RATINGS: 1715   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2007
750 ml bottle. Aroma is sweet fermented fruit like most belgians are. Murky brown body with light tan head. Sweet domoinates the flavor of first glass. Second from bottle when yeast from bottom of bottle is poured in a good sweet apple flavor with some sourness. Good brew but has an alochol affect on body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Bottle Trappist glass. Dark color, very little aroma, almost unnoticible. Taste was very bland, especially for North Coast I was dissapointed with this one, considering the other great brews they make this one fell a little flat. Somewhat malty in profile but very one sided and with little character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Really nothing special in this on except for the presence of alcohol through out everything with this beer. Arrogant Bastard and Double bastard beats this hands down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - JAN 9, 2007
There are different kinds of bitters. Some are sweet/biiter some are astringent/bitter some are peppery/bitter some are metallic/bitter I would put this in the last category. I dont know what ingredients create this type of bitterness, but I find it unappealling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Yellow-tan head above a deep brown hue. Rich nose, with hints of fresh yeast and tart fruit. Smooth, silky texture; lively carbonation, but not too lively. Wonderful elements of molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, fig, sour cherries and sweet raspberry. Nice level of bitterness to round things out. Dryish finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1166) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Poured a hazy dark mahogany with a fizzy off-white head which dissipated nearly completely. Aroma of raisins, grapes, alcohol, and a bit of ashtray. Flavor is extremely pleasant and balanced... dark fruits, brown sugar, dry alcohol. Alcohol has a bit of a burn going down with a retronasal effect. Body is average with a biting carbonation. Although the alcohol and some of its effects could stand to be toned down a bit, this still has a very refined flavor which makes it a quite enjoyable drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2193) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 8, 2007
garnet color with an eggshell head. Sugared plum nose that is rich and earthy, damn, the yeasty aroma is great. Flavor is thick and rich with yeast, candy, dark fruits, and spices with a touch of coffee with cream in the end that is an absolute pleasure . 4 8 9 5 18

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (1183) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2007
an almost pinot red w/ a slight ephemeral head. I feel the alcohol heat with the first swallow. aroma of a spiciness I cant define in the aroma, along with dried cherries, brandy, orange peel, molasses. the fruity smoothness of the flavor, light malt , w/ a slight roasted note at the end. I only know theres hops cause the sweetness would be unbounded.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Dark ruby red in color. Spicy yeast aroma. Tastes of alcohol and sugars overpower this one for me. Too sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Raisin and prune aromas with a malty sweetness. Some spice is noticeable. Light alcohol aromas with an almost sherry like aroma. Light tan head dissipates quickly, No haze is noticeable, with a ruby tones to a deep brown beer. Flavors up front are of prune, and raisins, a sherry like feel to the beer. Malt sweetness is noticeable ending with a noticeable amount of carbonation making the beer finish lighter in mouthfeel that I think it really is. No hop flavors noticeable and bitterness is only there for balance. Overall a very interesting and drinkable beer.

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