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RATINGS: 1697   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - APR 15, 2010
pretty good but not very belgian... arome is aged malt and chocolate, not bad. flavour picks up a few more esters and phenols but still not all that belgian. it’s good but a boit too clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Had a strange taste that I could not identify. Not entirely unpleasant,but weird enough to not want another. Highly eccentric, just like Thelonious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Croff (164) - Ostra Sonnarslov, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2010
12oz bottle from Systembologet. Pours a dark amber with a beige head. head quickly goes to lace. Aroma is of caramel raisin fruit malt. Flavor of caramel spice bread taste with a hint of smoke and a nice alcohol tickle on the tongue. Not overly sweet. This is a excellent brew. I will buy again and would recommend to all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
phildorsey (161) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2011
750 ML bottle. Pours dark brown and a tan colored frothy head. Malty and grassy flavors dominate the air. Very fizzy with a full oily finish. Bitterness is heavy and lightly sour. This beer is...complicated? the finish and textures are unlike most, very good and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4 pack from wooden keg. I had high expectations for this beer - Belgian Strongs being my bread and butter. Pours medium brown with a think foamy tan head, which disappears within a moderate amount of time. Mouthfeel was thinner than I prefer and it felt as though it wre falling to either side of my tongue. There’s a strange aftertaste that i can’t quite put my finger on yet but i have 3 more bottles to figure it out. not a bad beer probably won’t buy again after the 4pack but decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
texasbartender (160) - Sugarland, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2008
The beer pours a very dark amber almost black with a thick off white head that is mostly lasting. The nose is a yeasty sour funky mix of bread and malts. The flavor is what the nose has lead us to believe; a slightly funky sour with notes of yeast coriander and citrus, the finish is slightly sour and short lived.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - AUG 25, 2008
Dark brown, with a thin head. Some fruit, and definitely caramel. Overall, not too bad. Decent alcohol content.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Pours dark red copper with a tan head. Smells of port wine and Belgian yeast. Tastes subtle alcohol, raisins and slightly chocolate with a bit of a kick at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Xebbe (159) - - 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
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 31, 2006
750ml bottle from lee’s liquor: pours a deep reddish amber with a quickly disappearing head. aroma of fruits spice and plenty of other wonderful smells that can’t quite be identified. from the taste, it would seem that this ale would greatly benefit from more aging as i think the dark malts may need more time to mellow, but still very excellent today. this one is worth buying a case and cracking a few every now and then.. see how it changes with age, i predict it will improve greatly ;)

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