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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biokid23 (102) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Toffee and plums dominate this dark, rich brew. Had it in a rather dark bar, so some of the visual aspects not apparent. A pretty good Abbey ale, however. North Coast is still possibly my favorite brewery, and this beer is no exception.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reberiii (302) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Dark cloudy brown pour from 12oz bottle. Half finger of foam. Fruity nose with orange. While cold, notes of dark fruit, alcohol warmth, and worcestshire. As it warms you get apple, orange, and cherry. A bit thin but complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Pen & Paper Log (Aug 2012) Aroma - dark fruit dominates (that sort of fig/plum-like aroma, some berries, a vinous like quality) Appearance - clean brown body, with an off-white head Taste - is sweet with a presence of caramel, caramelized sugar, dark fruits (plum, raisin, fig) Palate - body is medium, texture slick, the carbonation is average, finish has a vinous and warming quality, long and smooth/bitterness also appropriate on the sides of the tongue

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
majormoon (5) - - FEB 4, 2014 does not count
Dark amber color, a bit of sour flavor that augments the smoke in this. Strong but not overpowering alcohol, really well balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2138) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 1, 2014
750ml in Washington. Ruddy black, tall tan foam. Soft sweet, deep black caramel malts. Toasted sugar, molasses. Sweet smooth body. tartness to the sugar, gorgeous finish. A very nice beer for an American Belgian style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarryBeast (483) - - JAN 31, 2014
On tap at Taphouse Grill. Toasted brown sugar, toffee, plum/raisin, Belgian yeast -- hints of something like Nutella. Big and boozy. Nice complexity. Rich, moderate sweetness tempered by a dry, lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (150) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Format: Bottle pour from Whole Foods, Redwood City CA
Appearance: Dark ruby brown
Aroma: Cloves, cherries, spiced and spiked breads, fermented fruits
Taste: Dark fruit skins, malts, alcohol-soaked raisins and orange rind, cloven hooves
Texture: Medium body and carbonation
Overall: A little sharp on the alcohol and fermented fruits... certainly not as smooth as a Black Bro Monk

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jehoesefat (265) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Great nutty, raisin aroma. Pours clear dark copper with a whitish head. Taste is good but not my favorite Belgian, it ends a little too abruptly leaving an alcohol aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigmak (5) - New Hudson, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2014 does not count
Draft with good carbonation. Nice amber color. Raisin flavor with a nice boozy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fatm78501 (1) - Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2014 does not count
Excellent Belgium style beer with a nice aroma and full body. Smooth beer with no bitterness.

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