Brother Thelonious | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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

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Reviews:
1,070
Ratings:
3,065
pDev:
13.16%
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Photo of ajm5108
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby brown, medium creamy head, light carbonation. Aroma is pretty sweet - caramel malt, prune juice, fig & raisin, hint of blackstrap molasses. Solid approximation of the Belgian style - lacks the body (pretty thin) and heart yeast notes, instead focuses on the sweeter flavors - rum raisin, plum, etc...bit of a tomato / vegetable vibe underneath.

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Photo of rarigney
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jesterscf
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer drinks fairly dry with wood, rum and treacle notes. Hints of dark dried fruit. Well aged bottle that held up well. One of my favourite dark strongs

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Photo of johnnyminor
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I really dig North Coast's support of the arts and environment. And their portfolio of beers that 90% of them were around 25 years ago. This is one of them I believe. Pours a dark brown and somewhat cola like pour. Tan head around 1/3". Aroma is a different mixture of spice rack, brown malt, alcohol and dark fruit.

Taste adds a bit of earthy less roasted malt and nuts to the mix. The dark fruit notes seem to be the most prevalent, and I was surprised at the lengths that the bitterness seemed to be so pronounced throughout the entire beer from beginning to end. The alcohol was all over this one too. Raisin and prune are all over this one. Its like a mix of a dark wine and BSDA. Its really not all that thick viscosity and malt wise, this seems to have the majority of its flavor delivery system ran through the yeast, and its plenty expressive.

Nonetheless, while I support the cause, style wise this isn't something I will ever be into.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated 3/2/17.

The beer pours a deep reddish-amber with a short head that left a thick ring and some sticky lacing.

The smell has tons of dark fruits - raisins and plums - with a sweet caramel and a bit of alcohol as well.

The taste is a bit tart, almost wine-like, with a strong raisin presence. It lacks the depth of the smell though. There is a little burnt caramel on the end.

The mouthfeel is medium carbonation and slightly thick.

Overall a nice Belgian but lacks some depth.

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Photo of suzikeith42
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Paul_Andrews
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbundang9
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JR0cker95
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bajdog
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and toasty sipping beer.

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Photo of Thecalmdrinker
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shade1951
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raisins! The very first taste that hits my palate on the first sip. Then maybe prunes... or figs. Smell is subdued - but maybe because I have to let the beer warm up a bit.

A tasty beer! Good winter drinking, especially around the holidays, for those who enjoy the flavor of dark fruit.

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

Photo of Shawn530
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very tasty and pretty strong dark ale. North coast has a true winner with this beer. Very enjoyable on its on or with a yummy pizza

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Photo of Viaduck
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice little pop of the cork & it pours a very pretty ruby red with an impressive light tan head. Lots of little geysers working at the bottom of the glass. Mild aroma of grain & dark fruit. Hint of bitterness , sweetness is lacking. Flavor is raisin, cherry apricot, grain & alcohol. Fairly thick & plenty of carbonation. I think I would love this beer if it were sweeter. One more plus: a donation is made to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz for every bottle sold. Jazz is cool.

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Photo of Goofster
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 3,065 ratings
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