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RATINGS: 1707   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seamus77 (31) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2006
norhtcoast brewers must be fans of trappist rochefort. while not expecting much, this ale surpassed my american-copycat expectations. rich warm creamy belgian worthy of "note" (pun intended)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
750ml Bottle @ Decemberfest 2006; thanks to IPFreely: Pours cherry in colour, no head present. Rich aroma of smoke, cherries, pepper, and alcohol. Lots of cherry in the flavour, plum and black licorice following. Very robust, very interesting, quite tasty. Loved this one, thanks Tim!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle @ Doug’s. Thanks to Tim. Deep ruby. Nose is caramel, sugared fruit. Flavor is caramel, strawberry rich fruits. Rich malty finish with a bit of alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle @ Decemberfest.
Pours light brown with strong, red ruby influences. Very fine tan top.
Warming aroma of alcohol, fruity touch. Good nose. Good balancing malt character.
Flavour and charcter: smokey with bitter fruit touch. Red apple .More of alcohol in the finish of average quality.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Crimson brown without much head (slightly tan). Not much on the aroma, maybe a soft roasted, earthy scent. Belgian and abbey are not good descriptors. This is a glorified brown ale. Chalky, acidic, and flimsy body. I guess it’s more about the charity than the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Clear amber/red and very still looking. Tart aroma with melanoidian malt, cherry and some burnt and chocolate notes. Rather sour, a little earthy, somewhat chalky, with some astringency. Not rich enough in body for my tastes. I hope I got a bottle that is bad because I don’t particularly like this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3454) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Thanks to Suttree for sharing this one at our recent tasting. Starts with a large creamy head of off-white over a clear dark brown body. Complex aroma that is lightly bready with strawberry, banana and yeast. Smooth and full bodied palate delivers a lightly sweet brew with a spicy gingersnap tang in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2006
On tap at Hopleaf. Poured a dark brown with some brilliant ruby hints around the edges. A creamy lacing head. Aroma was a bit subdued by the temperature and the smoke in the air, but I could detect a nice spiciness. Hops seemed evident in the flavor upfront but gave way to a rich spicy dark fruity brew with a potent taste and palate. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidwel (9) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2016 Wow. Liike a complex jazz tune, this beer has a lot going on. There are rhythms and tempos and chords that at first seem chaotic, but soon the beauty of the whole emerges. With elements of West Coast Micro-Brew and Belgian Abbey, this will find fans of both traditions of brewing. Like Monk’s own bands...This is a great combo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2006
750ml- Pours a nice dark reddish-orange with a small off-white head. Scents of dark fruits and tastes similar with a touch of spiciness.

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