaste that lingers somewhat. Pleasant, but perhaps oversweet to my tastes.

It's a very clean beer, with moderate carbonation and a fresh feel overall, despite how light it is. The 9.4% ABV is especially well-hidden.

It's a nice example of the style overall, but it doesn't really bring anything very special or original to the table, especially considering the jazz legend it's named after. Still, a worthwhile beer and one I'd recommend especially to people with a taste for sweeter, spice-heavy beers.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 3,047 ratings
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