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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 15/20
SandK (44) - Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Pours reddish brown; not too dark. Tasted subtle dark fruits with a staunch woody twinge...refreshing carbonation and even though the ABV is substantial; it’s pretty smooth. S-3.9 K-3.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainBoosh (44) - - JAN 17, 2013
Poured from bottle, shallow off white head. Aroma sweet, low alcohol. Clean, slightly chewy mouthfeel. Tastes typical Belgian, sweet and fruity, almost grape like taste in the finish. Pleasant aftertaste, overall nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brison (44) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2013
damn good. Loads of dark fruit, breadiness, and a bit of alcohol in the taste. Slightly boozy but is balanced by the very distinct flavors. not quite as good as trois pistoles but still very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mellocello (43) - - JUL 5, 2012
Drank from a 22oz. bottle. It was kind of dark for an Abby ale but the overall taste was pleasant. It had a very nice creamy head and a burnt caramel aftertaste. It also has a slight taste of raisins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PapaMick (43) - Jacksonville, Arkansas, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Malty dark and powerful. This is a STRONG Belgian style ale that will surprise you

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Peterlemonjelo (42) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Admittedly, dubbels are not my favorite styles, but this is a a very good interpretation of the style and a fine beer. A - Beautiful color. Crystal clear and dark ruby red. Lots of carbonation bringing up wonderful smells. S - Sweet prunes/dates/malts...slight unsweetened chocolate T - Very sweet, prunes, dates, brown sugar. Not much in the way of belgian yeast flavor. Sweet finish, not a lot of bitterness. M - Nice texture and carbonation make this a pleasant feeling beer. D - A tad too sweet for my taste to make it a session beer but a very nice beer. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
johnroblawson (39) - Ames, Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Grassy grape aroma (doesn’t help when the house stinks of grapes already like) and fast fading head. Lovely dark red-copper colour. Caramel and liquorice notes with fantastic sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnCoctosin (37) - California, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Dark and delicious. Pleasant mocha aroma and flavor. You can taste the robust coffee, light chocolate and malt. Smooth as any beer out there. Brother Thelonious is the perfect fall or winter brew. The carbonation on your palate is just right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2006
750 ml bottle. Wonderful earthy nose, lots of biscuit malt and fruity esthers. Pit fruit perhaps? Deep brownish red color, excellent mouthfeel. Slight sweetness, the malts hide the alcohol well. Brown sugar, pit fruit (apricots?), great finish. A beer worthy of it’s name!

   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.

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