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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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PMgep (98) - Lund, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2008
[330 ml bottle from Systembolaget] Nice amber colour, but not so much foam. The flavour is of malt, caramel, spices and jazz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Studentofbrrs (98) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 Brother Thelonious is a beer to drink when you are sitting with a friend! It changes flavour around 3 times with every sip you take and will keep you intrigued until the last drop ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FriendOfBeer (98) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2013 Dark cherry red appearance. Palate is filled with figs and cherries, very carbonated, high alcoholic taste. All fades away rather quickly leaving only fruitiness which warrants this a near 4 rating. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bnwokedi89 (97) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Deep abbey style beer with a nutty brown complexion and a serious punch. 9.4% alcohol per volume hits you pretty hard after a couple. Smooth flavor that lends itself to enjoying slowly. There is a fruity aftertaste which is almost raisin like but also hart a bit of a tart taste like a cranberry. It's hard to explain but will make sense when you try this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iguanodon (97) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Pours a deep reddish brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel with a hint of banana and faint booze. Taste is caramel, stone fruit and booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
750 ml bottle, pretty sweet label too. This poured a rich, deep red with a nice froamy (frothy & foamy) off-white head. Good yeasty aroma with notes of fruit. Great full-bodied flavor with notes of chocolate, fruit, caramel maltiness and spices. Good lingering mouth feel, this should get better with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MOARBEER (94) - WALES - OCT 30, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2013 Clearly I had a bad bottle first time around. Second bottle was nothing like the first. Decent abbey style Belgian strong. Dried fruits, sweet caramel, bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
welho (93) - FINLAND - JUL 17, 2009
355ml bottle from Systembolaget. Dark brown color with white head. Smells fruits. Thick very sweet taste, some alcohol. Would suite much better those chilly autumn nights than this summer night I enjoyed this one. I like it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bassikpoet (93) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Dark amber brown. Smells of caramel and hints of vanilla. Its a smooth beer for its style but there is just something a little off about the taste. As if they left out an ingredient. Really enjoy Belgian style ales but this one just wasn’t great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BluePhish (93) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2010
pour is a nice dark ruby to umber. Mediun head falls quickly. lots of big fruity malts in the nose. Candied raisin, cinnamon, toasted macadamia, a hint of banana as wel, definitey very belgian. taste is huge baking spices, ckove, cinnamon, and raisin fruits. Prune, molases, french toast. palate is a tad sticky but not overly so. Arb is solid, alcohol also in balance.

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