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RATINGS: 1711   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nebulor (109) - , California, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Fig and smokey roasted malt smell with caramel and molasses. Mahogany color with an off tan head and lots of action. Sediment was difficult to see and swirled a bit around and topped this off just in case. Lots of flavors including a buttery roasted malt, caramel, molasses, and some fig with a sweet tea finish. Medium to full bodied, buttery and resinous, lively soft carbonation, and an alcohol warming throughout. Yummy and the buttery effect suggest the sediment was liquified.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
USCBeerMan (109) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2009
Pouring a dark reddish brown beer with a slight off white head, this beer has a solid appearance. The aroma is slightly sweet malty fruit. The beer is smooth on the palate. alcohol is slightly noticeable. the finish is smooth but leaves an unidentifiable after taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Pours a dark cherry red. Thin khaki head. Fruity aromas. Malty, smells of tequila for some odd reason, nutty, sweet and smooth. Nice alcohol bite. Flavors of caramel, brown sugar, vegetables, hard liquor, tequila...odd. Pretty decent but definitely odd, maybe a bad batch? Has a solid flavor just a tad weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daad (109) - SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2013
Really nice taste and aroma, this is a good thing to drink. [short review due to it coming from my backlog]

   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Duntoyou (107) - Kr.sand, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2012
Mørke gylden, litt bunnfall. Nydelig aroma, søt balansert, karamell? Smaken er fyldig, fruktig, mye karbonering, men perfekt balansert, westvlteteren ligner den på. Flott fylde? Rettinn påt topp fem

   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tommynh (106) - - 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 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.

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