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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Englishatheart (10) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Super fantastic. It’s like they took one their Old Stocks and mixed it with an Old Raspy. Wonderful flavour.My new fav !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerDorkMike (9) - USA - NOV 30, 2009 does not count
I have tried the New Belgium Abbey Ale, this has it beat hands down. I love it. Its also not as "chewy" as the new belgium abbey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lundarn (9) - SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2012 does not count
Bottled: pours darkred copper, golden, with a tiny, close to nothing, head. Smells: sweet, fruity and caramel. Tastes: extremely sweet, abit burnt honey, sugar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kballweg20 (8) - - FEB 21, 2014 does not count
Deep copper color. Fruity yeasty belgian aroma. Slight oak and vanilla finish. Warm alcohol burn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
saravn (8) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2009 does not count
A very tasty beer. A bit sour but mostly sweet. Overall extremely smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pijiuduzi (8) - Beijing, CHINA - MAY 3, 2008 does not count
I have found this beer is best when drank while listening to the man himself, Thelonious Sphere Monk. Much like listening to Monk tunes, it leaves you with satisfied palate and puts you in uniquely delightful mood. And anyways what can be better than listening to Thelonious, and drinking good beer. Best when drank ’Round Midnight. -Bye-ya!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
metmayhem (7) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 19, 2009 does not count
very impressed. couldnt believe my taste buds when i tried this beer. much more then i expected.....will drink again.... another great beer from a great brewery..

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DinoMartini (7) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 10, 2012 does not count
To me, a perfect beer. It does no wrong. I need to find more beers that come close to this. Never was a beer drinker til I tasted this. A sweet aroma, hints of banana and chocolate. Strong, but not too heavy. Indeed, a classic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidwel (7) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2006 does not count
Wow. Liike a complex jazz tune, this beer has a lot going on. There are rhythms and tempos and chords that at first seem chaotic, but soon the beauty of the whole emerges. With elements of West Coast Micro-Brew and Belgian Abbey, this will find fans of both traditions of brewing. Like Monk’s own bands...This is a great combo!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFred (7) - North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2012 does not count
Poured from a 12 ounch bottle into a trappist glass. Reddish brown with a minimal tan head. Smell is sweet and malty with notes of caramel and pear. Taste is malty, sweet and crisp with white grape and citrus notes. Nice beer and extremely drinkable.

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