Brother Thelonious
North Coast Brewing Co.

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #200
Ranked #24,052
3.84 | pDev: 13.02%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: "Vital Statistics

Style: Belgian Style Strong Dark
Color: Dark mahogany
ABV: 9.4%
Bitterness: 32 IBU's"
Reviews: 1,114 | Ratings: 3,228 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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blazerkor from Nevada

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That smells funky, like figs and yeast. It has a depth and sweetness to it.

Up front it's pungent and fruity but bitterness balances that out.

It's medium bodied with medium carbonation. It leaves a funky, fruity but delicious finish.

It's a good Belgian that's very flavorful. Overall I give it a 4.8 out of 6.

Aug 02, 2021
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Teika_Takahashi from California

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Loook: Beautiful. No words can describe. Except these: Reddish amber, clear but dark, foam a bit yellow, persistent foamy head. When I look at it, my desire to drink beer increases. How all beers should be.
Smell: Like your mom made a banana bread loaf and set it on the table to cool, but you being a little shit ripped off a piece of the loaf and then the whole loaf dried out because you let the steam escape you dumb shit. Warm, clove, bready, bananas, malty, and molasses.
Taste: Spiced ale, kinda like rum soaked cake, a bit fruity, cloves, small alcohol taste, a little bitter, molasses.
Feel: a bit dry, creamy af (like dat bussy), not much carbonation, smooth
Overall: I feel like this would be AMAZING with food, however, by itself, it can get a bit too much and at least for me, it gets stuck in my throat a bit. Creamy beers are not my thing and I prefer my beers to be refreshing, but this is not. Would buy again to eat with a nice meal though!

Apr 24, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.4%. Pours very fizzy. Deep copper to mahogany coloured beer, moderate off-white head. Aroma of Belgian ale yeast and brown sugar, some vinous notes. Fizzy mouthfeel. The flavour is malty sweet with strong notes of brown sugar, also some spicy notes, moderate but distinct hops in the finish. The high ABV is noticeable.

Apr 23, 2021
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jettjon from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Color is mahogany with a thick, rich dark brown head that fades fairly quickly down to a collar and a thin cap of lace. Nose is very good: molasses, dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate, a hint of coffee and a pervasive booziness that hints at 9.4% ABV. In the mouth it’s nicely crisp with some cherry and malt sweetness up front, then some dark chocolate/coffee and finally finishing with dry hoppiness and alcoholic burn. Overall very good but not up to the level of some other North Coast offerings I’ve tried. Would try again.

Nov 25, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice dark ruby color with a thin beige head.
S: Smells very sweet like dark fruit, rich malt aromas, aromas of spice, also smells super boozy.
T: Follows the nose, it has a nice sweet flavor of dark fruit & a caramel maltiness accompanied with brown sugar.
F: Medium-bodied, warms as you consume, somewhat thin.
O: A very complex brew well worth the try.

Nov 21, 2020
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Anders91 from California

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: deep ruby red with short cream colored head

Smell: malt, yeast, and a few dark fruit notes

Taste: follows the nose, although far more raisin in the taste than the nose

Feel: smooth with small bubbles

Oct 04, 2020
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nick_perry from North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany color with little to no head. Dark fruit aromas, not too far from a red wine. No discernible yeast character, which is a little disappointing from something supposedly Belgian in style. Notes of figs, cherry, and molasses. Quite boozy. Underlying maltiness supports things adequately, but the beer seems a little too strongly carbonated, which makes everything seem just a bit off. It’s like a weird cross between a Belgian beer, a red wine, and a cherry Coke. It's not terrible for what it is, but I can't say I was expecting it, and I'm not sure I'd run out and buy another anytime soon.

Sep 29, 2020
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DanO1066 from Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Worked my way this last week through a 4pk of 12oz bottles (a "JAN 20" date found on the interior of the carrier - NOT sure of its relevance) picked up at Arundel Spirits, and poured into a thistle (closest thing I have to a goblet/chalice): Nice clear red-brown body briefly topped by a considerable tan head leaving a ring and some pretty lacing. NOT smelling anything. Dark fruit & malts mix. Medium body w/a touch too much carbonation. A solid brew.

Jul 16, 2020
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L-Pours a mahogany colored body with a one finger soupy and fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Ends up to almost nothing on the head within a few minutes.
S- Interesting aroma for sure. Cherry immediately, followed by an almost Dr. Pepper or Cola aroma. I also smell molasses and maple syrup too. Something a little funky on the end too.
T- Cherry and maple syrup up front, apple juice, bread and cracker on the end. Slight bitterness and malty sweet throughout.
F- On the heavier side of medium bodied. Watery finish.
O- A solid American Belgian Strong Dark, but nothing special. Not thoroughly fleshed out in my opinion. Some things about this beer are good and other things are just a little off the mark. The flavors don't mesh totally well, but, it's interesting enough to try. I don't know if I'll have this beer again, though. It just doesn't have that snap that true Belgian strong darks do.

Jul 11, 2020
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bwriley4 from Arkansas

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a tasty and boozy dark Belgian that is best when the weather is cool and you want to Relax with a book in hand. There seems to be a lot of cherry in it. One might think of a boozy Dr. Pepper. The head disappears immediately, leaving only a trail of lace.

Jun 13, 2020
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TerryMills from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as dark and sweet as most Belgian strong beers but a very solid brew .. Have drank lots of times, Idk how I'm just now reviewing it

Apr 10, 2020
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Pivopijak from Washington

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium dense, beige head. Very deep auburn appearance. Toasted caramel & molasses in the aroma. Slightly sharp spiced molasses flavor. Medium bodied.

Mar 31, 2020
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Marco188 from California

3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown to reddish in color

I’ll skip the smell since it doesn’t offer much in terms of flavor to look forward to

Taste is bready with low carbonation. Slight cherry and fig sweetness with some depth you’d find in similar Belgians.

It feels somewhat light so I’d recommend this beer if you’re trying to get your buddy into Belgians and they haven’t liked any of the heavier ones.

Mar 20, 2020
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entheos from California

3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is a strange ale in that I was expecting a solid red but instead experienced a hopped up skid mark. Honestly, I taste burnt rubber amid the inviting intoxication. Very strange.

Mar 13, 2020
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Freonicus from Tennessee

4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Knew this would be good, as North Coast never fails to please. With the outstanding "Pranqster", the always winter faithful "Old Rasputin" and the complex killer "Old Stock", we have a new addition to the family here. Upon first open of a 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass, I was intrigued by the smell. Very strong smell of a bready, wine with strong alcohol nose. Even the pour looked like this would be another wine parading as a beer, but the taste really surprised me. The taste does not match the smell at all. Lots of tamed caramel and bread as you'd expect in a great Belgian, but this tastes really "clean". I don't know how else to explain it other than one of those rare moments when you know you found a high quality beer with very expensive ingredients. This is spectacular. Alcohol, while strong in nose, is incredibly well hidden in the caramel and esters. Will certainly be buying more. Don't miss this one. If you're a fan od Chimay, you'll love this.

Mar 11, 2020
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a handful of reviews here had me worried about buying this but they're just wrong. poured into a tulip from a bottle whose date i'm too lazy to understand. crystal clear dark copper brown/ruby colored brew with a khaki head that quickly faded into the thinnest ring imaginable and nothing else. nose is a lot of figs/raisins/plums, some dark bread, yeast, cloves, brown sugar and more yeast. it's shown more caramel malt goodness as it's warmed, but the dark fruit profile is incredible. the flavor follows suit but leads with a sweet dark bread note, then the almost wine-like red fruits come into play. figs, cherries and a handful of raisins are the stars here. bits of burnt sugars, some spice . as the temperature has changed the balance has been thrown a bit but never overpowering and really nailing it for my tastebuds tonight. pretty close to full bodied here, lots of fizziness in the mouth and the booze keeps mostly at bay, just slightly warming the palate as it goes down. doesn't reach the heights of the original belgian beers but damn is it enjoyable. and cheaper!

Jan 28, 2020
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Armotekma from California

2.41/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Definitely in the minority for this one. It is a bit boozy tasting, but I hardly noticed due to an overwhelming assault of soy sauce. If you can tolerate drinking that, it's probably up your alley.

Jan 26, 2020
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: deep copper brown with a thin light tan cap with poor retention

S: a rich fruity nose with fig, dates, some wine notes, cherry, pepper and spice

T: Cherries, dates, figs, dark sugars and mild malt notes dominate

F: full bodied but not satiating. Mildly warming but the alcohol is very smooth and not hot or harsh.

O: a big elixir that improves as it warms, revealing more flavor and revealing an exquisite balance

Dec 11, 2019
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper brown with a one finger white head that quickly dissipated to a thin film. Slight aroma of yeast, dark fruit and malt. Taste follows the nose with a medium thin body and medium carbonation. The tastes are blended and are hard to discern at times. Tasty. Just not sure if this would be my go to for the style.

Dec 04, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - deep brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind no real lacing.
S - some yeast and malt as well as some dark fruits and caramel, but the smell isn't particularly strong.
T - follows the nose: yeast and malt dominate along with chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, and some spices. Mild alcohol on the back end.
F - medium bodied with a medium about of carbonation. Somewhat syrupy.
O - honestly, not the best Belgian Abbey out there by a long shot. It's not terrible, but as far as the style goes there are many better out there and I honestly was hoping for better from North Coast. The look, feel, and flavors are a little off.

Nov 17, 2019
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tracycramer from Texas

4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delightful. Enjoyed at home with family on 11/8/19.

Light on the sweetness, light on the heaviness, very lightly bitter, lightly fruity on the back end. 10 dollars for 25.4 ounces. Will enjoy this again some day.

Nov 09, 2019
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 12 oz bottle, into the test glass
A - Lovely deep copper color. gently carbonated, a thin ring exists throughout the experience.
S - Raisin, clove, brown sugar, spicy pepper, wonderful yeasty esters.
T - Spicy again, lite touches of brown sugar, dark fruit, tobacco, plum skin.
M - Medium in body a bit sweet, as it should be, avoids any cloying, palate is fully coated, then pleasantly a wash of dry walks in.
Linger delightful
O - A very good Abbey Ale, one worth having on hand

Oct 29, 2019
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EdHinPasadena from California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure about the few less-than-stellar reviews I've read. This isn't Trappiste style, but as a Belgian-style strong, it excels in the craft. I love the look: a dark, amber brown with a medium head and light lacing. The smell is good: a pleasant, pleasing aroma that is malty, noticeably spicy and yeasty as well. The taste is an enjoyable experience in the Belgian-style: the yeast, maltiness and spiciness all stand out, and contribute to make this a great tasting experience. As for the feel, it's smooth, creamy and medium carbonation. Overall, this is a worthy contributor to the Belgian-style craft.

Oct 12, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up in Chicago summer 2018 - imported back to Edmonton to age.
Dark amber pour - mild haze - scant tan head.
Aroma sweet malt, caramel, raisin, dark fruit, with hints of brown sugar and molasses.
Taste of dark fruits, date, raisins, caramel malt, a touch of tart spiciness and Belgian yeast.
Medium full mouthfeel - creamy with brisk steady carbonation but short of being bubbly - very nice.

Sep 20, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Around a medium body with light amount of carbonation. Definitely not as highly carbonated as I expected.
Aroma is malt,subdued spice, some alcohol
Taste was malt forward with a hard to define mix of spice following.
Overall it had a nice feel and the malts were kept in check by the spices which added up to a very decent beer

Aug 26, 2019
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