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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,613 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,613
Reviews: 982
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 62
Gots: 361 | 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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Photo of silver0rlead
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a frothy tan head that retains well for a high ABV beer, one of the better looking dubbels I've come across. The aroma has a lot of dark fruit upfront (notes of date, fig, raisin, and cherry), along with some candy sugar and molasses, toasted bread, yeast slightly floral hops and alcohol. The flavor also starts out with huge fruit notes (blackberry, cherry, raisin, date), along with some burnt bread, candy sugar, molasses, esters, yeastiness, flinty hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich and drinkability is very good. An excellent dubbel, easily one of my favorites in the style (though it could really be considered more of a BDSA), it's flavorful, balanced and complex.

Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark amber. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, slight dark citrus, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Dubbel. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, yeast, hint of roasted malt, and slight dark citrus. Overall, poor appearance, but otherwise a good Dubbel.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a tan head. The head turns quickly to a film.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt flavor with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Spicy malt flavor with some dark sugar and fruits (fig, plum). More sweetness at the finish, with hints of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with mild carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Drinkability: Alcohol taste stands out a bit too much.

An alright Belgian-styled ale. A bit much alcohol and a tad too thin & sweet.

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

I had at a nice bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Wish I could remember the places name cuz it was sweet.
A- It has a deep black-red cherry color to it with a tan head and lacing.
S- Alcohol scent is strong.
T- As you would expect from the scent, it is a beer that will put hair on your ass. Thick malt alcohol taste. Definitely high quality. Sweet and fruity, it tip toes on port.

Photo of Long813
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dated: NA
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Dark red-brown body and almost no head. Lacing is good.

S: Mixture of dark fruits, spices and sugar. Decent aromas.

T: Same as the aromas, mixture of dark fruit and sugar with a spice finish. No yeast notes at all.

M: Medium bodied and high carbonation. Sweet fruit finish and the alcohol is noticeable.

D: Decent drink over all, but nothing special.

Photo of appenzeller
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red mahogany, head is fairly thin and dissipates quickly in a big chalice. Smells of toasted dark malts and alcohol. Taste is up front caramel and spice, cinnamony, the alcohol is quite evident and not well-integrated. Pleasant if heavy mouthfeel, drinkability, well, this is one that I'd order the same times that I'd order a glass of cognac--maybe after a nice meal on a cold winter's night. A decent beer but off for the style, this is practically like a light version of brandy.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice looking. Poured a reddish brown, a little cloudy with a nice two finger head that dissipated into a thin layer, with plenty of lacing.

Smells of yeast, spices, brown sugar and cherries, plums and raisins. Slight alcohol smell.

Tastes of spices, yeast, cherries, brown sugar and molasses, malts, and a noticeable alcohol taste (not surprising for a brew this strong).

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, ample carbonation, with a sweet to slightly bitter aftertaste and a noticeable alcohol burn.

Drinkability is ok, tho not a great session beer. Good for a one beer evening, perhaps near the fire with a fine cigar.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with ruby highlights with a half finger head that left a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S: belgian yeast and apple aromas which also had brown sugar, plum, and dark fruit notes.

T: the belgian yeast, brown sugar, and apples run the show on the palate with slight malt and plum accents.

M: medium to full body with a low amount of carbonation that had a sweet and slight boozy finish.

D: very tasty and drinkable dubbel thae wasn't as boozy as I thought it would be.

Photo of impending
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml into a tulip. Pours a dark rich mahogany with garnet highlights, two finger head slowly subsided, sticky lacing.

Aroma is sweet malts, light and dark fruits, bread and yeast, no hint of alcohol. Classic dubbel fragrance.

Taste is strong sweet dried dark fruits, raisiny esters. Mouth feel is thick and viscous, moderately cloying. Alcohol is obvious in the aftertaste but in a pleasant way, definitely a sipping brew.

Photo of wesclaypool
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - Looks dark brown with quite a bit of off-color head. Appears ruby red when held up to light.

s - Has a very sweet smell, with hints of licorice.

t - Heavy on the malts with no real discernible hops flavor. The aftertaste resembles a hard liquor, mixed drink.

m - Very crisp and harsh. My least favorite aspect of this one.

d - This brew is very unique, which usually means its not something you want to slam back in large quantities. Still, it has a good taste. A good brew for winter months.

Photo of Beerfayce
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a tulip, served cold.
A: dark ruby brown with a lasting, light brown head that sticks to the glass.
S: roasty chocolate, malt and vanilla with a slight alcohol tang.
T: I held the tulip to warm it a bit before drinking. Much like the nose, chocolate bitterness and roasted malty sweet, vanilla creaminess and a little alcohol heat with a slightly bitter finish that fades.
M: thick but creamy and a bit sticky. Carbonation was on the lower side.
D: this dubbel is flavorful and well balanced. The alcohol stays pretty well hidden, with malt and roast in step. I could drink another with little difficulty, until the ABV catches up with me.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown red with a finger of long lasting darker head.

Nose consists of darker fruits like raisins and plums. Alcohol is a bit noticeable.

Taste consists of darker fruits, which is then washed away by an alcohol burn. What remains is some toasted malt and chocolate flavors. Very rich, sweet aftertaste.Alcohol burn reduces a bit after the initial shock. A slightly above medium feel at the end.

Alcohol starts to hit you rather quickly, so I wouldn't suggest this for prolonged drinking. Accompanied by food, or savored like a brandy, and this is quite good.

Photo of EnVinoVeritas
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A--Pours a dark deep brown with hints of red in the right light
- thin tan head quickly dissolves leaving nothing behind.

S--Sweet at the nose with hints of cherry, plum, and raisin - fruity esthers. Also, some noticeable alcohol.

T--No hop. Mild carbonation - no head. A little toasted malt up front which gives way to a nice tart prune, raisin, cherry taste. Finish has a slight alcohol burn with fruit taking the way home.

M--Smooth - surprisingly light for a high gravity ale.

D--Cooler weather beer - goes down easy considering the ABV.

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a quickly dying head on top of an aroma that one would say is sticky caramel and a mild dose of dark chocolate. Also has some nutty yeastiness and hints of orange and citrus. A chewey medium body that is very bready and somewhat sticky with a sweet caramel base and hints of toffee along with some dry malts. Some hoppy fruit flavors and bit ofs orange, cherry, citric and spice but the malts slightly overpower and the taste is a bit off. A good ale but nothing spectacular.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured rather dark amber in color with a thin beige head that quickly dissipated into just a few bubbles around the edge of the goblet. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The aroma is rather complex and the nose has notes of caramel, cherries and plums.
T: The overall taste is relatively sweet and has flavors of cherries, raisins and malty sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at ChurchKey.

Another one of those constantly passed beers that I've always wanted to try. Finally! It pours a deep dark brown (borderline hazy), with a finger-and-a-half of ecru micro-foam on top, which quickly fades into nothingness. The nose comprises soap, bubblegum, raisins, banana, and pepper. The taste runs along somewhat similar, though darker, lines: notes of figs, raisins, cinnamon, sharp bitterness, cracked pepper, and light vinegar pervade the tongue. Something seems off...I can't put my finger on it, but the combination just leaves a bad taste in my mouth (literally). Well, not bad, but definitely not good either. The body is a surprising light medium, with light carbonation and a very fluid feel. Overall, I've gotta say that I'm pretty disappointed in this brew. I've had many that are worse, but this one was hyped-up a decent amount, and it just couldn't live up. If it weren't for that off-taste...

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip. The color is a dark copper with red hues; almost burgundy. About two fingers of off-white head developed and dissipated to leave a few foamy bubbles and a ring around the outside.

Smell: Mmm...Belgian yeast. Scents of ripe apple, banana, dark fruit, clove, and some pepper or cinnamon spice. The alcohol is there, but very subtle.

Taste: The alcohol is overpowering at the start; it almost ruined the taste because I could barely get past it. However, it steps aside as the brew warms. Bready Belgian yeast, dark fruits, cherries, apple, clove. And gin. The alcohol is really dry.

Drinkability: Hmmm... A monk's dream? Sure. Whatever. At least I supported jazz.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark dark copper with some brownish and reddish hints. There is a very thin head that quickly recedes.

S - Delicious aroma. Some nice vanilla and clove hints. Nice sweet malt and delicious malt bready sweetness along with some almond aromas as well.

T - Absolutely delicious and creamy malt sweetness with nice vanilla hints. Nice bready and grainy malt presence as well. Flavors of almonds, vanilla, some nice clove and nice grainy bready malt. Very nice flavor even though it is a bit subdued compared to other dubbels'.

M & D - Nice and delicious but with a bit of a watered down feel compared to other Dubbels.

Photo of joeldp144
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a medium brown with a 1/4" head that fades fast. Clear pour (no suspended solids).

S: Rich brown sugar and fruitiness are strong on the nostrils.

T: Strong Belgian yeast with brown sugar, raisins, and a little warmth. Alcohol is well hidden. Has a little bit of spice at the end. Almost like cinnamon.

M: Crisp and bubbly carbonation make the drink a pleasure in your mouth.

D: Strong and rich. Split a 12 oz. with my brother, and it was just enough to enjoy. Great beer, and really big for it's style. I probably wouldn't want a whole bottle for myself...but I could be convinced otherwise.

Photo of brystmar
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bomber into a chalice.

A: pours a deep reddish color. Minimal head with poor retention and almost no lacing.

S: smells sweet with loads of dark fruit.

T: sweet, spicy, and fruity. An interesting take on the Belgian Dubbel.

M: medium-bodied; carbonation stings the tongue.

D: above average for the style. Very little alcoholic burn on the way down, and not overly filling either.

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

A: Poured a dark, red caramel color with good carbonation and a small white head.

S: Nose is sweet, yeast, malt, cherries.

T: Taste is cherry, caramel, sugar, candy and alcohol elements.

M: Nice, malty, bubble gum, yeast, sweet, medium bodied

D: Good

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

a: beautiful ruby/burgundy/purple like the color of a pomegranate kernel w/ minimal white head that fades pretty quick probably fue to the alcohol

s: fruity with some spiciness and sweet malts; plums

t: dark toffee taste with some alcohol flavor; very sweet with malts as the predominant flavor and some fruitiness as well

m: very smooth with only light carbonation

d: great name and a great beer to match; a good north american take on the belgian abbey ale
Alright, this beer has been chilling in my cellar since the last tasting and it is ready for a retry

a: poured with just a little bit of head that was slightly purplish white but fizzled down almost immediately to a ring of foam with a few wisps of foam floating on top

s: very yeasty - like warm baked bread; light abv; a sharp raisininess mixed with abv in the back of the nose

t: dry and grainy at first; in the middle of the sip more of the prunes and raisins begin to rise; strong abv like cognac taste; there are also some more of the sweet grains in the back of the sip; it is very good; although i feel like maybe the abv has increased in potency as it feels very warm the whole way down but in a nice way of course

m: very little carb very mild and smoth with medium body and light cloy

d: not better from what i remember but different and more mellow; this beer has really grown on me

Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark mahogany color with little to no head with a small tan ring and just minimal lacing..sweet dark fruits,toffee and spice is what i smell..the taste is dark fruits like plum and prunes a little tartness and some sweet candied toffee/malt..alcohol is present low level of hops..mouth feell is full medium and coates the tongue with rich fruits and malts..this is a sweet strong dark dubbel with some candied malts dark fruits not much hop presence as it should be... its tasty good and gets better as it warms

Photo of ZorPrime
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer from BBrianBoogie during the CanBIF6.

Brown color beer without any head... bummer. Caramel notes in the nose. Taste is complex... I'm having problem getting the taste in these Dubbel since I joined the craft beer... this one taste good, but it is hard to tell what I get in the taste. I like it... nuff said :)

Warm in the mouth. Easy to drink, so a dangerous beer. It is easy to drink but not watery... it's a complex beer. A good one too.

Photo of jera1350
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at haute dish.

Deep burgundy color with a moderate tan head. Fruity, but light smelling with some sweetness. Some yeasty scents as well. Sweet sugary taste with blackberry, bit also a fish sauce taste. Not sure what's going on, but I cannot get past the fishy taste. The flavor is just not working at all for me. Slickish feel with a dry finish. Minus the fish taste this would be an okay beer, but nothing to call home about. I would would like to give this a try again in the future to see if I just had an off pour.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,613 ratings.