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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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very good

2,316 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,316
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 48
Gots: 200 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-13-2012 05:49:44 | More by mjmadsen21
Photo of doopydoogle

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

A - Dark brown amber with a thin but creamy head that lingers and leaves a decent lace.

S - Sweet, fruity nose with some complexities.

T - Malty forward with a vibrant yeast tone that is complemented by various herbal and fruit tones.

M - Vibrant carbonation and a clean mouthfeel for the style.

O - A solid BSDA, not overly complicated but quite enjoyable.

01-13-2012 04:01:50 | More by doopydoogle
Photo of nucmedmario


3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-13-2012 00:44:56 | More by nucmedmario
Photo of ahbaggins

New Jersey

1/5  rDev -73.5%

01-12-2012 22:51:51 | More by ahbaggins
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-12-2012 21:16:27 | More by ckapp
Photo of Mahlik


3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

750 ml bottle poured into HotD tulip glass

A - Pours a dark mahogany with a two-finger light tan head. Head dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing.

S - Baked apples, brown sugar, bananas, caramel and figs hit my nose initially. There is a very subtle pastry/crumb like aroma that hangs in the background. A phenolic aroma in the form of band aids becomes apparent as the beer warms.

T - Dark fruits, brown sugar, pepper and cloves with an underlying breadiness and molasses. In other words, very sweet and fruity with some spice.

M - Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. The alcohol's presence is noticeable.

O - An okay beer. It has some good qualities but nothing really pops for me, especially in the taste. I do like that North Coast makes a donation to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz for every bottle sold. I think that helps make this beer worth a try.

01-12-2012 07:37:12 | More by Mahlik
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-11-2012 20:50:13 | More by BHopp12
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

01-11-2012 06:41:50 | More by jdmandel
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-10-2012 17:07:56 | More by CWhite
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-10-2012 04:19:44 | More by MacStinson
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-09-2012 16:17:43 | More by abeldiaz
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-09-2012 05:19:59 | More by gearzstang
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-08-2012 23:59:21 | More by Sudbuster
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3.63/5  rDev -4%

Pours out a dark cola color with a brown head. Sweetness is right upfront with candied fruits and a hint of carmel. Bready overtones too. A little more than medium mouthful and is hand in hand with the smell of candied sweetness. Definitely can taste the alcohol burn at 9.4% maltiness is pretty present over the hops. A very good night cap or slow sipping beer in my opinion.

01-08-2012 19:53:33 | More by PorterLover83
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-08-2012 01:49:45 | More by acurtis
Photo of antique


3.43/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a ridged pint glass.

Pours a moderate amber brown with a inch-thick tan head. Mild bits of rising carbonation throughout the drink. The head dissolves fairly quickly and leaves behind very minimal lacing.

Smell of weak citrus, moderate barley, lots of spices. a rather modest smell overall.

The taste is very immediately heavy spices. Cinnamon especially. Orange and lemon zests mix well with traces of honey and some mild hops at the finish. It's an extremely sweet beer at the start, but mellow out into a warm, spiced aftertaste that lingers somewhat. Pleasant, but perhaps oversweet to my tastes.

It's a very clean beer, with moderate carbonation and a fresh feel overall, despite how light it is. The 9.4% ABV is especially well-hidden.

It's a nice example of the style overall, but it doesn't really bring anything very special or original to the table, especially considering the jazz legend it's named after. Still, a worthwhile beer and one I'd recommend especially to people with a taste for sweeter, spice-heavy beers.

01-06-2012 06:38:33 | More by antique
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-06-2012 03:07:52 | More by Stoffel
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-04-2012 04:06:32 | More by tripledbrew
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-04-2012 02:50:39 | More by dabeers1013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-03-2012 04:54:58 | More by kemoarps
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance - Nice almost mahogany color. Fairly clear - light shows through easily. A decent head that forms lace on side of glass.

Smell - Toffee, malty, caramelly aroma. A bit of herbal hops. Some banana and other fruits.

Taste - Flavor is fairly sweet, not much bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel - Fairly heavy; medium carbonation. A bit minerally on the back end of the palate.

Overall - Overall, I enjoyed it a great deal. Gotta love the Belgian styles!

01-03-2012 00:58:33 | More by PacNWDad
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Presentation: Corked and caged bomber bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip, served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Light mahogany brown in color. Initial pour yields a huge three to four finger, fizzy head that recedes into nothing in no time.

Aroma: Raisins, dates, caramel and some phenols upfront. Very much similar to a Belgian dubbel on the nose. The toasted malt character really dominates. Background touches of caramelized apple and banana.

Taste: Much like the nose, dark fruits and brown sugar really assert themselves in the foreground. Apple and banana notes in the background. Really nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice prickly carbonation to keep it light.

Overall, a really nice American interpretation of a Belgian style. I was pleasantly surprised by the balance and complexity here. Ceratinly worth a try for anyone who likes trappist ales.

01-03-2012 00:53:06 | More by Gosox8787
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-02-2012 20:50:43 | More by Bloodbuzz99
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-01-2012 02:04:24 | More by KimenTshom
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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

01-01-2012 00:04:52 | More by r3o
Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,316 ratings.