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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Brother TheloniousBrother Thelonious

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very good

2,550 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,550
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 61
Gots: 312 | 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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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of yesyouam
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brother Thelonious is a cloudy, brown ale with a thin, dense, sand colored head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. It has a big, fruity aroma with notes of prunes, figs, raisins, cherries, candy, brown sugar and cookies. It's pretty full bodied but a little sharp to the tongue. It leaves the mouth a little numb and gritty. It kind of tastes like fruit cake, but not so sweet. Plum and molasses are detected. There a light bitterness at the finish. There's quite a bit of flavor here and the fruitiness lingers well after the swallow. It's pretty tasty stuff.

Photo of Maltus
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml corked & caged bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful looking DEEP clear ruby, with a finger of foamy light tan colored head. This retains with a frothy looking 1/3 of a finger, leaving back a robust cascade of lace that quickly slides down the sides of the glass yet still hang in some thick swathes. The aroma smells of a sweet mélange of dark fruit, chocolate, and toffee, which is in turn followed by notes of spice, heat, and some light roast that helps cut some of the sugars here a bit.

The taste is similar, being rich with dark cherries, brown sugar, a splash of caramel flavor, and then some light roasted cocoa notes across the back. A dry and spicy finish really hangs some sharpness on the tongue. I’m really enjoying the combo of cocoa and brown sugar in this. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a lively creamy feel that fills the mouth. It’s not too sharp but does toe the line some. There is some light warmth in each sip but be careful with that 9%+ ABV here. It’s catches up to you quickly!

It had been a while since I’ve had this and I must say that I really enjoyed it much more this time around. There’s lots of rich sweetness and fruit flavor to this, yet it possesses just enough assertiveness from the yeast and malt as well to help keep things balanced on the platate. My only complaint here is the overall heft of this, as it just got to be a bit taxing to finish this bottle by myself. I could have easily split this 16.9 oz bottle with another. Anyway,this is a good one to help take the winter chill of with!

Photo of Stouttyme
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of JustABeerGuy
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of eat
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque mahogany body with amber highlights. A good cover of cream-white head remains for a while and leaves some lacing.

Thick, malty nose of butterscotch, cake, figs, raisins, apple cider, alcohol and light earthy hops. Very nice.

Big and malty in flavour as well with more of the same: bready malt, dark caramel, fig and raisin. Hops are more prominent in the mouth, balancing the sweet maltiness with an earthy bite and leaving a little powdery dryness on the finish (including subtle cocoa and cinnamon). Warming alcohol is pleasant.

The feel doesn't live up to a beer brewed by true trappist monks but is solid nonetheless: decent medium body and moderate carbonation that seems to be trying to achieve that Belgian feel but doesn't quite make it.

Nothing amazing here but this is a solid dubbel. I wish they had gone for a more unorthodox take on the style for a more fitting tribute to it's namesake but I'd buy this anyway if it was available to me.

Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into a wine glass.

A: Dark amber when held to the light, dark brown-red away. One finger tan head, good lacing.

S: Sweet and malty. Definitely some molasses and brown sugar. I also get some pruney aromas too.

T: Sweet. Definite caramelly malts, molasses, and minimal bitterness.

M: Clean. Good amount of carbonation. Not overly boozy even at >9% abv.

O: Not bad, but certainly not my favorite. I have a second bottle that I'd like to see age a bit. Perhaps I'll review it again in about 18 months.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: in a goblet: normal looking dark translucent brown ruby ale, medium tan head fluffs then thins

S: sugars, fruits

T: more specific notes of fig, banana, molasses, orange and coriander become evident

M: medium-bodied, some syrupiness, some sparkle of carbonation

O: reminds me of Pannepot (which is considered a quad) more than say Gulden Draak (a BSDA), but then again, it's been a while since I had a Gulden Draak. A good-tasting beer, not my favorite style necessarily, but certainly worth a try, especially if you're into strong dark ales.

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of Donsmitty
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TGS
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Zraly
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish Head goblet. Decent lacing to a murky ruby-brown all with an off-white/tan head. Smells like a bag of raisins macerated in wort.

Raisins. If you like raisins, I think this might be your choice of beverage. Aroma and taste of raisins (in case you missed my memo). Because of this heavy one-note, there is a distinct wine-like quality to this ale. There are notes of brown sugar and honey, too, but the raisin note overwhelms a bit upfront. Semi-sweet and a touch sour. Medium bodied. Slight hint of spice in the finish, as well as a momentary cherry note, but maybe not enough to balance out the flavor of...raisins.

This is a bit one dimensional to me. Once the finish comes around, I hope for something more to kick in or to let my palate down a bit slow, but to no avail. Not bad, but not great. I think there are better interpretations to style.

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,550 ratings.