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RATINGS: 1530   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RD400F (181) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 10, 2014
750ml bottle to Trappistes Rochefort chalice, beer pours a transparent dark reddy-brown/black with a off white chunky head. It fizzles away leaving nothing behind. Aroma is faint but complex and carries dark sugar, liquor, chocolate, caramel, spices, plum, grapes and dried fruit...fairly good but subdued. Taste is sweet with a slight sour linger and bitter finish however it is lacking in depth and complexity typically found in most examples. Palate is thin bodied, co2 needs to be higher, but oddly enough the beer is quite refreshing though the alcohol does creep in. Overall, not a bad beer and a good attempt. This one strikes me as interesting for one reason: it lacks complexity and robustness that most Belgian examples have which is one problem I’ve been having with my own homebrews! Odd....

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttoadee (642) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Deep amber, tan head disappears. Nose is leather and dried dark fruit. Sweet. Middle pops cherries and caramelized grain. Finish is yeasty, sweet, and fairly long. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (862) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Tap at Houston beer fest. Dark brown pour with a cream head. Raisin, oak, red berries. Great refreshing carbonation. Dried fruit sweet and acidic finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hockeybeerguy (2009) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Woohoo, just found the notes on this. I poured this into a chalice. The appearance was a nice golden orange to brown color with a nice one finger white foamy head that died at a decent pace and ended up leaving a decent sticky lacing in rings. The smell was a nice sweet yet an inviting somewhat Belgian spiciness of sorts invading my nose. The taste is sweet and spicy with an inviting yeasty breadiness surrounding the flavors. There is a nice sweet yeasty aftertaste with an iviting dry spicy sweet finish. On the palate, this one delicately sits about a medium and has a decent carbonation running about my mouth and tongue to tell me there’s a decent sessionability about it. Overall, I say this is a nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale as everything fits nicely for this beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Englishatheart (10) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Super fantastic. It’s like they took one their Old Stocks and mixed it with an Old Raspy. Wonderful flavour.My new fav !

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scottcowley (21) - - MAY 25, 2014
It just just get any better than this beer. Great abbey style ale.fruit, raisins, dried fruit plus go strong ale. This is not a beer for beginners.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AAEA (104) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2014
750ml ($8.99) first time trying, very sneaky beer. High % and its so drinkable if you uncork it for yourself you’ll be feeling it pretty good by the end. taste is light and has a bit of flavor. Price is high but deff worth trying if only once

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2654) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Tulip at taphouse. Good aroma. Sweet. Malty. Fig date raisin. Coriander. Brownish orange color. Small head that faded quick. No lace. Sweet flavor. Medium body thick oily creamy mouthfeel. Sweet drying finish. Darn good.liked the flavor best. Though mouthfeel is real good to.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2093) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Draft at Beer and Bacon. Pours hazy copper brown with bubbly beige head. Tastes sweet, like fermenting cherries, sweet fruit. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like musky cherries

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3510) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Sample pour at a festival. Pours clear brown with fizzy beige head. Aroma is bready malts, light toast, mixed nuts, Belgian yeast, and caramel. Flavor is heavy malts, floral notes, caramel, booze, and dark fruit sweetness; dry, boozy finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.


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