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RATINGS: 1566   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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kentwelter (9) - - JUN 29, 2014 does not count
A nice beer from my hometown fort Bragg, CA. I love Abby style ales and this doesn't disappoint. A medium red amber pour with a nice head. Tastes very much like chamey red frankly. Which I think is a big compliment. It is malty and clean without being too figgy. I like the full body of the palette without being overwhelming. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
saravn (8) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2009 does not count
A very tasty beer. A bit sour but mostly sweet. Overall extremely smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pijiuduzi (8) - Beijing, CHINA - MAY 3, 2008 does not count
I have found this beer is best when drank while listening to the man himself, Thelonious Sphere Monk. Much like listening to Monk tunes, it leaves you with satisfied palate and puts you in uniquely delightful mood. And anyways what can be better than listening to Thelonious, and drinking good beer. Best when drank ’Round Midnight. -Bye-ya!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kballweg20 (8) - - FEB 21, 2014 does not count
Deep copper color. Fruity yeasty belgian aroma. Slight oak and vanilla finish. Warm alcohol burn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidwel (7) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2006 does not count
Wow. Liike a complex jazz tune, this beer has a lot going on. There are rhythms and tempos and chords that at first seem chaotic, but soon the beauty of the whole emerges. With elements of West Coast Micro-Brew and Belgian Abbey, this will find fans of both traditions of brewing. Like Monk’s own bands...This is a great combo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
metmayhem (7) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 19, 2009 does not count
very impressed. couldnt believe my taste buds when i tried this beer. much more then i expected.....will drink again.... another great beer from a great brewery..

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DinoMartini (7) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 10, 2012 does not count
To me, a perfect beer. It does no wrong. I need to find more beers that come close to this. Never was a beer drinker til I tasted this. A sweet aroma, hints of banana and chocolate. Strong, but not too heavy. Indeed, a classic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFred (7) - North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2012 does not count
Poured from a 12 ounch bottle into a trappist glass. Reddish brown with a minimal tan head. Smell is sweet and malty with notes of caramel and pear. Taste is malty, sweet and crisp with white grape and citrus notes. Nice beer and extremely drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dinosaurobrew (7) - - SEP 2, 2013 does not count
Couleur : brun légèrement orangé, faible mousse Arome : caramel, banane, rhum brun goût : sucre brun, banane, rhum brun, légèrement épicé

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JerzGina (7) - - SEP 10, 2014 does not count
Wonderful flavor and enjoying it by the pool in Vegas. Easy drinking even with high abv. Will purchase at home for sure.

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