Brother Thelonious
North Coast Brewing Co.

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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #121
Ranked #19,205
3.82 | pDev: 13.09%
Feb 17, 2024
May 04, 2006
"Vital Statistics

Style: Belgian Style Strong Dark
Color: Dark mahogany
ABV: 9.4%
Bitterness: 32 IBU's"
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Ratings by Daniel_Mott:
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Rated by Daniel_Mott from Sweden

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 27, 2024
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.89 by robotic_being from Illinois

Feb 17, 2024
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce bottle poured into a Spiegelau wheat beer glass.

L: Cloudy dark caramel brown, lively pour creamy khaki head has moderate retention and leaves lace.
S: Belgian yeast, candied sugars, dark fruit and chocolate.
T: Malt forward and rich, dark sugar, mild alcohol, light spice, has a slight raisin like tanginess, hints of tobacco, opens sweet but sharpens by the finish.
F: Creamy viscous feel, carbonation is fairly low.
O: Really nice glass of beer.
Feb 16, 2024
Rated: 4.03 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Jan 27, 2024
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Reviewed by OldJoeHam from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Bottle into tulip. On my second try I'm finding this beer decent I guess, but disappointing for Northcoast. Dark pour. Tan head dissipates rapidly. A bit fruity to the nose, vaguely sweet with a bit of a bitter chemical finish. The abv is well disguised. Would not reach for it again. Would try it on tap as maybe my bottles have suffered in some way. Others seem to have better luck
Jan 27, 2024
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Reviewed by CBlack85 from South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip

The beer pours a muddy brown with about a fingers worth of tan head that recedes slowly leaving behind a small amount of lacing.

The aroma is sweet with dark fruit, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and a nice yeastiness.

Taste is similar to the nose; sweet with dark fruit, raisins, molasses, caramel, yeast and a nice earthiness. Medium bodied and mild carbonation, lingering aftertaste with a slightly dry fiinish.

Overall this is a very nice beer, and it is one that I would love to revisit
Jan 15, 2024
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Rated by rphbrew from Florida

4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Goes well with asian cuisine.
Dec 17, 2023
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
From a 12oz bottle, no date stamp found. Served in a spiegelau ba tulip glass. Recommended serving temperature 55° - probably a little too cold so I’m letting it sit for a few.

Pours a dark plum-brown with garnet highlights. A scant finger of cream-colored foam quickly fades back to a creamy, big-bubbled cap and collar, and a briefly rousable sheet of sudsy lacing.

Nose is earthy and floral with contrasting but complimentary aromas of raisins, carnations, tobacco and vanilla.

Taste is malty-thick, dense and creamy. Tasting fruitcake - thick, liquified fruitcake - cream, tobacco and a sort of pepperminty hop-tingly sensation in lieu of any substantial bitterness. There’s a slight roasted malt character and I can taste brettanomyces, stronger on the back end but still not a defining quality here.

Feel is thick and creamy with fine, bright, vigorous carbonation. Very little sense of the stated 9.4% abv.

Overall, super enjoyable and probably a little underrated really. It makes me question why I spend so much time chasing IPA’s. If this is the sort of thing monks get to drink all day, it makes me question why I’m not a monk. (For the record, I know that we’re talking about the jazz pianist, not actual Benedictines, or whatever).
Dec 02, 2023
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a goblet: color is amber, not transparent, head is light tan with fine bubbles and presents less than one finger thick, some spotty lacing remains with a thin top.

Smell is sweet dried fruit, raisin, plum, brown sugar, caramel malt, yeast phenolics and esters, wonderful.

Taste is similar with forward aged/dried fruit, raisin, plum, caramel barley malt, yeast esters with clove notable, earthy dried hops; no real alcohol booziness.

Mouthfeel is lower carbonation, moderate sweetness, low bitterness, sweet lingering feel; enough sweetness to counter alcohol drying.

Overall a great belgian dark strong ale - sweetness, light tart fruitines, aged fruit, yeast esters/phenolics, and hidden booziness.
Nov 14, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Nov 10, 2023
Rated: 3.83 by Iggy88 from Ohio

Nov 07, 2023
Rated: 4.8 by superwho24 from Arkansas

Sep 16, 2023
Rated: 3.89 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Sep 09, 2023
Rated: 4.38 by cbuzz24 from Mississippi

Aug 12, 2023
Rated: 4.15 by MadMadMike from France

Jul 31, 2023
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Reviewed by Grax from Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Aroma of bubblegum, peppermint, malt. Body is a fresh wave of just that, with spices, banana, and rumcake dominating with a lingering aftertaste of bubblegum. Not bad
Jul 20, 2023
Rated: 4.31 by RockyM72 from Florida

Jun 29, 2023
Rated: 4.4 by Beecham from California

Jun 01, 2023
Rated: 4.15 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

May 26, 2023
Rated: 4 by heymikew from California

May 21, 2023