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Brother Thelonious | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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 classixIII
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Red/Deep Brown for- a finger of head that dissapated quickly. Mild aroma mostly malt and dried dark fruits. Definitely a Belgian, just like the aroma malt and dark fruit. Minimal carbonation very creamy to thick. The high ABV provides some warmth but not overpowering. Reminds me of good Christmas Ale - only sweet not spicy.

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Photo of Baumer
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

amber red in color, but one of the muddiest looking beers I've ever had the fortune of viewing. head dissipates pretty quickly with only a minimal film left on the surface. smell is malty, bready, a bit of cinnamon? Not too pronounced, but pleasant. very dark fruity flavor. again, some cinnamon. hard to believe this is almost 10% abv, alcohol is well hidden. the fruit is very strong up front and it lingers. pretty complex. maybe a little unbalanced? medium bodied with a slow finish. taste of fruit stays in your mouth between sips. carbonation dissipates very quickly. Could have used a bit more carb in my opinion. begins to feel syrupy midway through the glass. very warming. a good beer. definitely will knock you over with only a few glasses. I don't think this is one of my favorites, but it is one of the smoother high ABV beers I have ever had. Would I purchase again? yes. definitely a better drink for the winter months as it is very warming.

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Photo of DaveCash
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Picky-when-paying-89
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brother Thelonious:

Clear Auburn pour with a longstanding finger and a half width khaki head. Good lacing that sticks around for the duration of the drink

Malts, almonds, dried fruits, hint of coffee

Bright (acidic), notes of caramel, oats, almonds, with a red winey finish

Thick, sudsy, bright leaving a tingle on the sides of the mouth

Very good beer. Very malty, which follows the style. It doesn't hurt that I love Thelonious Monk. This beer sends his riffs through my minds ear, accidentals and odd times signatures and all.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap at NCBC in Fort Bragg, CA. Another style I am unfamiliar with, but glad to try. Beautiful color. The only thing that sticks out to me was the warmth it brings to my belly!

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebeers
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy-looking ruddy brown with a very thin off-white head that quickly disappears into nothing. Sweet aroma with fig and raisins. This carries to the taste where they mix with some caramel apple, a kiss of alcohol and slight hop bitterness. The taste's a bit yeasty, too. Medium bodied, a bit creamy, with decent carbonation. Nothing out of this world, but there's enough there to keep things interesting.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 08/03/2016. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a dark Amber ruby, with a half finger of sandy, bubbly head that recedes quickly. Not nearly as much carbonation as I would expect. Clear and lighter than I would expect. Not much lacing at all.

S: can smell the malt and phenols from a foot away. But when I put my nose in the glass, they are less pronounced. Turbinado sugar, toasty malt; whole wheat bread; a definite dried fruit character like prunes.

T: unmistakably Belgian in character, but with less roast and less carbonation than I am accustomed to. Arrives bready and malty and then begins to turn sweeter, finishing a bit cloying. Similar profile as on the nose: dark bread, vinous quality, a little floral, finishing raisiny and prune like. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

M: this actually seems a little flat for the style. I think the sweetness is easy to put up with when it's bubbly. Less so when it's like this. Full bodied and creamy. Slick.

O: I like Belgian strong dark ales, but I really need to be in the mood for them, and I don't think I was tonight. That and this one was sweeter, less carbonated, and more lightly roasted than I prefer. It's good, but does not live up to its namesake.

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Photo of Bigbens42
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pixarnick
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brandonvlansdown
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewh995
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Despite some negativity towards this beer, it's easily one of my favorites. I have no other BSDAs to compare it to which may be why, but man I love this beer.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.79/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From notes taken 02/14/17:

I meant to check at the time, but this was probably at least a year old, so aging might have significantly impacted my tasting.

Deep caramel brown appearance. Orange tinted ruby, spiced bourbon. Fine chunks but these seem to stay close to the head. Creamy, fine-bubbled head of light golden brown, no more than a finger with weak but retention but lingering as a film. Extreme plum, booze, and paint thinner, a little bit of berry in my nostrils. Exquisite palate of dark chocolate, plums, rye bread, toffee, ferrous tartness, and brown spirits. All of this lingers in the finish but faint peppercorn and other non distinct herbs and spices rear their heads. Full in body, medium levels of small velvety prickles. Heat hides itself well, but at almost 10% you can still find it, primarily in the throat.

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Photo of ManWithNoName
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thedifferencemaker
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of gefinley
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacob17
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another fancy cage and cork affair. 750 ML of Bottled Bebop.
While sipping, listened to Monk's "In walked bud", and others from Live at the Five Spot.
Poured into a big mouth wine glass.

L Amber, brownish-orange to ruby, with a thin head, which soon vanishes. Steady bubble streams
S dry malt with fruit, raisins foremost
Taste follows the nose, and is to be slowly savored! The alcohol strikes with a swift,crisp throat burn that quickly mellows.
The Feel is a lingering splash of fruits on the dry mouth's roof, while the bold booze begins to swim rather subtle; beware, a quarter way through, and this strong stuff becomes sneaky!
Overall quite enjoyable, a classy change of pace, in any case.

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Photo of 8BaconBits
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 3,053 ratings
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