Brother Thelonious | North Coast Brewing Co.

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85
very good
3,030 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,030
Reviews:
1,060
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
13.19%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
638
For Trade:
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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle.

A: Malty and grainy upfront, coupled with fruit, caramel, light spice, and mild esters

A: Dark reddish-brown color, clear, with an off-white head that quickly recedes into the glass.

T: Dark fruit character, with caramel malt, sweet, coupled with a light brown sugar note, followed by a slightly earthy and almost light wine note, with a semi-sweet finish.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; the beer has an enjoyable malty character with a fruity estery quality. While perhaps not the most traditional Belgian Strong Dark Ale, I've ever had it's still pretty tasty.

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Photo of _nickg_
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zstamper
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdwhitney
4.64/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CMC73
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jhigham2
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blackop555
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark reddish-brown. Short, Foamy, Tan had that Fades slowly to a lasting cap.

Smells malt, fruit, caramel, light spice.

Taste sweet dark fruit, caramel malt, lightly Nutty, Brown Sugar. Followed by earthy, yeasty and Light wine. Finnish semi-sweet with a malty linger. Medium body and smooth, lightly fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of ASoftMachineMan
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised the Bros rated it so low. Maybe North Coast got their game together after the Bros did their review, or maybe not.

Look: Poured from 12 fl oz. bottle to snifter. The pour is a dark amber that forms a dark, nearly opaque garnet body. Minimal off-white head quickly dissipates to very, very thin lacing. Visible carbonation in the glass.

Smell: Up front the nose is grainy and malty followed quickly by ripe stone fruit (peaches, apricots, plums). Mild alcohol esters linger in the nostrils.

Taste: Sits somewhere between a dubbel and a strong dark ale in terms of flavor profile which follows the nose with ripe apricot and plum as well as sweet malt and a little bit of spicy alcohol. Lingering bitter notes of peach pit on the back of the tongue.

Feel: Relatively heavy, syrupy body which is lightened considerably by the carbonation, but still big enough to coat the tongue and sit there for a good minute.

Overall: While not my favorite Belgian-style ale, Brother Thelonius is a nice sipping beer for a rainy day or while listening to a good jazz vinyl.

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Photo of Cascade24
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SeymourDunn
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MykeJ
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Iski100
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tKrave
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dwagner003
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice golden orange to brown color with a nice one finger white foamy head that died at a decent pace and ended up leaving a decent sticky lacing in rings. The smell was a nice sweet yet an inviting somewhat Belgian spiciness of sorts invading my nose. The taste is sweet and spicy with an inviting yeasty breadiness surrounding the flavors. There is a nice sweet yeasty aftertaste with an iviting dry spicy sweet finish. On the palate, this one delicately sits about a medium and has a decent carbonation running about my mouth and tongue to tell me there’s a decent sessionability about it. Overall, I say this is a nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale as everything fits nicely for this beer.

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Photo of probert
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GOBLIN
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Calabash
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlyciaJ
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of sjdevel
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark reddish copper in color with a 1 finger head. Tried to pour harder to increase the head, but couldn't get more out of it. The head recedes quickly - some lacing , but really flattens out.
Smell: Belgian yeast, plum, grape, and caramel.
Taste: Some tartness upfront. Ripe fruity flavors swirl around - plum, fig, raisin, etc. Strong rich sweetness blasts through. Heavy and syrupy, molasses and natural raw sugar. Some tobacco-like hints and charred oak and nuts. Definitely taste the alcohol in this one - slight burn. Belgian yeast evident. Some decent spice flavors.
Feel: Too thin for style. Medium / low end. Hoped for more. Gets flat half-way through the drinking experience.
Overall: Great flavor - not quite like "top shelf" Belgian Darks though (Bulden Draake being one of my favorites). But really drinkable. Bought as a single, but possibly would buy a 4-pack of it.

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Photo of Calraven
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSexLove
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah....a tasty beer that was enhanced by the presentation. I'm a big Monk fan so I don't think I could allow myself to find too much fault with it. Yes, a label will lure me to surrender my cash, in this case I felt I got my money's worth and some of the proceeds go to The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz....it's a win win!

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Photo of Casey_L
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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