RATINGS: 1730   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
firedog23 (73) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2012
This beer makes me want to sing long drawn out jazz songs. It makes me want to drink more of it. This beer is a great example of great Belgium Abbey Ales. Gonna sneak one back to England with me and share with other like minded friends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
axhejaz (1) - - APR 30, 2017 does not count
Love the chocolate taste, theres more flavor to it but the chocolate will be all over your taste buds

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
17Beer (322) - Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2017
Good yeasty Belgian smells. Pours dark brown with tan head. Good lacing. Nuts and dried raisins with a sweet finish. Well balanced, medium carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (6346) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2017
Light brown colour with thin head. Aroma and flavour have plenty of candy sugat and malts. Good balance of sweetness and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidWoodruff (563) - Windsor, California, USA - APR 12, 2017
Brilliant brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is of dark dried fruit, toffee and molasses. The malt sweetness is balanced by the drying alcohol. Medium bodied (seems thin for the overall hugeness of the beer. Great malty, spicy finish. Love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meccahh69lol (155) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2017
This is a very nice Belgian - and we like the Thelonious Monk nod. Pours a dark brown, with a malty and smooth aroma. The taste is also quite smooth, with some light sweetness and a slightly creamy texture. Great for sneaking onto an airplane in LA to share with your booboo when youre back on the east coast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjmoen (494) - - MAR 13, 2017
B-. Pours a dark brown color with khaki head. Surprisingly light body for how rich and flavorful it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (268) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Aromas of sweet (candy sugar) and sour fruit plus some bread, caramel malt. Beautiful dark ruby color with a medium sized light brown head. Taste is both sweet and sour with mild to moderate bitterness. Texture is oily to slightly creamy; carbonation average; body medium; finish is long sweet, sour, some malt and plum fruitiness. A bit boozy. Overall a good example of a Belgian strong ale. Enough different things going on to keep it interesting; good palate/mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (1614) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 10, 2017
Restrained aroma in a copper brown pour. Lovely balanced flavour profile is both complex and subtle with hints of dried fruit, plums, cherries, and spicy bread (to name but a few). Would be a great brew from a Belgian brewery - is hugely impressive for an American one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
argeru (92) - Hillsboro, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2017
22oz, foamy crisp pour, deep copper color. Lots of raisin, brown sugar, and bready malt. Pretty tasty stuff, listening to the Monk and Coltrane while I sip makes it just right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (5156) - BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2017
Quadrupel by North Coast, named after Thelonious Monk - handily linking his name to the tradition of brewing Belgian monks - and apparently intended to promote the appreciation of jazz music, which I can only support. Bubbly but creamy, pale greyish white head, quickly reduced to a few disparate islands in the middle but retaining a firm moussy rim, over a beautifully purple-hued copper brown, clear beer. Quite intense bouquet of plum brandy, rum-soaked raisins, Belgian chocolates, toffee, both plain rusty and more noble madera-like oxidation (this bottle is 14 months old), even madera sauce, candied cherries, brown bread, walnut, sweet chicken curry (clearly the oxidation again), overripe tomato, egg yolk (or rather: a sulfuric note of yeast autolysis), horse steak, bitter honey somewhere. Fruity onset mixes cherry and candied fig sweetness with soft blueberry sourishness and a notable meaty umami accent, medium carbonated, with a thick but still very supple, resinous mouthfeel. Very caramelly malt sweetness with a bittersweetish nutty edge in the middle, chocolatey aspects but restrainedly so, while the fruit (and residual brown sugar) sweetness persists, but not in an overly cloying way. Acquires a toasty bitterish edge in the end, matching well with a peppery hop bitter touch providing spiciness and drought; further pepperiness is added by white rum-like alcohol, which heats the back of the mouth and throat without becoming obnoxious and wry, not impairing drinkability in spite of its palpable presence. Retronasally, I get a certain amount of port-like oxidation though subtly so; rusty oxidation on the other hand is more obviously noticeable. The best quads (think Westvleteren 12 or Chimay Bleu) can easily age for years without becoming this oxidized - clearly this beer, even though it belongs to a category usually suitable for cellaring, is intended to be consumed fresh, or at least more fresh than this bottle, which already suffers from oxidation in both the good and the bad way after a mere 14 months. I am convinced, though, that this is a beer of international standard when younger. In this form: highly enjoyable and interesting, but not quite up there with the greats, which are still primarily Belgian - and primarily brewed by actual monks... Glad I tried it though, after having encountered its name on more than one occasion in past years.

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