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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3.4
hopdog (12437) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2006
22oz bottle. Poured a clear reddish-brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of raisins, toffee, other dark fruits, and lightly spicy. I was also getting a little nuttiness in the aroma. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, and light spices. Lively body with a light alcohol finish.

3.4
Hangover (1134) - oxford, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Dark, nearly opaque pour with a thin white head. Yeasty aroma with some banana and clove and pretty heavy hint of alcohol. Man... this stuff is strong. Active carobnation and very lively mouthfeel. Strong notes of dried fruit and some spice. Alchol finishes it, mostly dry. Pretty good. I wonder if the lady at the beer store recognized the dude on the bottle, she was staring it down lol.

3.4
marcus (10149) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 6, 2006
This brown ale poured with a thin tan head, eliciting a malty aroma. The flavor is malty but a little harsh, with a carbonated mouthfeel - slightly sweet at first, with a bitter finish.

3.4
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Deep amber with a tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma of dark fruit, candy sugar, spice and alcohol. Flavor follows the aromas as spiciness is more noticeable followed by a fairly alcoholic finish. A very nice beer, but it did not meet my expectations from a brewery that produces some great beers.

3.4
omhper (24976) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2006
[Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm] Deep ruby, brief head. No sediment. Evidently Belgian style aroma of almond, caramel and a surprising whiff of smoke. Sweet and solidly malty with fairly clean mouthfeel. Almond gets ever more evident, and woody smoke lingers throughout. Packed with interesting flavours, but the mouthfeel leaves something to be desired.

3.4
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Pours a reddish brown in my St. Bernardus goblet. Modest head. Almost no lacing.Mild aroma of semi sweet malts,some dark fruit and a bit earthy. Semi sweet malt,dark fruit,almonds,hints of vanilla with a slightly spicey finish. Easy to drink and at $6.49 a cork top a decent value. ABV nicely hidden. Just which it had a little more "oomph" to it.

3.4
SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 3, 2006
this was strange. dark red amber colored. medium sized off-white head. diminish quickly. sweet, fruity, cidery, apple aroma. a very different flavored belgian. it has a chili pepper warmth to it. flavors of fruits, peppers, even cinnamon maybe. a light dry chili burn in finish.

3.4
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Clear, brilliant ruby red with a thin, instantly dissipating brown head leaving a thin ring at the edge of the glass. Fruity, lightly malty aroma that remains interesting without being too sweet. Chocolate, toffee, cherries, raisins, spiced rum, toasted bread, tropical fruit esters, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, plum and perhaps a touch of banana bread. The body is on the bigger side, but not outrageous. The carbonation is on the lower side, approaching non-existent. The flavor is mostly sweet with fairly obvious alcohol and mild spice character. This is a big beer with loads of residual sweetness. Due to the elevated alcohol, the beer doesn’t seem as sweet as it could, but there is definitely little that can be characterized as dry. This is pretty tasty, but not as interesting as I had hoped. Maybe a little time will help, I’m just not sure I’m ready to make that investment yet.

3.4
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Clear dark ruby body topped by a small tan head that quickly vanishes. The aroma is that of dark fruits, caramel, and some sweet almost floral notes. As it warms it devlops some tobacco like aromas also. Flavrowise it starts out medium sweet with plums and dried fruit giving way to some caramel. It never fully develops in the aroma or flavro department though it has potential. The palate is full with some warming alcohol, fairly attenuted. I really dig the label.

3.4
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Pours dark amber with a thin mostly receding tan head. Taste is dark fruity Belgian yeast, but lacks some explosive fruity flavors and remains thick and sweet. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and sticky with lush carbonation.


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