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RATINGS: 1701   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (1312) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2016
Aroma is light, dark fruit, raisins, caramel, toffee, booze. Appearance is dark brown red, light tan head. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, robust bitterness coming through from the malt, dark fruit, raisins, figs, booze, decent. Mouthfeel is medium body, light crisp carbonation, boozy caramel aftertaste. Overall, this one is better than expected but still not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luislara (8) - - APR 25, 2016 does not count
Malt and sweet aroma, caramel, raisin,nuts, orange. Taste heavy and sweet. Full body and thin texture. Overall fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
donandres (325) - , Washington, USA - APR 19, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2016 Tap to glass @ North Coast Brewing tap room@ Fort Bragg,CA Appearance: reddish brown, clear, big tan brownish foam, tan foam- goes away slowly Aroma: fruity, strong scent of alcohol Taste:medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: full body, thick feel, long finish, lively,average carbonation Overall: Very good beer, ok to repeat, buy Drank: April 13, 2016, June 29, 2016

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (536) - Kiel, GERMANY - APR 10, 2016
Sehr coole Idee dem Thelonious & dem Jazz im Allgemeinen ein Denkmal zu setzen. Tolles Etikett also. Aber, fast vorhersehbar, braucht sich auch der komplette Rest des Bieres nicht zu verstecken. Beeren, Kräuter, Malz, Vollmundigkeit, Barley Wine Charakteristiken und und und ..... da wird viel geboten und ich würde mich hier tatsächlich mal über eine große Flasche freuen. Komplex & Fett !!!!! 355ml Flasche für 1,50 Euro (einen Tag abgelaufen...Ich der Expensive Fox) aus den CRAFT BEER STORE HH. Bier 3/7.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (1181) - Xiamen, CHINA - MAR 26, 2016
355ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours dark brown with an off white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, toffee, malt and caramel. Sweet taste. Easy to drink for 9.4%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille, dégustée le 7/10/2013.
Visuel : Couleur : cuivrée foncée. Apparence : très légèrement voilée.
Arôme : Malt sucré, léger de levures fruitées et épicées, sucre brun, notes de houblon floral.
Goût : Entrée de bouche : Moyen goût de levures fruitées (cerises, notes de fruits foncés) et légèrement épicées. Une dominante de caramel est de sucre candi est présente avec une légère amertume de houblon herbeux et floral.
En bouche : Corps : moyen. Effervescence : moyenne. Texture : légèrement crémeuse. Finale : moyenne, composée d’une légère amertume de houblon herbeux aux avec des notes d’alcool réchauffant ainsi qu’un résiduel sucré et des notes de levures fruitées, épicées et terreuses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (4247) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2016
Bottle at home. Clear amber pour, thin off-white head. Aroma of spicy malts, caramel, licorice and toffee. Flavor is sweet caramel malts, quite spicy bitter and with a huge body. Clearly an American beer, but very well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Turboninja (478) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle@home, from Heinen’s, Cleveland, USA. Strong, sweet aroma with cherry, plum and some alcohol. Dark red color with no/minimal naturally white head and clear liquid. Strong, balanced, not so sweet taste with berries, some plum and a hint of sweet malts. Medium taste spectrum and short aftertaste with sweet malts and a hint of plum. Medium body with low/medium carbonation. Overall, way too simple taste and a bit artificial. Aroma promised much more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsporrer (626) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Sample @ PGH Beerfest. Deep caramel color. Nice aroma of light spice. Decent tasting ale with some light Belgian spices. Pretty good but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShivanDragon (3240) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 29, 2016
nice copper red with a white/yellow head. aroma of Belgian yeast, caramel, grain, raisin, plum, alcohol, wood, berry, fruity. Taste pretty sweet, alcohol, licht bitterness, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, firm, soft/smooth, oily, above average body, long alcoholic finish, nice beer to enjoy

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