Brother Thelonious | North Coast Brewing Co.

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85
very good
3,017 Ratings
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70
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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:
3,017
Reviews:
1,057
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
13.19%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
630
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 3,017 |  Reviews: 1,057
Photo of TwoBeers
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 3/10/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Purple/red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice khaki head; decent lace.

Banana, plum & mild clove nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Pear flavor up front; apple cider notes on the finish. Plum, banana & mild booze heat emerged as this warmed. Flavorful & quite enjoyable.

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Photo of MickeyHops
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Salinesnake
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

35cl bottle. Dark caramel pour with a medium height tan head and visible carbonation. Notes of caramel, dried fruit, figs, red grapes, a bit of rosemary, prunes, subtle chocolate and a metallic bitterness. Medium body and carbonation and a bitter-sweet finish.

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Photo of Sappyjoker
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A nice two finger head, the lacing was okay, but the FLAVOR was fantastic, with malty and caramel and chocolate tones...Some sweet fig undertones and a tart but fizzing finish (the carbonation on this one is spot on!)... The yeast strain on this one is much better than some other American based breweries making dubbles and quads and brings a wonderful fruitiness to the palate (--nothing to do with the yeast, but a hint of spice clove, pepper and not sure what, at the finish as well). Only thing I am not so sure about is the slightly bitter tart finish. The other thing that lingers is a "sameness" you get from a lot of indie breweries in the water. There is just something off.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle not dated. Poured into tulip glass. It pours a deep ruby-cola color with one finger of foamy, beige head and lacing with excellent retention. It smells strongly of fig with sweet malt, brown sugar, and a whiff of clove. The taste follows the nose but everything is rather subdued and there is a decidedly sour finish. I also don't taste the caramel that other reviewers mention. This Quad is medium-bodied, pleasantly carbonated and it packs a punch with its 9.4% ABV. Overall, found that the taste didn't measure up to the promise of the nose. There is no date on the bottle and the taste profile may have deteriorated. I'd like to try a bottle that I know to be fresh.

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Photo of BlueNotes
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mklmcgrew
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

25 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass

L: Pours a cloudy brown color, with a 2-finger off-white head which dissipated to a small ring and not much lacing.

S: Light nose with some caramel and malt.

T/F: Fruit forward, with that Belgian yeast in the middle and a little acidic at the end. Overall a nice balance of flavors. The alcohol is a bit hidden, which can sneak up on you at 9.4% ABV.

O: Nice belgian style ale. I would get this again.

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Photo of hashmads
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JColin
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottled 4/23/13
Duvel Tulip

A - Dark brown with little carbonation

S - A great balance of hops and malt

T - Floral and piney with a kick

F - Mouthfeel is full and pleasant

O - Well balanced enjoyable sipper. Would buy again

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

Photo of Euroglot
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenBreeg
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 6/09/16

pours a clear dark amber brown color, thick cream colored head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, and Belgian yeast. taste is well balanced with those flavors. mildly sweet. medium bodied.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown. Mine had a foamy 3-inch head. I had to pour slow to keep it from spilling.

Smell: Caramel, brown sugar, and fig with some clove spice.

Taste: Malt-driven and fruity, a little acidic with a little bit of booziness though less than it's 9.4% ABV would suggest.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body, good carbonation. A little bit of booze bite at the finish.

Overall: This beer was pretty good but I can't say great. It had all the components of a great abbey ale just... muted. Hard to say if I'd buy again at this price point ($10 for 25.4 oz) but I'd grab more if it was on sale for $8 or I could get it in 4- or 6-packs in my area.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Danmullens1
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hits the mark perfectly. A true Belgian from a US brewery. Wonderfully sharp and bitter with a nice sour smell. Creamy hea dlingers on the surface with lots of sticky lacing.... A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Branlott42
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrutisDestructus
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HipCzech
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 fl oz bottle ("PKGD 06092016") poured into a Speigelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Clear mahogany brown with a brief head of khaki foam that leaves whispy streaks.

Smell: Dates, molasses, banana bread and warm spice (clove, cinnamon; as much curry as pie).

Taste: Malt-driven and fruity, warm and spicy. Balancing tart and bitter finish - mulled wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, sticky with lively carbonation. Subtle alcohol warmth.

Overall: Not as deep and complex as its Belgian peers, but still full flavored and tasty - always enjoy this one more than expected.

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Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 3,017 ratings.
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