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RATINGS: 1711   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Unm4rk3d (86) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2013
dark amber pour. Sweet raisin, licorice, toffee aroma. Light sweet taste and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2009
Large corked bottle served slightly chilled. Shared with my good friend Kyle and many other friends on the night of his wedding. This is a dark red amber colour in the glass with a half inch off-white head. The aroma is nice and complex: raisin, vanilla, sugar, other dark fruits, yeast. Medium mouthfeel. I taste more dark fruits, plum perhaps, dark sugar, raisin, some more distant green hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2007
On tap in Horse & Plow Pours Clear, dark amber with a good long-lasting tan head. Malty aromas with some banana and bubblegum. Slight touch of alcohol on the nose and flavor. Nice hop finish but light for a Dubbel. Not a bad beer but it could use a little more Umph to it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Edgekrusher (84) - , Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Looking at these other rankings, I must have had a bad bottle..... Pours light brown with thick foamy whitish/yellow head. Initial taste is sweet followed by a strong lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matmatmat (82) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle. Full dark brown amber with full white head that didn’t last long. Sweet caramel aroma fades to the overpowering alcohol. Flavor is heavy on the sweet side like dark candy sugar, but quickly gives to an unbalanced alcohol bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ocean82 (82) - Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2013
A great American abbey ale that holds its own with its Belgian counterparts. Dark fruits, candied sugar, fig, with warm alcohol finish. Smooth on the palate. Not quite as complex as the top Belgians, but very tasty. --- Cheers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Tap @ Slater’s 50/50 HB. Strong nose of banana bread, cloves & spices. It’s a clearing brown with minimal head. Taste follows the nose, very sweet and full of bananas & Fall spices. Decently long finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2010
I actually really enjoyed this beer. Poured very dark amber red with a small light colored rapidly dissipating head. I have read many complaints about the flatness and lack of carbonation but that is one of the reasons I liked it. As a stout drinker mostly I have no problem with lightly carbonated beers. I thought the sweetness was ok and has a nice finish. Not great but still very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2008
A tasty beer with an incredible palate. A very sweet palate with a fruity type taste.

   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.

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