RATINGS: 1698   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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3.5
thegreenrooster (4558) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Pour is a dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma is nice with some candi sugar and dark fruit. Flavor is bready malts and brown sugar with some notes of molasses and plum. A very good rep of the style, nothing really to put this in the excellent catagory but it is still pretty decent if you can find it.

3.5
believeUme (17) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Dark ruby with a thin head. Aroma is of sherry, sweet malts, and yeast. Flavor is of dextrinous roast, carmel, and yeast phenols. A bit under attenuated leaving a cloying sweetness. Otherwise, a good American interpretation of a Belgian Dark Strong.

3.5
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2007
bottle. average, tan, fizzy (fully dissapating). dark red body. dark fruit, brown sugar, and malts are all present. slight metalic flavor. sweet, sweet, sweet. fizzy carbonation. strong alcohol presence. thick mouthfeel; somewhat creamy.

3.5
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 3, 2007
pours a red brown in color with some nice lacing. smells of malts, some brown sugar sweetness, some fruits. taste is big on the malts and sweetness that almost sticks on the lips. the beer itself has some good ingredients but it does not blend together the way i would want.

3.5
thomat (4140) - G�teborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2007
Redish amber with a thick off-white head. Malty with some fruity notes. Malt sweetness, plums and alcohol strength. full body with a sweet finish.

3.5
DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2007
Candied malt aroma, some nice hops also, auburn, tiny toffee head. Tastes of rich booze and fine almonds. Full bodied, well balanced, quite bitter, lovely mouthfeel. Great! I’ve been wanting to try this since it’s release. Thank You IPFreely!

3.5
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: August 03, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: clear brown, whispy white head
Aroma: big sweet ripe fruit aroma
Flavor: lots of dark fruit flavor, light bitterness

Date: August 25, 2006
Mode: bottle
some nice chocolate to go with the ripe fruit, good fig character,

Date: November 18, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Appearance: clear dark reddish brown, pours with a thick dense creamy head
Aroma: light chocolate aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: once warm picking up more aroma and flavor but still light compared to the bottle, bitterness shows after a while

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

3.5
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2007
pour a coppery brown with bubbly off white head. aroma of fig and dates with some sweet caramel. mouthful is light at first with some hints of sweetness and the finish is full of big flavor of dark molasses. as it warms the alcohol note comes alive. nice brew...

3.5
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2007
Sweetness in aroma reminiscent of brown sugar, yeast and a touch of hoppiness it seems. Nougaty flavour, sweet but a bit nutty. Aftertaste mostly extreme sweetness with some cellar. Much too sweet. Add the yeast and it starts to make more sense with something to balance the sweetness. A bit of orange and dark, even black, bread in the aroma. Fruitiness carries to the flavour and dominates it along with the sweetness. Still too sweet and lacks some edge.

3.5
Marsiblursi (3083) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2007
(Bottle) Pours deep nut-ish brown to mahogany red. Malt and esters in aroma with tones of caramel nuts, plums, tobacco, light roasted grain, dark fruits, brown sugar and hints of chocolate covered bananas. Some glue like alcohol and subtle spices in the background. Light roasted, sweet and sweet fruit flavour with a good malt base of caramel. Very light tart and vinous acid like tones. Undertones of brown sugar, sweet liquorice, earth, raisins, plums, nuts, berries and some chocolate. Brown sugar, sweet liquorice and sticky caramel in the aftertaste. Medium to full sweetness. Ok round and lightly smooth but a bit too sticky mouthfeel with a well carbonated, medium body. A good example of US made Belgian strong ale, but not on our personal top 10.


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