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With the developing interest in Belgian abbey ales and the monasteries that brew them, itís 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 Brewingís 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 ďDark Strong AleĒ, 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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
s0me0nesmind1 (15) - Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2009
750ml bottle - pours with small amount of creamy white head. Aroma hint with moderate sweetness and a good mixture of caramel and fruitiness - taste verifys this with a light heavy sweetness and delicious syrup flavor, with the fruitiness to end. Very nice and smooth throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calvinroots (15) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours dark red with a brown tint and a thick creamy light tan head. Upfront is dark and fruity. Nice full flavor that sticks around for a bit. Subtle yeast taste throughout. Delicious beverage

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dtalou27 (13) - Freeburg, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Much better than expected! Didn't know what to think, but I know North Coast doesn't disappoint. Great ale! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Coolhandbrew (13) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Love this beer. High gravity and tasty. Malty and well balanced; good mouthful. Nice color and aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WestsideThreat (13) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 30, 2006
Crystal clear reddish amber,dark ruby color. Perfect head, pillowy then decaying to a nice solid ring around the beer. Aroma is actually very fresh and yeasty...touch of cherry and molasses. Alcohol is evident with one wif. Suprisingly smokey. Sweet, dried fruit, bit cloying. Not a bad first stab at a Belgian by North Coast. This beer is a bit too ripe and could use a touch of cellaring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluesickboy (13) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Nice flavor... Watson1977 about says it all for me maybe even a small plum flavor. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
postroad (12) - USA - MAR 21, 2010
didnít like this much but itís cool how they make contributions to the Thelonious Monk Institute.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryane. (12) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2010 Brother Thelonious pours a deep dark auburn with a thick and foamy tan head. Itís aroma is caramel, dough, earthy, and coppery. Itís flavor is made up of a light sweetness, medium bitterness, and finishes with a medium sourness (once again very reminiscent of copper). Itís palate is medium bodied, with soft carbonation and a long finish. Overall, Brother Thelonious is another uniquely complex beer from North Coast Brewing Company.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
barleywine1 (11) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2009
There are two things I noticed about Brother Thelo right from the get go. First, the smell: sour acid and spices. This was going to have a very strong taste. Second, the color: beautiful, dark red amber. Wow. The head was small and disappeared in seconds. The taste is powerful: musty oak, raisins, and cloves hidden somewhere in the back. Iím surprised at the alcohol content (9.4%), which you donít taste or smell at all. But listen, Iím going to get right down to it: this is an interesting beer to pick apart and test the palate, but the flavor just gets too overbearing. The oak gradually turns to a mossy/decomposing leaves taste and smell, and towards the end, it just gets sour. Iíve had Belgians before, but not quite so overwhelming as this, which is definitely not my beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tippebrewcrew2 (11) - Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Nice abbey style. I drank it around 50 degrees F. and was happy with the flavors I got from that. It could be drank a little warmer perhaps. It pours a lively a head that is medium lasting with a sparkling ruby body. Malty, floral nose with hints of bread. Cherry flavors with light to medium alcohol presence. Another step on the beer-a-myd!

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