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RATINGS: 1696   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2007
(from notes). Bottle. Nose is alcohol and malt. Banana peels and cherries. Sweetness is prevalent but subtle. Pours with a huge brown head which quickly reduces to nothing. BEAUTIFUL ruby appearance. Gorgeous. Thin and smooth on the palate. Glides smoothly across the tongue. Taste is cherries, alcohol with a subdued alcohol presence. Almost no carbonation but somehow its thinness doesn’t feel weak or lacking. Crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Deep copper pour with a light tan foamy diminishing head. Nose is spicy – clove like, and fruity. Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor is fruity, spicy and sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - FEB 7, 2007
deep dark red/brown coffeeish appearance. off white head that doesn’t last. THe aroma is not good. Smells like vinegar. Flavor is inconsistent, thankfully, with aromoa. Flavor is coffee with oddly sweet but bitter finish. Overall, its ok, but I won’t buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Great beer for a really great cause. Very low on the bitter end of things. Sweet and warming. Overall, a pleasant ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Bottle from the Blue Max. Pours mostly clear amber color with a 1/2 inch of head. Nothing special considering this is anmed after on of the greatest musicians of all time. Sure,yeah some spices are present along with some very ripe fruits but in the style.. this was a sour note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1959) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 Clear red-amber with big, foamy tan head / Sweet, mild nose of caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit / Medium body, clean and a touch thin, sweet and spritzy, with big alcohol well covered, with decent sweet finish / Complex, clean flavors of dark caramel/root beer, coffee, chocolate, banana, raisin, and almonds / Not really "rich and robust" beer, more along the lines of a bock or sweet brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2007
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown. Hazy deep amber body with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet caramel and fruit aroma. Sweet fruit flavor with some candi sugar and mild floral bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2007
this beer pours a deep brown/amber with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. On the nose I am getting a sweet floral smell consistent with an abbey style ale. The taste is sweet a little flowery with some nuttiness to it. This is a very well crafted abbey ale! I will be buying this one again! Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2007
(bomber) poured into a tulip. you smell that familiar abby smell once the cork is popped. pours a dark brown amber that you can see thru only when you hold it up to the light. has a full frothy head and not much carbonation. smell is similiar to other belgian abby styles, but a bit lighter and a complicated sweet fruitiness. taste is light in the front and middle, sweet on the finish and aftertaste. taste is fruity. you feel the warmth of the alchohol more than you taste it. a darn good beer...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2007
As a huge Jazz and Monk fan, I was very anxious to get my hands on a bottle of this. Just like the great composer himself, this beer is full of personality and character. Poured from the bottle into a trappist glass... it had an almost opaque, dark ruby, red hue with a beige head. Faint aromas of malt and brown sugar. Sharp palate with a lot of carbonation with flavors of toasted malt, sour fruit and other sweet flavors. Slight chalky, metallic aftertaste with a presence of alcohol. I love this beer, one of the best American micro Belgian beers that I have had.

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