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Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.

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very good

2,376 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,376
Reviews: 945
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 49
Gots: 219 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep mahogany color with a back drop of brownish light there was an impressive amount of carbonation. Off white head was creamy and thick and coalesced to a single unit.

Light plum and date aromas with a metallic tinge. Hints of molasses and wine finish the scent, albeit a very light one.

Strong plum and prune finish with a harsh alcohol taste. Maybe raisin in there but it's ruined by the brashness of the metallic alcohol. The feel aligns with the taste as dry metallic alcohol warms the chest.

I was really excited by this Strong Ale by one of my favorite breweries but it just didn't measure up to the excitement.

KYGunner, Apr 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Photo of Groomsy
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into an Orval chalice.

Murky crimson/brown body with a light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a little lacing down the glass.

Very nice aroma on this one. I pick up different kinds of dark fruits (I'm really reminded of plums and cherries), toffee, caramel, and some brown sugar with a big whiff of some alcohol. A less yeast-forward nose on this than I expected, but still very nice.

The taste starts with a big spicy note (coriander/cloves?) that transitions into a sugary, fruity sweetness on the middle of the tongue - I'm reminded again of cherries and plums. There is a steady toffee/caramel flavor underneath all of this, and the beer finishes with a bready, sweet finish and drying alcohol. Quite good.

For a Belgian-style ale, this has a remarkably heavy body. It still has the effervescent carbonation expected from this style, and finishes with an alcoholic dryness.

A very solid American interpretation of the Abbey style, with some of the yeast characteristics toned way down. Quite good and drinkable, though the alcohol heat tends to grow as the beer warms.

Groomsy, Apr 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cold bottle into a pint glass after warming for a few minutes...

Appearance - Dark mahogany; opaque; lighter color at the bottom of the glass, darker at the top; poured a nice, thick 2-3 finger head but that head faded almost instantly, still ringing nicely on the rim of the glass itself.

Smell - Butterscotch; toffee; grains; fruity/slightly zesty; syrup

Taste - Butterscotch; syrup; heavy alcohol content (over 9%) masked well

Mouthfeel - Viscous; thick; yet smooth; easy on the palate...

Overall - Not the best Belgian Strong Dark Ale but still one that I am happy to drink on occasion. Reminds me of a dopplebach for some reason (though I am still generally a neophyte in this area). Easily accessible in area beer stores so I'm sure I'll have it again...

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,376 ratings.