RATINGS: 1732   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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.

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

jeremyh70's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremyh70 (1103) - Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2013
Pours a semi-clear brown with ruby highlights and a huge off white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving moderate lacing. Nice looking beer. The nose is immediately Belgian with aromas of bubblegum, dark fruit and some clove. Taste delivers the dark fruit with raisins and figs, burnt brown sugar sweetness and the clove along with a bit of pepper. Mouthfeel is effervescent and medium bodied with medium/high carbonation. A valiant attempt at a Belgian style by an American brewer. Good but not as good as the real thing. ---Jeremy H

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wekker84 (2300) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2017
Bottle a brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts dark fruits alcohol caramel dried fruits spicy and hops flavor malts dark fruits spicy caramel dried fruits some alcohol and some hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (617) - Mora, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2017
Brown color, medium sized beige head. Aromas of alcohol, yeast, spices, dried fruits and caramel. Sweet taste with alcohol, yeast, caramel, brown sugar, spices and dried fruits. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
axhejaz (1) - - APR 30, 2017 does not count
Love the chocolate taste, theres more flavor to it but the chocolate will be all over your taste buds

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
17Beer (325) - Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2017
Good yeasty Belgian smells. Pours dark brown with tan head. Good lacing. Nuts and dried raisins with a sweet finish. Well balanced, medium carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (6367) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2017
Light brown colour with thin head. Aroma and flavour have plenty of candy sugat and malts. Good balance of sweetness and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidWoodruff (572) - Windsor, California, USA - APR 12, 2017
Brilliant brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is of dark dried fruit, toffee and molasses. The malt sweetness is balanced by the drying alcohol. Medium bodied (seems thin for the overall hugeness of the beer. Great malty, spicy finish. Love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meccahh69lol (160) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2017
This is a very nice Belgian - and we like the Thelonious Monk nod. Pours a dark brown, with a malty and smooth aroma. The taste is also quite smooth, with some light sweetness and a slightly creamy texture. Great for sneaking onto an airplane in LA to share with your booboo when youre back on the east coast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjmoen (499) - - MAR 13, 2017
B-. Pours a dark brown color with khaki head. Surprisingly light body for how rich and flavorful it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (269) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Aromas of sweet (candy sugar) and sour fruit plus some bread, caramel malt. Beautiful dark ruby color with a medium sized light brown head. Taste is both sweet and sour with mild to moderate bitterness. Texture is oily to slightly creamy; carbonation average; body medium; finish is long sweet, sour, some malt and plum fruitiness. A bit boozy. Overall a good example of a Belgian strong ale. Enough different things going on to keep it interesting; good palate/mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (1627) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 10, 2017
Restrained aroma in a copper brown pour. Lovely balanced flavour profile is both complex and subtle with hints of dried fruit, plums, cherries, and spicy bread (to name but a few). Would be a great brew from a Belgian brewery - is hugely impressive for an American one.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 174
Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5