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RATINGS: 1540   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, 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vells (696) - Riga, LATVIA - JUL 24, 2014
Whoa.. super good surprise. Feels quite "quady". Sweet caramel maltiness, Belgian yeast, toffee, quite fruity, dried fruits, raisins, banana, spices, brown sugar. Moderate to heavy sweet, with moderate to light bitterness. Cant compete with top quads, but still very enjoyable and must try moar :D

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbothy (1093) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2014
Pours beautiful chestnut brown with large head. Sweet, malty raisin aroma. Dominating raisin flavour with cinnamon and caramel. On the sweet side, but I like that. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chrisdb (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2014 does not count
Heavey syrupy and raisin- color is right, carbonation is low and taste.... well-I donít agree with the high marks given this beer considering the aspirations ( Abbey Ale) and the price (close to $90 in PA) for those who would discount my opinion feel free to disregard it - but let me say that I have been a hobby all grain brewer for decades and have taken the road trip through Belgium and Northern France and been to many abbey breweries and craft breweries in that world. The best abbey beers a are very different in taste and appearance but they all have something in common and that is balance. An Orval that is available at the local tavern and the Westvleteren that is nearly unobtainable anywhere share this quality although they are completely different beers. Iíve enjoyed both. The North Coast Thelonius IMHO is a high alcohol, syrupy attempt at the Westy 12, and in that is a total failure in the attempt... it has the right color and is high gravity but is not clean or balanced like a Westvleteren. Iím sorry I bought a case because I really donít even want to drink it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EcnarM (86) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Malt forward in aroma and flavor. Poured a deep golden color with a thin white head from a 750 bottle. Not my favorite abbey style ale I have had, but still pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
swholub (20) - - JUL 11, 2014
Poured 12oz bottle: This brew pours a clear, deep mahogany brown a a toasted tan thick head. Right off the bat, the aroma is of burnt brown sugar, spices of clove and cinnamon, and roasted nuts. This beer is complex on the palette with flavors of rum soaked dates, medium to fuller body, and a warming alcohol finish. Coming in at 9% ABV this beer is dangerously easy drinking, packed full of unique flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HippieFee (63) - - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle - Abbey style beer with an ok mix of hops and malt, definitely more sweetness than hops to this beer. A hint of spice on the pallet. Not a fan of this style of beer and this beer hasnít changed that opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle at home, crazy that I havenít rated this yet. Pours a hazy dark reddish brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, figs, raisins, some bitterness to the finish, alcohol shows somewhat, warming, smooth, decent readily available stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrjaxson (294) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2014
A fruity aroma with scents of raisins being most dominant. All sweetness for the taste and a body that is surprisingly light on its feet. Really delightful. Enjoyed on tap at Sugar Maple, MKE, WI.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kentwelter (9) - - JUN 29, 2014 does not count
A nice beer from my hometown fort Bragg, CA. I love Abby style ales and this doesn't disappoint. A medium red amber pour with a nice head. Tastes very much like chamey red frankly. Which I think is a big compliment. It is malty and clean without being too figgy. I like the full body of the palette without being overwhelming. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matty (197) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a ruby red when held up to the light with a brief off-white head. Aroma has a lot going on: sweetness, raisins, spices, malt, alcohol. Taste is sweet up front with some raisins most notable. Coffee bitterness taste after the swallow. Medium body. Sweet finish. Slightly warming alcohol. Pretty good.

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