Brother Thelonious
North Coast Brewing Co.

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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #133
Ranked #20,152
3.82 | pDev: 13.09%
Mar 21, 2023
May 04, 2006
Very Good
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Notes: "Vital Statistics

Style: Belgian Style Strong Dark
Color: Dark mahogany
ABV: 9.4%
Bitterness: 32 IBU's"
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Reviewed by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A beautiful copper red body with a thin whitish tan head emerged. The nose is fragrant; cherry, peach, honey, and caramel notes. A taste expands those flavors, with cherry being dominant, a nice balance of sweet and sour, with citrus and subdued hops added to the palette. Lacing is scant, carbonation light but present enough. The feel is a touch sticky, but neither unpleasant nor unexpected for a 9.4 ABV abbey ale. Overall, this is a fine beer, with no discernible flaws. A pleasure to drink for the first time, as it will be in the future.
Mar 21, 2023
Rated: 4.39 by rpmello81 from California

Mar 18, 2023
Rated: 3.76 by Danzifer from Ohio

Jan 12, 2023
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Reviewed by cmb

3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Agree with most of the recent reviews. Creamy, medium body. Dark mahogany color. Slightly sweet, a little more bitter than I prefer, but would definitely drink it again. First time having a Belgian Style Strong Dark ale.
Jan 09, 2023
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz. bottle with a 2022 date. Cool label design with Monk.

Clear cherrywood color with 1 cm cream colored head. Surface ring with thin continents. Faint lacing.
Light clove, cherry, cream pie aromas.
Fig, ginger, dark chocolate, pie cherry, caramel, clove flavors.
Smooth rich feel with light hop zing. Lightly carbonated.
One of the best US abbey ales.
Dec 10, 2022
Rated: 4.67 by Zoman

Nov 25, 2022
Rated: 4.59 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

Nov 24, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Aug 19, 2022
Rated: 3.84 by KT3418 from Colorado

Jul 20, 2022
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From a 12oz bottle. Caramel brown color with a thin layer of light brown head. Honey and raisin smell. Medium body. Rich caramel malt with some honey and cloves and a light touch of hops. Nice, and true to style.
Jul 15, 2022
Rated: 4.57 by JFun51

Jul 06, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by glinia from Washington

Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 4.07 by bendukes86 from South Carolina

Jun 29, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by LukeCov49

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Overall: Don’t get me wrong a very enjoyable beer. A little bit sweeter than what I’d want for a dark/brown ale. Loved the flavors overall though and was really proud with how well my tasting notes matched other reviews on this beer. Maybe a good one for a beginner like me to learn from?

L: pours fairly red with some browner notes. Very dark in color, but not a deep red. Clear without any haze or floating particles. About a finger of sand colored foam, fairly rocky with some bigger bubbles, but mostly a uniform small bubble. Low lacing and head retention. If paired into a steamed glass would absolutely look like a slightly lighter red wine.

S: heavy cherry on the nose with some malt after. Sweet molasses and spice. Lightly berry like. Sweet smelling.

T: sweeter than expected, but still within a normal range for darker/brown ales in my opinion. Still very cherry focused like the nose, malty and some very nice dark chocolate, bitter notes on the finish. As the beer warmed up I got quite a bit of coriander on the finish.

F: nice mild zing of carbonation on the tongue. Nice weight, more syrupy than creamy, but a good consistency. Bitter, astringent and warming finish.
Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Magnificent array of plum, candied sugar, brown sugar, toffee, cream, baking spices tickling notes of nutmeg and allspice. It sends you into late fall and early winter with each sip. Faint glimpses of peppercorn and coriander come out as it warms. Very mild bittering hops amidst. Mouthfeel is just right.

What a great beer. Has this ever been barrel aged? If so I NEED it.
Mar 09, 2022
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Reviewed by psruss from Maryland

4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Purchased 4 pack of bottles from Foundry Wines & Spirits in Owings Mills, MD. Very good double abbey ale. Somewhat expected lower IBU of 32. Solid ABV of 9.4% for the Belgian Ale. Brother Thelonious Thelonius named for jazz great Thelonius Monk supports the Monk Institute of Jazz. Not overly cloying, which can happen with Belgians of this ABV content. Has the usual Belgian notes of caramel, vanilla, Probably could have drank it out of a more classic glass for this type of beer.
Feb 20, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by Craftbeerfan666 from Norway

Feb 04, 2022
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Reviewed by ivanbrew

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Amazing rubi amber color with sweet cherry aroma and high carbonation! Also finishes clean with a nice pine cone bitterness love this beer and I am not even a fan of amber beers cheers!!
Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle. Deep brown. Smells of dark fruit, bubble gum, light clove spice. Tastes of bubble gum and fruity yeast flavors. A little brown bread. A little sweet. Medium body. Almost too fruity and yeasty, but still good.
Jan 30, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Jan 18, 2022
Rated: 3.86 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Jan 08, 2022
Rated: 4.47 by AltonWayne58 from Texas

Jan 08, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Mahogany appearance; small, off white head and a fair amount of lacing. Sweet malt aroma, ripe fruit, occasional sour note, even a hint of leather. Taste had a vinous quality, with flavors of molasses, vanilla, grapes and raisins. Warming alcohol mouthfeel; decently carbonated with a lingering finish.
Jan 06, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Dec 29, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by jslywiak from California

Dec 22, 2021
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a gorgeous clear raspberry-bronze color with a substantial pale tan head that quickly reduces to a skim. Initial impression is molasses, dark fruits, malt, spiced rum, and a touch of hops bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium and clean, with significant carbonation. Finish fades to a very slight bitterness. Overall, a quite enjoyable and eminently drinkable ale.
Nov 24, 2021
Rated: 4.04 by irishevans from California

Nov 16, 2021
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Reviewed by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Look: Poured a clear bronze with a white head that vaporized to a thin ring around the edge inn the blink of an eye. The lace is quick to join back up with the rest of the juice.
Smell and Taste: Malty with dates and raisins. somewhat sweet up front but quite dry on the finish.
Feel: Kinda harsh do to the high level of carbonation.
Overall: Guess I was expecting something more on the line of their Old Stock Ale. This is a fairly decent brew but I've had one . . . Now it's time to move on.
Oct 25, 2021
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Sep 28, 2021
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Served in a flute glass from the bottle.

Appearance: hazy dark amber with an off-white head rising half a finger's length.

Smell: Yeast aroma with a nice light spicy balance hitting the nostrils.

Taste: Complex spicy nutmeg mellowed out with a soup spoon of malt. Yeasty feel

Mouth: Sticky body coming off extra bubbly.

Overall: Great brew. Nice abbey which feels imported. Hard to keep the glass on the table. Salud!
Sep 25, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by QuintusHorace from California

Aug 04, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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
Rated: 4.1 by Rhetion from Florida

Jun 06, 2021
Rated: 3.56 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

May 31, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Teika_Takahashi from California

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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
Rated: 3.7 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Apr 18, 2021
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