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RATINGS: 1708   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
With the developing interest in Belgian abbey ales and the monasteries that brew them, it’s time to remind the world that here in the U.S., we have a Monk of our own. Jazz icon Thelonious Monk is the inspiration for North Coast Brewing’s new Belgian-style abbey ale called, appropriately enough, Brother Thelonious. The beer is being released in conjunction with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (www.monkinstitute.org), and the brewery will make a contribution to the Institute for every case sold to support jazz education.
2013 vintage - 9.4% abv Like a Belgian “Dark Strong Ale”, the beer is rich and robust with an ABV of 9%. The package is a 750 ml bottle with a traditional cork and wire finish and features a label picturing the jazz master himself.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 12, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2013 Damn near perfect beer! Very hoppy, floral, and STRONG. This deserves to be slowly sipped over an evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
750ml bottle. Pours an extremely dark amber with a thin off-white head and some carbonation. Aroma is full and sweet with notes of caramel, roasted malt, nuttiness and a twinge of hoppy citrus. Taste is full-bodied and syrupy with initial flavors of caramel and citrus giving way to a sharp and strong lingering finish reminiscent of sweet dark rum. An interesting strong ale almost closer in potency to a barley wine or a dopplebock.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
A fantastically dense and sweet pour with a thin head and exciting effervescence. The aroma is reminiscent of Newcastle with a slight nuttiness with a hefty amount of malt. Flavor is intense with prevailing notes of toffee, whiskey, and a finish of malt with a lingering presence that simply begs for a young, flavorful gouda or medium-bodied washed rind cheese like pont l’eveque or saint nectaire for dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Complex aromas of caramel, raisin and floral notes. Full mouthfeel of chocolate raisin, caramel, plantain and vegetable. Complex and full-bodied, medium to long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2007
pour a coppery brown with bubbly off white head. aroma of fig and dates with some sweet caramel. mouthful is light at first with some hints of sweetness and the finish is full of big flavor of dark molasses. as it warms the alcohol note comes alive. nice brew...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2007
THOUGHTS: It was almost like a cross betewwn a barley wine and a doubel. Great beer. I wasn’t expecting much the first time I tried this, but it seems even better now with a little aging. This one doesn’t need to be very cold at all. A must try for dark beer lovers. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark brown with red highlights and a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was heavy caramel and chocolate syrup along with raisins, brown sugar, dark fruit, bourbon and very light alcohol. The initial flavor was light to moderate sweetness, while the finish was moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic. The dominant flavors were chocolate syrup and dark fruit. Really malty and not really much hops. The medium body was slightly syrupy with soft carbonation and a lightly alcohlic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2007
A really heavly rich dark belgian all. Almost too heavy for me. I liked it alot but it lacked some of the subtlies that I look for in a belgain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2012 Pours a murky, dark brown color with crimson highlights; head is fairly small, yellowish-beige, and fizzy which is mostly diminishing and leaves no lace. Pretty typical nose but pleasant; dates, maple, brown sugar, light yeast, wisps of alcohol, even a hint at hazelnut. Flavor is fairly consistent with the nose; rich notes of maple, brown sugar, lots of molasses, hazelnut, maybe a little chocolate and hints at roast near the finish. Palate is lively, medium, and chewy, but a little syrupy with some warmth. Finish is moderate length with some light bitterness to match the sweetness with molasses, hazelnut, light roast notes, and some yeast. Nothing exceptional about this one but solid with plenty of rich notes and nice intriguing complexities to make it interesting. Palate could use some work, but overall, an entertaining beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Milky brown. Fruity mild aroma, smells like a belgian. Fruity taste is nice and strong and smooth. Clean, nice carbonation on back of roof of mouth. good replica of a Belgian. Good flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeSammy (613) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Aroma of bananas, pine and Flavor of light bourbon, light fruits, even chocolate hints. Walnut dark amber color. Not bad but i prefer a more yeasty, more carbinated abbey.

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