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RATINGS: 1549   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Weidemann (6) - USA - JAN 3, 2014 does not count
Appearance is like iced tea, then beautiful liquid amber leaned into the light. Light tan head. Aroma is semi-sweet with a mellow crisp that conveys freshness. Medium mouthfeel with a nice light creaminess floating around after swallowing. Taste is malt-forward and semi-sweet at colder temp, but warmed up it becomes quite sweet. It's quite agreeable when ice cold, but I prefer it after it has warmed up for the syrupy quality and intense sweetness it develops. A definite Belgian quality comes through. Overall: A sweet, malty ale that has clear Belgian qualities, is unapologetically sweet and will always be on my repeat-purchase list. A wonderful value at $9 in the 750ml bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigmak (5) - New Hudson, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2014 does not count
Draft with good carbonation. Nice amber color. Raisin flavor with a nice boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
majormoon (5) - - FEB 4, 2014 does not count
Dark amber color, a bit of sour flavor that augments the smoke in this. Strong but not overpowering alcohol, really well balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
hamblema (5) - - MAR 16, 2014 does not count
Taste like diarrhea mixed with beer and some spices. like the other north coast stuff though

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shenk615 (5) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2009 does not count
dark amber with a thin, carbonated head. Spicy smell and a rich, syrupy flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoFisch (5) - Spearfish, USA - FEB 7, 2013 does not count
Aroma: Roasted malts, caramel Appearance: Deep, cloudy, brown. Taste: Complex. Caramel, vanilla, malts. Slight bitter finish. Palate: Bit of a slick mouthfeel. Overall: True to form of a Belgian abbey ale, but a bit richer than many that I’ve had. Overall one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rach3l (5) - - FEB 25, 2013 does not count
Beer lovers and people who "aren’t really fans of beer" alike usually love Brother Thelonious. I know I do. It has the bubbly approachability of a Belgian but also a strong, full-bodied flavor. I would say that it’s best enjoyed with jazz music and a steak dinner. Also, it could be a great beer to suggest to a friend who is beer-apprehensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALittleYeast (5) - Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2013 does not count
deep brown appearance with moderate head, a lingering taste with a little something I can’t quite place, medium body with average carbonation. Definitely special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
woehmig (4) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2010 does not count
Rich malt, a depth that reminds me of grapes, dark color, excellent thick head. Not too sweet, alcohol taste did not pervade.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trivialnobv (4) - USA - JAN 20, 2008 does not count
Delicious brew. Slightly strong on the alcohol bite but the malt does good to attack that.

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