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RATINGS: 1695   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boccefloyd (101) - Bon Air, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Dark with ruby highlights, very thin tan head. no head, no retention... no lacing. Aroma is dark fruits, belgian yeast, bready, malt, caramal, molassas. Medium body, somewhat chewy. Plenty of carbonation. Alcohol present and in the after taste. Taste is molassas, dark fruits, caramel sweetness, brown sugar, alcohol in the finish. In my estimation, Thelonious deserves a better brew named after him.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FriendOfBeer (101) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2013 Dark cherry red appearance. Palate is filled with figs and cherries, very carbonated, high alcoholic taste. All fades away rather quickly leaving only fruitiness which warrants this a near 4 rating. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
rgfellow (100) - - DEC 22, 2012
Pours a beautiful amber with minimal lace. Aroma is harsh alcohol. Carbonation is spot on. Bitter, nutty taste. Decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - FEB 25, 2007
Pours a light chocolate red with a tan head. Tastes of plums and other dark fruit. Lightly sour. Alcohol not very present.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ingy (100) - candler, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2008
tap. Dark amber brown, with small head. Tofee, caramel, spice, vanilla. OK length and mouthfeel, wish it lasted a little longer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
headheldhigh (100) - Walnut, California, USA - JUN 24, 2011
12 oz bottle pours out a dark amber with ruby tones. Deliveries a good tan short lived head. Aromas of Belgium yeasts candied sugar dark ripe fruits such as plums and cherries. Tastes of fruits roasted malts spices and Belgium yeasts. Finishes a little short with a lingering taste of mild hops and malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duaneh (100) - - MAR 6, 2012
Brown color with lots of thick late-colored foam but settling down to a finger. The smell slowly filled the room- apricot, yeast, caramel and licorice. The taste had an initial metallic feature followed by sweet fruits, some yeast, and licorice and alcohol in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EMunk (99) - USA - MAY 10, 2012
I was first drawn in by the name, then the description. This is a great beer with smooth tast that I love to have in dark beers. Be carful though, the 9% alcohol level can creep up on you fast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Aroma of molasses. Mahogany in color with slight head. Taste is fruits and molasses. Nice finish with a bit of licorice in it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Studentofbrrs (98) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 Brother Thelonious is a beer to drink when you are sitting with a friend! It changes flavour around 3 times with every sip you take and will keep you intrigued until the last drop ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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