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RATINGS: 1537   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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zenonymous (4) - twin oaks, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2012 does not count
This is just through and through a good solid beer. The color, taste,palate are all exactly my style. May not fit a classic profile, but its an outstanding example of exactly what it is. Good stuff!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 20/20
thebeerdoctor (3) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2008 does not count
I had this in a four pack twelve ounce format. One bottle is plenty. A great ale that (I repeat) should not be served cold! Forget comparisons with its Belgian brethren, this is a unique American tribute to a unique American musician. Very complex, dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, plum. A jolt of alcohol in the finish, as it should be: Straight No Chaser.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JNeri (3) - Chicago, USA - OCT 12, 2010 does not count
I originally ordered this beer because I’m a jazz enthusiast. I had never heard of it before but was intrigued by the name and the label. It is served in a very attractive trappist glass that reflects the label. It pours dark and laces nicely. Very deeply brown, almost black in color, and in fact looks nearly identical to the one Thelonious is holding on the label, but with less head. Fruity notes, a very inviting but understated aroma. A perfectly astounding experience throughout. When I’m asked for beer recommendations, this is always my first suggestion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdtucker80 (2) - Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2012 does not count
Perfect mouth feel with a meat and sauerkraut meal. Slight fruit taste. Thick with bacteria and yeast feel. Great Head. Place in freezer for 18 minutes for perfect temp.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jjmoore2 (2) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2010 does not count
This goes on the top of my list in regards to one of the best Belgian Strong Ales. Very aromatic and rich flavored. I can especially taste the malt coffee and bread taste, and the herbs from the hops. Does not leave an after taste, and leaves your palate clean and refreshed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tezz_78 (2) - Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2013 does not count
This was a good belgian style beer that hit the spot. My advice is do not drink this on an empty stomach or the 9.4% alcohol will smack you to sleep.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
that_Guy (2) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2013 does not count
Pairs well with vanilla bean ice cream and pineapple. Good any time, but great with a mild dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ncohafmuta (2) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2007 does not count
Milky chocolate color with a tan head. Aroma is domainated by burnt caramel with hints of orange fruits and yeast. Flavor is more caramel, molasses, malty with a spicy yeatiness. Palate is steely with a fairly long finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FreeRadikal (1) - - JUL 9, 2012 does not count
Dark, fruity, good viscosity, I love this style of beer so I’m head over heeals for it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gossamer (1) - - FEB 25, 2012 does not count
Pours a dark amber with a frothy head. The beer has a fruity nose. I was impressed that it really tastes like a traditional abbey style ale. Strong finish. Very impressed.

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