RATINGS: 1689   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, 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.

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blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2007
A really heavly rich dark belgian all. Almost too heavy for me. I liked it alot but it lacked some of the subtlies that I look for in a belgain.

talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2012 Pours a murky, dark brown color with crimson highlights; head is fairly small, yellowish-beige, and fizzy which is mostly diminishing and leaves no lace. Pretty typical nose but pleasant; dates, maple, brown sugar, light yeast, wisps of alcohol, even a hint at hazelnut. Flavor is fairly consistent with the nose; rich notes of maple, brown sugar, lots of molasses, hazelnut, maybe a little chocolate and hints at roast near the finish. Palate is lively, medium, and chewy, but a little syrupy with some warmth. Finish is moderate length with some light bitterness to match the sweetness with molasses, hazelnut, light roast notes, and some yeast. Nothing exceptional about this one but solid with plenty of rich notes and nice intriguing complexities to make it interesting. Palate could use some work, but overall, an entertaining beer nonetheless.

stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Milky brown. Fruity mild aroma, smells like a belgian. Fruity taste is nice and strong and smooth. Clean, nice carbonation on back of roof of mouth. good replica of a Belgian. Good flavors.

BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Aroma of bananas, pine and Flavor of light bourbon, light fruits, even chocolate hints. Walnut dark amber color. Not bad but i prefer a more yeasty, more carbinated abbey.

LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2007
ok, some walnut, banana, oats, chocolate, maple, and brown sugar. very tastey, very creamy mouthfeel. i would’ve expected a bit more funk with a name like brother thelonius and the jazz reference and whatnot, but meh. classy though, classy strong ale. would’ve called it a quad if i knew better...

zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2007
On tap at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown, DC. Clearish ruby, off white head. Aroma is pine, herbs, slight bourbon. Flavor is bourbon, pine, anise, molasses, caramel.

dchmela (3075) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Dark chesnut amber pour with small white head. Winey cider chocolate aroma. Taste is malty yeasty sweet with hints of chocolate. A really good dark belgian.

jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2007
750 bottle corked and caged...Pours a nice ruby hue with nice thick light brown head. Aroma is spice, fruits, caramel ... and malt. Taste of fruit, spice, caramel, sugar, yeast and a hint of toasted grain in the finish. This beer is pretty incredible and one of the finer american recreations of a belgian strong ale. Moderately carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is slightly noticeable. Excellent beer from one of my favorite brewing companies. Thanks, Exposure for carring it

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: August 03, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: clear brown, whispy white head
Aroma: big sweet ripe fruit aroma
Flavor: lots of dark fruit flavor, light bitterness

Date: August 25, 2006
Mode: bottle
some nice chocolate to go with the ripe fruit, good fig character,

Date: November 18, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Appearance: clear dark reddish brown, pours with a thick dense creamy head
Aroma: light chocolate aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: once warm picking up more aroma and flavor but still light compared to the bottle, bitterness shows after a while

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2007
Candied malt aroma, some nice hops also, auburn, tiny toffee head. Tastes of rich booze and fine almonds. Full bodied, well balanced, quite bitter, lovely mouthfeel. Great! I’ve been wanting to try this since it’s release. Thank You IPFreely!

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