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RATINGS: 1590   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydslip (226) - 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 (399) - 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 (248) - 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 (270) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Andresvendsen (199) - - AUG 5, 2014
Ganska bra öl. Drack den i början av min finölskariär. Var ganska längesen nu. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sevenlee (1505) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2014
Pours a hazy brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toffee and fruit. Taste is high sweet leading to a sweet caramel finish. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jojojam (65) - Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Pours a 1/2 finger head. Clear dark ruby impressive highlights through the light. Dark fruit w a touch of bananas on the nose. Smooth mouthfeel. Taste is a combo of the dark fruit w the bananas more prevalent. Maybe a slight touch of dark rum too. Warming. One of my favs from his great brewery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
varanid99 (609) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2014
Deep brown, cloud pour with a long lasting, tight pale brown head. Toffee, dried fruit, spice . Taste is fairly sweet, rum and raisin, caramel, a little boozy.

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