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RATINGS: 1657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Really nothing special in this on except for the presence of alcohol through out everything with this beer. Arrogant Bastard and Double bastard beats this hands down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffs515 (123) - Ogden, Utah, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Aroma is very malty has a soy sauce coffee Carmel scent. Pours a clear reddish brown like Pepsi but with less carnbanation no lacing. Taste is a sweet coffee after taste of soy sauce little sticky overall best Belgian beer to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ester_ (123) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
Ruby with a little lace of foam. Aromas of licorice, anise, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger and malt. Flavors of spices, malt, sweet fruits and roasted malt. Couleur rubis avec un petit col de mousse. Arômes de réglisse, anis, cannelle, cardamome, muscade, gingembre et malt. Saveurs d’épices, de malt, de fruits sucrés, et de malt trorréfié.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Pours a very dark brown with a smallish off-white head. The aroma is malty and a bit nutty, with some dried fruit mixed in as well. It tastes malty with some caramel and a few other things in the background. Has a smooth finish that lingers for a while. Very good, but not quite excellent, Belgian strong, definitely recommend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StormCoat (118) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2010
I’ve tasted this twice--on draft a couple months ago at San Diego’s Aero Club, and this evening in a 750ml bottle from Bevmo. Either way, it’s lovely. A dark cola color with a moderate head; very little lacing, and a sweet, chocolaty tea scent. Taste and body are very complex and interesting...there are very strong caramel and molasses-like notes at first, but they soon melt into some juicy, fruit notes--specifically orange and citrus flavors. The palate of this beer is also kind of surprising; it feels only medium-bodied at first, but seems to finish with pleasantly syrupy feel that coated the inside of my mouth with citrus flavor. If I recall correctly, this quality seemed a little more pronouced when I tried the beer on draft. Overall, this beer is delicious and interesting, and I’m eager to have it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dougdecinces (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2014
On tap at Twenty Tap. Poured a clear purplish-copper with a quickly-dissipating off-white head. Had this side by side with La Chouffe and this one had less malt complexity, but more fruity esters (mostly pear and apple). Of the malts, dried fruits and breadiness dominate. Finished dry and wasn’t quite as smooth as La Chouffe. Still a good beer, but pales in comparison to La Chouffe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2006 Rich, ruby brown color with a nice lasting head. The alcohol is well masked and this beer truly tastes as if it could have come from Belgium. I’ll have to see if the rest of the North Coast offerings pay this much attention to detail.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mandaritto (117) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - DEC 28, 2007
One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Visually, one of the most beautiful beers as well. Pours a deep, clear amber-red, that actually appears to have a sunburst effect as you look at it through the side of a belgian glass. Aroma is sweet and fruity with a wisp of yeast. Taste is earthy and fruit that spreads out on the palate into a bitter/sweet finish on the sides of the tongue. Finish also has notes of yeast and alcohol. In short, a masterpiece by our friends at North Coast!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattyKakes (116) - Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Pours a rich dark molasses. Taste is toasted brown sugar and oak. There’s a touch of citrus at the end. It’s complex. Love the name. Cheers!

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