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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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very good

2,515 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,515
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 57
Gots: 281 | 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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2.66/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: dark brown 2-3 finger head.

S: light caramel malty smell.

T: strong citrusy taste hits you right away. Heavy malt sticks to the back of your tongue.

M: you can taste the carbonation throughout your sip. The aftertaste is very strong.

O: it's a 9.4% beer that drinks like a 9.4% alcohol beer. Very spicy (meaning I can REALLY taste the alcohol). Doesn't go down smooth at all. I wouldn't buy again.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a nearly clear dark brown with really no head to speak of. Some very thin lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma of dark fruit and candy, caramel, along with some toast. There is definitely a brothy note as well.

Lots more caramel and toast on the taste quickly followed by dates and plums. There is a strong sherry note along with more broth. Sweetness pervades throughout and becomes a little much at times. Another think that really strikes me is how thin the mouthfeel is.

Overall, I'm not really impressed by this one at all. It lacks any real depth and the sherry/port sweetness is a bit overbearing. It does help out a good cause, though, so it does have that going for it.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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

Brother Theloniousss! If you know of The Bloody Beetroots the name Thelonious would be familiar to you and every time you see it you want to yell out "The king has come, Theloniousss! Walk in the valley of shadows and shine his voodoo on you", if you haven't heard of them - immediately stop what you are doing, buy a copy of Romborama and give it a good play through. That is all.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: Deep chocolate brown body with a ring of beige lace around the glass. Standard for any high ABV brew to present without a head.

S: Dark rum overpowers the aroma. There are faint notes of brown sugar and molasses, as well as plum/date in the background. This is going to be one hell of a boozy brew.

T: Full of fruit flavours and sugar, mostly plum, date and raisin. Thankfully the dark rum noted in the aroma doesn't present itself (dark rum makes me ill, long story). This beer is a little two-dimensional; sugar and dark fruits, that's all there is to it, missing the complexity that Belgians always manage to bring.

M: Medium bodied with a dense but thin carbonation.

D: Bit of a sugar bomb really. Still it is a rich, dark fruit sugar bomb, likeable in its own right just not as good as the Belgian versions out there. Moral: you want a good Belgian styled brew Belgium is still the place to go. Oh yeah - this is crazy expensive at $9 a bottle here, so I wont be getting it again.

Food match: Definitely desserts are the way to go - fruity ones.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 2,515 ratings.