RATINGS: 1698   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
john44 (3392) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2017
Bottle. Red Brown in colour. Small off-white head. Very Malty; toasty bready malts, caramel, brown sugar, notes of chocolate. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, some citrus. Spicy. Yeasty. Sweet very malty fruity and quite dry throughout. Decent but I expected more. (2015-09-24)

3.9
hohops (1096) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2016
Appearance- murky dark brown, ruby hints, a small off-white head which doesn’t last long. Aroma- cherry, dark fruit, blackcurrant, caramel, toast, dark malt hints, vinous, more fruits. Taste- cherry, fruitcake, sweet malts, boozy hints, nutty undertones, fluffy mouthfeel, juicy fruit, sweet malty finish. Tasty.

3.2
VueltaBirrista (144) - Murcia, SPAIN - DEC 8, 2016
Es una reinterpretación americana de una Abadía belga. Vierte por tanto rojo oscuro, prácticamente marrón y su espuma color beis es discreta pero acompaña bastante bien todo el rato. Aroma a caramelo y licor. Su sabor es dulce al principio. Te recorre la boca pasas, plátano y regaliz, pero su final estropea un poco la experiencia, ya que es algo áspero y astrigente. En términos generales es una birra agradable, pero no aguanta la comparación con una auténtica abadía belga.

4.2
sinfull (1799) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Brown color. Thin, beige head. Aroma of dried plums, bread , caramel and fruits. Rich taste with strong malty backbone and notes of fruits and yeasts. Full body, moderate bitterness at the end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
brigg (708) - New York, USA - NOV 18, 2016
(Bottle) Cloudy muddy-copper body with medium-big tan head. Tart, fruity aroma; spices. Light to medium body. Spices, apple, mild alcohol, caramel malt, vanilla.

2.9
muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Everett’s in South Beloit IL, consumed at cellar temp from a Leffe glass. Dark plum, translucent, with a small-to-moderate fast-diminishing off-white head....plummy-brandyish aroma, touches of caramel, some fairly strong yeasty notes coming through on the second nosing, light noticeable alcohol presence...front very very sweet and also really viscous and syrupy, like a soda with the syrupy settled to the bottom; on a second sip this is a little less noticeable, and it’s not quite so cloying-sweet; grapy characteristics dominate with a fair bit of soft murky yeast in the middle...dries out somewhat towards the finish but remains thicker and moister (if that makes sense) that I’d like...alcohol presence is fairly subdued until it’s going down the gullet; it remains very thick and the carbonation being fairly low doesn’t help. Not exactly terrible but kind of a soggy mess that’s really mostly drinkable because I wanted a Belgian strong ale at the moment; alas this wasn’t my best possible choice. Could have sworn I’d rated it before also, I know I’ve had it before. Well, it’s available in small bottles, that’s one thing to say for it, but alas that’s not enough.

4.2
CraftyHare (119) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2016
355ml bottle pours dark amber with slow forming tan head. Amazing hoppy aromas of dried fruit and bread. Tastes of dried apricot, peach, orange peel, brown sugar and yeast. The 9.4% alcohol is present but cleverly masked by the fruit and sweetness. Finish is nutty and with strong fruit characters. Amazing and unique Belgian-style strong ale. Love the branding and philosophy.

3.9
TizzleJizzle (792) - Garland, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2016
12 oz bottle. Poured a brown color with a nice frothy tan head. Taste of caramel malts, dried fruit, fig with a sweet finish. Well carbonated, medium-full bodied. All hail Brother Thelonious

3
PanMarek (463) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Lots of malt in the nose, toffee, dark fruits. Dark brown pour with thin foam. Medium / heavy body, light fizz and slick on the tongue. There is some yeasty crispness in the middle, but it is dominated by the sweetness. Strong alcohol burn at the end reminds you that it’s 9%.

3.8
eduardovl (1474) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 1, 2016
355ml bottle served in a Rochefort Trappist glass. A: Pours a clear very dark amber to brown color forming a small and very creamy head with medium retention and tons of spotty and creamy lacings left in the glass. S: Sweet nose. Strong notes of dark dry fruits, caramel and nuts. Earth, spices and brown bread. Hints of grassy hops. T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of dark dri fruits (raisins and plums), banana cake, dry figs, candi sugar, toffee, caramel malts and nuts. Roasted malts. Finish is bitter. Great bittersweet balance. M: Full body. Medium carbonation. Very fruity aftertaste. Lots of raisins and caramel. Persistent bitterness. O: Great drinkability. Great Belgian style Ale made in USA. Great tribute to Mr. Thelonious.


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