RATINGS: 1738   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Nuts, caramel, malt, and brown sugar. That is the appearance, aroma, and flavor. Solidly blended and syrupy with a nice alcohol content. The finish is very smooth and very soft.

3.9
KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2007
Nutty, full of flavour, lots of good stuff packed into the bottle. Raisins, prunes, apricots, burned sugar. A little fizz that covers the alcohol warming. Great stuff!

3.8
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Murky swamp water brown look. Caramelly, nutty, malt aroma. Pretty docile, malt and roasted nut flavor. Smooth, mellow and good.

3.7
extremeicon (113) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Dark reddish brown with a thin (but initially very active) whitish head. Lots of malt and some fruits in the nose, though a bit weak. Flavors of dried fruits and malt with a bit of breadyness in the finish. I thought the flavor hid the alcohol well.

3.5
thomat (3863) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2007
Redish amber with a thick off-white head. Malty with some fruity notes. Malt sweetness, plums and alcohol strength. full body with a sweet finish.

3.9
wxman (1820) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Pours a reddish amber with a thin light orange tan head. Aroma like a dry red wine with some pleasant sourness. Taste is treacle-like sweet malt, licorice, dark fruit, and earthy tones. This is complex and interesting stuff! Some alcohol warmth after the swallow and on my cheeks. Well balanced.

3.4
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - AUG 1, 2007
a ruby brown with thin tan head. sweet fruity aroma (plums?) full thick body. tastes of rich toffee with a light bitter chocolate, with a fruity undertone of oranges and raisins and an alcohol finish. a little on the thicker sweeter side than i like, but its

3.9
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Beautiful clear garnet in color with very little head. Notes of cherries and brandy in the nose. Think LaTrappe meets St. Bernardus less a little excitement. Creamy full body with soft carbonation is a winner. Flavor is sweet and malty and almost Quad-like. Fruity and yeasty also. This one is quite the pleasant surprise!

3
thefederalist (311) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours ruby brown with a generous off-white head. Aroma is very phenolic and distinctively yeasty. Flavor is a bit sweet but not cloying, just a bit too much caramel malt, or perhaps it is under attenuated. The alcohol is there, but the robust yeast character and phenolic bite overpower it. Any hop aroma is overpowered as well. From the brewery that makes the best stout I’ve ever had, comes a dissapointment. Perhaps they should ferment cooler, or use a cleaner yeast strain.

3.3
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2007
Sampled on-tap at Blue Tusk, Syracuse, NY.

Reddish copper colored brew, could have been a bit darker for the style but still fine. The head retention wasn’t that great, it died away to form a thin ring. It was served a bit cold.
Strange mix of smokey, spicy and acidic aromas that reminded me of those all dressed chips they sell here in Quebec, which made my friends chortle. Definately original. Did they use a Belgian yeast for this? Was it barrel aged? As it warmed, it developped more of a corky smell that I liked.
Carbonation in the low-to-mid range, the smokey flavors come more than anything else. No real sign of spicy yeast flavors, just a bit of acidity that didn’t quite make my mouth pucker. Woody, corky flavors are the only characteristics that make it seem like a Belgian ale to me. Not my favorite from this brewery, but interesting.


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