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
Caleb1035 (63) - , North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Small bottle. Pours to dark body with caramel colored head that is pretty thin. Aroma is faint but flavor is nice...hints of chocalate and caramel. Overall a nice brew.

3.5
MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Cloudy ruby with a small off-white head, lacing. Nose of raisin, almond, and bubblegum. Flavor has significantly more fruit, some nut, a lot more malt. Pretty light body with a short finish. Overall nice, but not very special.

3.5
Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle at home - bought at Systembolaget, Malmö. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Dark bread, sweetness, high malty, raisins, berries, dried dark fruits, light yeasty, ryebread, caramel, raisins, brown sugar, syrup, chocolate, high malty, high sweetness.

3.5
Block (3183) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Pours a dark red/brown with a tan head. Aroma of malts and hops. Flavor of caramel and some hop bitterness.

3.5
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 5, 2009
aroma is malty, burnt fruit, prune. Pours a ruby brown, clear, with off-tan head. Sweet, with raisin, prune and licorice. Alcoholy finish.

3.5
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - JAN 20, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours brown with small tan head that fades almost immediately. Aroma has some prune, butterscotch, and alcohol. Flavor has some banana, butterscotch, sherry, and dark fruit. Alcohol was really upfront at first but then blended into the malty background. Minimal hops. Made the mistake of not letting this one warm up. It was a little sweet cold, but blended nicely as it warmed up to the appropriate temp. Pretty good. I will have to try a 750ml next time.

3.5
jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Brown color and hazy with a good head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Flavors are fruity and sweet with malt. Apples and banana flavors add nicely.

3.5
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 29, 2009
On tap at the brewery, I got this as part of a sampler set. THis poured reddish brwn in color with some fruitiness and a slightly sweet finish.

3.5
KieferUGA (462) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a reddish-copper with a thick, fluffy, off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, some cinnamon. Mouthfeel is a bit thick. Flavor is really nice, with hints of dark fruits, some nuts, and toffee. Finish is bready and soft. Mild carbonation.

3.5
saxo (19370) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2009
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are dark fruits, spices, malt, caramel and alcohol.


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