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RATINGS: 1493   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, itís 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 Brewingís 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 ďDark Strong AleĒ, 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SODAK14 (266) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - JUL 17, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2012 I think Iím in the my minority but I didnít really care for this one despite my relatively high rating. A beautiful dark amber color pour and I was hoping for the best... The intial taste was above average but I really did not care for the kind of sour/yeasty after taste. Reminded me a little of an IPA which Iím not fond of and probably wonít turn down but wonít seek out. OK>>>I rerated this...much better than I rated earlier. Iíve tried it twice since my first pour and i have admit I was wrong...really, really good brew!

   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 (262) - Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown color with an off white head. Slight fruity aroma. Sweet dark fruit flavor. Alcohol isnít 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 (195) - Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2014
Tap. Pours dark amber color. Nice sweetness in the flavor. Hides the alcohol well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkSanta410 (192) - Georgia, 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 (585) - 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 (20) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlimHabib (25) - California, USA - APR 7, 2014
Clean crisp taste, however taste is not long lasting. Appearance starts strong, but is short lasting. Not a bad beer, but far from a favorite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (879) - 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 (2589) - 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 (127) - SWEDEN - APR 2, 2014
330 ml bottle. Clear brown with little head. Fruity smell. Taste is very malty and mild. Very sweet.

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