What Would Eli Drink?
Brother Thelonious Abbey Ale (from North Coast Brewing Company)

Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.

WWED Grade: B

Appearance: Clear. Dark cherry red with copper hues when held to the light. Thick, full head.

Smell: Sweet. Yeasty. Sweet Malts. 

Taste: Slightly more bitter than a typical Abbey.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Great with most foods.

ABV: 9.4% WA HOOO!!!

Serving Type: Bottle poured in glass.


Darker than most Abbey’s I’m used to. Slightly more bitter too. Great presentation. I definitely enjoyed this beer – and most that try it likely will. But I’m trying to take the beer out of the bottle here. Had this drink been served in a more humble bottle/presentation – would I be so impressed? Not likely. I like that $2 from every bottle goes to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. So…buy it for that if nothing else. But taking the drink out of the bottle? Not the best, not the worst – but not the best Abbey I’ve had.