RATINGS: 1689   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, 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brison (44) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2013
damn good. Loads of dark fruit, breadiness, and a bit of alcohol in the taste. Slightly boozy but is balanced by the very distinct flavors. not quite as good as trois pistoles but still very good.

KevinReddirt (197) - Midland, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2017
Sampling this from a 750 ml bottle acquired in Billings, Montana. Pouring into a Trappist glass it delivers an attractive, very dark amber body and a persistent brown-egg colored head. Alluring presentation. Lifting the glass to my nose I find cane sugar, ripe fig and raisin. My first taste does not equal the scent but it is still quite good. Yeast, malt, yellow plum and a hint of red licorice. Great mouthfeel, very full, chewy. I get a slight bitterness finishing. Another commendable domestic effort at a Belgian ale.

dorain (459) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2017
Vom Fass auf den Berliner Braufest 2016-09 getrunken. Noch ein Bier im belgischen Stil. Nicht schlecht, aber für so was brauch ich nicht "bis in die USA zu reisen". Viele Belgier können das besser. Aber das hier ist immer noch ein gutes Bier, aber leider nichts besonderes.

Jimtasticness (1) - - AUG 17, 2017 does not count
Wonderful beer! If you like abbey styles, you'll love it! Goes down smooth and tastes like heaven! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

balloonbuffoon (478) - - AUG 2, 2017
25.4floz (750ml) bottle bought about a year ago (freshness/vintage not found), tulip glass used. Seems to appear murky because of the muddy brown-red color, which is topped off with a glistening retentive light-brown head. Date aroma, and flavor invokes much the same over a full, sweet palate. A well crafted ale in the Belgian strong brown/Abbey vein.

harry_p_ness (18) - - JUL 2, 2017
Pours a mahogany color with a thick cream head. Smell is bread, raisins, fig. Taste is very robust. Picking up brown sugar, fig, chocolate, prunes. A bit creamy on the palate with a slight bitter finish. Very tasty.

Grzesiek79 (4362) - Radom, POLAND - JUN 28, 2017
Small bottle from Dyspensa in Radom. Piwo ma ladna etykiete, ladnie i obficie się pieni, choć jest kremowa pianka to opada szybko nie zostawiając nic na kieliszku Chimay. Dosc jasne bez osadu, barwy czerwonej. Zapach jakby nalewka wisniowa i trochę miodu gryczanego. W smaku trufle, czekoladowy tort i deser, ogolnie bardzo jakby to powiedzieć ciasteczkowe było to piwo, ale także owoce ciemne. Rozgrzewajace, smaczne ale zarazem lekkie. Troche inne niż rasowe Belgijskie mocne Ale. Ogolnie oceniam na dobre ale zbyt mało wyraziste. Na koniec chciało by się zaspiewac: "All That Jazz"

Travlr (25528) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2017
Bottle. Brown color, beige head. Aroma of raisins, dates, plums. Taste has dried fruit, stewed prunes, raisins. Very Tasty.

UncleKorm (1330) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2017
750ml corked bottle poured a clear brown hue w/ a medium fully diminishing fizzy tan head. Light sweet bready aromas. Initial flavor is moderate sweet with a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are brown sugar, Belgian sugars, caramel, dark breads, figs, and tobacco. Full bodied w/ a warm boozy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Pruszyns (1) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2017 does not count
I have had better belgium ales, there is a bitterness in the after taste that I do not believe should be there in a quality ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ZodiacM (1230) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2017
LCI. Uit de fles geschonken. Mooie moutig zoetige Belg uit de VS met aardig wat rood fruit. Lekker!

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