RATINGS: 1729   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, 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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3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
chadski (123) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2016
A little too much alcohol up front but then settles in nicely. Won't seek out but may repeat. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DW78715816 (119) - Kansas, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Lighter in color and flavor than I expected. Alcohol is masked well, plum and malt flavor. Quite smooth. Dangerously easy drinking. Not on par with its Belgian counterparts like Chimay Blue, but it is good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Pours a very dark brown with a smallish off-white head. The aroma is malty and a bit nutty, with some dried fruit mixed in as well. It tastes malty with some caramel and a few other things in the background. Has a smooth finish that lingers for a while. Very good, but not quite excellent, Belgian strong, definitely recommend.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Funkatrocious (119) - - DEC 9, 2013
Pour from bottle. Deep brown in color with substantial light brown head. Smooth inoffensive sweet Belgian. Hides the 9.3% well. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dougdecinces (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2014
On tap at Twenty Tap. Poured a clear purplish-copper with a quickly-dissipating off-white head. Had this side by side with La Chouffe and this one had less malt complexity, but more fruity esters (mostly pear and apple). Of the malts, dried fruits and breadiness dominate. Finished dry and wasnt quite as smooth as La Chouffe. Still a good beer, but pales in comparison to La Chouffe.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mysticbrew (118) - - OCT 24, 2015
Pours a copper brown with a lite tan head. Lacings line the glass. The aroma is malty with a hint of cinnamon. The flavor has pepper, orange and malt. This beer has a medium-full body with crispness to the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2006 Rich, ruby brown color with a nice lasting head. The alcohol is well masked and this beer truly tastes as if it could have come from Belgium. Ill have to see if the rest of the North Coast offerings pay this much attention to detail.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattyKakes (117) - Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Pours a rich dark molasses. Taste is toasted brown sugar and oak. Theres a touch of citrus at the end. Its complex. Love the name. Cheers!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - DEC 28, 2007
One of the best beers Ive ever had. Visually, one of the most beautiful beers as well. Pours a deep, clear amber-red, that actually appears to have a sunburst effect as you look at it through the side of a belgian glass. Aroma is sweet and fruity with a wisp of yeast. Taste is earthy and fruit that spreads out on the palate into a bitter/sweet finish on the sides of the tongue. Finish also has notes of yeast and alcohol. In short, a masterpiece by our friends at North Coast!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tongan77 (115) - Ventura, California, USA - SEP 5, 2013
On tap! Color is brown with a thick head. Aroma is sweet like chocolate. Taste is of chocolate and malts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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