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RATINGS: 1603   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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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   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfontana (84) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle from Candia Road Convenience in Candia, NH. Aroma is moderately strong mix of fruity esters, bready malts, doughy yeast, and alcohol. Apperance is clear, dark ruby red brown with mild sparkle and 1/2 finger width off white foamy head that dissipates to thin ring and minimal lacing. Taste is moderately sweet for first 75% with mild bitter last 25% Palate is medium bodied with a slippery feel to it (almost like your tongue gets coated with silicone spray) with lively, quick sting of carbonation at tip of the tongue. Overall, a nice, solid beer all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (690) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Has alot of the belgian characteristics but it nice and dark and rich. Pretty solid effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MichaelAwesome (5390) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2015
Eigentlich ist die Staerke gar nicht mal so vordergruendig und aufdringlich, wie ich dachte. Klar, etwas belgische Hefe kommt schon zum Vorschein und der Schuss Hopfen kommt einerm fluffiger vor als sonst, doch im Hintergrund verbirgen sich Gras, Karamell und ein paar Nuesse, die mit einer leichten Suesse gut kooperieren. Nicht schlecht.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McTapps (5392) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle from Rudat in Dortmund. The beer has got a dark brown colour with a small head and medium body. Aroma of yeast, hops and cake. Taste of hops, malt, barley, dark bread, yeast, wheat, dark fruits and light caramel. Sweet-hoppy-intense finish. Good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Haterd (54) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2015
Heel lekker soepel bruin bier. Belgian style abbey beer, gedronken in Californië ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4737) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2015
19th May 2015: 750ml cork and caged bottle shared with my wife while on holiday in California. Ruby red hue to the mahogany body, the head a large beige blanket of foaming bubbles on all three glasses. Fruity, malty nose and taste, fairly sweet and rich in flavour: spicy with a raisin trace to the taste also. Alcohol is not hidden too well, even though the body and flavours have depth and robustness. Really enjoyed it, even if I end up with a head ache tomorrow (this was/is the third beer of a session).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vadie (976) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2015
Une bière d’un couleur marron très foncer avec une très petite robe marron. L’arôme des fruits noir avec un peu de caramel et épices. En bouche c’est pareil et bien équilibré.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PrattBrat (30) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2015
Pours a cloudy ruby-brown with a small tan head. Aromas of caramel malt, brown sugar, alcohol, dark fruit and spices. Tastes of caramel malt, dark fruit, alcohol and a hint of smoke and spices. Full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (2632) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 30, 2015
Bottle from Sake Taniguchi (World Beer Market). Sweet, tangy aroma or spiced up dark fruit, with a thin layer of caramel. Dark ruby/brown color, thin head, some lacing. Sweet dark fruit, berries, and bit of chocolate. Alcohol is very apparent, sourish and quite tangy, the spiciness is very well integrated into the other flavors. Medium-heavy body. Quite complex, earthy, fruity, and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (10075) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 17, 2015
Klare dunkel rötlichbraune Farbe, geringe beige Schaumkrone. Geruch nach überreifen roten Früchten, leicht alkoholisch, kräftig malzig. Geschmack nach sehr reifen roten Früchten, Karamell, alkoholisch, gut!

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