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RATINGS: 1641   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
extremeicon (112) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Dark reddish brown with a thin (but initially very active) whitish head. Lots of malt and some fruits in the nose, though a bit weak. Flavors of dried fruits and malt with a bit of breadyness in the finish. I thought the flavor hid the alcohol well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EcnarM (112) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Malt forward in aroma and flavor. Poured a deep golden color with a thin white head from a 750 bottle. Not my favorite abbey style ale I have had, but still pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
chalicemaster (111) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Pretty solid effort, but also not completely worthwhile. For an abbey, it feels a little underwhelming - all the usual elements are dulled, and there’s an unusual dusty finish. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very drinkable but there’s way better for less money.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
loseratheart (110) - USA - JUN 2, 2006
Heard this one being compared to or even better than the Chimay Bleu. I disagree. While still good, doesn’t even come close in my opinion. Rich in flavor and robust in nature, the alcohol is too apparent. Pours a reddish color with a non existant head. Just couldn’t get a feel for the drink the whole way through.Aroma is that of fruit. While not bad at all, I expected something out of this world and was let down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
A fantastically dense and sweet pour with a thin head and exciting effervescence. The aroma is reminiscent of Newcastle with a slight nuttiness with a hefty amount of malt. Flavor is intense with prevailing notes of toffee, whiskey, and a finish of malt with a lingering presence that simply begs for a young, flavorful gouda or medium-bodied washed rind cheese like pont l’eveque or saint nectaire for dessert.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nebulor (109) - , California, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Fig and smokey roasted malt smell with caramel and molasses. Mahogany color with an off tan head and lots of action. Sediment was difficult to see and swirled a bit around and topped this off just in case. Lots of flavors including a buttery roasted malt, caramel, molasses, and some fig with a sweet tea finish. Medium to full bodied, buttery and resinous, lively soft carbonation, and an alcohol warming throughout. Yummy and the buttery effect suggest the sediment was liquified.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
USCBeerMan (109) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2009
Pouring a dark reddish brown beer with a slight off white head, this beer has a solid appearance. The aroma is slightly sweet malty fruit. The beer is smooth on the palate. alcohol is slightly noticeable. the finish is smooth but leaves an unidentifiable after taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Pours a dark cherry red. Thin khaki head. Fruity aromas. Malty, smells of tequila for some odd reason, nutty, sweet and smooth. Nice alcohol bite. Flavors of caramel, brown sugar, vegetables, hard liquor, tequila...odd. Pretty decent but definitely odd, maybe a bad batch? Has a solid flavor just a tad weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daad (109) - SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2013
Really nice taste and aroma, this is a good thing to drink. [short review due to it coming from my backlog]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
broozer81 (106) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Overall I wasn’t to impressed with this one. Not to smooth, flavor was a little metallic and the alcohol present was more than I would like. Wont try again.

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