Brother Thelonious | North Coast Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
85
very good
3,021 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay
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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:
3,021
Reviews:
1,057
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
13.19%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
633
For Trade:
8
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

meh. It's okay. In the same category as Chimay blue, my fave beer - bar is set high.

Sweet. Loses carbonation quickly. No head retention. Not bad, but not a Chimay, and any random DFH is better.

Purchased at a beer store when out of town ... store with better selection than when at home, so I went a little crazy since they were using shelf liners from another site. (RB) See that this beer is rated 97 there, 80 on BA - a lesson in taking time and rating beers correctly before I buy. :-|

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Photo of Etan
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 25.4oz corked bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a deep purplish brown with a large, red-tinged beige head. Head calms down quickly but leaves a small tuft of foam on top. Almost no lacing.

S: Strong nose of molasses, brown sugar, raisins, mushy dried prunes, rum-like alcohol, dark bread.

T: Not very complex, but quite pleasing. Fresh green raisins held aloft by smooth, bready yeast. Slight banana, dusting of brown sugar, subtle fruity alcohol. Big yeast flavor in the finish, along with lingering raisin and rum notes. Some roastiness comes out as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with the usual coarse Belgian-style carbonation frothing in the mouth.

O: Not as complex as it should be, but relatively satisfying and smooth. A must have for raisin fans.

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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a darked brown, without a lot of foam. The aroma is not too strong, which turns out to be not terribly surprising as this is a fairly sweet beer. There is a slight bitterness which tends more towards the charred malt side than the hoppy side, there is no obvious hoppiness, perhaps some to cut the sweetness of the malt. This is actually a very drinkable beer, and goes down very easily, but in my opinion the balance is just a little off.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a generic goblet at the Yardhouse in downtown Los Angeles, California. Cost was $6.50. Expectations were above average given the brewery.

A: Pours a 2.-2.5 finger head of nice cream, good thickness, very light tan tinges, and great retention. Colour is a very dark red; nontransparent.

Sm: Dry cherries, yeast, light caramelized malt, dry (dead?) yeast, and perhaps nuts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Dry fruit - likely cherry and/or raspberry. Some caramelized malt. Maybe some plum? The malts are dryer than I'd expect - maybe biscuit malt or very light roast. The fruit character isn't rounded, but rather stagnant and one-dimensional. The finish is problematic, with a relative emptiness of flavour in comparison to the remainder of the beer. Balanced, but a bit timid with its flavours. I wouldn't call it subtle. Built pretty well.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but with obligatory dryness to let the flavours come through. This lends it character, but may be unmotivated. Not too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Drinkable - especially for the ABV. Good quality. I'd have it again at a better pirce. The problematic finish prevents it from earning a B rating.

B-

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Spec's in Round Rock.

Was marked a "97" by Rate Beer on the pricetag in the cooler...97 out of 150?

A decent look, poured a dark brown with a big head that did not last. Very spotty lacing.

Getting that familar Belgian, bubblegum, fermentation scent. Not bad, but not blowing me away.

Wow, huge fermentation flavor...and a metal after taste to boot. What happened? Flavor mellows a bit as it warms, but way too many better options out there if you need a Belgian fix.

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4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with a friend as a gift at Local Taphouse in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured dark amber with some haze. Mild carbonation and a one finger light brown head. No lace and mild retention.

S - Tons of dark fruit, yeast and sugar. Very inviting.

T - Sugars and lot's of dark fruit with a little yeast.

M - Mild carbonation, full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - A pretty delicious BSDA. Nice flavours and fairly complex with far too much drinkability for it's strength.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 3,021 ratings.
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