RATINGS: 1698   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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3.6
Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 13, 2007
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of IrishBoy. Beautiful, clear, warm, orangey brown with a creamy, light brown head leaving some lacework. Fat aroma of caramel and fruit. Medium body, sweetish, lightly burned caramel accents and a touch of hazelnuts. Very subdued bitterness. Quite lovely. 030407

3.7
Beerhunter111 (22550) - P´Castle, GERMANY - APR 17, 2015
Klare dunkel rötlichbraune Farbe, geringe beige Schaumkrone. Geruch nach überreifen roten Früchten, leicht alkoholisch, kräftig malzig. Geschmack nach sehr reifen roten Früchten, Karamell, alkoholisch, gut!

3.9
Leighton (22329) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. An interesting beer. As a Belgian strong ale, I was ready for the funky yeast character but the rich, malty sweetness caught me off guard, much like the improvised solos of the eponymous Jazz maestro might. Aroma is heavy and funky yeast, with hints of sweet, dark fruits. The flavor follows the funk initially, then gives way to a rich, malty backbone. A lot of brown sugar by my palette. A truly unique beer I would say.

3.3
Rasmus40 (21991) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2011
Clear dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma is quite sweet malty, caramel, yeasty and dark sugar. Flavor is quite sweet. Sweet finish. Too sweet. 070811

3.7
fiulijn (21274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2007
Corked Bottle
Dark amber color to mahogany. Aroma of malt and the esthers; ripe plums, maybe apricots. Good malt flavor, dry, but the body could be stronger, at the end it’s quite thin; flavors of caramel and sweet liquorice; good bitterness level. Not impressive, but professionally brewed anyway.

3.5
saxo (19523) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2009
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are dark fruits, spices, malt, caramel and alcohol.

3.7
harrisoni (19348) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle from gbbf 2015 and drunk at home. Ester aroma dark brown malts some raisin. It’s a quad I guess. Up against the best of the Belgians it holds up pretty well a touch boozy . Decent dark fruits some sour dark cherry even. Dates and prunes. It’s decent .

3.8
mcberko (18998) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2010
12oz bottle, pours a dark reddish brown with a half-inch beige head. Aroma is caramel malts and molasses. Flavour is caramel malts, raisins, dark fruits with a smoky, alcoholic finish. Very good.

3.2
Oakes (18873) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2007
Draught, Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse, Snohomish, WA
Burgundy colour. Chocolatey, raisiny aroma. Sweet flavour with slight toffee character. Brown sugar finish. Far too sweet and tastes filtered...has a slick body rather than a full one and lacks complexity.

3.7
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2007
Bottle. thanks to larsniclas for sharing. Amber color with an offwhite head. Malty vinous aroma with figs and some other fruits. Strong flavor, sweet fruitd, figd, malt, hops, vinous notes. Gives a warming feeling without letting too much alcohol show. Strong malty, finish.


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