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RATINGS: 1619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
glenD (31) - - NOV 24, 2012
This is a solid beer. Everything on this beer is subtle. Very subtle. It’s got a strong fruity aroma and flavor with some lingering alcohol resin that lingers with you. Head goes away very quickly and the alcohol does its magic. Not a typical yeasty belgian but thats why I like it. No dealing with fermented bottle conditioned floaters. Pour this with the largest head you can get and drink the S*&T out of it. It’s great.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Nugget (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2006
This beer tastes like lake water. I was expecting a hell of a lot more from North Coast. The Silver Jubilee was fantastic, this is just baloney.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
targhee (30) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2007
Given as gift (was purchased in CT). Thick brown head, remnants last to the bottom. Oaky and malty nose. Thick, concentrated malty initial flavor with oaky finish with slight hint of sweets. Very enjoyable for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PrattBrat (30) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2015
Pours a cloudy ruby-brown with a small tan head. Aromas of caramel malt, brown sugar, alcohol, dark fruit and spices. Tastes of caramel malt, dark fruit, alcohol and a hint of smoke and spices. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SKCwillie (29) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Dark brown pour with tan head. Very drinkable for the ABV. A little malty with a slight sour finish. Really enjoy this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hercamund_Hops (29) - Rooster Poop, Nebraska, USA - APR 8, 2013
4/8/13 9.4% LOOK: dark red/orange with yellowish tan head NOSE: poppy seed bread, malt, fruity with banana, banana bread, peach, apple, grape jelly, salty dried beef, black pepper, smells like the deli section at Whole Foods TASTE: definitely some breadiness, banana bread, lots of stuff like everything in the nose, and that's not bad! FEEL: smooth OVERALL: very complex, great brew! ...Room temp ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ep2021 (29) - SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2013
not my favorite style but ok executed. little too sweet.. but love the man thelonious so try this brew if u get a chance.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
lmatos (28) - San Juan, Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2014
A good beer. Dark color. A good aroma and a.good taste. There is an after taste that I do not like

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NJDevilz69 (28) - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2006
750ml bottle, dark toasty brown appearance, head didnt linger long but lacing was nice. For a american knock off of a belgian style the "spice is right". Of course the belgians do it better but it was one of the better american attempts I have had. The flavor has a hint of molasses and a nice nut characteristic kinda almond like, also slight caramel presence. Very malty but pleasant. Mouthfeel is full and rich. Over all I have to say its a very good attempt at a belgian style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FortyFirkins (28) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured very dark amber with a smallish light brown head and almost no lacing. Nose was mainly raisins and light spice, then a smokey-fruit and syrupy body with a caramel-alcohol finish. A fine beer but feels incomplete, as if not quite the sum of its parts.

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