RATINGS: 1726   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, - OCT 10, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2008 Aroma: fruity, wort, dried fruit, malts (heavy), sourish, yeast (coriander, seville orange, liquorice)... Slightly roasted, red currants, sappy hops... pears.
Flavour: powerful, roasted (but not burnt at all), nice chocolate malt, prunes, liquorice. Very mellow.
Palate: wonderful, fizzy, creamy, very smooth... thick.
Appearance: brown, mellow copper w/yellow bizarre, surprisingly nonfrothy head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meccahh69lol (80) - 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 (425) - - 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 (251) - 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 (1538) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
argeru (77) - Hillsboro, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2017
22oz, foamy crisp pour, deep copper color. Lots of raisin, brown sugar, and bready malt. Pretty tasty stuff, listening to the Monk and Coltrane while I sip makes it just right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (5006) - BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2017
Quadrupel by North Coast, named after Thelonious Monk - handily linking his name to the tradition of brewing Belgian monks - and apparently intended to promote the appreciation of jazz music, which I can only support. Bubbly but creamy, pale greyish white head, quickly reduced to a few disparate islands in the middle but retaining a firm moussy rim, over a beautifully purple-hued copper brown, clear beer. Quite intense bouquet of plum brandy, rum-soaked raisins, Belgian chocolates, toffee, both plain rusty and more noble madera-like oxidation (this bottle is 14 months old), even madera sauce, candied cherries, brown bread, walnut, sweet chicken curry (clearly the oxidation again), overripe tomato, egg yolk (or rather: a sulfuric note of yeast autolysis), horse steak, bitter honey somewhere. Fruity onset mixes cherry and candied fig sweetness with soft blueberry sourishness and a notable meaty umami accent, medium carbonated, with a thick but still very supple, resinous mouthfeel. Very caramelly malt sweetness with a bittersweetish nutty edge in the middle, chocolatey aspects but restrainedly so, while the fruit (and residual brown sugar) sweetness persists, but not in an overly cloying way. Acquires a toasty bitterish edge in the end, matching well with a peppery hop bitter touch providing spiciness and drought; further pepperiness is added by white rum-like alcohol, which heats the back of the mouth and throat without becoming obnoxious and wry, not impairing drinkability in spite of its palpable presence. Retronasally, I get a certain amount of port-like oxidation though subtly so; rusty oxidation on the other hand is more obviously noticeable. The best quads (think Westvleteren 12 or Chimay Bleu) can easily age for years without becoming this oxidized - clearly this beer, even though it belongs to a category usually suitable for cellaring, is intended to be consumed fresh, or at least more fresh than this bottle, which already suffers from oxidation in both the good and the bad way after a mere 14 months. I am convinced, though, that this is a beer of international standard when younger. In this form: highly enjoyable and interesting, but not quite up there with the greats, which are still primarily Belgian - and primarily brewed by actual monks... Glad I tried it though, after having encountered its name on more than one occasion in past years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Derbeth (841) - Krakw, POLAND - JAN 12, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown colour with ruby reflexes, rocky head that does not stay long. Aroma is quite much candy sugar, raisin, pleasant warming alcohol. Medium sweetness, not bitter. Soft carbonation, smooth, not cloying. Not very complex, but well balanced and easy to drink. Good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mediamaven (1) - Fort Bragg, California, USA - JAN 10, 2017 does not count
A Belgian Style Abbey Ale that sets the standard AND makes a contribution to Jazz Education thru every pint sold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (2928) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2017
Bottle. Red Brown in colour. Small off-white head. Very Malty; toasty bready malts, caramel, brown sugar, notes of chocolate. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, some citrus. Spicy. Yeasty. Sweet very malty fruity and quite dry throughout. Decent but I expected more. (2015-09-24)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hohops (922) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2016
Appearance- murky dark brown, ruby hints, a small off-white head which doesnt last long. Aroma- cherry, dark fruit, blackcurrant, caramel, toast, dark malt hints, vinous, more fruits. Taste- cherry, fruitcake, sweet malts, boozy hints, nutty undertones, fluffy mouthfeel, juicy fruit, sweet malty finish. Tasty.

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