RATINGS: 1720   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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3.7
   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.

3.5
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cernjoh (183) - Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Poured a 2013 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a cloudy reddish brown with a medium golden amber 1 finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is that of bananas. Palate is a medium mouth feel with perfect carbonation for this style. Overall it feels great going down and was good either sipped or chugged :) Taste is far superior having aged 3 years from when it was fresh. i paired this with a salad that had a sweet dressing and this paired very well. Taste is of dark fruits, bananas and a nice level of booze. Overall, this is an excellent beer to let sit for three years. Glad I opened this today. If you have a 2013 I suggest you pour it today, because you wont be disappointed. Cheers!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SoberDave (182) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
It has a perfect dark amber colour and a complex aroma, which is matched only by the complexity of the flavour. This beer combines the quality of an abbey ale with an easy drinking taste. This beer is so confusing in that the flavour makes several permutations inside your mouth and each sip is something new.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bonster (182) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2009 Bottle from my local. Dark reddish brown color with a thick tan head. Aroma is caramel and dark fruits. Up front the flavor is dark fruits and molasses accompanied by nuts with a hint of spice and yeast bringing up the rear. Slightly warming at the end but I think the alcohol is well hidden for the strength. Me likey.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
charcot25 (181) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Mahogany beer with light brown head. Aroma is of caramel, spice. Has a sharp caramel flavor with some licorice, chocolate and tobacco notes. Finishes appropriately dry. Has some unpleasant phenolic character (styrifoam) too.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoffrobert (178) - Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Dark red in color with decent carbonated head. Smells of dried fruits and nuts. Tastes of raisins and dates throughout. Slight hint of apples and brown sugar. Paired with white sharp cheddar cheese was tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Amber-brown color, nicely cloudy, -attractive beer. Pours a small light brown head. Strong malt with port aroma as well as hints of burnt toffee. Flavor mirrors aroma, but less sweet. Lightly fizzy which diminishes the palate, but doesnt overwhelm the flavor. Not really like Belgian Abbey style ales, but well worth drinking.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - FEB 7, 2007
deep dark red/brown coffeeish appearance. off white head that doesnt last. THe aroma is not good. Smells like vinegar. Flavor is inconsistent, thankfully, with aromoa. Flavor is coffee with oddly sweet but bitter finish. Overall, its ok, but I wont buy again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Brown pour that light travels through, has a minimal beige head. Nose is muted with a sugary sweetness apparent. Palate is a tad thin with a fair amount of carbonation. Flavor is, as expected, nice and malty with almond and walnut drenched in sugar and digested with plum and fig. Warming, strong, and enjoyable, this Belgian falters by a too thin body and lack of variation. The homage to T.S. Monk is preserved, nonetheless, in this nutty brew.


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