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RATINGS: 1701   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SmallOne (79) - SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2009
A thick taste .. slightly malty. A small taste of alcohol. One of my current favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blaketj80 (78) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Consumed at 50 degrees. Pours with decent white head and smells of molasses. Sweet flavor, but not complex. Doesn’t have the body to match the smell and style. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2006
On draft at the tasting room in Ft Bragg and from 75cl. (draft & bottle compared favorably). Big aromas of rising bread dough, peppery spices, and fruit. Nice malty flavor with bitter chocolate, a little piny bite, and an herbal finish not present in the aroma of very faint dried Italian herbs. I don’t think there were any herbs in the beer, but the combination of yeast and hops lent a nice herbal quality. More than just a "gimmick" beer meant to attract jazz fans, as I have heard some comment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
votzer (77) - Hixson, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Sweet smelling spice aroma, light brown head that dissipates quickly, rich soft brown color with a hint of orange when held up to a light, light carbonation. unique taste I can’t quite pin down but it’s a really nice drink. Nice almost heavy (in a good way) spice taste, that stays with you with a warm finish. I’ll be sampling this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlindGuardianco (77) - - MAR 16, 2015
Tasty beer, mild malty flavour, strong alcohol flavour when warmer, good overall, will try again

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
firedog23 (73) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2012
This beer makes me want to sing long drawn out jazz songs. It makes me want to drink more of it. This beer is a great example of great Belgium Abbey Ales. Gonna sneak one back to England with me and share with other like minded friends.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ScottB (73) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle. Not a big fan of this interpretation. While it did have the requisite bananna and other fruit ester notes, there was an annoying funkiness that I can’t even really describe. Worth a try, but not a second buy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmad (72) - - MAR 20, 2011
I poured a 12 oz bottle into my tulip glass... The beer is dark brown color with reddish highlights and a thin, bubbly, tan colored head. The smell is mainly coloa, molasses, fig and spice. It tastes of dates and smokey caramel, there is a bit of peppery spiciness to it and an earthy aftertaste. It feels light, the carbonation is perfect, the abv is hidden well and it has a nice dry finish. This is a quality brew but it’s not outstanding. I wouldn’t seek it out but would definitely drink it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haugeberg (72) - - JUL 5, 2012
Bought at specks, drank from pint glass. I really like this beer, but I'm not sure about the style. There seem to be very dark roasted malt and possible coffee overtones to this fairly sweet and full-bodied beer. Some tart and fruit-like flavors are hidden in each sip as well. I'm certain to drink it, especially since it supports a wonderful organization. However, I was expecting a lighter, sweeter and less robust flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dsnutz (71) - dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2007
This was a tasty beer, that poured brown with a tan head that dissappated shortly after pour. That was a good buy for7.99.

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