Brother Thelonious | North Coast Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
85
very good
3,017 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:
3,017
Reviews:
1,057
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
13.19%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
630
For Trade:
8
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Photo of Vlaminck
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of anon
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Always up to try a new Belgian brew and the cool weather called for one. Looked at this for a while, decided to give it a go. Pours a deep Ruby hue, finger-width khaki colour head, fizzling down to a small pool of foam, nearly flat with not a trace of lace in the aftermath.

Smell is pretty dark fruit forward, sweet, with notes of caramel and malt. Taste is all dark fruit up front, heavy plum, fig, raisin, nectarine, peaches, red grape juice? Almost artificial flavours, brash sweetness takes over the malts and anything else in this brew. Quite unbalanced.

Surprisingly light bodied, booze isn't quite as strong to me as other reviews seem to pick up, but I really wanted to like this more. Oh well, always worth a shot. Cheers!

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Photo of Gaddabble
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Squirtle
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nate2034
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of john0721
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sunsjammer
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GlennWB
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decent Belgian strong ale but probably not one of the best 8-2016

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McClinton
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fission523
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a thick tan head.

Nose is nutty, malty, and sweet.

Taste follows the nose and adds some sweet fruit. Flavors don't all quite come together.

Overall, enjoyable but forgettable.

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Photo of keeganfrank
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jheimiller
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerucee
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MartyMaltose
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If I were rich and having 2-4 pint sessions regularly, this would be on the session about 30% of the time. I've got a 22oz that I'm sipping from a wine glass but honestly this belongs in a pint glass and should push other inferiors off the menu in any place that serves at least 50 beers. Now, I tried this beer about 2 years ago and I thought it sucked. It was like Hibernation Ale with vanilla syrup mixed in back then; barely finishable. Is it possible my tastes have changed that much, or was that just an extreme outlier season? Either way, in 2016 this is malty, sweet, aromatic, and beautiful. And it's pretty hot too...one pint will do you.

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Photo of pohsyb
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Jodio
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of brandoncv83
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of alarmclock314
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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