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RATINGS: 1584   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nero55 (797) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle. Hazy brown/amber with large tan head. Strong aroma of caramel, raisins, plums, and toasted malt. Medium/heavy body, caramel, raisins, a slight metallic note, toasted malt, and a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3156) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
750ml bottle, amber-brown color, with a fluffy white-beige head, with a nice spicy, fruity belgian yeast nose, with some dark dried plum, date, raisin, fig esters, and a raisin pie, apple pie, plum juice, subtle blood orange, toffee, faint brown sugar accents, with some light toasted, caramel, pale malt, brandy liquor, subtle date square, granola bar, candi sugar notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with nice warmth fruity, spicy, doughy, yeasty, apple skin, raisin pie, fruitcake, phenolic liquorish brandy, port wine, plum juice character, with some mild spicy nutmeg, apple sauce, apple crumble, faint toffee, toasted, caramel, pale malty, brown sugar, candi sugar flavours, leading towards a warming, spicy yeast, dried raisin, fig, plum fruitiness, toasted, caramel, bready malt, raisin pie, lingering brandy liquor dryness finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drdisque (595) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2015
From a bomber, poured in a tulip. Succulent, but still sweet fruit. Nice maltiness. Very nice Belgian. No standout flavors but well balanced, hides its ABV well, and is very smooth, like thelonious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pumpmaster (1195) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2015
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $12.99/4-pack Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (503) - Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2015
On tap at Red. Dark brown, tan head. Caramel malt aroma. Flavor is malty smooth caramel and toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdixon77 (980) - Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Old review. But I remember having this. Dark Amber. Big malty and fruity presence. Plenty sweet. Of course, ample Belgian yeast flavor. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fcjack1 (190) - Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle from Costco. Pours a dark reddish brown. Average tan head. Scent is dark fruits, brown sugar and alcohol. Taste is malty, plums. Pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkleu357 (427) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Beautiful ruby red pour. Small big bubble head. Semi sweet bread yeast aroma. Very tasty. Tastes like a real Belgian beer. I usually get this fake taste in American Belgian style beers, but this one tastes authentic. Sweet thick, but not that sticky, malty taste. Similar to a caramel banana dessert. Mild fruit raisin taste. Really enjoy it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MunBro (619) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
Didn’t enjoy this at all. Had an off taste of metal and almost soapy. Some dark fruits and tons of alcohol heat. Not well balanced at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (3291) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at Appellation Comely Bank tasting. I think this was from allmyvinyl. Appearance - deep copper and clear. Some head. Nose - dried fruits, booze, plus a background soapy note which was unexpected. Taste - more of the same. Redcurrants too. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a dry yet boozy finish. Overall - a solid citizen considering the style.

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