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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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very good

2,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,618
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 62
Gots: 363 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a pilsener glass.

Deep maple in color with ruby and mahogany highlights. Thin, carbonation-filled lightly tanned head that fades quickly to a thin, broken sheet leaving no real lacing.

Aged, vinous fruit: raisin, fig, date, red apple; faint orange citrus notes. Light milk chocolate aromas as well which work nicely with the darker fruit. Notes of bourbon-like alcohol character.

Rich, brown sugar and milk chocolate that is cut rather quickly by a slightly tart vinous fruit component; as the aroma foreshadows, plum, raisin, fig, and red apple. The bourbon alcohol character isn't all that well masked, but it works with dark fruit and moderate malt sweetness.

Full bodied. A bit slick in spots, but overall pretty smooth; a nice accomplishment given the bold flavors.

A very flavorful Dark Belgian that could probably benefit from a year for the alcohol and fruit to mellow a bit.

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

I took some notes, so it has taken me a while to sit down and type out all my beer reviews. That being said, I popped this on opening night of Monday Night Football. I wanted an exciting beer to go with the occasion. Side poured with standard vigor from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance - Pours a deep brown color with almost no transparency. Small head dissipates into almost nothing quickly, but no worries. Very cool packaging, love it!

Smell - Banana, caramel malts, maybe some dark fruits and brown sugar all play a part in the nose of this brew. Interesting, to say the least.

Taste - A very good brew indeed! Many of the above mentioned aspects of the nose were involved in some form or fashion in the taste. The sweetness of the fruits is balanced by a mild spicy zip that leaves a drinker wanting another. Well done

Mouthfeel - Finishes slick and heavy, well carbonated.

Overall - A quality beer certainly worth your time. Not Chimay Blue, but a good Strong Dark Ale nonetheless. Give this one a shot, see what you think. If nothing else, your friends will think the packaging is cool, and there is a good cause that the sales of this brew supports. Check it out!

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12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: deep brown with garnet highlights
S: strong clove, banana caramel malt
T: Malty sweet, slight banana clove, rich notes of dark fruit. Slight alcohol.
M: creamy full body
O: pleasant representation of the style. Slightly over powering sweetness, but over all nice balance.

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Pours a slightly murky honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, brown sugar, caramel, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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12 oz bottle, poured in a goblet

A- pours dark murky brown with just a bit of light sneaking through. Small light tan head that disappears quickly to nothing, no lace.

S- ripe banana pudding turns into dark, sugary raisin, caramelized brown sugar and booze.

T- sweet caramel, malty with a bit of spiciness. Notes of dark fruit, finishes sweet and warming from the alcohol.

M- medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation, foamy and a bit heavy. Warming alcohol but not overpowering, however it almost leaves a tingling numbness on the tongue.

O- an interested strong ale, the flavors don't quite mesh for me but it is a nice warming drink for a cool all night. It will definitely sneak up on you.

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A - Pours a murky amber colour, thumb of head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Sour fruit, Belgian yeast is dominant with cloves and sour cherries. Some chalky dark fruit scents and a peppery spice on the finish.

T - Dark fruits, burnt sugar, raisins and figs, hint of cloves and creme brûlée. A sweet raisin bread flavour lingers with a buttery finish.

M - Pretty heavily carbonated, goes down prickly and finishes sticky and wet.

O - A tasty Belgian Dark Ale that nicely captures the flavour profile of the style. Glad I picked this one up an certainly worth checking out.

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look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Schlitz goblet at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that is light tan, foamy, and very poor retention. The head left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a dark copper brown with reddish copper hues. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A very strong alcoholic aroma that is followed by the malts. The malt is roasted caramel with a biscuit overtones. The hops is medium with some fruity esters, citrus, and spiciness. Other aromas are raisins, cherries, mild pepper, and an earth tone.

Taste: The malt in the beer is on the forefront of the palate, notes of roasted caramel and biscuit, The hops is a push back a little with fruity esters, citrus, and resin. Other flavors in the beer is raisins, cherries, mild pepper, earth tones, and subtle sweetness.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,618 ratings.