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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,514 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,514
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 57
Gots: 276 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Stunner97
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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

Photo of kagent777
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of JayS2629
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Giggy
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: a deep dark mahogany with orange highlights. Clear. Khaki colored head that didn't develop.

S: light on aroma. Dark fruits and caramel. Alcohol. Slight spice.

T: toasted caramel and brown sugar. Sweet fruits. Malty & yeasty. Little to no hops. Something is missing.

M: subtle bite, medium body, & moderate carbonation. Pretty much one dimensional.

O: nothing amazing about this one. Wish it had something to make it more unique. Mainly just a dark strong ale.

Photo of rct828
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 16oz Tulip Glass

Appearance - Dark brown (almost black) in color with a dark red/crimson color when held up to light. Fluffy Brown 3 finger head with some decent retention.

Smell - Caramel and vanilla, followed by a slight hoppy scent. There's also a unique sweetness here, sort of like a sweetness you would get when sampling a glass of wine, so it's got a faint grape-like sweetness to it.

Taste - Brown Sugar and vanilla followed by some faint caramel notes. Really isn't too much as far as hops as it feels replaced more by the other flavors There's some malts in here too, but it isn't so obvious. In general, the flavor reminds more of a Winter Warmer due in part to both the taste and the fact it gives me a "warm" feeling when I drink it.

Mouthfeel - It's got an overt thickness to it and it feels fairly heavy on the palette. Carbonation is managed well enough here, so it's got a creamy feel to it, but some people will be put off by the thickness of this beer.

Overall - I was expecting to be blown away by Thelonious, but instead what I got was a decent beer that comes off more as a Winter Warmer than a Belgian Abbey Ale. It's an alright beer, but not worth the price I paid for it.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Murrhey
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width frothy khaki head. Large bubbles and extremely overcarbonated. Yet little retention. Dark mahogany color.

S- Booziness and lots of dark fruits. Has a definite wine smell about it.

T- Some coffee and roast malts flavors, also the booziness and a tad dark fruitiness.

M- Heavier bodied with a syrupy finish.

O- Meh. Not my style, not my beer.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of IPA1978
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is about $14 a four pack but I picked a couple up from the mix and match at Hyvee, they usually have a good selection.

A- poured the color of brown sugar with clarity (no haze weird for a Belgian?)

S- smells of toffee, molasses, vanilla with a slight yeast funk

T- taste of dark fruit, raisins, toffee, vanilla and Belgian yeast. No detectible hop flavor other than slight bitterness at the end. Odd dark fruit predominates the flavor here, when cold slight alcohol flavor but as it warms the alcohol makes itself known very quickly.

M- for this kind of ABV, its a surprising medium body.

O- when I first cracked this baby the smell was promising... but that was the bright spot. A slightly above average Dubbel but as it warms up the flavor doesn't hold up to the alcohol. Not at all worth 14 bucks a four pack but definitely worth a shot on tap or from a mix and match.

Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear, dark and reddish, with a smallish but durable tan head. It has a very fruity and somewhat yeasty aroma that would let it pass as a true Belgian beer. There is plenty of fruit in the flavor as well, and this trait extends into the finish and aftertaste. Both dark fruits (dates, raisins) and a slight bit of banana make an appearance. The taste seems less than perfectly balanced, with too much sweetness up front despite a bit of sour and bitter in the finish. The alcohol is fairly well hidden if cold enough, but becomes more and more evident with warming, especially in the nose. The aroma and, more so, the flavor, reflects some spicing; although these have been added in pretty good moderation, the beer is still a tad spicier than I prefer.

M: medium+ body; some smooth feel, yet with a bit of a tongue bite ... partly from the high ABV, no doubt.

O: A respectable U.S. version of the style, but far short of the best Belgians. More similar to a barleywine than your typical Belgian strong dark ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 2,514 ratings.