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RATINGS: 1701   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Pours a clear, deep ruby with a finger of foamy, tan head that dissipates slowly into a cap. Yeasty dark fruits on the nose, mostly plumb, as well as some butterscotch. The flavor seems to just explode on the tongue, but then seems to dull itself down a bit. Yeasty and fruity all the way down. While it has a thick and sticky mouthfeel, seems to be a bit lighter bodied than this would indicate. A solid beer, just missing that little bit that would bring it into the great beer category.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chadski4 (170) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Initial sweetness settles into a nice full-bodied finish. Dark mahogany color with barely a hint of reddish hue. Little to no lacing but a nice thick head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2007
A very nice offering from North Coast, with a more than appropriate name. Sample this from its 750ml bottle and was very impressed. It pours dark mahogany, and the smell is very spicy, malty, sweetish, and balanced. Caramel, malt, almonds, dark fruit, and a heavy alcohol presence are all apparent in the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KDorgan12 (169) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Bottle-Memphis. Beautiful auburn brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of toffee and butterscotch. Smooth palate with silky caramel and faint hint of chocolate.

   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 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 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.

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