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RATINGS: 1656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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 13/20
SinH4 (1398) - 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 (2259) - 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 (2138) - 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 (304) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (934) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Has alot of the belgian characteristics but it nice and dark and rich. Pretty solid effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MichaelAwesome (6008) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2015
Eigentlich ist die Staerke gar nicht mal so vordergruendig und aufdringlich, wie ich dachte. Klar, etwas belgische Hefe kommt schon zum Vorschein und der Schuss Hopfen kommt einerm fluffiger vor als sonst, doch im Hintergrund verbirgen sich Gras, Karamell und ein paar Nuesse, die mit einer leichten Suesse gut kooperieren. Nicht schlecht.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McTapps (6045) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle from Rudat in Dortmund. The beer has got a dark brown colour with a small head and medium body. Aroma of yeast, hops and cake. Taste of hops, malt, barley, dark bread, yeast, wheat, dark fruits and light caramel. Sweet-hoppy-intense finish. Good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Haterd (55) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2015
Heel lekker soepel bruin bier. Belgian style abbey beer, gedronken in Californië ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (5194) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2015
19th May 2015: 750ml cork and caged bottle shared with my wife while on holiday in California. Ruby red hue to the mahogany body, the head a large beige blanket of foaming bubbles on all three glasses. Fruity, malty nose and taste, fairly sweet and rich in flavour: spicy with a raisin trace to the taste also. Alcohol is not hidden too well, even though the body and flavours have depth and robustness. Really enjoyed it, even if I end up with a head ache tomorrow (this was/is the third beer of a session).

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