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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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very good

2,555 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,555
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 61
Gots: 317 | 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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3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love using my 14oz tulip for Belgians. Blooming head took me forever to pour. Looked nice to snap a picture, but then the head dissipated and left me with a quite nice deep brown/amber/red. Poured like the color of darkest maple syrup.

Smells of raisins and caramel. Strong Belgian smells. Nice, but nothing outstanding.

Very sweet, malty, caramel tasting. Belgian yeast comes back a touch. Mellow, and average.

Creamy mouthfeel makes it enjoyable to drink.

Unfortunately I would pass on this option in the future. Overly average for a Belgian, and there is so much more (better) out there.

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with a huge, 3-finger, tan head that very slowy dissipates into a solid persistent lace.

S: Strong Belgian candi aroma with a yeasty alcoholic twang.

T: Dark fruit flavor with a yeasty Belgian candi background.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and heavy carbonation.

O: Decent Strong Belgian ale. Nice sipping beer at 9.4%

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3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a thick looking blood red-brown with a dense tan head.
Larger sized bubbles in the bottom of the glass. Opaque. Glows in the light.

S: Deep, fragrant malty scent with honey. Grassy, smoky like a whiskey, wet wood.

T: Sweet molasses, maple, and dark honey right up front. Alcohol, tartness, then a little bit of fresh tasting hops. The flavor is big, but a bit more simple than most Belgian strong ales because of the powerful sweetness at the beginning. Probably one of the sweetest beers I've had.

M: Rich body, strong carbonation. Feels lighter than expected during the swallow.

O: I can't believe I haven't had this popular beer by now. It's great, but the complexity of flavors is missing for me. I like many others in the style more than I like this, but I still wouldn't turn it down. Maybe it's the lack of hop bitterness to balance the sweet.

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3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep, dark amber amber tone - almost chestnut - with ruby highlights and yields a 1" beige-shaded head that dissipates with haste into a thin cap, collar around the glass. minimal lacing. first thought from the nose is *sweet*... caramel malty with notes of dark fruits and molasses. solid aroma.

taste slides in nicely behind the nose. sweet, caramel malt, candied sugar, dark fruits, and molasses round out the flavor profile. nothing extraordinary here, but pretty tasty. medium bodied with some lively carbonation.

overall i like it. again, nothing here that will be in any 'world class' conversations, but a more than passable american take on a belgian dark; certainly holds its own.

(originally reviewed: 05-19-2011)

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,555 ratings.