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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
headheldhigh (100) - Walnut, California, USA - JUN 24, 2011
12 oz bottle pours out a dark amber with ruby tones. Deliveries a good tan short lived head. Aromas of Belgium yeasts candied sugar dark ripe fruits such as plums and cherries. Tastes of fruits roasted malts spices and Belgium yeasts. Finishes a little short with a lingering taste of mild hops and malts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duaneh (100) - - MAR 6, 2012
Brown color with lots of thick late-colored foam but settling down to a finger. The smell slowly filled the room- apricot, yeast, caramel and licorice. The taste had an initial metallic feature followed by sweet fruits, some yeast, and licorice and alcohol in the end.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EMunk (99) - USA - MAY 10, 2012
I was first drawn in by the name, then the description. This is a great beer with smooth tast that I love to have in dark beers. Be carful though, the 9% alcohol level can creep up on you fast.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Aroma of molasses. Mahogany in color with slight head. Taste is fruits and molasses. Nice finish with a bit of licorice in it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Studentofbrrs (98) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 Brother Thelonious is a beer to drink when you are sitting with a friend! It changes flavour around 3 times with every sip you take and will keep you intrigued until the last drop ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
750 ml bottle, pretty sweet label too. This poured a rich, deep red with a nice froamy (frothy & foamy) off-white head. Good yeasty aroma with notes of fruit. Great full-bodied flavor with notes of chocolate, fruit, caramel maltiness and spices. Good lingering mouth feel, this should get better with age.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alassio (96) - USA - JAN 17, 2010
Tried it on tap along with an Allagash Odyssey at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio. The Allagash was spicy and complex but with very thin body. This Bro Theo was caramelly sweeter, but less complex, and really not all that sumptious in body either. Its disappointing to have to try so hard to try and enjoy something in an itty bitty snifter. I wouldnt get it again. Kept wishing I had simply gotten the St. Bernardus 12.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MOARBEER (94) - WALES - OCT 30, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2013 Clearly I had a bad bottle first time around. Second bottle was nothing like the first. Decent abbey style Belgian strong. Dried fruits, sweet caramel, bread.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
VueltaBirrista (94) - Murcia, SPAIN - DEC 8, 2016
Es una reinterpretacin americana de una Abada belga. Vierte por tanto rojo oscuro, prcticamente marrn y su espuma color beis es discreta pero acompaa bastante bien todo el rato. Aroma a caramelo y licor. Su sabor es dulce al principio. Te recorre la boca pasas, pltano y regaliz, pero su final estropea un poco la experiencia, ya que es algo spero y astrigente. En trminos generales es una birra agradable, pero no aguanta la comparacin con una autntica abada belga.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
welho (93) - FINLAND - JUL 17, 2009
355ml bottle from Systembolaget. Dark brown color with white head. Smells fruits. Thick very sweet taste, some alcohol. Would suite much better those chilly autumn nights than this summer night I enjoyed this one. I like it!


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