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RATINGS: 1601   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2006
From a bottle. Clear brown body under a thin white ring. Prune, yellow apple and dry cocoa powder in the clean, fruity aroma. The flavor features a wide band of sweet plummy caramel in the middle bounded by stemmy hops on the bottom and a lemon acidity on top. Finishes with a certain fruity acidity, sort of like lemon-soaked cherries. There are lots of flavors in this guy but none that I can get excited about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle via Odeed. The beer pours to a dark red brown body with a foamy light khaki head. The aroma is sweet dark malts, light apples, black raisins. The flavor is sweet dark malts, with hints of raisins and other fruits, some candy sugars, light yellow apples, yeasts. Lightly dry yet creamy and semi-full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5499) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle - corked and caged. Pours a rich murky brown. Small manila bubbles spread upon the surface. Nose is caramel, brown sugar, raisins, plums (dark fruits, in general), cocoa, and soft yeast notes. The first sip reveals more dark fruits, raisins mainly, with brown sugar, dusty yeast notes, chocolate and soft alcohol. Sweet malt in abundance in this and there’s some hints of muted Whoppers candy in spots (not quite as rich malt). Body is lively and medium-full. Bubbly but dense carbonation. Finishes with cocoa, light cobwebby yeast, soft caramel and sweet malts, more dark fruits. Really nice beer. I’ll have to lay a couple of these down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Although I did really enjoy the beer, nothing about it seemed to be a Belgian Abbey style. It was a hazy brown pour with a small tan head, leaving very little lacing. Nose of chocolate and dark malts. Mouth more like a bock than an abbey, not sweet and heavy and syrupy. Taste of cocolate and sweet dark roasted malts, again more like a bock than an abbey, without the alcohol, sugar, or yeast of an abbey dubbel or tripel. Nice enough for what it was, although not sure what it was.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2006
750ml bottle: Pours a cloudy ruby brown with a medium off-white head, aroma has cherries, molasses and brown sugar, full bodied with an oily texture and mellow carbonation, starts and ends sweet,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Cold 750ml corked bottle: Pours a dark brown with a moderate tan head that dissolves. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Taste is of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate with some underlying bitterness. Ending is mostly sweet with some bitterness and alcohol to it. Full bodied and well carbonated. Oily texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 8, 2006
on tap, offered as a cask styke. A cloudy brown body with a thin white head. Cocca aroma wuth hints of fruits. A good mix of cocca notes and balancing hops with notes of alcohol. A small oak presence could be detected, but did not ad to the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2006
750ml bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with a small off-white head. Raisin and clovesin the nose. Chewy full body and fine carbonation. Spice and sweetness in the nose and taste that says this is a Belgian. Maybe a bit of wood? Finishes bittersweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (1880) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: APR 10, 2009 Hazy brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is spicy with cloves and sweet with muscat. Taste is same, with dark fruit, but less spicy, and drier into the finish. Mouthfeel is good and brisk with carbonation. $7/750ml

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Dark, ruddy brown with a small, quickly fading tan head. In a bright light, becomes almost ruby, my dear. Smells strongly of sweet, dark grapes, with some oakiness, some smokiness, and a touch of alcohol. Sumptuous flavor--very sweet, with dates, grapes, red wine, tobacco, and a light hint of peppery spice. If you’re thinking of passing this up, well, you needn’t.

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