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RATINGS: 1620   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (699) - Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2015
On tap at Red. Dark brown, tan head. Caramel malt aroma. Flavor is malty smooth caramel and toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdixon77 (1583) - Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Old review. But I remember having this. Dark Amber. Big malty and fruity presence. Plenty sweet. Of course, ample Belgian yeast flavor. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fcjack1 (245) - Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle from Costco. Pours a dark reddish brown. Average tan head. Scent is dark fruits, brown sugar and alcohol. Taste is malty, plums. Pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkleu357 (561) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Beautiful ruby red pour. Small big bubble head. Semi sweet bread yeast aroma. Very tasty. Tastes like a real Belgian beer. I usually get this fake taste in American Belgian style beers, but this one tastes authentic. Sweet thick, but not that sticky, malty taste. Similar to a caramel banana dessert. Mild fruit raisin taste. Really enjoy it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MunBro (808) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
Didn’t enjoy this at all. Had an off taste of metal and almost soapy. Some dark fruits and tons of alcohol heat. Not well balanced at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (3931) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at Appellation Comely Bank tasting. I think this was from allmyvinyl. Appearance - deep copper and clear. Some head. Nose - dried fruits, booze, plus a background soapy note which was unexpected. Taste - more of the same. Redcurrants too. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a dry yet boozy finish. Overall - a solid citizen considering the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6508) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at Appellation. Pours clear brown, nose is raisins, caramel, taste is rich, malty, fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (6342) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle at tasting. Pours clear red-brown, off-white head. Aromas of caramel, red fruit, light spicy yeast tingle. Tate is more of the same. Solid, if not that exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3023) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle. Red with off white head. Aroma of fruity caramel, some soap, berries. Tatse of berries and caramel. Clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
dambor (172) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2014
Pours dark ruby with little head, disappearing very fast. Aroma: candy sugar, malt, caramel, honey. Taste: pretty dry in the beginning, followed by some sweet elements (apple pie?) and bitterness (hops with cinnamon). It is not as sweet as I would expect from a Belgian style abbey ale with over 9% ABV, which makes it very drinkable. Alcohol well hidden, although a slight warming effect is present in the palate.

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