Saturday, June 20, 2009

Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale

I was watching Family Guy a few night ago, laughing my ass off as usual. Definitely one of my favorite shows. Stewy and Brian decided that "all writers need to write in public to be seen or what's the point". So funny, as I've seen people at Starbucks and Panera Bread with their laptops. I am positive that at least half of them just wanted to be noticed, to appear important. The rest were there out of necessity because their cable company shit the bed and left them without access at home. You decide who is who. Use your Spidey senses, it will not be hard to tell.

So basically I am already in love with North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg, California. But today I took our relationship to the next level. I bought and am drinking right now my first wine-bottle sized beer from this brewery. That would be Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale, which is part of their American Artisan Series, so they say on the bottle. They also let you know on the bottle that they are involved with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and give them $2 for every case sold. Nice job!

On that note, I like Jazz, but am not in love with it like I am with North Coast. One birthday, a guy from work who was not my friend and about 30 years older than I was gave me a Cole Porter CD out of nowhere. I was very surprised, but it was good listening. Even more surprisingly, that CD came with the most recent Playboy or Penthouse magazine. I can't remember which magazine or who the cover shot was, but someone famous took their clothes off for a lot of money, and he thought I should see that. Was funny in front of my co-workers.

Wow! Wonderful aroma of caramel and dark fruits. The flavors up front are of sweet caramel malts, but a very persistent and noticeable alcohol content of 9.4% makes sure they are not overpowering. The beer progresses with some very nice fruity raisin, tart apple, and banana flavors. Spicy for sure as well. Complex, buttery, and strong carbonation. All make sure that lots of components to this beer are happening at the right time. The alcohol comes in for one last bite at the end, too, but the aftertaste is clean and lasting on your palate. Go check out this beer. Another great beer from North Coast!

One last comment. These guys are preaching Latin "Carpe Diem Vita Brevis" on the label too. (No I didn't say Beavis)! Seize the day. Life is short. Damn straight!

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