Another beer tonight and the last one of the California six-pack. Well, technically I have one more California beer in the fridge, but I actually bought it when I went down South the last time. So that was part of the group of beers that I haven’t seen up here. Anyways, I went on and on about how much I loved North Coast when I had another one of their brews. So, time to break out the tulip and try this bad boy.
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “North Coast Brewing Co. is proud to partner with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in support of Jazz education. The Brewery makes a donation to the Institute for every bottle of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale sold. Like a Belgian ‘Dark Strong Ale,’ this beer is rich and robust with an ABV of 9.3%. The package features a label picturing the Jazz master himself, and comes in either a 375 or 750 ml bottle with a traditional cork and wire finish, or 12 oz. 4-packs.”
Random: It’s been awhile since I’ve used my tulip. I usually like heavier beers when it’s cold, but it just wasn’t a cold winter.
The brew poured with a two finger, tan head on top of a cloudy dark brown body. The carbonation was pretty active. The nose started with a lot of booze, dark fruit and an overwhelming aroma of raisins. The taste was a bit of a disappointment. First of all, too much carbonation on the brew. Next, the sweetness of the dark fruit and raisins did not work with the sour note that came through after. I was surprised that there wasn’t more spice on this brew. After a few sips, it almost tastes like old cherries. The booze was pretty apparent on this, with a very long finish. This is a brew that I had high hopes for, but fell completely flat. I wouldn’t have this again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0 (After trying it again, I was definitely more impressed)