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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Vanilla chocolate nice sweetness mild toastiness some belgian fruits, but really just like a complex high abv brown ale done right

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kromamc (191) - ITALY - FEB 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2010 molto buona.. al naso tanta confettura di prugna uva passa frutta secca.. in bocca proseguono le sesazioone del naso con note fruttate e rotonde ke coprono lalcol perfettamente...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Tasting portion at a North Coast beer tasting event at a local grocery store. 12 ounce bottle poured into a champagne flute glass. The beer rep from North Coast shared the little joke relating to the name of the beer. As this beer is molded in the tradition of Belgian ales sometimes made by Trappist monks, they were looking for the American equivalent of a "monk" on the label -- and the closest they came to was jazz legend Thelonious Monk, thus the name of the beer and his image on the label. A portion of the proceeds of the sales for this beer go to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to help promote promising young musicians. Amber brown in color, clear with a nice sized foamy head. Rich dark fruit aromas like prunes and plums. More ripe dark fruity flavors in the taste -- prunes, plums and even cherries. Lots of sweet malt with a litle bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish along with some some orange peel flavor. Medium bodied with low carbonation. I thought the alcohol was well-hidden for 9.4% ABV. Nice beer to pair with a rich desert or on its own as a nice sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swillguzzler99 (188) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Pours light brown with little head. initial fruity taste followed by faintly sweet aftertaste. The alcohol numbs the tongue a wee bit as the taste lingers. A decent brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FatTony (188) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2015 12 ounce bottle- poured out a beautiful, translucent, ruby/auburn with a moderate, well formed cola head. Minor sediment in the bottom of the bottle as is proper for this ale. Aroma was all dark fruit, not cloying, but pervasive. Dark, candied fruit and a sweet caramel taste with a Champagne-like carbonation, damned near perfect. Palate was thick, smooth and pleasing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Pours a deep brown color with a small head. Aroma of prunes and raisins. Flavor matches with addition of a nice brown sugar note.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scooter520 (185) - - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle. Appearance: dark copper with ruby red tint, creamy 1 finger quickly dissipating head. Aroma: caramel, dried fruits, maybe pear, some astringent alcohol. Taste: strong dried fruit taste on the front and throughout the middle, then brown sugar like candied fruits, caramel, just the very slightest hint of alcohol, ends with a lingering sweetness. Mouthfeel: creamy with noticeable carbonation bite . Overall: very pleasant abbey ale with solid flavor profile. I tad sweet on the end for my tastes but still solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2008
12 oz bottle. Maybe the most interesting looking bottle I’ve seen. Great theory for the beer, and it works. Pours a hazy amber with minimal head. Aroma is earthy and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with a bit of alcohol burn to it. Flavors are nutty and earthy. Not as much on the spice as a lot of true Belgians. No sediment, so this one tastes a bit "cleaner" than a lot of the yeasty abbey style ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Sweet raisin scent from a translucent dark brown pour with a small tan head that lingers with good lacing. Strong taste of molasses, almost a chocolately taste to it. Very smooth, minimal carbonation, heavy bodied. A good drink.

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