RATINGS: 1736   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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3.2
Oakes (17274) - 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.

3.8
mcberko (17205) - 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.

3.6
yngwie (17038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 19, 2009
Bottle, 12oz. It pours a lovely, ruby brown body, looking clear, and topped by a creamy, finger-thick beige head that lasts. Dried fruits, salty licorice, brown sugar, some alcohol and a spicy hop note. Full-bodied, slighlty warming and quite fizzy in the mouth. There’s dried fruits, some fresh fruits, blue plums mostly, sugars, a little spicy touch, a fine bitterness and alcohol in the flavor. The finish is lasting, with a slight alcohol burn, dried fruits, sugars and a herbal bitterness. Some caramel and a little bready touch blends in all the way. A nice one, but not in the league of the best Belgians. Will certainly have more of this one though. (090419)

3
jtclockwork (16444) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
Dark and muddy. Very tart and sour. Heavy on the palette. Some breads and cereal are also prevalent. Slight hint of butterscotch and vanilla. Rated 9/26/08

3.5
brokensail (16436) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Mahogany color with a khaki head. Sweet caramel, banana, clove, and yeast. Toasted bread, sugar, and a touch of alcohol. Nice raisin, plum, and maybe some nutmeg. Sweet caramel and fruit flavors. Tons of banana, plum, raisin, and dates. A fair amount of alcohol, some clove, yeast, and brown sugar.

3.8
Dedollewaitor (16056) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2009
35,5cl bottle. Thanks to Baggio. Pours deep amber reddish with a creamy lasting head and lacings. Nose is sweet of yeast, berries and red wine. Smooth and full bodied. Taste is sweet with a slight sour and vinous note. Lots of dark dried fruits such as plum, raisin and a little caramel and bubblegum. A vinous and warm sipper. Some syrup and sugar as it warms up. Very nice. Nearly quadruple style.

2.5
FatPhil (15966) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 23, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 355ml bottle (Systembolaget, Stockholm) - joint venture with Mirjukka - thanks!
Deep brown, fizzy head. Gluey alcohol aroma, toffee too. Pleasant carbonation, but a bit fizzy. Toffee taste too, some glue, some alcohol. Spicing is non-descript and stale. Messed up and mucky.

3.6
MiP (15650) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2008
Bottle, 9.4%. Sweet aroma, hint of vanilla. Sweet flavour, some alcohol and some brown sugar. A bit too sweet for me and not quite balanced by the alcohol. Sweet apricot.

3.9
Benzai (15460) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus. Clear dark red, dark amber to purple color, medium sized off-white head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, sweetish, lightly iron, more sweetness. Taste malts, sweetness again, (Dutch) "taai-taai", slightly alcohol, some herbs or spices. Medium to full body, suitable carbonation. One of the best Belgian Strong Ales I’ve had I think, at least one of the best Belgian style beers from the US. Well done!

3.5
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle at home - bought at Systembolaget, Malmö. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Dark bread, sweetness, high malty, raisins, berries, dried dark fruits, light yeasty, ryebread, caramel, raisins, brown sugar, syrup, chocolate, high malty, high sweetness.


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