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:
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Ratings:
3,070
pDev:
13.16%
Bros Score:
3
 
 
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Photo of OldSmaug
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tillmac62
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich dark amber that turns a deep rich garnet in bright light. Outstanding head volume with very good retention and normal lacing.

A good nose that lacks a bit of intensity. The base is bready malt with a hint of caramel that is surprisingly light. Consequently, it comes across as subtly sweet. Some dark fruit is present - plum and raisin with a hint of prune.

Light full bodied with a creamy texture that almost coats the tongue. The carbonation / body balance is outstanding. The middle is moderately effervescent while the finish ramps it up to prickly.

The flavor profile is very good. Surprisingly, there is very little sweetness. The middle is almost neutral with a bit a sweetness in the second half. Alcohol is very well hidden with just a touch of alcohol flavor and astringency in the finish. Like the nose, the dark fruit flavors inherent to the style are a bit muted. Separation is a bit lacking with very little happening until the second half. Then you can get some plum to rise above the blend. Towards the finish raisin creeps out and finishes as prune into the lingering finish.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 3,070 ratings