RATINGS: 1704   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, it’s 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 Brewing’s 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
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.

3.7
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Very unique taste invloving complex dark fruits andyeast. I am enjoying this beer due to it’s unique appeal. I recommend trying this brew.

3.7
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
12oz bottle. Poured an amber/earthly color. Strong aroma of caramel and malts. This beer wasn’t really what I was expected from this belgium style beer. Unique taste. Starts off creamy and smooth and has strong malty aftertaste without the spice I was expecting. Lots of malt flavor. Good solid beer with high ABV.

4.1
Paincane (171) - Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Dark brown body w/ reddish tinge & tan head. Boozy rich malt aromas. Dark roasted malt, fig, raisin & spice notes in flavors. Medium bodied.

3.4
Chadski4 (170) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Initial sweetness settles into a nice full-bodied finish. Dark mahogany color with barely a hint of reddish hue. Little to no lacing but a nice thick head.

3.9
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Pours a clear, deep ruby with a finger of foamy, tan head that dissipates slowly into a cap. Yeasty dark fruits on the nose, mostly plumb, as well as some butterscotch. The flavor seems to just explode on the tongue, but then seems to dull itself down a bit. Yeasty and fruity all the way down. While it has a thick and sticky mouthfeel, seems to be a bit lighter bodied than this would indicate. A solid beer, just missing that little bit that would bring it into the great beer category.

3.5
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2007
A very nice offering from North Coast, with a more than appropriate name. Sample this from its 750ml bottle and was very impressed. It pours dark mahogany, and the smell is very spicy, malty, sweetish, and balanced. Caramel, malt, almonds, dark fruit, and a heavy alcohol presence are all apparent in the taste.

3.9
KDorgan12 (169) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Bottle-Memphis. Beautiful auburn brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of toffee and butterscotch. Smooth palate with silky caramel and faint hint of chocolate.

3.4
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - APR 15, 2010
pretty good but not very belgian... arome is aged malt and chocolate, not bad. flavour picks up a few more esters and phenols but still not all that belgian. it’s good but a boit too clean.

2.9
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Had a strange taste that I could not identify. Not entirely unpleasant,but weird enough to not want another. Highly eccentric, just like Thelonious.


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