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RATINGS: 1628   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DonutSeducer (34) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 7, 2014
nice color, faint hint of fruits in the nose. The taste has notes of malt and very mild fruit notes. Balanced/decent

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trichoeg85 (34) - Sumrall, Mississippi, USA - MAR 5, 2015
12oz bottle poured to pint glass. Off white head one finger thick dissipated quickly with minimal lacing. Smells malty and of dried dark fruits. Rich deep amber near brown color. Notes of toffee and caramel accentuate the mild bittering of the hops. Has a boozy warmth to it finishes clean. Cheers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kereltis (33) - Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2012
This is a strange one, it has a very mild aroma and very cloudy dark red/brown appearance with a farely nutty flavor. Quite pleasant, very strong at 9.4% so it is a sipper and not a gulper unless you want to wake up not knowing where you are and with gods knows who. Worth a try if you’re looking for something new to try.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lukemundy (33) - California, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Pours a deep mahogany with a light, hazy head. Aromas of prunes/raisins am burnt sugar. This is a big, boozy Belgian, but the taste is smooth and enjoyable. It's pretty sweet, but that's fitting for the style. Like most Belgians, this drinks better a bit warmer--almost room temperature.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgmees (33) - Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Dark caramel color with a small white cola head. Smell very nice with all kinds of fruit and malts rising from the head. Flavor was semi sweet with hints of raisins and fruit. Nice mouth feel with a good lingering follow through. One I will repeat in the future.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aveclaudenum (31) - California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Pours a deep brown-red with a nice tan head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with hints of alcohol. Very tasty -hints of coffee, caramel, and citrus. The alcohol could be hidden a bit better.. Goes very well with dark bread. Overall a great ale, North Coast definitely have a signature they leave in all their beers - this one is no exception.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
diablodawg (31) - - OCT 28, 2011
sweet, malty, with spicy overtones and very limited hops. Sweeter than typical belgians. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seamus77 (31) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2006
norhtcoast brewers must be fans of trappist rochefort. while not expecting much, this ale surpassed my american-copycat expectations. rich warm creamy belgian worthy of "note" (pun intended)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dangle (31) - Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2008
First of all, I just want to say that the music of Thelonious Monk has changed my life as a music. His ideas were so unique and inspirational that i incorporate them into my own compositions. Away Beer. Yes nice dark brown almost bronze color Big ol’ Of white head. Nice thick lacing. Tastes of Fruit and malts. Kinda carmel. Yea great beer.

   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.

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