JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep dark red/brown coffeeish appearance. off white head that doesn’t last. THe aroma is not good. Smells like vinegar. Flavor is inconsistent, thankfully, with aromoa. Flavor is coffee with oddly sweet but bitter finish. Overall, its ok, but I won’t buy again.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer for a really great cause. Very low on the bitter end of things. Sweet and warming. Overall, a pleasant ale.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Blue Max. Pours mostly clear amber color with a 1/2 inch of head. Nothing special considering this is anmed after on of the greatest musicians of all time. Sure,yeah some spices are present along with some very ripe fruits but in the style.. this was
a sour note.
jstraw (1944) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 Clear red-amber with big, foamy tan head / Sweet, mild nose of caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit / Medium body, clean and a touch thin, sweet and spritzy, with big alcohol well covered, with decent sweet finish / Complex, clean flavors of dark caramel/root beer, coffee, chocolate, banana, raisin, and almonds / Not really "rich and robust" beer, more along the lines of a bock or sweet brown ale.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown. Hazy deep amber body with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet caramel and fruit aroma. Sweet fruit flavor with some candi sugar and mild floral bitterness.
dyetube (1313) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this beer pours a deep brown/amber with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. On the nose I am getting a sweet floral smell consistent with an abbey style ale. The taste is sweet a little flowery with some nuttiness to it. This is a very well crafted abbey ale! I will be buying this one again! Cheers!
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bomber) poured into a tulip. you smell that familiar abby smell once the cork is popped. pours a dark brown amber that you can see thru only when you hold it up to the light. has a full frothy head and not much carbonation. smell is similiar to other belgian abby styles, but a bit lighter and a complicated sweet fruitiness. taste is light in the front and middle, sweet on the finish and aftertaste. taste is fruity. you feel the warmth of the alchohol more than you taste it. a darn good beer...
boFNjackson (4189) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As a huge Jazz and Monk fan, I was very anxious to get my hands on a bottle of this. Just like the great composer himself, this beer is full of personality and character. Poured from the bottle into a trappist glass... it had an almost opaque, dark ruby, red hue with a beige head. Faint aromas of malt and brown sugar. Sharp palate with a lot of carbonation with flavors of toasted malt, sour fruit and other sweet flavors. Slight chalky, metallic aftertaste with a presence of alcohol. I love this beer, one of the best American micro Belgian beers that I have had.
Dsnutz (71) - dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a tasty beer, that poured brown with a tan head that dissappated shortly after pour. That was a good buy for7.99.
zootfinster (213) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First I must say that even if this was no more then whizz in a bottle it would have received overall rating of at least 5 for the name. Any company hip enough to name its beer after Thelonius Monk must have something going for it.
Fortunately it does . This is an eminently drinkable beer Pours a nice dark brown. Nice full tan head that dissipated=s a little too quickly. Exhibits a nice chocolate spicy flavor and leave a quite enjoyable aftertaste.
Malty but not at all overpowering. While it might not rate the highest when compared with others of its category generally speaking it is a very satisfying and enjoyable beer.