RATINGS: 1736   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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DarkMagus (531) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 9, 2007
750ml bottle. Dark reddish-brown color, minimal head with almost no remaining bubbles. Overall mild aroma of dried dark fruits, malts, sugar. Flavors were of roasted malts, dark brown sugar, caramel, cola, alcohol, and finishes with some bitterness. Not very balanced, a bit of a strange mixture of flavors. Palate was overall pretty thin, but did have some syrupy stickiness. Not that bad, but better beers of this style can easily be acquired. Although I like the fact that they donate money to a good cause...

2.8
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2007
750ml, cellar aged about 1 year. pours reddish brown with off white head. flavor of toasted nuts, odd combination of fruits with slight vegetable, caramel, apples, pears, plums, and bananas. a real odd mesh of flavors and perhaps some age has muddied this thing. i remember it was drinkable when it was fresh but this is a drain pour.

3.1
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Dark amber, caramel color, lots of bubbles and large foamy tan head leaves a clean glass as it subsides. Sweet subtle malty caramel aroma with a raison and brown sugar flavorwith an alcoholic prune aftertaste followed by a slight alcohol burning in the throat area. Reminds me more of a barleywine that needs to age then of a belgian.

3.6
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Appearance: What a beaut! Crimson red hue capped with a rather sturdy tan-colored head. Smell: Suitably rich, yeasty aroma consisting of bananas, cherries, and spice layered with a pleasing malt presence. Taste: Hefty malt sweetness upfront with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, almonds, and more cherries (providing just a tinge of tartness). Ends with just a soft touch of pepper in the otherwise sweet, lingering finish. Never really delivers any substantial hop bitterness or flavors. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and surpassingly soft on the palate. Drinkability: Are you up for a decent American attempt at a Belgium style? This can be that beer. It will be that beer.

3
gnoff (10226) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2011 First rating
750 ml bottle from Systembolaget
Labeled 9.4% ABV.
Clear brown color, fluffy tan head. Sweet and metallic scent. Spicy sweet raissin taste. Full mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Much of much things, nothing really grabbing hold of you though. You can sense the high alcohol.
6/4/6/4/13=3.3

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Bottle thanks to thomat! January 15, 2011
Hazy dark copper color, tan head. Sweet, spicy, alcohol scent. Lactic, sweet, spicy, alcohol taste. Sort of thin and flat mouthfeel. Low bitterness.
6/4/6/3/11=3.0

3.5
believeUme (17) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Dark ruby with a thin head. Aroma is of sherry, sweet malts, and yeast. Flavor is of dextrinous roast, carmel, and yeast phenols. A bit under attenuated leaving a cloying sweetness. Otherwise, a good American interpretation of a Belgian Dark Strong.

3.1
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Did not live up to expectations. Mahogany with a bubbly off-white head. Solid aroma or malts, alcohol, and smoke. The peat, yeast, caramel, and nutty flavors are good, but really washed out. Good, but not memorable.

3.1
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2007
From a 750 shared with my parents. Pours a deep amber with a little soda-like head. Aroma is sweet dark malts, smoke, and alcohol. Flavor is very smokey and peaty (and quite unexpected), with molasses, and a yeasty finish. Alcohol well noted. An interesting take on the style, but I can’t say I’d seek this out again for personal consumption.

3.7
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 26, 2007
On tap at the SF Rogue Public House. Pours a dark amber with a thick yellow head. No aroma that I can identify. This is a thick beer. Has a huge smoke flavor at first- very peaty. Amazing smoke flavor with a quick finish. This seems like it is huge in alcohol, even for 9%!

3.3
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2007
25 ounce bottle. Trappist glass. Cloudy Mahogany with brown quickly diminishing head. Aroma was sweet malt and caramel. Taste was fairly complex with notes of dark fruit, brown sugar tobacco and sweet malts. Lightly spiced with a touch of bitterness on the finish. Bitterness increases as it warms. I should like this one more. An interesting mix of flavors, but it just didn’t mix well for my taste. B for effort.


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