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RATINGS: 1641   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 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 don’t like Belgian style abbey ales or Belgian strong ales if that’s what it really is. This is my first of the four pack so we’ll if it grows on me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coyforce (684) - 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 (208) - - 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 (200) - 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 (782) - 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 (1227) - Garching, 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TET (2204) - Kaarina, FINLAND - JUN 14, 2015
A chestnut brown, a head is big and beige. Aroma has richness of fruits, raisins and dates, also some red berries and spices. Taste has dried fruits, prunes and dates, hint of power of alcohol. Medium+ bodied, pleasand and smooth palate. Almost 10 months old, now nicely smooth and balanced, could be more complex. Dried fruits in the liquid format.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2087) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Draft at Bierstube. Clear dark copper brown pour with no head. Minimal carbonation. (Note: This was a re-dip into a keg opened previously for Philly beer week so that may have altered the appearance/taste.) Sweet juicy dark red fruit and caramel. Black cherries. Carob. Dates. Raisins. Plantains. Molasses candies. Spicy notes of cinnamon, clove and black pepper. Mostly sweet, but finishes fairly dry. Need to taste this again from a fresh keg.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfontana (211) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle from Candia Road Convenience in Candia, NH. Aroma is moderately strong mix of fruity esters, bready malts, doughy yeast, and alcohol. Apperance is clear, dark ruby red brown with mild sparkle and 1/2 finger width off white foamy head that dissipates to thin ring and minimal lacing. Taste is moderately sweet for first 75% with mild bitter last 25% Palate is medium bodied with a slippery feel to it (almost like your tongue gets coated with silicone spray) with lively, quick sting of carbonation at tip of the tongue. Overall, a nice, solid beer all around.

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