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RATINGS: 1628   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
htzpah (105) - - 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Took a chance on this one and must say very suprised. Pour was nice brown with a light head. Aroma was strong with spice and yeast. Flavor was full and complex with dark breads and plums and a touch of alcohol.It finished sweet and longl

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Crimson brown without much head (slightly tan). Not much on the aroma, maybe a soft roasted, earthy scent. Belgian and abbey are not good descriptors. This is a glorified brown ale. Chalky, acidic, and flimsy body. I guess it’s more about the charity than the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Pours a dark brown with light tan head, good lacing. Dark fruits and caramel dominate the taste. A good beer for the style and pretty cheap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
partywithanM (103) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
12 oz bottle. Smells good and tastes great. Nice, full boddies, and rich. I don’t know if I would be able to have more than one or two of them. Delicious but a little heavy in the gut.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biokid23 (102) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Toffee and plums dominate this dark, rich brew. Had it in a rather dark bar, so some of the visual aspects not apparent. A pretty good Abbey ale, however. North Coast is still possibly my favorite brewery, and this beer is no exception.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
k9coug (102) - USA - MAY 30, 2013
A sipper. Took me an hour to finish. Wonderful for what it is. I just had a 12 oz bottle, no cork, so was unaware it was as good as it was. May have been mis-marked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Funkatrocious (101) - - DEC 9, 2013
Pour from bottle. Deep brown in color with substantial light brown head. Smooth inoffensive sweet Belgian. Hides the 9.3% well. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boccefloyd (101) - Bon Air, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Dark with ruby highlights, very thin tan head. no head, no retention... no lacing. Aroma is dark fruits, belgian yeast, bready, malt, caramal, molassas. Medium body, somewhat chewy. Plenty of carbonation. Alcohol present and in the after taste. Taste is molassas, dark fruits, caramel sweetness, brown sugar, alcohol in the finish. In my estimation, Thelonious deserves a better brew named after him.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elcaballo (101) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAY 7, 2008
A fairly strong offering from north coast, this beer is dominated by dark fruit flavors. Some maltiness is present. The mouthfeel is excellent. A good but not great beer.

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