Brother Thelonious | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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 IPA1978
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is about $14 a four pack but I picked a couple up from the mix and match at Hyvee, they usually have a good selection.

A- poured the color of brown sugar with clarity (no haze weird for a Belgian?)

S- smells of toffee, molasses, vanilla with a slight yeast funk

T- taste of dark fruit, raisins, toffee, vanilla and Belgian yeast. No detectible hop flavor other than slight bitterness at the end. Odd dark fruit predominates the flavor here, when cold slight alcohol flavor but as it warms the alcohol makes itself known very quickly.

M- for this kind of ABV, its a surprising medium body.

O- when I first cracked this baby the smell was promising... but that was the bright spot. A slightly above average Dubbel but as it warms up the flavor doesn't hold up to the alcohol. Not at all worth 14 bucks a four pack but definitely worth a shot on tap or from a mix and match.

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Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear, dark and reddish, with a smallish but durable tan head. It has a very fruity and somewhat yeasty aroma that would let it pass as a true Belgian beer. There is plenty of fruit in the flavor as well, and this trait extends into the finish and aftertaste. Both dark fruits (dates, raisins) and a slight bit of banana make an appearance. The taste seems less than perfectly balanced, with too much sweetness up front despite a bit of sour and bitter in the finish. The alcohol is fairly well hidden if cold enough, but becomes more and more evident with warming, especially in the nose. The aroma and, more so, the flavor, reflects some spicing; although these have been added in pretty good moderation, the beer is still a tad spicier than I prefer.

M: medium+ body; some smooth feel, yet with a bit of a tongue bite ... partly from the high ABV, no doubt.

O: A respectable U.S. version of the style, but far short of the best Belgians. More similar to a barleywine than your typical Belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of iohann
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Cyrano41
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was a cold night by the fire, poured into a goblet from the bottle. Very dark brown with moderate head and lacing. The aroma was sweet, raisins and cinnamon maybe, overripe fruit but in a good way. The taste was heavy, but smooth with clean finish. I personally didn't pick up on the alchol bite when I was drinking it, but it snuck up on me by the bottom of the glass! I recommend it, but not a world beater. And remember it's a bit stonger than the average beer!

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Photo of videofrog
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges. Tall, light beige head that crackles and pops its way down the glass quickly.

S: Raisins, bread, alcohol.

T: Alcoholic bite is a little stronger than I'd like. I can only pick out the Belgian yeast in the aftertaste. Caramel and bready flavors are on par with the style.

M: A bit overcarbonated. Body is medium.

O: There are more readily available, and better IMHO, of this style. That being said, a solid representation of the style, albeit spicy. Maybe some aging would help tone down the alcohol.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at Fiddlehead Farms in Dover, NH. Pours a crystal-clear copper-brown with a good inch or so of khaki-colored head. Smells fruity with caramel and nutty notes. Fruity and spicy, with distinct caramel, toffee, chocolate, and nut notes playing fairly equal roles. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Pretty tasty - balanced and robust without being in your face. A little less dry than many versions I've had, but I don't mind that in the slightest. Excellent.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
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