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RATINGS: 1625   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
With the developing interest in Belgian abbey ales and the monasteries that brew them, itís 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 Brewingís 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 ďDark Strong AleĒ, 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 15/20
lightbias (312) - USA - JUL 4, 2015
Looking back on the musical contributions of the man that inspired this brew makes me wonder exactly what Iím going to get from it. I hope that itís a unique experiment in strong ales, as there was very little that was just average about Thelonious Monk. I open the bottle and find the aroma spicy, nutty, with a foundation of caramel and prunes. The liquid is a clear nut brown as seen through a thin Pyrope garnet; the head a foamy cappuccino lazily gracing the surface. As I drink, the nuts and caramel turn to a doughy, earthy flavor; the prunes are apparent, materializing in each quaff, eventually disappearing in favor of the dough and spicy funk. I pull each mouthful slowly, letting the beer warm behind my lips, manipulating with my tongue, experiencing it throughout. Despite the 9.4, the alcohol isnít abrasive, but makes itself known as I swallow; the sting of it only a slight dryness on my gums. At first the brew is almost sticky with sweetness, then disappears completely after the swallow, but comes back in with light, biting bitterness on my gums and tongue. It reminds me of the style of the man; after a funky riff on the keys, he leaves you hanging with moments of nothing that cascade into a melodic scale, all of which leave you with the reminder that nothing should ever be status quo. I really like this, itís a damn good brew. The reminder from me tonight is to absolutely make sure you are drinking this at the right temperature. If the aroma seems distant, let it warm a bit. If you arenít in love with this beer off the cuff, itís too damn cold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90 (538) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JUL 2, 2015
Bottle, 355ml. Deep ruby with a minimal brown head. Intense fruity aroma of banana, clove, red fruits, alcohol. Medium to robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet, with low bitterness. Fruity and pleasant, with a fiery fruit and alcohol finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Percy0103 (297) - MEXICO - JUL 2, 2015
Bottle, 355ml. A dark reddish beer with a small head. Aroma is of a typical Belgian Style beer (according to Bear to a Quadrupel) with Belgian yeasts, caramel, spices, banana and alcohol. Taste is bitter with a strong alcoholic finish. Medium bodied with some carbonation and astrinency. Reminds me a lot of a Quadrupel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
RIVERA_HOU (20) - Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Tastes reminds me of Jaeger unfortunately. Liquorice, raisin, very alcoholic taste. Really not that special sadly. Light in terms of weight. Maybe I just donít like Belgian style abbey ales or Belgian strong ales if thatís what it really is. This is my first of the four pack so weíll if it grows on me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coyforce (681) - California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Wow impressed by the complexity of the taste in this beer. Pour is a beautiful amber with a small head. Flavor is tangy but appropriate for this kind of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosskyle (185) - - JUN 26, 2015
12oz bottle. Dark red color with a thick white head. Plum and citrus aroma. Medium heavy body with ms carbonation. Sweet plum flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arn8897 (157) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Pours dark red with a tan head. Aromas of, roasty, toast, licorice and malt. Taste the same with some, raisin and banana. With a decent amount of alcohol at the end. Very nice complex ale. Medium palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alex_leit (642) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 25, 2015
Bottle 355 ml. Reddish-copper color, good head. Aroma: ethers and alcohols, acetone and dark fruits. Taste: wine (ordinary porto), warming, dry dark fruits and toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SinH4 (1130) - Garching, Bavaria, GERMANY - JUN 20, 2015
Dark amber-reddish color with small white head. Aroma is prunes, chocolate, a bit nutty. Taste is sweet, dark fruits, a bit booze. Okay complexity, could be a bit more edgy. Smooth carbonation. Not bad!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bnwokedi89 (101) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Deep abbey style beer with a nutty brown complexion and a serious punch. 9.4% alcohol per volume hits you pretty hard after a couple. Smooth flavor that lends itself to enjoying slowly. There is a fruity aftertaste which is almost raisin like but also hart a bit of a tart taste like a cranberry. It's hard to explain but will make sense when you try this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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