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RATINGS: 1590   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 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trichoeg85 (34) - Sumrall, Mississippi, USA - MAR 5, 2015
12oz bottle poured to pint glass. Off white head one finger thick dissipated quickly with minimal lacing. Smells malty and of dried dark fruits. Rich deep amber near brown color. Notes of toffee and caramel accentuate the mild bittering of the hops. Has a boozy warmth to it finishes clean. Cheers!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgmees (33) - Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Dark caramel color with a small white cola head. Smell very nice with all kinds of fruit and malts rising from the head. Flavor was semi sweet with hints of raisins and fruit. Nice mouth feel with a good lingering follow through. One I will repeat in the future.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kereltis (33) - Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2012
This is a strange one, it has a very mild aroma and very cloudy dark red/brown appearance with a farely nutty flavor. Quite pleasant, very strong at 9.4% so it is a sipper and not a gulper unless you want to wake up not knowing where you are and with gods knows who. Worth a try if you’re looking for something new to try.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lukemundy (33) - California, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Pours a deep mahogany with a light, hazy head. Aromas of prunes/raisins am burnt sugar. This is a big, boozy Belgian, but the taste is smooth and enjoyable. It's pretty sweet, but that's fitting for the style. Like most Belgians, this drinks better a bit warmer--almost room temperature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seamus77 (31) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2006
norhtcoast brewers must be fans of trappist rochefort. while not expecting much, this ale surpassed my american-copycat expectations. rich warm creamy belgian worthy of "note" (pun intended)

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