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RATINGS: 1559   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2014
Backlog. Tried it bottled and on tap a number of times. Slightly too sweet for my taste. With caramel, chocolate, citrus and herbs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerLvr13 (17) - Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2014
I expected more from this considering what I paid for a 25.4 FL. OZ. Bottle. What is there, is expertly balanced, as the 9.4% ABV is hard to detect. Just kinda needs more of what’s there, is all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Poobah (287) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Reddish amber with a thin head and a sweet, dark fruit, whiskey nose. Easy entry with a malty, full-bodied mouthfeel and a strong, dark cherry, whiskey finish with alcohol warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattyKakes (94) - Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Pours a rich dark molasses. Taste is toasted brown sugar and oak. There’s a touch of citrus at the end. It’s complex. Love the name. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanVah (159) - SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2014
På flaska från systemet. Mörk brun i färgen. Doftar starkt av kryddor. Smakar sött blommigt. Avslutas med karamell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ester_ (109) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
Ruby with a little lace of foam. Aromas of licorice, anise, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger and malt. Flavors of spices, malt, sweet fruits and roasted malt. Couleur rubis avec un petit col de mousse. Arômes de réglisse, anis, cannelle, cardamome, muscade, gingembre et malt. Saveurs d’épices, de malt, de fruits sucrés, et de malt trorréfié.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CopterScott (150) - Kansas, USA - APR 25, 2014
pours brown with a red hugh and no head. aroma is molasses, sweet malts, and spice. Flavor is molasses, sweet malts, booze and leather. medium carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
phalaris14 (1) - noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2014 does not count
belgian style? belgian horse pee is more like it. knew i was in trouble right at the pour. does not compare to real begians. hate to dis the other raters........... but they should try the true classics before saying this emperor has clothes. great idea.... poor execution.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown color with an off white head. Slight fruity aroma. Sweet dark fruit flavor. Alcohol isn’t as prevalent as it should be. Untill it warms.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (608) - Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2014
Tap. Pours dark amber color. Nice sweetness in the flavor. Hides the alcohol well.

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