DinoMartini (7) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 10, 2012 does not count
To me, a perfect beer. It does no wrong. I need to find more beers that come close to this. Never was a beer drinker til I tasted this. A sweet aroma, hints of banana and chocolate. Strong, but not too heavy. Indeed, a classic. gossamer (1) - - FEB 25, 2012 does not count
Pours a dark amber with a frothy head. The beer has a fruity nose. I was impressed that it really tastes like a traditional abbey style ale. Strong finish. Very impressed. scottcowley (24) - - MAY 25, 2014
It just just get any better than this beer. Great abbey style ale.fruit, raisins, dried fruit plus go strong ale. This is not a beer for beginners. Hexenhetfield (27) - MEXICO - NOV 29, 2015
Una de mis cervezas preferidas, el aroma es muy rico y tiene un cuerpo medio y es algo dulce pero rico 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.
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 HalfCockedJack (16) - Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Outstanding beer. Aroma-Deep scent with hints of toasty figs and a earthy warmth. Pours a beautiful mahogany with a one-inch off white head and good lacing. Light sweetness for a Belgian Abbey Style, with a strong maltiness and a medium amount of bitterness. Turns from strong raisin flavor at the beginning to a warm plum/peach as the glass warms. Full bodied with a slight stickiness and a lingering finish. Overall, a very American take on a Belgian style that is not afraid of breaking with convention, much like the beer’s namesake. Drink it Straight, No Chaser. Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2009 One of my favorites. Roasted nuts, caramel, slight citrus and hops. Very nice. Two dollars from each bottle goes to the Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute. jjmoore2 (2) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2010 does not count
This goes on the top of my list in regards to one of the best Belgian Strong Ales. Very aromatic and rich flavored. I can especially taste the malt coffee and bread taste, and the herbs from the hops. Does not leave an after taste, and leaves your palate clean and refreshed. JNeri (3) - Chicago, USA - OCT 12, 2010 does not count
I originally ordered this beer because I’m a jazz enthusiast. I had never heard of it before but was intrigued by the name and the label. It is served in a very attractive trappist glass that reflects the label. It pours dark and laces nicely. Very deeply brown, almost black in color, and in fact looks nearly identical to the one Thelonious is holding on the label, but with less head. Fruity notes, a very inviting but understated aroma. A perfectly astounding experience throughout. When I’m asked for beer recommendations, this is always my first suggestion.