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: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured straight down the middle into a St. Bernardus goblet. The beer immediately produced a ton of light, fizzy bubbles that subsided very quickly. No lace. Glass was quite clean upon finishing the beer. The color is a deep brown mahogany. Tough to see through at that color, but it looked like it would have been fairly clear.

S - As expected, but fainter than I would like. Also with a bit of a mustiness that I sometimes detect in abbey-type beers.

T - The basics are there, but there are some flavors that I'm not too happy about around the edges. There was something of a metallic taste on the finish, as well as a musty flavor as well. The main thrust of the flavor is the typical kind of dark fruit that you would expect, although this was a bit lighter than I would like.

M - Decent at the start, but it seems like the carbonation left the beer all too quickly, producing a beer that was pretty thin and without substance. Should have drank this one colder and faster.

O - One and done for me. Lots of strong darks out there far better than this one.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – dark ruby or deep amber colored. An off white head that holds well. I would like some sediment or cloudiness for an Abbey. This is very clear when held to light, with no Lees.
S – lightly roasted malt. Very soft… deceivingly so. You’d think it was a mild, flavorless ale at first whiff …
T- softly sweet …so smooth, with a caramel taste. What strikes me is the hops and malt both hit and last for the same time. Usually beers like this are sweet with a bitter after taste, this one, the flavors are so perfectly blended. It’s both sweet and bitter at the same time. It has a LOT of flavor, but not a noticeable alcohol presence. It really attacks the senses (in a good way). No aftertaste, washes cleanly away very quickly.
M – exactly what you’d think of an Abbey … like a 1554. I expected more thick sediment and syrupy texture, but this beer is of average viscosity. Lightly carbonated, and leaves no residue on the palette.

O – 9.4% alcohol, and you can’t even taste it. This is one of my favorite beers. I’ve had this about five times now. It’s sweeter than most beer I like, but it is so pleasantly so… some of these strong abbey’s can have almost a syrupy sweetness that is too much. But this is the most well balanced and blended beer of this style I’ve ever had. It is sweet… it’s supposed to be, but something in the smokey malt flavors really balance it. I don’t directly taste it and find ‘hops’ but there is some element of a dry bitterness there subtly in the background. It washes so cleanly, that it makes a great sipping beer. One of the few beers I consider too good to chug.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 3,021 ratings.
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