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RATINGS: 1711   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - FEB 7, 2007
deep dark red/brown coffeeish appearance. off white head that doesn’t last. THe aroma is not good. Smells like vinegar. Flavor is inconsistent, thankfully, with aromoa. Flavor is coffee with oddly sweet but bitter finish. Overall, its ok, but I won’t buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Amber-brown color, nicely cloudy, -attractive beer. Pours a small light brown head. Strong malt with port aroma as well as hints of burnt toffee. Flavor mirrors aroma, but less sweet. Lightly fizzy which diminishes the palate, but doesn’t overwhelm the flavor. Not really like Belgian Abbey style ales, but well worth drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoffrobert (178) - Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Dark red in color with decent carbonated head. Smells of dried fruits and nuts. Tastes of raisins and dates throughout. Slight hint of apples and brown sugar. Paired with white sharp cheddar cheese was tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Brown pour that light travels through, has a minimal beige head. Nose is muted with a sugary sweetness apparent. Palate is a tad thin with a fair amount of carbonation. Flavor is, as expected, nice and malty with almond and walnut drenched in sugar and digested with plum and fig. Warming, strong, and enjoyable, this Belgian falters by a too thin body and lack of variation. The homage to T.S. Monk is preserved, nonetheless, in this ’nutty’ brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hbuck72 (177) - Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 9, 2009
pours a dark cloudy brown, with little to no head. Aroma is of dark toasted grains, fermented fruit, and alcohol notes, maybe some tobacco or leather notes. Taste is of rich malted grains, fruit, and tartness. The beer is a little too carbonated, which disrupts the palate, and makes it hard to find the subtle flavors of the beer. Not the best BSA that I have had, reminds me more of a European Bock than a BSA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Very unique taste invloving complex dark fruits andyeast. I am enjoying this beer due to it’s unique appeal. I recommend trying this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2009
From a 12 oz bottle. Pour was amber with very little head. The taste was of caramel and fruits. The yeast stood out and really covered up the high ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
12oz bottle. Poured an amber/earthly color. Strong aroma of caramel and malts. This beer wasn’t really what I was expected from this belgium style beer. Unique taste. Starts off creamy and smooth and has strong malty aftertaste without the spice I was expecting. Lots of malt flavor. Good solid beer with high ABV.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Paincane (170) - Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Dark brown body w/ reddish tinge & tan head. Boozy rich malt aromas. Dark roasted malt, fig, raisin & spice notes in flavors. Medium bodied.

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