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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,234 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,234
Reviews: 936
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 46
Gots: 170 | FT: 4
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:
"Vital Statistics

Style: Belgian Style Strong Dark
Color: Dark mahogany
ABV: 9.4%
Bitterness: 32 IBU's"

(Beer added by: sloejams on 05-04-2006)
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Otisimaas

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-14-2011 02:21:20 | More by Otisimaas
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Dan25D

California

2/5  rDev -47.1%

12-12-2011 01:27:59 | More by Dan25D
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

12-11-2011 23:59:22 | More by Snellgg5
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-11-2011 22:37:22 | More by xdefeatsy
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animal69

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-11-2011 02:42:22 | More by animal69
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-11-2011 02:07:24 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear walnut color with a big fluffy tan head that falls to a ring with some sparse lace.

Aroma is brown sugars, candy sugars, cherries and plums. Some light spice noted also.

Taste is malty candy sugars with fruit notes sweet plums and cherry notes with light spice finish cloves hints of nutmeg. Overall pretty simple not overly complex.

Mouthfeel is medium with lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall smells pretty good taste is ok but not good enough to make me want more.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 22:43:54 | More by mntlover
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jheezee

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-10-2011 06:20:36 | More by jheezee
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-10-2011 02:59:06 | More by 2dogbrew
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jriggins6

Colorado

3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-09-2011 16:34:15 | More by jriggins6
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yesyouam

New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brother Thelonious is a cloudy, brown ale with a thin, dense, sand colored head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. It has a big, fruity aroma with notes of prunes, figs, raisins, cherries, candy, brown sugar and cookies. It's pretty full bodied but a little sharp to the tongue. It leaves the mouth a little numb and gritty. It kind of tastes like fruit cake, but not so sweet. Plum and molasses are detected. There a light bitterness at the finish. There's quite a bit of flavor here and the fruitiness lingers well after the swallow. It's pretty tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 16:04:44 | More by yesyouam
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Maltus

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-09-2011 13:14:06 | More by Maltus
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml corked & caged bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful looking DEEP clear ruby, with a finger of foamy light tan colored head. This retains with a frothy looking 1/3 of a finger, leaving back a robust cascade of lace that quickly slides down the sides of the glass yet still hang in some thick swathes. The aroma smells of a sweet mélange of dark fruit, chocolate, and toffee, which is in turn followed by notes of spice, heat, and some light roast that helps cut some of the sugars here a bit.

The taste is similar, being rich with dark cherries, brown sugar, a splash of caramel flavor, and then some light roasted cocoa notes across the back. A dry and spicy finish really hangs some sharpness on the tongue. I’m really enjoying the combo of cocoa and brown sugar in this. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a lively creamy feel that fills the mouth. It’s not too sharp but does toe the line some. There is some light warmth in each sip but be careful with that 9%+ ABV here. It’s catches up to you quickly!

It had been a while since I’ve had this and I must say that I really enjoyed it much more this time around. There’s lots of rich sweetness and fruit flavor to this, yet it possesses just enough assertiveness from the yeast and malt as well to help keep things balanced on the platate. My only complaint here is the overall heft of this, as it just got to be a bit taxing to finish this bottle by myself. I could have easily split this 16.9 oz bottle with another. Anyway,this is a good one to help take the winter chill of with!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 20:30:49 | More by Kegatron
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Stouttyme

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

12-08-2011 18:49:52 | More by Stouttyme
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JustABeerGuy

Virginia

5/5  rDev +32.3%

12-08-2011 15:43:10 | More by JustABeerGuy
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-07-2011 13:28:17 | More by ROGUE16
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque mahogany body with amber highlights. A good cover of cream-white head remains for a while and leaves some lacing.

Thick, malty nose of butterscotch, cake, figs, raisins, apple cider, alcohol and light earthy hops. Very nice.

Big and malty in flavour as well with more of the same: bready malt, dark caramel, fig and raisin. Hops are more prominent in the mouth, balancing the sweet maltiness with an earthy bite and leaving a little powdery dryness on the finish (including subtle cocoa and cinnamon). Warming alcohol is pleasant.

The feel doesn't live up to a beer brewed by true trappist monks but is solid nonetheless: decent medium body and moderate carbonation that seems to be trying to achieve that Belgian feel but doesn't quite make it.

Nothing amazing here but this is a solid dubbel. I wish they had gone for a more unorthodox take on the style for a more fitting tribute to it's namesake but I'd buy this anyway if it was available to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 08:29:38 | More by eat
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beerbiatchMD

Maine

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into a wine glass.

A: Dark amber when held to the light, dark brown-red away. One finger tan head, good lacing.

S: Sweet and malty. Definitely some molasses and brown sugar. I also get some pruney aromas too.

T: Sweet. Definite caramelly malts, molasses, and minimal bitterness.

M: Clean. Good amount of carbonation. Not overly boozy even at >9% abv.

O: Not bad, but certainly not my favorite. I have a second bottle that I'd like to see age a bit. Perhaps I'll review it again in about 18 months.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 01:12:16 | More by beerbiatchMD
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Greywulfken

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: in a goblet: normal looking dark translucent brown ruby ale, medium tan head fluffs then thins

S: sugars, fruits

T: more specific notes of fig, banana, molasses, orange and coriander become evident

M: medium-bodied, some syrupiness, some sparkle of carbonation

O: reminds me of Pannepot (which is considered a quad) more than say Gulden Draak (a BSDA), but then again, it's been a while since I had a Gulden Draak. A good-tasting beer, not my favorite style necessarily, but certainly worth a try, especially if you're into strong dark ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 21:32:19 | More by Greywulfken
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LIVEfreak2

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +32.3%

12-06-2011 20:15:47 | More by LIVEfreak2
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Donsmitty

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-06-2011 19:20:36 | More by Donsmitty
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zipyth3pinhead

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-06-2011 06:24:34 | More by zipyth3pinhead
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TGS

California

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

12-05-2011 17:43:09 | More by TGS
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-04-2011 23:01:12 | More by kjkinsey
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uziangis

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-04-2011 09:12:24 | More by uziangis
Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,234 ratings.