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RATINGS: 1549   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkSanta410 (284) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown, solid head. Aroma is spicy, peppery, hints of yeast and sweet caramel notes. Taste is spice, molassses and caramel with slight bitterness. Palate is medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat oily texture. Pretty good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2014
Dark brown ale. No head. Smells of hops and molasses. Honey. Rye bread and good floral notes. Lighter than i thought it would be. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ohpooratlas (43) - USA - APR 7, 2014
New beer rater, but I will try. Beer looked appealing, but head was very short. Relatively light to medium feel on my tongue. Okay going down, but aftertaste was much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlimHabib (172) - California, USA - APR 7, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2014 Bottle pour. Dark brown with a large, but short lasting tan head. Pepper, raisin, and light malt aroma. Medium body. Spicy initial taste, but has a slightly lasting alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1052) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
From bottle to glass. Complex, rich aroma of roast, dark fruit. Pours brown with red highlights. Limited taupe head. Flavor is sustained dark fruit and chewy yeast, bready malt. Multiple layers of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2948) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
bottle. brown with small head. very sweet malty body, with some mild booze and light fruit.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ramboraffe (535) - SWEDEN - APR 2, 2014
330 ml bottle. Clear brown with little head. Fruity smell. Taste is very malty and mild. Very sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (1437) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Draft at ChurchKey poured into a tasting snifter. Pours a dark ruby color with half a finger of off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit, Belgian yeast. Tasting notes of dark fruit, yeast, caramel, candied fruit, light dark chocolate. Medium body with a dry finish. Thin mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Fairly smooth.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
hamblema (5) - - MAR 16, 2014 does not count
Taste like diarrhea mixed with beer and some spices. like the other north coast stuff though

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1449) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours clear dark red with an average off-white head. Aroma is caramel, plum, dried fruits, licorice, spices. Taste is sweet malty caramel with a touch of licorice and fruity sweetness, light bitter, spicy, some alcohol warmth and raisin sweetness in the finish with a smooth rounded bitterness.

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