Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,520 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,520
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 58
Gots: 289 | 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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3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear mahogany/ruby, a loud medium tan head forms but quickly (and surprisingly) dissipates nearly entirely, reminiscent of soda, and doesn't leave any lacing even. A few thin, eager streams of bubbles rise.

S: Raisins, tart cherries, some malt, smoke, and even a little note of cough syrup. Seems disjointed, but I think it work well together.

T: Same as the nose. The cherries have become a little sour, and it carries some bright sweetness for an upfront refreshing flavor, then the smoke comes in towards the end and hangs out in the back of your throat on the finish. Again, sour and smoke don't seem to mix well, but I like them, and dammit, in a world of barely distinguishable beers, this one is unique. Thumbs up.

M: Medium to full bodied, fine carbonation.

O: Not sure how well it meets the style, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. I was surprised but pleased with the restrained sourness/sweetness, and that smokey finish was very unexpected, but again, pleasant. Another victory for North Coast.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells of fruit, fig, malt, and port. The port stands out the most.

The head is a shade of light toffee and lasts shortly. The color of the beer is dark ruby red.

First impressions of the taste are of dried fruit and port. Mouth feel is medium viscosity. As the taste lingers the port is more pronounced with a finish that has me tasting fruit. I feel as I have just sipped a wine.

I feel as if this beer is missing something. I can't put my finger on it but it could be much more with some more tweaking. I would buy this again.

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3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown to maybe even orange. The head is present for just a moment. Lacing throughout.

S: Alcohol, Malt. Prune.

T: Wow. Lots of malt. Carbonation takes over some of the alcohol flavor. Woody. Nutty. Flavor lasts forever and a day.

M: Thin. Carbonation leads to something that is unexpected. The beer is too thin for how heavy it is.

O: You know... I just don't know how to put my finger on how this beer is not as good as it could be. It's like the brewer missed a step.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark red-brown body with a fizzy tan head. Lots of carbonation. The head fades far too fast, much like a cola, and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: Alcohol comes to the nose immediately, followed by sweet malty scents. Just a hint of date.

T: Forward on malt flavors, very strong malt flavor. A bit of roasted flavor in there. Some very faint Belgian characteristic flavors. Pencil eraser.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly lacking. It feels very thin and highly undercarbonated.

O: Overall I was not impressed by the beer. I would recommend against it. There are just far too many good beers out there to waste time with something half-done.

Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,520 ratings.