Brother Thelonious
North Coast Brewing Co.

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #203
Ranked #20,433
3.84 | pDev: 13.02%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Brother TheloniousBrother Thelonious
Notes: "Vital Statistics

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

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Photo of Pivopijak
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.

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Photo of Marco188
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.

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Photo of entheos
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.

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Photo of Freonicus
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.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
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!

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Photo of pat61
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

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Photo of lastmango
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.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
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.

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Photo of tracycramer
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.

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Photo of SABERG
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

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Photo of EdHinPasadena
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.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
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

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

L: Pours a dark brown color that's almost ruby red around the edges with a three finger khaki head that retains for quite a while.

S: Dark fruits and yeast. Currants, red apples, raisins, yeasty notes of clove, bubblegum, banana and rye bread.

T: Very nice. Follows the nose. Dry and sweet. Quite hoppy and floral. I'm getting mild chocolate, classic belgian yeast and tons of dark red fruits like tamarind, sugarplums, red apples, and raisins. Caramel malt and mild vanilla. Hints of pumpernickel bread.

Things get a little muddy at times, and what I mean by that is that the flavors don't really shine in their own right, they're almost competing against one another as opposed to working hand in hand to create an overall flavor.

F: Silky smooth, mid heavy feel. Moderately carbonated. Boozy at times.

O: Not fantastic, but not bad at all. Would have rated this higher but I agree with other reviewers that this is sort of unrefined and heavy handed for a Belgian strong ale, although I certainly wouldn't turn my nose up at it.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

De Zombier? En copa Grimbergen. Jugando a Inner World. Nariz deliciosa, llena de frutas oscuras. En boca pierden intensidad y el cuerpo resulta algo aguado. A repetir mas fresca

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Photo of twage04
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby with medium carbonation. Taste is a malty sweet flavor with a hint of spicy/fruity belgian yeast. Fun to sip through buy nothing exceptional.

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Photo of eugene17pluto
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer has equal or greater amount of flavor than bourbon barrel aged stout beer and is better than a real trappist beer.

Bought one for friends to try and will be buying more. I wish they had 6 packs instead of just 750ml so I could drink it slowly instead of all at once.

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Photo of PhilCarta
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks quite nice with good color and head but the taste suffers from almost too much phenolic, clove, off-spice flavor. The mouthfeel improved as the bottle drained but there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of SoCAlifer
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I typically hate Belgium's. My pallette favors west coast IPA and Belgium's tend to be too fizzy for me. Good Belgium's have great flavor but they just aren't drinkable for my taste due to the excessive fizz. I received this beer via my local beer club with Tap That. This has been in my fridge for months and I finally decided to open it. Very pleasantly surprised. Not too fizzy, nice flavor profile, good tongue feel. I would recommend for anyone looking for a Belgium that is typically put off by the excessive carbonation.

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Photo of BillzDubbel818
1.58/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

How is this beer getting such good reviews maybe most of them are fake. Well as I am a avid Belgium beer drinker and this is a very poor example doesn't come close to a real triple.First of all it is waaay to sweet felt I was drinking a coke.Also flavor is more on a American hoppy side very poor examplr of a triple compared to say St. Bernardus 8 or 12 not even in the same league..

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

Pours a dark mahogany/raison color with quickly dissipating beige head leaving almost no lacing. Nose is dried stone fruit,candy sugar,spice and yeast . Taste follows more or less.Slightly more bitter than similar Belgian strong darks. A competent version of the style.

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Photo of Jacob_Hargis
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 pint bottle into a chalice glass. No bottle date, served slightly warmed at reccomended 55 F.

Look: pours a dark amber brown topped with a nice frothy khaki cappuccino brown head that renders down to a dissipating head with limited lacing. Nice bit of carbonation bubbling up to the surface.

Smell: sweet caramel, molasses, banana bread, Belgian spice, bit of nutmeg

Taste: notes of raisins, pecans, candied sugar, boozy Belgian yeast character, nice tinge of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth, decent carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall: Rich, boozy, dark, complex, mixed with wonderful flavor and unique character. If I was asked my top 3 of this style (American), Brother Thelonius would be right up there. Not sweet as to be a dessert beer, but rich enough to have post- dinner. Share with a good buddy or a group of friends. This is a delicious beer!

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Photo of jkblr
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle coded 8039031 4 poured into a chalice at just above fridge temp 9.4% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright orange tinted medium brown. The head is light khaki and short lived leaving a fat ring and no lacing. The aroma is brown sugar, raisin, date and sweet bread. The taste is lightly burnt sugar, raisin, pale malt and some peppery yeast. The finish is mostly dry and has medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has above average carbonation. No trace of the alcohol in the nose or taste. Overall, very good. Not sure why this is scored so low in the style.

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

Big bottles are meant to share!

This pours a ruddy raisin amber. Foam lingers. Raisiny fig notes, with a clove and banana gum characteristic. Great effervescence.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 3188 ratings