Brother Thelonious | North Coast Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
85
very good
3,011 Ratings
THE BROS
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:
3,011
Reviews:
1,056
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
13.19%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
628
For Trade:
8
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Photo of ManWithNoName
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thedifferencemaker
2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of gefinley
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacob17
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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 -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

I'm unfamiliar with the style, purchased two bottles because I love Old Rasputin. Pours a reddish brown with a small khaki head. That fades quickly. Aroma is very fruity, Apple's and berries mostly. Flavor is similar. Creamy mouthfeel, ABV is well hidden. It's an OK beer, I'm glad I tried it, but probably will leave it on the shelf next time. I'll stick with Old Rasputin.

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Photo of leefx
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A fine-looking strong-dark. Good carbonation provides plenty of head, while the brew is a classic opaque brown, though lacking the ruby or garnet colors of the best-lookers. Very sweet, fruity, and malty on the nose, with apple and brown sugar notes. Toasted malt-bomby and brown-sugary on the palate, followed by fruit notes. Not unpleasant, but the booze and malt are both pretty heavy-handed, with some heavy solvent notes. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin and lacking in carbonation. Overall, this isn't terrible, but there are better examples out there.

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

Pours a deep, rich brown. Two fingers of head that quickly settled

Malty nose...toast, clove, cinnamon

Pleasant taste, but not particularly "deep". Bread again, some molasses, prune and raisin

Medium body with a fair amount of sweetness.

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Photo of Cabindan
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of crisis1290
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am always looking to try new Belgian styles and Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing was on my list. Dark brown off the pour. Super nice foam head to say the least. A great balance of hops and malt . Very much malt driven and fruity with some spices like clove. Medium body. Moderately carbonated. Overall, Brother Thelonious has a nice balance of different types of flavors. The alcohol is 9.4% and could sneak up on you !

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Photo of Yancey82
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

If we are rating this according to style; I agree with some other reviewers here, this cant really stand up to or hang with the best of a lot of other dark belgian strong ales, but for what it's worth it's not a bad beer.

L: Pours a dark brown color thats almost ruby red around the edges with a three finger khaki head that retains for quite a while.

S: Dark fruits and yeast. Currants, red apples, raisins, yeasty notes of clove, bubblegum, banana and rye bread.

T: Very nice. Follows the nose. Dry and sweet. Quite hoppy and floral. I'm getting mild chocolate, classic belgian yeast and tons of dark red fruits like tamarind, sugarplums, red apples, and raisins. Caramel malt and mild vanilla. Hints of pumpernickel bread. Things get a little muddy at times, and what I mean by that is that the flavors don't really shine in their own right, they're almost competing against one another.

F: Silky smooth, mid heavy feel. Moderately carbonated. Boozy at times.

O: Not fantastic, but not bad at all. Would have rated this higher but I grade according to style and as previously mentioned, this is sort of lackluster for a dark belgian strong ale, although I certainly would never turn this down if offered or if nothing else is available.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An okay BSDA, some dark fruitiness but not much, and a little bit too much hoppiness. Cannot stand up to the great Belgian ones. Taste was not as deep.

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Photo of reported
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chebode2
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 3,011 ratings.
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