Monday, August 16, 2010

North Coast Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale

Type: Belgian, strong ale
Origin: Fort Bragg, CA
Price: $7.99 per 750 mL

Being one of the cheaper belgian style ales at Whole Foods, I shouldn't be surprised by the lackluster nature of Brother Thelonious. In comparison to North Coast's other belgian style, The Pranqster, I really could not sense these were from the same brewery. The beer is not bad at all, just for the $7.99 price tag, I expected better. Tha Brotha has a blood red, almost blackish color with a light head. The aromas are a subdued wheat. It is rather volatile, and I can smell the alcohol coming off this (a nice 9.4% ABV). The flavor is very dry wheat with no citrus notes to be found. Another problem I have is this:

It is one thing to be PC and cute, but another to be retarded. 1500's Belgium didn't have any black monks. Belgium didn't have any Africans until they took over the Congo in the 1800s. Nice try assholes.


  1. Is the title of this blog supposed to ironic?

  2. No not at all. We try to offer simple descriptions to beers and compare them to everyday household flavors. Also, we try to toss in some humor, but its tough to be fresh with 400 reviews. We still drink crap beer in certain situations and we are grateful for any beer we get (a beer snob would scoff at a beer they didn't deem worthy). If you read beer advocate reviews and then ours, you realize who the true snobs are.

  3. Just a heads up, the reason why there's a black guy on the label is because the beer itself is a tribute to Thelonious Monk, a pretty bad ass jazz musician. Hence the name, get it? Thelonious Monk, Belgian monks. Brother Thelonious. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from sales go to the jazz institute named in his honor.

    Note the resemblance? I thought it was a shitty beer, just saying...there's a reason for the black dude on the front.