HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the tasting room in Ft Bragg and from 75cl. (draft & bottle compared favorably). Big aromas of rising bread dough, peppery spices, and fruit. Nice malty flavor with bitter chocolate, a little piny bite, and an herbal finish not present in the aroma of very faint dried Italian herbs. I donít think there were any herbs in the beer, but the combination of yeast and hops lent a nice herbal quality. More than just a "gimmick" beer meant to attract jazz fans, as I have heard some comment.
votzer (77) - Hixson, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet smelling spice aroma, light brown head that dissipates quickly, rich soft brown color with a hint of orange when held up to a light, light carbonation. unique taste I canít quite pin down but itís a really nice drink. Nice almost heavy (in a good way) spice taste, that stays with you with a warm finish. Iíll be sampling this one again.
kordestanchi (77) - - SEP 20, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown beer with small tan head. With sweet fruity aroma and sweet-sour palate, itís a beautiful beer to honor Thelonious Monk for his great jazz music
ScottB (73) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Not a big fan of this interpretation. While it did have the requisite bananna and other fruit ester notes, there was an annoying funkiness that I canít even really describe. Worth a try, but not a second buy.
firedog23 (73) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer makes me want to sing long drawn out jazz songs. It makes me want to drink more of it. This beer is a great example of great Belgium Abbey Ales. Gonna sneak one back to England with me and share with other like minded friends.
jmad (72) - - MAR 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 12 oz bottle into my tulip glass...
The beer is dark brown color with reddish highlights and a thin, bubbly, tan colored head. The smell is mainly coloa, molasses, fig and spice. It tastes of dates and smokey caramel, there is a bit of peppery spiciness to it and an earthy aftertaste. It feels light, the carbonation is perfect, the abv is hidden well and it has a nice dry finish. This is a quality brew but itís not outstanding. I wouldnít seek it out but would definitely drink it.
haugeberg (71) - - JUL 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought at specks, drank from pint glass. I really like this beer, but I'm not sure about the style. There seem to be very dark roasted malt and possible coffee overtones to this fairly sweet and full-bodied beer. Some tart and fruit-like flavors are hidden in each sip as well. I'm certain to drink it, especially since it supports a wonderful organization. However, I was expecting a lighter, sweeter and less robust flavor.
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AJofDenver (71) - Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The appearance of this beer is a dark brown with traces of a burnt brick color. The aroma of this beer starts with roasted malts and finishes with an earthy sweetlike finish. The taste of this beer starts sweet and ends with a touch of sour.
raszputini (71) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Although my experience with most North Coast products has been positive, I wasnít expecting to be impressed with Brother Thelonious. Americans brewing Belgian style is a mixed bag, and in general I prefer to stick with the real deal. That said, I was highly impressed with this Abbey. The aroma is spicy and representative of the genre. The color is dark for an Abbey, and is very similar to the color of the brew Mr. Monk is drinking on the label. Fruity notes with coriander as well as candy sugar round out the taste. This is a very solid Abbey - comparable to a triple. I highly recommend it. With the exception of some Ommegang brews, this is probably the truest American brewed Abbey Iíve tasted.
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.