Wednesday, November 9, 2011

North Coast Brewing Company Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is North Coast Brewing Company Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale.  North Coast Brewing Company is another one of those breweries that I dig completely (read about it) and so I am working my way through their line to cover the great brews they make.  I tend to drink their beer faster than I can photograph or review it so with some self control I’ll get them written up.

From the North Coast Brewing Company website: “Like a Belgian “Dark Strong Ale”, the beer is rich and robust with an ABV of 9.3%. The package is a 750 ml bottle with a traditional cork and wire finish or 12oz 4 packs and features a label picturing the jazz master himself.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a beautiful very dark amber with a big caramel colored head with thick lacing.
Aroma: Sweet dark fruits, brown sugar, dark chocolate, spice, malts and a slight hint of sweet alcohol.
Taste: Flavor just like the aroma with a bit more malt than I detected and a little hop bitterness that rounds out this incredible beer.  Brown sugar, dark fruits, malt and chocolate – how can you go wrong?
Overall: Nice and complex – North Coast Brewing Company’s Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale is a fantastically drinkable 9.4% ABV Belgian dubbel nice for slow sippin’.  This beer is SO good you’ll need more than one four pack to keep around and with the colder season upon us this is just what the doctor ordered.


Mark Harvey

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