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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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very good

2,375 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,375
Reviews: 945
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 49
Gots: 219 | 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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Photo of MikeD1687
4/5  rDev +5.8%

MikeD1687, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Brushkanna
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Brushkanna, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with a friend as a gift at Local Taphouse in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured dark amber with some haze. Mild carbonation and a one finger light brown head. No lace and mild retention.

S - Tons of dark fruit, yeast and sugar. Very inviting.

T - Sugars and lot's of dark fruit with a little yeast.

M - Mild carbonation, full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - A pretty delicious BSDA. Nice flavours and fairly complex with far too much drinkability for it's strength.

tbeckett, Feb 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

logicalparadox, Feb 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

dasmusik, Feb 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Kahlerbock, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of StoicBeast
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the customers that came from my stores said it was her favorite beer. A coworker said it was "good." the pint was on sale.

a-effervescent, dark but opaque
s- malty, phenolic
t- light on hops, not as sweet as i expected
mf- dry aftertaste, medium bodied for a strong
o- doesn't live up to its expectations

i do have to admit that NC is generous for donating to jazz, but this was one pricey beer. next time i guess i will try something authentically belgium.

StoicBeast, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Joshgonzales79, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

jfcaa193, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

PorterPig, Feb 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

DavidWinchester, Feb 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

williamjbauer, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

gj0hnson, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Slikpitt, Feb 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Fitzmke, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Southpaw018, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Stunner97
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- dark brown to amber, with thick foamy head, low carbonation

Smell- brown sugar, belgian yeast, spice

Taste- brown sugar and molasses, starts up mostly sweet with a faint spice on the finish, not whole lot of complexity but decent yet light flavor

mouthfeel- medium to full bodied with low carbonation, nice slick feel

Drinkability/overall- overall this beer was an average at best belgian, flavors were light and lacking complexity, not of of my favorite beers from and overall very nice brewery

Stunner97, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of kagent777
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby purchased here in Utah. This one is poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A slightly hazy (chill haze?) dark mahogany brown with only a small amount of off white head. It settle rather quickly and left no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Caramelized sugars and Belgian yeast phenols. There is some dark dried fruit present as well.

Taste: The taste is a nice mix of maltiness and yeast spice. The dark malts are caramelized well. The finish is quite sweet. The yeast spice reminds of nutmeg and maybe allspice. The alcohol is well hidden for 9.4 ABV. This did not seem as well rounded as I remembered from prior bottles.The taste moved toward that of a brown ale as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel: The flavors coat the mouth really well. The body is approaching thick and the carbonation is medium.

Overall: I really want to like this beer more because I remember it quite fondly. There is nothing wrong with this beer, but it does not live up to its potential.

kagent777, Feb 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Riverared, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of JayS2629
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a beautiful dark brown/almost black with red highlights, a 3 finger, creamy tan head, descent retention and walls of thick lace.

The aroma is full of dark fruit; raisin, plums, and cherry with loads of caramel and toffee. Some wine-like aromas, hint of vanilla and a boozy edge. Grassy and earthy hops are barely detectable but lend to a complexity.

Something missing in complexity. Yeasty esters lend to some herbal flavors but stops short of the undesirable medicinal and metallic notes found in some belgians. Rich, malty toffee flavors dominate with caramel, vanilla and loads of dark fruit like raisin, overripe plum, and cherry notes. Some chocolate hints creep in. No hops detected. Slight booze bite.

Thick, syrup-like, and a little vicious on the booze burn.

Complex, interesting, enjoyable...but lacking and a little off on balance between all elements.

JayS2629, Feb 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

twelveinches, Feb 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

LJWalker, Feb 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

bluesplit63, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,375 ratings.