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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Brother TheloniousBrother Thelonious

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very good

2,551 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,551
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 61
Gots: 315 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Giggy
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
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
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
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%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Cyrano41
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was a cold night by the fire, poured into a goblet from the bottle. Very dark brown with moderate head and lacing. The aroma was sweet, raisins and cinnamon maybe, overripe fruit but in a good way. The taste was heavy, but smooth with clean finish. I personally didn't pick up on the alchol bite when I was drinking it, but it snuck up on me by the bottom of the glass! I recommend it, but not a world beater. And remember it's a bit stonger than the average beer!

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3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges. Tall, light beige head that crackles and pops its way down the glass quickly.

S: Raisins, bread, alcohol.

T: Alcoholic bite is a little stronger than I'd like. I can only pick out the Belgian yeast in the aftertaste. Caramel and bready flavors are on par with the style.

M: A bit overcarbonated. Body is medium.

O: There are more readily available, and better IMHO, of this style. That being said, a solid representation of the style, albeit spicy. Maybe some aging would help tone down the alcohol.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,551 ratings.