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RATINGS: 1612   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skakapa (52) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle at a På Besök tasting. Reddish brown with beige head. Fruit, herbs and malty bread. Smooth carbonation and sweet to the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ohpooratlas (52) - USA - APR 7, 2014
New beer rater, but I will try. Beer looked appealing, but head was very short. Relatively light to medium feel on my tongue. Okay going down, but aftertaste was much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
frozen_glass (51) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Rich, deep aroma like that of a wine that gives off some hints of chocolate, but is sharpened by the hops and the alcohol. Opaque until you hold it up to a light, when it gives way to a hazy dark tobacco sunburst . Tastes of spices that dances on the tip of your tongue like pop rocks with a rich, dark follow through that is ambiguous as to whether it is bitter or sweet (but it’s both! just well balanced). Complimented by a bit of an peak at the end. A full, creamy body with a bit of carbonation. Overall, a fantastic beer that is drinkable and complex enough to put it among the best; definitely nothing like any other Belgian or Belgian style I’ve ever tasted. Certainly my new favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Periander (50) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Pours beautiful reddish brown, quite clear for a belgian. Aroma is plum, yeast maybe caramel. Flavor is toffee sweet with notes of cola and wine. Clean, almost quaffable, but is that really what you want from a BSA?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demondeacon09 (50) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2012
On draft in a snifter. Aroma was of berries. Little to no head. This beer did not taste like other Belgian strong ales I have tried. It had more of a barley wine taste to me. Pretty good but would probably go better with a meal than as a stand alone ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cattrall (48) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
PumpkinBurger (46) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2012
deep mahogany pour with a thin beige head... amazing aroma of dark candy, prune, dates, jamaican rum cake... very sweet up front but unfortunately a bit sour and alcoholic on the finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joelly3d (45) - Kentucky, USA - MAY 12, 2013
This is a good beer and quantity, very full flavor with good hops balance. Evident bitterness in true aged Belgian fashion, but it is not too bitter to enjoy, sweet smooth tones still prevail. Has a bit of a harder taste than something like a 90 minute IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Raisin and prune aromas with a malty sweetness. Some spice is noticeable. Light alcohol aromas with an almost sherry like aroma. Light tan head dissipates quickly, No haze is noticeable, with a ruby tones to a deep brown beer. Flavors up front are of prune, and raisins, a sherry like feel to the beer. Malt sweetness is noticeable ending with a noticeable amount of carbonation making the beer finish lighter in mouthfeel that I think it really is. No hop flavors noticeable and bitterness is only there for balance. Overall a very interesting and drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
billism (44) - Missouri City, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Pours dark amber-ruby. Tan head subsides quickly. Aroma of raisins, bread. Typical Belgian fruity esters, not overpowering, but present. Full body feel, very chewy. Very sweet and fruity. Slightly sour finish with a hop buzz. Definitely not something to be drinking in the heat of Summer. Thank jebus of A/C. I will enjoy this more on a cool Fall or Winter evening I suspect.

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