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RATINGS: 1679   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2008
On-tap at the Thirsty Monk, Asheville. Ironic that my least-favorite during a night of Belgian-styles was the non-native-Belgian? Probably not. Appearance: Dr. Pepper. Aroma: STRONG!!! Caramel, dates, raisins Taste: Again, raisins. Apricots, figs, dates, sorghum. Palate: My least favorite aspect of this beer. It’s too thin, and disintegrates too soon. Almost watery for something so strong. Overall: Good, sweet, and strong, but too sweet, too rich. Drink this one in small quantities. Perfect match with a cardamom chocolate, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scanman (150) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 29, 2015
This is a once-in-a-while treat that has a great amount of flavor. Pair with burgers, fish and chips or brunch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Bottle from Kenny Road Market. This copper-colored brew with a foamy off-white head has aromas of apple, caramel, and spice that carry over into the taste with all the sweetness and tartness they imply. Medium bodied with surprisingly low carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a cola color with little head. The aroma is really nice with sweet toasty notes. The taste follows with sweet malty flavors. A very interesting brew named after a very interesting musician.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Xebbe (148) - - SEP 21, 2014
God och rund. Något för söt för min smak. Men absolut en ok öl. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuinnessHong (147) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Pours a dark copper, blood red. Medium head that dissipates relatively quickly. Aroma is roasty, malty, coffee, chocolaty. Great balance of sweetness & bitterness. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, caramel. Some slight astringent & bitter aftertaste. Very tasty overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Aroma of caramelized malt. Dark brown with thin foamy head. Good clarity. Bit of an astringency that is characteristic of some porters. Mouthfeel is velvety, heavy. Dry finish. Not for guzzling. Flavor is that of dark roasted malts, dark fruits and nuttiness. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Nice yeasty notes: hints of plum and dried cherries, nutty and creamy mouth feel, little toasty malt and a smooth finish. Like most good craft Belgian style ales, the alcohol is well hidden, very tasty, although missing the deep complexities of some others in this style range.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2011
12oz bottle poured in snifter. Decent aroma, hints of dark fruit and sweet candy like qualities, comes off a little sour to me. Appearance is decent, nice dark copper color but head dissipates quickly. Taste is decent, not really reminiscent of a Belgian though as claimed. Heavy on the sweetness with a little more sour mixed. Not quite sure what they were going for with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2007
750 bottle corked and caged...Pours a nice ruby hue with nice thick light brown head. Aroma is spice, fruits, caramel ... and malt. Taste of fruit, spice, caramel, sugar, yeast and a hint of toasted grain in the finish. This beer is pretty incredible and one of the finer american recreations of a belgian strong ale. Moderately carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is slightly noticeable. Excellent beer from one of my favorite brewing companies. Thanks, Exposure for carring it

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