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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a single 750mL bottle of this from Woodman’s in Janesville, WI.

Pours a dark amber color with a slight light brown head. Scent is mild with hibiscus, yeast, banana, and floral tones. The taste is bold and rich! Very well blended where it tastes so good yet it is difficult to pick out individual elements. Yeast, sugars, and floral tones are evident though. Smooth, tasty, and delicious, but with this size bottle I wish I had a beer buddy to share with…then again maybe not.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle and into a glass.

A: Dark color. Pretty large head that dissipates slowly leaving fine lacing on the side.

S: Strong spicy notes with dark fruits in the immediate background.

T: The spices come through more on the palate than the dark fruit. It is very good but would be a bit better if balanced more delicately like the smell.

MF: It has a medium mouthfeel. A heavier mouthfeel would probably help support the beer a bit better.

O: Overall all a very good beer. It has a few areas where it could improve but has many things to offer.

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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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3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The folks at 775 Gastropub seem to dig this one a lot. I, on the other hand, do not. There's nothign particularly appealing about this beer other than the cool inspiration behind it. The head dissolves instantly, the flavor is sort of bland and the tastes that stand out aren't very good. North Coast can do better.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a dark reddish brown pour with a nice amount of head for the high abv/style. smells of dark fruits (plums, cherries, fig) toasted grains, nuts, banana. tastes like banana bread at first. very boozy.. nutty, sweet, slight sourness .. slightly fruity. moderate carbonation.. medium body but a bit light for the style. warming sensation from the abv content.

overall, this is an average abbey style ale.. the smell was a bit different than the taste which was off putting since i was expecting a nice fruity subtle drink. it was harsh and boozy, and all of the flavors blended together and hid behind the alcohol taste.

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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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"We have two kids, my wife and myself." - Thelonius Monnk

A Christmas gift from my cousin.

Pours butterscotch brown but sits dark oxblood in my glass. Bright, clear ruby red when held to light. No lace but stubborn retention that sits around for all my imbibing and pontification.

Black cherry syrup and Celestial Seasonings Mandarin orange spice tea aroma.

Black cherry syrup and orange peel with dark toasty bread and herbal tea spice. Gentle mouthfeel but doesn't have much back end. After some aging it's not hot but it certainly tastes alcoholic.

A Belgian masterpiece it's not. Still pretty good though. Thanks Mason.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 3,011 ratings.
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