Beerme (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a riich mohogany color with a thin mocha head. Malty with lots of caramel and smooth finish. The philanthropy doesn’t hurt, either.
cirtap (25) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml Bottle, pours dark brown with thin beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, sugars. Flavor of dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, and sweetness throughout. Mouthfeel is great with medium body and moderate carbonation. Obviously not as complex as some other Belgian-style strong ales but I really enjoy what this one offers. $7 a bottle is great for me too.
diablodawg (23) - - OCT 28, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
sweet, malty, with spicy overtones and very limited hops. Sweeter than typical belgians. Good, but not great.
CaptainBoosh (23) - - JAN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle, shallow off white head. Aroma sweet, low alcohol. Clean, slightly chewy mouthfeel. Tastes typical Belgian, sweet and fruity, almost grape like taste in the finish. Pleasant aftertaste, overall nice beer.
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beertime (23) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle- Redish brown in colour with rapidly diminishing beige head. Aroma of dried plums and raisins with a little alcohol. Taste is very malty and has a sweet creamy mouthfeel. A lttile too sweet for me. I expexted more to this beer due to the fact North Coast is a solid brewery. Not very complex IMHO.
TheKeg (23) - Louisiana, USA - SEP 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good brew. Bought from Whole Foods Market. Light fruity aroma, off-white/tan head, and pours a rich reddish brown color. The higher alcohol content is well hidden, I didn’t notice the warmth that I noticed on other high gravity beers. The taste disappears quick from the tongue and leaves minimal after taste, not what I expected, but not a bad thing either.
rowbigred (22) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 20, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
When poured, is a rich dark brown with a almost yellowish head. Absolutely beautiful. The beginning aroma is one of apricots and alcohol, certainly a new one on me. The taste is strong, one of various dried fruits, raisins, apricots, Aftertaste is of brown sugar and alcohol (not surprising, considering the 9.4%). The beer retains great head, which is sticky and remains on the side of the glass. North Coast has done a great job basing a beer on my musical hero, my personal favorite, and also a portion of the proceeds go to a charity for children’s jazz programs. The world needs more jazz, just like it needs more great beer like this.
redeyeloon (21) - Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4month cellared 750mL bottle -> actual Brother Thelonious goblet. Appears dark copper brown with a tan head that falls to a thin but consistent film. This ale has a caramel orange nutty nose with a hint of raisin. The taste is light dry sweet and moderately bitter. Belgian yeast characteristics are evident without the curiosity imparted by open fermentation. Mouthfeel is full bodied, somewhat thin with lively carbonation. The finish is dry and clean but not abrupt. Overall, this is an excellent brown ale with abundant character, stands on its own without comparing to ales from Belgium.
SlimHabib (21) - California, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clean crisp taste, however taste is not long lasting. Appearance starts strong, but is short lasting. Not a bad beer, but far from a favorite.
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Jarrid (20) - Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA - SEP 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I bought the beer not knowing it was dedicated to the great jazz musician. While I was about to open the bottle, it finally struck me that it was THE Thelonious Monk, so that right there automatically made me think, "This better be a good beer." Well, I was not let down. I poured a it into a Chimay glass, and the dark amber color was quite wonderful, and the aroma was excellent. It is a very smooth beer but packs a nice punch of flavor. Overall, it is one of my favorite beers. I really do enjoy the theme, the cause, and everything about it. If you get the chance to try it out, do not pass it up. You will not be disappointed.