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RATINGS: 1601   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Petronius (55) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Gingerbread cake, banana/prune, some milk chocolate. Some sourness, a touch of bitterness mostly in the aftertaste, pleasant low sweetness, low carbonation. Wonderful warmth in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MichaelAwesome (5287) - 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 (5323) - 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 (51) - 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 (4683) - 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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vadie (969) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2015
Une bière d’un couleur marron très foncer avec une très petite robe marron. L’arôme des fruits noir avec un peu de caramel et épices. En bouche c’est pareil et bien équilibré.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PrattBrat (30) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2015
Pours a cloudy ruby-brown with a small tan head. Aromas of caramel malt, brown sugar, alcohol, dark fruit and spices. Tastes of caramel malt, dark fruit, alcohol and a hint of smoke and spices. Full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (2607) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 30, 2015
Bottle from Sake Taniguchi (World Beer Market). Sweet, tangy aroma or spiced up dark fruit, with a thin layer of caramel. Dark ruby/brown color, thin head, some lacing. Sweet dark fruit, berries, and bit of chocolate. Alcohol is very apparent, sourish and quite tangy, the spiciness is very well integrated into the other flavors. Medium-heavy body. Quite complex, earthy, fruity, and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (9939) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 17, 2015
Klare dunkel rötlichbraune Farbe, geringe beige Schaumkrone. Geruch nach überreifen roten Früchten, leicht alkoholisch, kräftig malzig. Geschmack nach sehr reifen roten Früchten, Karamell, alkoholisch, gut!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
skatanarchy (84) - - APR 17, 2015
뛰어난 맥주.북미 채제동안 마신 맥주탑텐에 무난히 꼽을수 있는, 남들에게 꼭 추천하고 싶은 맥주. 병을따자자짙&# 풍기는 레드와인향. 9.4도의 맥주지만 벨지움 스타일로 이스트와 당으로 장난 쳐 입안에 넣는 순간 무수한 맛과 향이 복잡하게 피어오르고 지며, 무언가 메모하려는 순간에 머릿속이 멍해져 취기가 오르며나뭇껍&# 흙내, 다양한 약재의 향과 맛이 입과 코에 멤돌다 진다. 전형적인 수사들의 맥주만들기 수법. 재미없는 맥주들 많이 마시면서 점점더 벨기에에 이삼개월 체류해 보고싶다는 생각이 강해졌다. 하지 벨기에 맥주와는 확실히 다른 가벼움과 천진함이 있다. 그런 건전한 미국 크래프트 맥주 정서가 장난으로만은 끝나지 않은, 좋은 결과물로 뽑아나온 뛰어난 맥주중의 하나다.샐러니& 몽크 헌정맥주이며&# 교육에 수익의 일부가 기부되는 듯 하다. https://twitter.com/MaekJuBot

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (217) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - APR 11, 2015
On tap at The Local. Pours clear dark red. Boozy nose, berries, toffee. Sweet caramel taste. Warm and nice.

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