RATINGS: 1732   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2007
A fairly standard Americanized Belgian Strong. All the basics were there without any real complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (23901) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 23, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2016 Bottle at Olivertwist , Stockholom ... Nice Hazy red ... almost brown ... Meaty malty ... little ovaltine nose ... fruity malty again little meatyness full rich deep flavour ...... Bottle at maxs.. Copper... Thin white lacing... Soft sweet toffee bready fruit.. Soft sweet toffee fruit.. Sweet toffee malts 3.8

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Chestnut body with a fizzy, thin orange head. Aroma held notes of yeast, hops, caramel, smoke, spice, toasted almonds, and ripe fruit. Medium body with ample carbonation. The flavor was slightly tart and spicy. Didnt appeal to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9320) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2007
330ml bottle. Dark garnet brown. Very full banana and clove nose, with nutmeg, granola, and floral, fruity banana scents. Rich and sticky, frothy and properly full, with sweet, sticky resinous burnt banana, some clove, some nutty, bready malts and a really nice, rich, fruity yeast. Also noticed some chocolate in there as well after eating some spicy food. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 12, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2013 Damn near perfect beer! Very hoppy, floral, and STRONG. This deserves to be slowly sipped over an evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
750ml bottle. Pours an extremely dark amber with a thin off-white head and some carbonation. Aroma is full and sweet with notes of caramel, roasted malt, nuttiness and a twinge of hoppy citrus. Taste is full-bodied and syrupy with initial flavors of caramel and citrus giving way to a sharp and strong lingering finish reminiscent of sweet dark rum. An interesting strong ale almost closer in potency to a barley wine or a dopplebock.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
A fantastically dense and sweet pour with a thin head and exciting effervescence. The aroma is reminiscent of Newcastle with a slight nuttiness with a hefty amount of malt. Flavor is intense with prevailing notes of toffee, whiskey, and a finish of malt with a lingering presence that simply begs for a young, flavorful gouda or medium-bodied washed rind cheese like pont leveque or saint nectaire for dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Complex aromas of caramel, raisin and floral notes. Full mouthfeel of chocolate raisin, caramel, plantain and vegetable. Complex and full-bodied, medium to long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2007
pour a coppery brown with bubbly off white head. aroma of fig and dates with some sweet caramel. mouthful is light at first with some hints of sweetness and the finish is full of big flavor of dark molasses. as it warms the alcohol note comes alive. nice brew...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2007
THOUGHTS: It was almost like a cross betewwn a barley wine and a doubel. Great beer. I wasnt expecting much the first time I tried this, but it seems even better now with a little aging. This one doesnt need to be very cold at all. A must try for dark beer lovers. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark brown with red highlights and a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was heavy caramel and chocolate syrup along with raisins, brown sugar, dark fruit, bourbon and very light alcohol. The initial flavor was light to moderate sweetness, while the finish was moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic. The dominant flavors were chocolate syrup and dark fruit. Really malty and not really much hops. The medium body was slightly syrupy with soft carbonation and a lightly alcohlic finish.

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