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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertime (23) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Bottle- Redish brown in colour with rapidly diminishing beige head. Aroma of dried plums and raisins with a little alcohol. Taste is very malty and has a sweet creamy mouthfeel. A lttile too sweet for me. I expexted more to this beer due to the fact North Coast is a solid brewery. Not very complex IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheKeg (23) - Louisiana, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Pretty good brew. Bought from Whole Foods Market. Light fruity aroma, off-white/tan head, and pours a rich reddish brown color. The higher alcohol content is well hidden, I didn’t notice the warmth that I noticed on other high gravity beers. The taste disappears quick from the tongue and leaves minimal after taste, not what I expected, but not a bad thing either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rock_Buffalo (23) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2014
Brother Thelonious is a rich Belgian style abbey ale. On pouring, it presents a deep copper hue and medium head, that breaks down rapidly to a small yet enduring head. The nose is light and full of promise but unfortunately doesn't linger as you would expect from a Belgian. On first taste, the ale is surprisingly mellow, with the flavour slowly mounting over time to a fine rich note of nuts, yet it's velvety smooth tone hides a deceptively high alcohol content. Frangimus

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rowbigred (22) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 20, 2009
When poured, is a rich dark brown with a almost yellowish head. Absolutely beautiful. The beginning aroma is one of apricots and alcohol, certainly a new one on me. The taste is strong, one of various dried fruits, raisins, apricots, Aftertaste is of brown sugar and alcohol (not surprising, considering the 9.4%). The beer retains great head, which is sticky and remains on the side of the glass. North Coast has done a great job basing a beer on my musical hero, my personal favorite, and also a portion of the proceeds go to a charity for children’s jazz programs. The world needs more jazz, just like it needs more great beer like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redeyeloon (21) - Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2009
4month cellared 750mL bottle -> actual Brother Thelonious goblet. Appears dark copper brown with a tan head that falls to a thin but consistent film. This ale has a caramel orange nutty nose with a hint of raisin. The taste is light dry sweet and moderately bitter. Belgian yeast characteristics are evident without the curiosity imparted by open fermentation. Mouthfeel is full bodied, somewhat thin with lively carbonation. The finish is dry and clean but not abrupt. Overall, this is an excellent brown ale with abundant character, stands on its own without comparing to ales from Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
tkerin (20) - USA - SEP 22, 2011
Very flavorful. But bitter with a little hoppy spice? Good, but not great. Awesome aroma though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
swholub (20) - - JUL 11, 2014
Poured 12oz bottle: This brew pours a clear, deep mahogany brown a a toasted tan thick head. Right off the bat, the aroma is of burnt brown sugar, spices of clove and cinnamon, and roasted nuts. This beer is complex on the palette with flavors of rum soaked dates, medium to fuller body, and a warming alcohol finish. Coming in at 9% ABV this beer is dangerously easy drinking, packed full of unique flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SAVertigo (20) - Shillington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Bought a single bottle at Abes 6 pack. Poured a nice reddish/amber color. Smelled like your typical double. Raisin, slight hops, and some malt. Tasted amazing. Better than Chimay Red in my opinion, could be my current favorite in the Belgian Dubbel style. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jarrid (20) - Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA - SEP 10, 2008
I bought the beer not knowing it was dedicated to the great jazz musician. While I was about to open the bottle, it finally struck me that it was THE Thelonious Monk, so that right there automatically made me think, "This better be a good beer." Well, I was not let down. I poured a it into a Chimay glass, and the dark amber color was quite wonderful, and the aroma was excellent. It is a very smooth beer but packs a nice punch of flavor. Overall, it is one of my favorite beers. I really do enjoy the theme, the cause, and everything about it. If you get the chance to try it out, do not pass it up. You will not be disappointed.

   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.

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