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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,233 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,233
Reviews: 936
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 46
Gots: 170 | 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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jgammoniv

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +19%

02-09-2013 20:46:26 | More by jgammoniv
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Illmaticzx

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-09-2013 03:41:20 | More by Illmaticzx
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MorgnPM

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-08-2013 20:27:26 | More by MorgnPM
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bluetrevian

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-08-2013 01:02:32 | More by bluetrevian
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Lantern


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-07-2013 22:39:35 | More by Lantern
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XxNitExX

Nebraska

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle in to Chimay Goblet

A- Deep mahogany color with brilliant red highlights. Small little wisp of head that dissipates quickly. Looks like a Cabernet from a distance because of the small head.

S- Bready malts, small hint of fruit. Light alcohol tinge but very strong burnt bread smell.

T- Tastes like it smells. Very strong bready malt, with some dark fruit. Also has a nice sweetness that helps with the kind of overkill smell.

M- Lingers on the tongue for all the wrong reasons. Kind of like how astringent coffee sticks to your mouth this burnt bread taste sticks. Rather unpleasant.

Overall, not a horrible beer, but when compared to others in the style (Chimay Blue) it just doesn't match up.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 06:05:27 | More by XxNitExX
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-06-2013 21:25:46 | More by Beerswag
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beernazismustdie


2.21/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

It looks picture perfect when you pour it: thick, rich, and smooth with a small head. However, it's all downhill from there. It's like taking a beautiful girl home only to find out she's a bizarre headcase.

"Complexity" is a common word used to describe the taste of this beer. "Complexity" is evidently nice beer-snob word that's synonymous with "vomit inducing." This stuff is nearly the strength of barley wine and does not hide the alcohol well, as others have noted. Frankly, it tastes like a porter with cough syrup and molasses mixed in.

This was by far the most disappointing beer I've tried, and I've spent the last several years developing a taste for "finer beers." I would rather drink your typical mid-grade macro brew yellow water than this crap again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 02:12:53 | More by beernazismustdie
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ralphw56

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

02-04-2013 04:57:10 | More by ralphw56
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dvanhandel

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-03-2013 14:23:44 | More by dvanhandel
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s4s

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-02-2013 04:19:30 | More by s4s
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richj1970

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-02-2013 01:31:58 | More by richj1970
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MI_gal616

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark orange/amber color with a good 1" head
The smell is sooo good. Yeasty, with a bit of wheat. Smells sweet.
Flavor is full of sugary malts. It's creamy in the mouth with hings of banana, clove spice, and biscuits. Yup, like the flaky Pillsbury doughboy. There is a light bitterness, especially on the finish, which I like because it keeps the beer from being too sweet.

Overall, it's a delightfully rich Belgian amber, very smooth, and almost syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 03:34:57 | More by MI_gal616
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tazzman

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-30-2013 22:53:56 | More by tazzman
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MrGroovy


2.43/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I signed up with Beeradvocate to review this beer. I agree with one reviewer who said it has a delicious, rich, complex initial flavor.... quite appealing... That reviewer mentioned the flavor of figs.... Yes, a fruity, complex and delicious FIRST flavor was evident and appealing....

But in the bottles I had it went downhill FAST after a nice beginning. Some kind of sweet and awful taste rises up as it stays in your mouth and as you swallow -- I wouldn't call it an "after" taste because it starts BEFORE you actually swallow the beer!!!

This is sad because the first flavors in the beer are great but it quickly takes on a strangely rich fruity awfulness.

Maybe it had gone bad and skunky in its own way? I bought it chilled at an upscale market... so I assume it wasn't THAT old....

Having read another reviewer who noted the same problem, I wonder if the brewery knows about it? Someone should tell them -- Great beer at first, strange and awful secondary flavor / aftertaste....

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 17:53:39 | More by MrGroovy
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Stavros1977

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-30-2013 01:07:26 | More by Stavros1977
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KillaB

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-29-2013 08:26:42 | More by KillaB
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Hardcore

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-28-2013 00:28:36 | More by Hardcore
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CN1234

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-27-2013 06:30:27 | More by CN1234
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Dmart1223

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really, really liked this beer, for about 90% of the journey. It doesn't measure up to its Belgian counterparts, but it still has a little richness, a little complexity and a lot to think about.

The beer pours a hazy mahogany with a fine head that quickly fades... I'm guessing from the high ABV. Still, there's persistent bubble action that keeps the beer alive.

The smell was pungent...damn. Like raisin bread, dried fruit and rain. Bit of an odd combo, but who doesn't like any of those smells?

The taste threw me. First you get a thick, almost oily coating of sweet, dry fruit, like figs, mixed with fresh tobacco. That's a good thing, as weird as it might sound. A warm starts mid-gulp and flows down to the gullet, warming the soul.

Where I was put off was the aftertaste. First you get a hint of bitter and alcohol, which is great, but it starts to grow into a metallic, skunkiness that lingers. I wasn't a fan.

For me, drinking this beer was like eating a choice cut, New York Deli sandwich between two slices of Wonder Bread. The meat's clearly there, but the bread just isn't strong enough to keep up. I'm a big fan of this beer, but I really wish it was consistently terrific.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 06:00:51 | More by Dmart1223
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pknyc

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-26-2013 02:09:05 | More by pknyc
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HowlingTurkey

Louisiana

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

01-24-2013 04:37:22 | More by HowlingTurkey
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours brown with a bubbly, tan head that fades to a foam leaving no lacing on the glass. Aromas are dark malt or candi sugar, hot alcohol, spicy Belgian yeast,
bread crust. Tastes are dark candi sugar, banana, spice, cinnamon, bready, molasses, tea leaf. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth with ample carbonation. Overall, it's good, but the cinnamony spiciness is too forward. It's almost like a winter warmer Belgian dark ale with all that spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 01:01:29 | More by barnzy78
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gregoryhersh

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -14%

01-23-2013 23:46:59 | More by gregoryhersh
Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,233 ratings.