Brother Thelonious | North Coast Brewing Co.

Brother TheloniousBrother Thelonious
BA SCORE
3.8/5
3,041 Ratings
Brother TheloniousBrother Thelonious
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Vital Statistics

Style: Belgian Style Strong Dark
Color: Dark mahogany
ABV: 9.4%
Bitterness: 32 IBU's"

Added by sloejams on 05-04-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,330
Reviews:
1,062
Ratings:
3,041
pDev:
13.16%
Bros Score:
3
 
 
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91
Gots:
639
Trade:
8
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Photo of REDAMI
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Light ruby pour with a thin off-white head which dissolves quickly.

S - Cinnamon, dark fruits, candy sugar, slight metallic tinge. Brings to mind a Cinnabon.

T - Fruity, plums and pears, apple peel bitterness, toasted grains. Slight tobacco aftertaste.

F - Thin, with slight alcohol warmth. Moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

Lacks the body of most BSDA's but has a pleasant complexity on the tongue.

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Photo of 12ozfan
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IndySuds
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of philbe311
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yeldarb92
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a dark ruby with a minimal head. The aroma features lots of dark fruit - raisin, prune, dark cherry - with notes of chocolate, cinnamon, and tea. The flavor is fairly sweet, with cherry, chocolate, prune, allspice, and nougat as notes. The mouthfeel is quite thick with moderate carbonation. Overall this has a great and traitioonal range of flavors, ut could benefit from a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of jmh21
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmcquirk
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hazedandconfused13
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitekid
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle.

A: Malty and grainy upfront, coupled with fruit, caramel, light spice, and mild esters

A: Dark reddish-brown color, clear, with an off-white head that quickly recedes into the glass.

T: Dark fruit character, with caramel malt, sweet, coupled with a light brown sugar note, followed by a slightly earthy and almost light wine note, with a semi-sweet finish.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; the beer has an enjoyable malty character with a fruity estery quality. While perhaps not the most traditional Belgian Strong Dark Ale, I've ever had it's still pretty tasty.

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Photo of _nickg_
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zstamper
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdwhitney
4.64/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CMC73
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jhigham2
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blackop555
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark reddish-brown. Short, Foamy, Tan had that Fades slowly to a lasting cap.

Smells malt, fruit, caramel, light spice.

Taste sweet dark fruit, caramel malt, lightly Nutty, Brown Sugar. Followed by earthy, yeasty and Light wine. Finnish semi-sweet with a malty linger. Medium body and smooth, lightly fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of ASoftMachineMan
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised the Bros rated it so low. Maybe North Coast got their game together after the Bros did their review, or maybe not.

Look: Poured from 12 fl oz. bottle to snifter. The pour is a dark amber that forms a dark, nearly opaque garnet body. Minimal off-white head quickly dissipates to very, very thin lacing. Visible carbonation in the glass.

Smell: Up front the nose is grainy and malty followed quickly by ripe stone fruit (peaches, apricots, plums). Mild alcohol esters linger in the nostrils.

Taste: Sits somewhere between a dubbel and a strong dark ale in terms of flavor profile which follows the nose with ripe apricot and plum as well as sweet malt and a little bit of spicy alcohol. Lingering bitter notes of peach pit on the back of the tongue.

Feel: Relatively heavy, syrupy body which is lightened considerably by the carbonation, but still big enough to coat the tongue and sit there for a good minute.

Overall: While not my favorite Belgian-style ale, Brother Thelonius is a nice sipping beer for a rainy day or while listening to a good jazz vinyl.

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Photo of Cascade24
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SeymourDunn
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MykeJ
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Iski100
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tKrave
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 3,041 ratings
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