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RATINGS: 1529   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brison (44) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2013
damn good. Loads of dark fruit, breadiness, and a bit of alcohol in the taste. Slightly boozy but is balanced by the very distinct flavors. not quite as good as trois pistoles but still very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alex_alkis (248) - SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2014
Almost any difference between this and Chimay Bleue. But since the Chimay tastes like magic then this does so as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jerseyjohn71 (174) - corsicana, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
dark ruby, raisin, syrupy, alcohol, bread, dough, soy sauce, minimal head, clear, medium sweetness, medium body, thin feel, soft carbonation, [MR. Beer kit went wrong,,,]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mandaritto (59) - LATVIA - AUG 13, 2014
Great ballance between spicey and sweet, peppery notes. Raisins, dried apricot, really great brew, easy drinkable for 9.4 ABV. Great sipping ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swesson (216) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2014
From a bottle. Pours a cinnamon-brown Cole and makes a very thin head. Smells like an old abbey ale. Smells of caramel and dark fruits and cinnamon. Tastes of malt and toffee and caramel. This is a great ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Andresvendsen (195) - - AUG 5, 2014
Ganska bra öl. Drack den i början av min finölskariär. Var ganska längesen nu. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sevenlee (1298) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2014
Pours a hazy brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toffee and fruit. Taste is high sweet leading to a sweet caramel finish. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jojojam (65) - Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Pours a 1/2 finger head. Clear dark ruby impressive highlights through the light. Dark fruit w a touch of bananas on the nose. Smooth mouthfeel. Taste is a combo of the dark fruit w the bananas more prevalent. Maybe a slight touch of dark rum too. Warming. One of my favs from his great brewery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
varanid99 (491) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2014
Deep brown, cloud pour with a long lasting, tight pale brown head. Toffee, dried fruit, spice . Taste is fairly sweet, rum and raisin, caramel, a little boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vells (652) - LATVIA - JUL 24, 2014
Whoa.. super good surprise. Feels quite "quady". Sweet caramel maltiness, Belgian yeast, toffee, quite fruity, dried fruits, raisins, banana, spices, brown sugar. Moderate to heavy sweet, with moderate to light bitterness. Cant compete with top quads, but still very enjoyable and must try moar :D

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbothy (1086) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2014
Pours beautiful chestnut brown with large head. Sweet, malty raisin aroma. Dominating raisin flavour with cinnamon and caramel. On the sweet side, but I like that. Very good.

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