RATINGS: 1722   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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, 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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flying_pig (1495) - SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2015
355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Wine & Beer (3.50):
This one was quite a nice Belgian style beer that was quite sweet with plenty dark fruits & malts coming through on top of a smooth, medium body. It went down a lot easier than one might expect & was very enjoyable with a rich, complex taste & warming feel to it but it falls short of some of the better Belgian brewed beers of the style if Im honest.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (14789) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus. Clear dark red, dark amber to purple color, medium sized off-white head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, sweetish, lightly iron, more sweetness. Taste malts, sweetness again, (Dutch) "taai-taai", slightly alcohol, some herbs or spices. Medium to full body, suitable carbonation. One of the best Belgian Strong Ales Ive had I think, at least one of the best Belgian style beers from the US. Well done!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5707) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle @ benzai. Clear brown colour with a large off-white head. Quite the looker. Smells sweet, malts, herbs, slightly metallic. Tastes pretty herbal, cinnamon, gingerbread, taai taai, brown sugar- but not in a bad way. Full body, soft carbo.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
javiercrasher (398) - Granada, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2015
De color marrn con destellos rojizos y espuma beige de pompa grande con buena retencin. Aromas a fruta madura, algo de azcar moreno y caramelo, tambin se intuye el alcohol. Cuerpo medio y carbonatacin media. En boca fruta madura (ciruela y pera) y caramelo. Alcohol bien integrado aunque se va haciendo presente al tomar temperatura la cerveza. Buena cerveza, necesitara algo ms de cuerpo para hacer frente al 9% ABV.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heather_B (252) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Had a bottle on 03.21.14 in a hot tub with my friends. Dark brown pour with some foamy lingering head that covers the pour. I get some dark fruits in aroma and flavor. Nicely balanced malts. Some caramel. Definitely drinkable.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARH (1121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2015 12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet. The aroma is initially fresh baked, crusty bread and a very sweet note, not too unlike raisin or grapr hard candy (jolly ranchers / war heads?). Later this turns towards caramel apple and subtle chocolate. The beer pours a brilliant, clear, effervescent, rich red brown with a soft, sudsy tan head that has good retention and a web like, thick lace. A medium high sweetness is cut by a medium low bitter. The beer is viscous with a slick with a fizzy carbonation and a full with tones of toffee, bread, prunes, bananas, pears, and some butterscotch. The finish is mildly medicinal and peppery with a resin feel as well as a subtle alcohol and bitter, citrus note. The aftertaste is cloying with flavors of toast and jam with a bitter peppery spice.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hexenhetfield (14) - MEXICO - NOV 29, 2015
Una de mis cervezas preferidas, el aroma es muy rico y tiene un cuerpo medio y es algo dulce pero rico

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (1555) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle; pours brown with a beige head; sweet aroma of caramel, yeast, and dark fruits with a little sugar; taste is sweet with caramel, dark fruits, and yeast; finish is sweet with a little bit of spice; the beer is sweet throughout but not overpoweringly so; excellent beer

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (11011) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle. Raisin, apple, toffee malt, and straw aroma. Dark amber with small head. Mildly sweet raisin, toffee malt, and moderately bitter herbal citrus peel flavor. Decent body. Pretty good but kind of light.


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