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RATINGS: 1595   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cattrall (40) - Midlevels, HONG KONG - APR 8, 2015
Umm sorry no. Too much caramel and malt. Not really a 'Belgian Style Abby Ale' at all. A bit reminiscent of a Rosenbach Grand Cru but no where near the balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
johnroblawson (39) - Ames, Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Grassy grape aroma (doesn’t help when the house stinks of grapes already like) and fast fading head. Lovely dark red-copper colour. Caramel and liquorice notes with fantastic sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnCoctosin (37) - California, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Dark and delicious. Pleasant mocha aroma and flavor. You can taste the robust coffee, light chocolate and malt. Smooth as any beer out there. Brother Thelonious is the perfect fall or winter brew. The carbonation on your palate is just right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2006
750 ml bottle. Wonderful earthy nose, lots of biscuit malt and fruity esthers. Pit fruit perhaps? Deep brownish red color, excellent mouthfeel. Slight sweetness, the malts hide the alcohol well. Brown sugar, pit fruit (apricots?), great finish. A beer worthy of it’s name!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
GadgetGeek (36) - Snellville, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Good first taste of this beer. I drank it while it was too cold but as the beer started to warm it developed some chocolate and fig tastes. Almost no head on this beer and little or no lacing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rm0312 (36) - Idaho, USA - MAR 25, 2007
From the 750ml bottle to a Trappist glass - a rich ruby color with a marginal head. A malty citrus aroma as well as some caramel. The caramel came out in the flavor as well along with some vanilla and some fruitiness. I picked up the hoppiness at the end. Smooth and chewable. This is a very good beer - maybe a step below Chimay Blue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PSmith (35) - Kennewick, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle, Very nice beer, with just enough hops to keep the sweet maltiness "down". Beutiful brown-red color, nice head. A very good American Belgium. A nice warm finish and at 9%, no heavy alc. flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beelsebob (35) - Cupertino, California, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Pours a dark amber colour, with nearly no carbonation and very little head. Smells roast with a bit of a nasty acetate edge to it. The palette is thin, and watery, with not much spark to it. Taste is inoffensive, with sweet caramels and a pleasant aftertaste. Wouldn’t be my first choice of beer, but passable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DonutSeducer (34) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 7, 2014
nice color, faint hint of fruits in the nose. The taste has notes of malt and very mild fruit notes. Balanced/decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shotgunn (34) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 8, 2009
Poured a deep amber color with a little off white head and little carbonation. To the nose it was sweet with malt and oak. First taste was very sweet and not at all hoppy. As you continued the bottle it didn’t get bittter at all and you almost forgot you were drinking 9% abv, it can and will sneek up on you. I would recommend and try this beer again.

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