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RATINGS: 1516   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DinoMartini (7) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 10, 2012 does not count
To me, a perfect beer. It does no wrong. I need to find more beers that come close to this. Never was a beer drinker til I tasted this. A sweet aroma, hints of banana and chocolate. Strong, but not too heavy. Indeed, a classic.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gossamer (1) - - FEB 25, 2012 does not count
Pours a dark amber with a frothy head. The beer has a fruity nose. I was impressed that it really tastes like a traditional abbey style ale. Strong finish. Very impressed.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scottcowley (12) - - MAY 25, 2014
It just just get any better than this beer. Great abbey style ale.fruit, raisins, dried fruit plus go strong ale. This is not a beer for beginners.

4.9
   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.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fratto (2589) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2009 One of my favorites. Roasted nuts, caramel, slight citrus and hops. Very nice. Two dollars from each bottle goes to the Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jjmoore2 (2) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2010 does not count
This goes on the top of my list in regards to one of the best Belgian Strong Ales. Very aromatic and rich flavored. I can especially taste the malt coffee and bread taste, and the herbs from the hops. Does not leave an after taste, and leaves your palate clean and refreshed.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JNeri (3) - Chicago, USA - OCT 12, 2010 does not count
I originally ordered this beer because I’m a jazz enthusiast. I had never heard of it before but was intrigued by the name and the label. It is served in a very attractive trappist glass that reflects the label. It pours dark and laces nicely. Very deeply brown, almost black in color, and in fact looks nearly identical to the one Thelonious is holding on the label, but with less head. Fruity notes, a very inviting but understated aroma. A perfectly astounding experience throughout. When I’m asked for beer recommendations, this is always my first suggestion.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FreeRadikal (1) - - JUL 9, 2012 does not count
Dark, fruity, good viscosity, I love this style of beer so I’m head over heeals for it.

4.7
   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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (913) - Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2010 Pours a lovely dark mahogany with a rich tan head. Head lingers based on how well you pour. Aroma is strong, lingers and is rather sweet, as expected by Trappist ales. Tastes glorious with a medium sweetness has a wonderful feel all throughout the mouth. It has a medium body with a smooth texture and average to soft carbonation for a smooth and lasting finish. Overall this is by far one of my favorite things I’ve consumed and I find it positively astounding.


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