Brother Thelonious | North Coast Brewing Co.

very good
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Brother TheloniousBrother Thelonious

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

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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5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of wpqx
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok I'm going to start by saying this might be my favorite beer ever. So the rest of what I say should be taken with a grain of salt.

I originally tried this beer simply because it was named after Thelonious Monk. After one sip I was immediately hooked, and several bottles later it only reaffirms my love of this beverage.

A pronounced and bold flavor that has hints of caramel, figs, and toffee with a large alcohol bite. To me this beer has layers of flavor and each sip seems to reveal another depth to the beer. I wouldn't just put this above all other Belgian style beers, but all beers period. This is not a mellow beer by any means, it is a reach out and grab you by the jugular beverage.

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Absolutely delicious. Lead my to brew a Dark Belgian for the first time

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.97/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

North Coast Brewing Brother Thelonious !!!

This is my favorite of all time and i cant believe that i never reviewed it.

A= a ruby brown hue

S= heavenly, hazle nuts, coffee, toffee, malty

MF= medium bodied



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Photo of musicman575
4.97/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How would one explain a beer like this to a person who only drinks Bud Light? Seriously, I feel like all my old college bros need to wake up and smell the craft brew, but they'd surely call me a p***y for what I am about to write.

Brother Theolonius is comparable to the same brewer's Pranqster as New Belgium's 2 Below is to Fat Tire - it is mostly just a stronger version with more of the good stuff. The malts have a honey-like quality and are quite aromatic. The alcohol content will surely give you a warm feeling. This is one of the best beers I have ever enjoyed.

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Photo of blackjack000
4.94/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours as a beautiful, dark overripe apricot color. Sits in the glass like a radiant chocolate brown wit fieriness at the edges. The head is a creamy milk and coffee color, with fine bubbles, and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: Ripe peaches and apricot bathed in melted sugar immediately comes forward. A bit of spiciness lingers up on a trail of sweet alcohol.

Taste/Feel: Soft and sweet apricot on the verge of rotting. The alcohol content gives it a zesty and spicy kick and complements the heavy fruit and thick, sweet malt. The sugariness and fruitiness give the feeling of candied yams. Well balanced with a sour grassiness and young pine needles.

Aftertaste: The sweet maltiness lingers and coats the tongue in a heavy and sticky way. The fruitiness sits and becomes a sour pine woodiness.

Drinkability: Warming and sweet. Heavy hitting and sticky. This is beer is incredibly enjoyable. An excellent beer, because every sip is vibrant and full of taste.

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4.92/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chilled Glass
Pours a dark ruby color
Tiny head that goes away quickly and leaves a nice lacing around the glass
Smells wonderful and of dark fruits
Strong fig taste and slightly hoppy near the end.
Great beer, drinkabliity is exceptional.
I recommend picking one up if you can find it.

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4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved everything about this beer

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4.87/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: translucent brown red with a persistent residual head and beautiful lacing
Nose: dark fruits, notes of chocolate, rum and whisky, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, burnt toast and light smoke

Taste: sweet dark fruits, alcohol and caramel, with a strong bitter finish

Overall: super impressed, this beer is greatly under rated for how unique its flavors are; would pair perfectly with a soft pretzel and a variety of mustards

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4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out of the bottle a dark, muddy brown with a huge, mocha head. The head explodes with bubbles constantly as it falls, taking its sweet time down. It hangs to the side of the glass, refusing to ever let go.

Big cherry and cedar scents in this. Pears, grapes, raisins, dates and almonds come through. A nice, fruity tone with bits of earthiness rounding out the aroma.

Everything in the taste comes out just as fresh as in the nose with a little bit of hops and alcohol adding any missing pieces you may have thought were there. Perfect taste.

The body is smooth with a little bit of a carbonation kicking its way to your brain. It really sits well in your mouth as you let the flavors develop and surface. This really is so tasty, so crisp and refreshing. You must take your time with one of these. So much goodness.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 3,030 ratings.
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