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RATINGS: 1694   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Bottle. Brown-red in coloring. No head and very smooth pour. No carbonation or activity of any kind on surface or below - looks like a frozen, chilly pond. Sweet, sugary, faint yeasty scent. Very dry. Quick evaporation of lightly acidic flavoring hits the tongue and disappears. Pleasing and refined, esp given that the body isn’t heavy. Good show.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jdhunt76 (56) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with auburn highlights. This bottle had a strong pungent twinge at the beginning, with an aftertaste that improved as it lingered. As it breathed, it amoothed out a good bit, and the good flavors which were originally only in the aftertaste took center stage. Rich forest flavors of nuts ( especially hazelnut and dark walnut), toffee and bittersweet chocolate. The flavor is so full and robust that the alcohol is barely noticeable in the palate, though by the end of the bottle you certainly know you have been drinking a 9% Belgian. Overall, once the initial off-flavors had dissipated, a satisfying example of a Belgian brown. I would like to try this again some day and see if the off-flavors were perhaps just the result of a bad bottle. I also enjoyed the Thelonius Monk/ Monk brew play on words.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Bottle- Dark brown no head aroma is nicely balanced, flavor is balanced as well. Some dark fruit overall malty and sweet. Cool idea behind the brew too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2007
Bottle, 750 ml. About a year old. Wonderful balance of Belgian yeasts, lots of plummy malt and I believe some North Coast house character (might be the hops talking here). This was amazing! Kicking myself hard for not buying more than one..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3852) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Pour is a dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma is nice with some candi sugar and dark fruit. Flavor is bready malts and brown sugar with some notes of molasses and plum. A very good rep of the style, nothing really to put this in the excellent catagory but it is still pretty decent if you can find it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2007
UPDATED: APR 20, 2011 Outstanding concept from a fine brewery, but not a superlative beer. Shouldn’t it be just a bit more quirky for Monk? I mean, maybe a Belgian sour or something. I digress. For the style, this isn’t bad, with candied malts dominating and an aggressive presence of figs and molasses. A bit unbalanced and thin on the mouthfeel but good enough. I’m definitely saving the bottle though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4363) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2007
The aroma is heavy with molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toasted malt, yeast and caramel. The appearance is red brown with medium tan head. The flavor is like the aroma but not really that sweet. It has a little bitterness and dark fruitiness too. The palate is a tad thin but still smooth and sticky. Overall this is a nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (11500) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 6, 2007
courtesy of Per Samuelsson - hazy dark brown colour with a firm beige head; nice lacing; aroma of banana, prune and candi sugar; sweet, fine but solid carbonation; full-bodied, the finish is long, fruity, yeasty and malty with some residual sweetness and hints of alcohol - robust and very belgian-abbey like

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2007
On tap in Horse & Plow Pours Clear, dark amber with a good long-lasting tan head. Malty aromas with some banana and bubblegum. Slight touch of alcohol on the nose and flavor. Nice hop finish but light for a Dubbel. Not a bad beer but it could use a little more Umph to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3156) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2007
I need to listen to more jazz! What a creamy suprise this beer was. Pour was a dark brown with a constant 1 finger tan head. Aroma of yeast and alcohol. Taste of dark fruit-raisins/dates. Heavy carbonation and a chocolate and brown sugar backbone round this beauty out. This is proof Americans know how to do a good Belgian style beer!

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