RATINGS: 1722   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, its 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 Brewings 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
argeru (52) - Hillsboro, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2017
22oz, foamy crisp pour, deep copper color. Lots of raisin, brown sugar, and bready malt. Pretty tasty stuff, listening to the Monk and Coltrane while I sip makes it just right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4895) - BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2017
Quadrupel by North Coast, named after Thelonious Monk - handily linking his name to the tradition of brewing Belgian monks - and apparently intended to promote the appreciation of jazz music, which I can only support. Bubbly but creamy, pale greyish white head, quickly reduced to a few disparate islands in the middle but retaining a firm moussy rim, over a beautifully purple-hued copper brown, clear beer. Quite intense bouquet of plum brandy, rum-soaked raisins, Belgian chocolates, toffee, both plain rusty and more noble madera-like oxidation (this bottle is 14 months old), even madera sauce, candied cherries, brown bread, walnut, sweet chicken curry (clearly the oxidation again), overripe tomato, egg yolk (or rather: a sulfuric note of yeast autolysis), horse steak, bitter honey somewhere. Fruity onset mixes cherry and candied fig sweetness with soft blueberry sourishness and a notable meaty umami accent, medium carbonated, with a thick but still very supple, resinous mouthfeel. Very caramelly malt sweetness with a bittersweetish nutty edge in the middle, chocolatey aspects but restrainedly so, while the fruit (and residual brown sugar) sweetness persists, but not in an overly cloying way. Acquires a toasty bitterish edge in the end, matching well with a peppery hop bitter touch providing spiciness and drought; further pepperiness is added by white rum-like alcohol, which heats the back of the mouth and throat without becoming obnoxious and wry, not impairing drinkability in spite of its palpable presence. Retronasally, I get a certain amount of port-like oxidation though subtly so; rusty oxidation on the other hand is more obviously noticeable. The best quads (think Westvleteren 12 or Chimay Bleu) can easily age for years without becoming this oxidized - clearly this beer, even though it belongs to a category usually suitable for cellaring, is intended to be consumed fresh, or at least more fresh than this bottle, which already suffers from oxidation in both the good and the bad way after a mere 14 months. I am convinced, though, that this is a beer of international standard when younger. In this form: highly enjoyable and interesting, but not quite up there with the greats, which are still primarily Belgian - and primarily brewed by actual monks... Glad I tried it though, after having encountered its name on more than one occasion in past years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Derbeth (814) - Krakw, POLAND - JAN 12, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown colour with ruby reflexes, rocky head that does not stay long. Aroma is quite much candy sugar, raisin, pleasant warming alcohol. Medium sweetness, not bitter. Soft carbonation, smooth, not cloying. Not very complex, but well balanced and easy to drink. Good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mediamaven (1) - Fort Bragg, California, USA - JAN 10, 2017 does not count
A Belgian Style Abbey Ale that sets the standard AND makes a contribution to Jazz Education thru every pint sold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (2670) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2017
Bottle. Red Brown in colour. Small off-white head. Very Malty; toasty bready malts, caramel, brown sugar, notes of chocolate. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, some citrus. Spicy. Yeasty. Sweet very malty fruity and quite dry throughout. Decent but I expected more. (2015-09-24)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hohops (896) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2016
Appearance- murky dark brown, ruby hints, a small off-white head which doesnt last long. Aroma- cherry, dark fruit, blackcurrant, caramel, toast, dark malt hints, vinous, more fruits. Taste- cherry, fruitcake, sweet malts, boozy hints, nutty undertones, fluffy mouthfeel, juicy fruit, sweet malty finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
VueltaBirrista (81) - Murcia, SPAIN - DEC 8, 2016
Es una reinterpretacin americana de una Abada belga. Vierte por tanto rojo oscuro, prcticamente marrn y su espuma color beis es discreta pero acompaa bastante bien todo el rato. Aroma a caramelo y licor. Su sabor es dulce al principio. Te recorre la boca pasas, pltano y regaliz, pero su final estropea un poco la experiencia, ya que es algo spero y astrigente. En trminos generales es una birra agradable, pero no aguanta la comparacin con una autntica abada belga.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinfull (1552) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Brown color. Thin, beige head. Aroma of dried plums, bread , caramel and fruits. Rich taste with strong malty backbone and notes of fruits and yeasts. Full body, moderate bitterness at the end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (650) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2016
(Bottle) Cloudy muddy-copper body with medium-big tan head. Tart, fruity aroma; spices. Light to medium body. Spices, apple, mild alcohol, caramel malt, vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4911) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Everetts in South Beloit IL, consumed at cellar temp from a Leffe glass. Dark plum, translucent, with a small-to-moderate fast-diminishing off-white head....plummy-brandyish aroma, touches of caramel, some fairly strong yeasty notes coming through on the second nosing, light noticeable alcohol presence...front very very sweet and also really viscous and syrupy, like a soda with the syrupy settled to the bottom; on a second sip this is a little less noticeable, and its not quite so cloying-sweet; grapy characteristics dominate with a fair bit of soft murky yeast in the middle...dries out somewhat towards the finish but remains thicker and moister (if that makes sense) that Id like...alcohol presence is fairly subdued until its going down the gullet; it remains very thick and the carbonation being fairly low doesnt help. Not exactly terrible but kind of a soggy mess thats really mostly drinkable because I wanted a Belgian strong ale at the moment; alas this wasnt my best possible choice. Could have sworn Id rated it before also, I know Ive had it before. Well, its available in small bottles, thats one thing to say for it, but alas thats not enough.

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