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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,551 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,551
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 61
Gots: 315 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sloejams on 05-04-2006

"Vital Statistics

Style: Belgian Style Strong Dark
Color: Dark mahogany
ABV: 9.4%
Bitterness: 32 IBU's"
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Photo of BWood
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome dark Belgium. Definitely need to try.

Photo of Hihereswaldo
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SDStoutly
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutBoi
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjc3151
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmisiewicz
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMUduke
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Joncasso
4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved everything about this beer

Photo of Phat_Borracho
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Its a good beer when nothing else is available

Photo of Flathead_Monster
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of misternebbie
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ebeye
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of diamondlie
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Harvest06
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa a few weeks back, having never had this before. This was one of the few singles there that I never bought before and was pleased to read on here that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this went to a good musical cause. With that being said, this was not in the same category as Belgian beers from overseas and while there was enough of a flavor profile here, there was a bit of body and depth missing that kept this from being in a higher echelon.

The pour to this was quite dark - think brown with a hint of plum and just a bit of light that seeped in around the edges.A moderate tan head formed as I poured this out and the lacing was one ring of bubbles that slid down the side of my pint glass after every sip. Not a strong aroma to this but there was enough apple and dates to indicate that this was a Belgian-style brew. Along with yeast, that's what was found in the taste as well. Not a lot of spice, dark fruit, or candied sugar as well and where was the alcohol? I didn't feel warmed up as I worked my way through this and it was surprising how weak this felt from start to finish. Was this flat or just the way the beer was made? Hard to tell with the dark hue but the carbonation could have been a bit more noticeable, on top of everything else. A hint of cloying bread to the mouthfeel saved this from being a true downer while giving me something proverbial to "chew on" as I figured out what was lacking here.

Sure, the booze was here but the whole bottle had to be polished off before I could feel it. While a Belgian-style beer at heart, there was so much missing from this that should have been present from the get-go. I would have called this "The Loneliest Monk" as this was not quite like other Belgian Strong Dark Ales that I've had, and not in a good way. Easily the weakest offering from North Coast and only worth a go for fans of the brewery or of dark beers that handle light - this one hit too many wrong notes to be rated higher in my book.

Photo of EricTeusink
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of speedvagen
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of theschmooz
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of donspublic
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.16/5  rDev +9.8%

Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,551 ratings.