Brother Thelonious | North Coast Brewing Co.

Brother TheloniousBrother Thelonious
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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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Photo of TheFishmonger
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brother Thelonious begins with the familiar champagne ritual - untwisting the wire bail, edging the cork out a millimeter at a time until it comes free with a pop. The head is voluminous and creamy, but quickly subsides into a narrow, persistent band. The scent and flavor are matched. There is a touch of an alcohol bite, but not much considering the ABV. Then, a flood of raisin and prune, sweet and malty. I am very much reminded of the Corsendonk Christmas Ale. Since I haven't been able to find that around here the past few years, Brother Thelonius is a welcome addition!

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Photo of dbvidmar
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Jparker37
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into an oversized tulip

A - One finger of caramel colored head. Very hazy brown color with red highlights. Left a little bit of lacing along the glass.

S - I'm getting some caramel and chocolate malts. I enjoy the spicy clove phenolics and the way they mesh with some darker molasses notes.

T - Great rich chocolate malts right up front show complexity with a nice red fruit quality. Half way through the earthy hops show up with a little bit of some bite to them. The hops and alcohol finish the taste, complementing nicely.

M - Medium-full bodied, Semi-dry, Moderate carbonation.

O - Good complexity in the nose and great complexity on the tongue, I enjoyed that it stayed away from a big sweet profile yet still being full bodied.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big bottle from Tipples in Gainesville. Pouring lighter than expected, a light brownish red hue, with one finger off white head. This one smells of alcohol and a good bit of molasses and a hint of spicey fruit. The alcohol taste overwhelms the flavor. There are some dark fruits in the background of the booze, some spicy yeast. But mostly this has an astringent alcohol burn that covers the other flavors. Strange for something that's only 9%. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation, but maybe it needs to be aged. Could use some work here.

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Photo of SGDJosh
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at Sweet Grass Dairy on 9/18:

A - Pours reddish brown with a 1.5 finger head on top which dissipates into light lacing on top.

S - Lots of candied fruits, malts, yeast...

T - Lots of figs, raisins, Brandy notes, little bit of bread with a nutty finish.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

O - Good beer but I feel like it needed more carbonation. It was heavy, sweet, and rich but needed something to cut though that.

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Photo of feralcow
1/5  rDev -73.7%

Photo of abex44
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jar66su
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of DrunkenMonk
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of kbrown
1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

Photo of Blackwolf
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into oversized wineglass

A- Poured a red/brown murky body with a tan head, which held very little retention. No lacing on the glass either.

S- Dark fruits, yeast (and a lot of it), some brown sugar, a little bit of caramel and roasted malt. There is also a heavy note of alcohol in it too. Very powerful aroma, but I am not too sure if I like that.

T- Sweet roasted malt, caramelized sugar, dark fruit, lots of funky yeast and tons of alcohol. Again, a bit overwhelming, but manageable.

MF- medium body, medium carbonation, sticky... Very bittersweet flavoring left on the palate, and some warming effect. For a belgian, I would expect more.

O- I really like Northcoast, but I have to admit, this was not very impressive or well balanced to me. So many things could be different about this belgian, but it is a manageable beer. Personally, for the style, I doubt I would make my rounds to this again.

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Photo of BigLittleHokis
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of grumpygerman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mschind
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Meager head, not much retention. Nice dark reddish brown color, good clarity.

S- Sweet bready malt, ripe fruit, Blegian yeast and some alcohol.

T- The sweetness is more sugary than malty and the finish is a bit metallic. Not very well balanced.

M- Too thin for a strong ale, low carbonation for the style.

O- A sweet tasting beer with a Belgian profile but a bit too cloying for my taste.

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Photo of Thomas_Picton
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bezakjon
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of beergoot
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, clear amber-orange body capped with a rich, creamy head. Orange, lemon, and dark fruits (figs, prunes, and dates) sweetly greet the nose. Smooth, malt flavor overall, ending with a nice combination of alcohol heat and bitterness. Soft mouthfeel created by rich malt sweetness and fine carbonation.

A nicely balanced, richly complex example of this style. Very tasty if you are in search of a malt-forward beer with a decent alcohol kick.

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Photo of Yesdog
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of acevenom
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce version purchased as a single.

Poured into a goblet. Pours opaque dark caramel brown with a quickly dissipating two-finger length eggshell colored head. The aromas are typical for a strong Belgian ale. I detect the fruity bubblegum type aromas from the yeast, some sweetness, and some malt. The alcohol does have a strong presence in the aroma. The taste up front has all the characteristics you'd expect from a good Belgian dark ale. There's some darker malt flavors with caramel and dark fruits. Then I get that alcohol kick right afterwards that overrides quite a bit of those flavors. That's a bit disappointing because I wanted to really taste the other stuff that was happening here. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. This is a good beer, but could have been better if the alcohol flavors were masked better.

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Photo of ryko
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SciFritz
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Tech_Savy
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of simpleman
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of rfreed
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mmilyko
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 66.7% out of 100 with 3,037 ratings
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