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RATINGS: 1679   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremyh70 (976) - Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2013
Pours a semi-clear brown with ruby highlights and a huge off white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving moderate lacing. Nice looking beer. The nose is immediately Belgian with aromas of bubblegum, dark fruit and some clove. Taste delivers the dark fruit with raisins and figs, burnt brown sugar sweetness and the clove along with a bit of pepper. Mouthfeel is effervescent and medium bodied with medium/high carbonation. A valiant attempt at a Belgian style by an American brewer. Good but not as good as the real thing. ---Jeremy H


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3976) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2016
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/22/2015. Pours clear dark reddish brown color with 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of yeast spiciness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from yeast spice as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Criz (296) - - FEB 6, 2016
Small 10oz draft. Deep Amber in color minimal head. Aromas of caramel, raisin, yeasty finish. Sweet malty Belgian, faint yeast notes.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
chadski (7) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2016 does not count
A little too much alcohol up front but then settles in nicely. Won't seek out but may repeat. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (1031) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 1, 2016
Dark ruby colour, beige head. Aroma of candy sugar, dark fruits, red berries and toasted malts. Taste is medium sweet, fruity flavour. Light to medium body, oily texture, average carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unnoDey (5) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2016 does not count
It’s been a while since I had it, but I clearly remember a think, rich mouthfeel and a full flavor. I’m not going to be much of a help as far as critiquing it, but I would recommend it whole-heartedly.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
One2remeber (236) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2016
No date. Bottle. Deep dark ruby red, with a brownish hue. Filtered, clear. Pours like a flat soda, dissipates to nothing. Clean, strong fruity esters of green apples, pears. Light, mlid syrup, moderately low soy sauce (umami), a bit distracting, heavy crystal/specialty malts. Could use more attenuation and carbonation. Flavors are all there.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shawnmurphy (10) - Plattsburgh, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Corked bomber poured into a Westvleteren snifter. This beer is not that beer, to be sure, although perhaps strives to be, but it’s good nonetheless – and a whole lot less expensive! This beer pours a gorgeous ruby mahogany; hold it up to light and relish its color. Short tan head evaporates rapidly with no Belgian lacing. Aroma is of dried fruit (figs, raisins, plums, cherries) with a faint farmhouse scent. Flavor is a spicy sweetness, although not cloyingly so. In this medium-bodied brew, I taste chocolate-covered cherries, plums and raisins intermingling with a yeastiness, followed by a slight prickly bitterness on the tongue from the hops. Leaves a dryness on the tongue – thus making you want another sip, which is obviously not a punishment!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlisle (321) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle (750 ml). Ruby-brown color with light tan head and lacing. Raisin and cherry aroma with some subtle raspberry notes. Sweet chocolate covered cherries with plum notes and chocolate and a touch of bitterness in the finish. Effervescent, especially in the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
theprof (271) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2016
Tap at the junkyard. Aroma of rich toffee and dark fruits. Pours amber to chestnut, no head. Tastes of dates, damsons and blackberries with solid biscuity backbone and resinous finish. 9.4% so a third will do.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (4817) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Several bottles at Peter’s over New Year’s. Nice dark red body with big head. Nose is malty, sweet. Taste is dark fruits, malts, toasty and spicy. Lots going on. Really good kick. Plenty enjoyable.


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