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RATINGS: 1594   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeObese (18) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
The beer pours dark amber almost ruby in color with a thick tan colored head that dissipates quickly.The smell is dominated by dark carmel malts, fruity spicy phenols, and slight alcohol. Taste is sweet malt followed by strong alcohol, and finishes with a nice Belgian yeast aftertaste. The mouthfeel is warming and full. The beer is pretty big so, although tasty, more than one could be a little too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grantw (18) - , AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2012
On tap at beer deluxe in Melbourne, nice yeast profile, malty body with dark fruits, cherrys and nutmeg. A slight cola twang detracts slightly and finish is drying

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerIsMyGod (17) - Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2009
This fine beer pours a rich topaz color with a deep pillowy head. Upon initial scent, the nose was met with a sharp bite of cherry. It has a thick feel and tastes of brown sugar with a slight maltiness. A subtle alcohol taste at the end, but an enjoyable beverage nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
believeUme (17) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Dark ruby with a thin head. Aroma is of sherry, sweet malts, and yeast. Flavor is of dextrinous roast, carmel, and yeast phenols. A bit under attenuated leaving a cloying sweetness. Otherwise, a good American interpretation of a Belgian Dark Strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerLvr13 (17) - Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2014
I expected more from this considering what I paid for a 25.4 FL. OZ. Bottle. What is there, is expertly balanced, as the 9.4% ABV is hard to detect. Just kinda needs more of what’s there, is all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Botolph (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2007
A great example of one of my favorite styles. A bit o’ caramel o the nose. The flavor fills your mouth with some spikes of hops and a nice sweet malt character. Monk would be proud even though it costs a bit more than a five spot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robsohoppy (16) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Starts off sweet transforms into a chocolaty coffee/ red wine finish. Color and carbonation a delight. Packs a creepy alcohol punch even after 12 oz. A must try for the adventurous ale taster.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HalfCockedJack (16) - Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Outstanding beer. Aroma-Deep scent with hints of toasty figs and a earthy warmth. Pours a beautiful mahogany with a one-inch off white head and good lacing. Light sweetness for a Belgian Abbey Style, with a strong maltiness and a medium amount of bitterness. Turns from strong raisin flavor at the beginning to a warm plum/peach as the glass warms. Full bodied with a slight stickiness and a lingering finish. Overall, a very American take on a Belgian style that is not afraid of breaking with convention, much like the beer’s namesake. Drink it Straight, No Chaser.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biglakemonster (16) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2013
A dark amber beautiful pour. As someone else mentioned it has a bit of sweet vinegar to the nose without getting pungent. A smooth caramel and distinctive taste with a long flavourful aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
logantownsend (15) - bonner springs, Kansas, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Pours dark amber and too clear for the style in my opinion. The head stays ok but has very little lacing. Strong caramel smell with raisins as well. Flavor delivers much of the same as the aroma. A bit buttery also. A little thin on the mouthfeel with a decent yet slightly bitter finish. Not much alcohol burn either for the abv.

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