Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Brother TheloniousBrother Thelonious

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very good

2,701 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,701
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 67
Gots: 425 | FT: 6
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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Ratings: 2,701 | Reviews: 1,005
Photo of AlaskanYoung
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Says review is optional. It is not

Photo of dhfreak
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad, not bad at all. Seems a little weak in smell, scents don't stick out as much as some others; taste is a little flat, very little depth. Still, for the price, it's a good buy.

Photo of Bali_hi
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of brother thelonious drank.

Photo of Mattygross44
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No head or what was one dissipates really quick pours dark brown has a pretty fizzy taste once hitting your mouth but the tail end is where its at not as sweet as some other american quads i tasted which is a good thing for me. i like the boozy taste where you can breath it in. Def not a bad buy for a 25oz was $7.89 at bevmo. If youre into quads like me this is just another to try and knock off the check list

Photo of tlema1
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Has a wine-like quality, I'm very disappointed

Photo of ayricton
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a great representation of a belgian

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-head didn't stay very long and dissipated fast
-nice yeast sent but mellow, overall Belgium yeast sent
-taste is pleasant and very balanced strong dark ale
- the feel is smooth and has a very mellow lingering
- overall a very standard strong dark ale, good beer but not a lot stands out as individualistic

Photo of tekstr1der
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, dark red-brown pour with off-white head that quickly disappears. Aroma of sweet fruits and malt, translate well into the flavor with some alcohol, and as some have mentioned - a bit of red wine, especially on the finish which is dry. Tasty stuff.

Photo of Stevedore
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Brown body, darker in character, half finger white head without much retention or lacing.

S- A bit of dark fruit, mineral yeast, sweet, toasty dark malt without much hint of actual roast.

F- Lots of malt- a bit of dark fruit, banana, toasted malt, toffee, along with mineral yeastiness and some spices. It's alright, nothing special or interesting.

M- Medium bodied, a bit sticky with moderate carbonation. Not terribly bitter on the finish, more of that mineral, yeasty flavours.

O- It's alright; I like BSDAs to have more of a roasted malt, smooth flavour that isn't as sticky or yeasty as this one is.

Photo of MaillardRx
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

It actually tastes really good, it just has a slight off smell, is a bit chewy, and the head runs off pretty quickly. I liked it tho

Photo of DeaconsBrew
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A meal all by itself. Prevalent molasses notes. Great conversation ale, especially with the right musical setting.

Photo of constantine_272
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown muddy color. Very low light brown head the fizzled with at soapy rainbow effect and disappeared. Heavy chocolate and boozy aroma with a whole lot of steel smell. Taste is again quite chocolatey with thick booze undertones. Dark earthiness of wet oak and cedar. Just the right amount of hops finishes the big sweet chocolate and heavy booziness. The finish is truly top notch. It's a nice well made beer.

Photo of Foxybrau
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Honey brown pour with a pale, airy head. Thin feel with plenty carbonation and strong alcohol finish. More metallic than fruity, but malty and semi-sweet. Overall an easy-drinking copper brew. Highly enjoyable.

Photo of dawgpound433
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank 1.22.15 at Giant eagle from the singles vault.Alcohol not covered up well but assuming it's a strong ale I can let it slide. Bottle shape is unique in a sense, shorter and wider. Smell isn't offputting, but it's not spectacular either. Bitterness is subtle, and I am tasting a good amount of malt throughout. Lacks carbonation but I see that as a good thing.

Photo of RockAZ
4.64/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful appearance and great smell of yeast, bread, malt sweetness. Warming beer alcohol-wise, excellent for pairing with foods like steak, mushrooms and potatoes or good bread. Other reviewers mentioned it is a bit thin or as having a one note of sweetness, and I get that too especially cold. Some better Belgian brewed examples of the style are available but I do like this one along with those. This does warm up nicely imho overcoming some of the one note sweetness with vanilla, figs and caramel scents.

Photo of Apellonious
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a bulbous wine glass.

A - Black with brown and ruby highlights. Pours with little to no head.

S - Interesting. Fig, dark fruit, nuts, vanilla.

T - Dark pale malts, fig, vanilla, raisin, smattering of booze.

M - Slightly sharp on the finish, fairly heavy and gets sticky as it warms.

O - Had a couple bombers of this several years ago, and just getting back around to it. Seems like revisiting past likes is harder these days with all the new releases and new brewers. One of my favorites in this style.

Photo of kkleu357
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful ruby red pour. Small big bubble head. Semi sweet bread yeast aroma. Very tasty. Tastes like a real Belgian beer. I usually get this fake taste in American Belgian style beers, but this one tastes authentic. Sweet thick, but not that sticky, malty taste. Similar to a caramel banana dessert. Mild fruit raisin taste. Really enjoy it.

Photo of BWood
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome dark Belgium. Definitely need to try.

Photo of Joncasso
4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved everything about this beer

Photo of Phat_Borracho
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Its a good beer when nothing else is available

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa a few weeks back, having never had this before. This was one of the few singles there that I never bought before and was pleased to read on here that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this went to a good musical cause. With that being said, this was not in the same category as Belgian beers from overseas and while there was enough of a flavor profile here, there was a bit of body and depth missing that kept this from being in a higher echelon.

The pour to this was quite dark - think brown with a hint of plum and just a bit of light that seeped in around the edges.A moderate tan head formed as I poured this out and the lacing was one ring of bubbles that slid down the side of my pint glass after every sip. Not a strong aroma to this but there was enough apple and dates to indicate that this was a Belgian-style brew. Along with yeast, that's what was found in the taste as well. Not a lot of spice, dark fruit, or candied sugar as well and where was the alcohol? I didn't feel warmed up as I worked my way through this and it was surprising how weak this felt from start to finish. Was this flat or just the way the beer was made? Hard to tell with the dark hue but the carbonation could have been a bit more noticeable, on top of everything else. A hint of cloying bread to the mouthfeel saved this from being a true downer while giving me something proverbial to "chew on" as I figured out what was lacking here.

Sure, the booze was here but the whole bottle had to be polished off before I could feel it. While a Belgian-style beer at heart, there was so much missing from this that should have been present from the get-go. I would have called this "The Loneliest Monk" as this was not quite like other Belgian Strong Dark Ales that I've had, and not in a good way. Easily the weakest offering from North Coast and only worth a go for fans of the brewery or of dark beers that handle light - this one hit too many wrong notes to be rated higher in my book.

Photo of SunshineTKE
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Absolutely delicious. Lead my to brew a Dark Belgian for the first time

Photo of B-J-B
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Had this again after several years - was not as impressed as I was the first time. It seemed somehow thin, with a trace of the yeasty goodness and malty sweetness of a great Belgian but lacking something. It became quite one-note after awhile.

Photo of Lard_City
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Fruity nose and taste. Slight boozy aftertaste. Flavor profile moves through in a hurry but a lot of different tastes here (citrus, grapes, some roasted malt, maybe even a little mango?). Delightful.

Photo of SurferEric
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

Yeasty, malty, and potent.

Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,701 ratings.