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RATINGS: 1559   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kordestanchi (62) - - SEP 20, 2014
Dark brown beer with small tan head. With sweet fruity aroma and sweet-sour palate, it’s a beautiful beer to honor Thelonious Monk for his great jazz music

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZacM612 (193) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Copper brown, with beige head. Aroma is fruity and alcohol. Smooth, sweet flavor. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
metalspice (113) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2014
Kjøpt på systembolaget i Strømstad. Mørk cola i fargen. Tørket frukt i duften. En del smak av malt.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JerzGina (7) - - SEP 10, 2014 does not count
Wonderful flavor and enjoying it by the pool in Vegas. Easy drinking even with high abv. Will purchase at home for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (215) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2014 Bottle (12oz $4.30 $6/22oz): Pours dark brown with one finger tan head. Medium pcarbonation. Sweet and a little sticky, but smooth with a little alcohol burn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zenkis (590) - Ogre, LATVIA - SEP 9, 2014
Pours intense, deep brown. Flavor reminds Belgian dubbel but not so fruit estery, more malt-dark caramel, dark sugar oriented with moderate to moderate+ dry palette. Quite sharp textured and carbonated-sugary rough. I wouldn’t say that it has rich flavor, decent, drinkable but one time try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bobblehead (38) - Kansas, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Poured into a glass, dark brown, minimal tan head, light effervescence, nice toasted flavor, hints of caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy00 (160) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Pours a deep brown color with a small head. Aroma of prunes and raisins. Flavor matches with addition of a nice brown sugar note.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
htzpah (99) - - SEP 4, 2014
Enjoyed on tap at Southside Spirit House in SF. Lovely sticky caramel toasted nose. Juicy chocolate and grape taste. Finishes with a toffee linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydslip (193) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Deep chestnut brown beer with a medium tan head that disappears quickly. Rich nose of stewed prunes, dark vinegar, and brown sugar. Flavor is as rich as the nose, replete with raisin, balsamic, and a bit of alcohol burn. Somewhat viscous with a fizzy effervescence, this is a pleasant beer with quite a bit of flavor, but actually should have more.

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