Another fine brew from the North Coast Brewing Company – “Brother Thelonious” is a part of the mighty American Artisan Series and pays tribute to jazz legend Mr. Monk with both a Belgian-style ale and a donation for every bottle sold to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Good work on both counts.
Definitely Belgian tasting with an up-front yeast kick and the high alcohol content front and center, this brew’s got definite depth of character and all the hallmarks of a smooth sipping dubbel. There’s a sweet honeyed undercurrent and a complex assortment of roasted malt and caramel at work, and a slight bitter kick at the end of each mouthful that keeps you very interested in picking up the glass for more.
Little and often is probably the watch-word here, given the high ABV – take it as one for curling up with in your favourite arm-chair with a good book and plate of cheese by your side rather than a session beer, and you’ll be sure to enjoy.
JBB6 Rating: For the Win