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RATINGS: 1656   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, itís 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 Brewingís 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 ďDark Strong AleĒ, 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 17/20
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2006
On draft at the tasting room in Ft Bragg and from 75cl. (draft & bottle compared favorably). Big aromas of rising bread dough, peppery spices, and fruit. Nice malty flavor with bitter chocolate, a little piny bite, and an herbal finish not present in the aroma of very faint dried Italian herbs. I donít think there were any herbs in the beer, but the combination of yeast and hops lent a nice herbal quality. More than just a "gimmick" beer meant to attract jazz fans, as I have heard some comment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
votzer (77) - Hixson, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Sweet smelling spice aroma, light brown head that dissipates quickly, rich soft brown color with a hint of orange when held up to a light, light carbonation. unique taste I canít quite pin down but itís a really nice drink. Nice almost heavy (in a good way) spice taste, that stays with you with a warm finish. Iíll be sampling this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kordestanchi (77) - - SEP 20, 2014
Dark brown beer with small tan head. With sweet fruity aroma and sweet-sour palate, itís a beautiful beer to honor Thelonious Monk for his great jazz music

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ScottB (73) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle. Not a big fan of this interpretation. While it did have the requisite bananna and other fruit ester notes, there was an annoying funkiness that I canít even really describe. Worth a try, but not a second buy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
firedog23 (73) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2012
This beer makes me want to sing long drawn out jazz songs. It makes me want to drink more of it. This beer is a great example of great Belgium Abbey Ales. Gonna sneak one back to England with me and share with other like minded friends.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmad (72) - - MAR 20, 2011
I poured a 12 oz bottle into my tulip glass... The beer is dark brown color with reddish highlights and a thin, bubbly, tan colored head. The smell is mainly coloa, molasses, fig and spice. It tastes of dates and smokey caramel, there is a bit of peppery spiciness to it and an earthy aftertaste. It feels light, the carbonation is perfect, the abv is hidden well and it has a nice dry finish. This is a quality brew but itís not outstanding. I wouldnít seek it out but would definitely drink it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haugeberg (71) - - JUL 5, 2012
Bought at specks, drank from pint glass. I really like this beer, but I'm not sure about the style. There seem to be very dark roasted malt and possible coffee overtones to this fairly sweet and full-bodied beer. Some tart and fruit-like flavors are hidden in each sip as well. I'm certain to drink it, especially since it supports a wonderful organization. However, I was expecting a lighter, sweeter and less robust flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AJofDenver (71) - Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2010
The appearance of this beer is a dark brown with traces of a burnt brick color. The aroma of this beer starts with roasted malts and finishes with an earthy sweetlike finish. The taste of this beer starts sweet and ends with a touch of sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raszputini (71) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Although my experience with most North Coast products has been positive, I wasnít expecting to be impressed with Brother Thelonious. Americans brewing Belgian style is a mixed bag, and in general I prefer to stick with the real deal. That said, I was highly impressed with this Abbey. The aroma is spicy and representative of the genre. The color is dark for an Abbey, and is very similar to the color of the brew Mr. Monk is drinking on the label. Fruity notes with coriander as well as candy sugar round out the taste. This is a very solid Abbey - comparable to a triple. I highly recommend it. With the exception of some Ommegang brews, this is probably the truest American brewed Abbey Iíve tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dsnutz (71) - dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2007
This was a tasty beer, that poured brown with a tan head that dissappated shortly after pour. That was a good buy for7.99.

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