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RATINGS: 1594   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zenkis (639) - Ogre, LATVIA - SEP 9, 2014
Pours intense, deep brown. Flavor reminds Belgian dubbel but not so fruit estery, more malt-dark caramel, dark sugar oriented with moderate to moderate+ dry palette. Quite sharp textured and carbonated-sugary rough. I wouldn’t say that it has rich flavor, decent, drinkable but one time try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bobblehead (65) - Kansas, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Poured into a glass, dark brown, minimal tan head, light effervescence, nice toasted flavor, hints of caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Pours a deep brown color with a small head. Aroma of prunes and raisins. Flavor matches with addition of a nice brown sugar note.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
htzpah (102) - - SEP 4, 2014
Enjoyed on tap at Southside Spirit House in SF. Lovely sticky caramel toasted nose. Juicy chocolate and grape taste. Finishes with a toffee linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydslip (231) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Deep chestnut brown beer with a medium tan head that disappears quickly. Rich nose of stewed prunes, dark vinegar, and brown sugar. Flavor is as rich as the nose, replete with raisin, balsamic, and a bit of alcohol burn. Somewhat viscous with a fizzy effervescence, this is a pleasant beer with quite a bit of flavor, but actually should have more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AbbeyRoade (437) - Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Alcohol is strong but not as strong as you’d think for a 9.something% ABV. Good abbey brew but not too much on the yeasty side. A good malty note and definitely a strong ale. Not bad. Not ideal either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alex_alkis (410) - SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2014
Almost any difference between this and Chimay Bleue. But since the Chimay tastes like magic then this does so as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jerseyjohn71 (259) - corsicana, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
dark ruby, raisin, syrupy, alcohol, bread, dough, soy sauce, minimal head, clear, medium sweetness, medium body, thin feel, soft carbonation, [MR. Beer kit went wrong,,,]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mandaritto (73) - LATVIA - AUG 13, 2014
Great ballance between spicey and sweet, peppery notes. Raisins, dried apricot, really great brew, easy drinkable for 9.4 ABV. Great sipping ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swesson (273) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2014
From a bottle. Pours a cinnamon-brown Cole and makes a very thin head. Smells like an old abbey ale. Smells of caramel and dark fruits and cinnamon. Tastes of malt and toffee and caramel. This is a great ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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