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RATINGS: 1707   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 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
k9coug (107) - USA - MAY 30, 2013
A sipper. Took me an hour to finish. Wonderful for what it is. I just had a 12 oz bottle, no cork, so was unaware it was as good as it was. May have been mis-marked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bnwokedi89 (106) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Deep abbey style beer with a nutty brown complexion and a serious punch. 9.4% alcohol per volume hits you pretty hard after a couple. Smooth flavor that lends itself to enjoying slowly. There is a fruity aftertaste which is almost raisin like but also hart a bit of a tart taste like a cranberry. It's hard to explain but will make sense when you try this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
broozer81 (106) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Overall I wasn’t to impressed with this one. Not to smooth, flavor was a little metallic and the alcohol present was more than I would like. Wont try again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fezzy (105) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2013 Uncomplicated malts and yeast nose on the orange-ruby brew. Big, sweet malts with strong belgian yeast funk and bubblegum main body, with lots of raisin and a hint of clove and orange in flavor profile. Mostly sweet, but finishes not so sweet as to maintain some palatability, which is quite good considering the 9.4% ABV. A huge beer, but not so overwhelming as to prevent you from drinking more. One of the best Belgians to come out of the United States.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tommynh (105) - - OCT 15, 2015
Nice Belgian dark, a bit of a fruity taste and seems like a little fizz but not too noticeable, high ABV and a nice little buzz, smallish serving glass but still very nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
htzpah (105) - - SEP 4, 2014
Enjoyed on tap at Southside Spirit House in SF. Lovely sticky caramel toasted nose. Juicy chocolate and grape taste. Finishes with a toffee linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
partywithanM (103) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
12 oz bottle. Smells good and tastes great. Nice, full boddies, and rich. I don’t know if I would be able to have more than one or two of them. Delicious but a little heavy in the gut.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Took a chance on this one and must say very suprised. Pour was nice brown with a light head. Aroma was strong with spice and yeast. Flavor was full and complex with dark breads and plums and a touch of alcohol.It finished sweet and longl

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Crimson brown without much head (slightly tan). Not much on the aroma, maybe a soft roasted, earthy scent. Belgian and abbey are not good descriptors. This is a glorified brown ale. Chalky, acidic, and flimsy body. I guess it’s more about the charity than the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Pours a dark brown with light tan head, good lacing. Dark fruits and caramel dominate the taste. A good beer for the style and pretty cheap.

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