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RATINGS: 1540   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (1887) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2013 Rich and flavorful, with plenty of dark fruit, this smooth and full-bodied ale has much better flavor than aroma. Relatively good and lasting aftertaste. O: a flavorful ale with a nice richness to it, but a bit too boozy and a tad too sweet for my taste,

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
loseratheart (110) - USA - JUN 2, 2006
Heard this one being compared to or even better than the Chimay Bleu. I disagree. While still good, doesn’t even come close in my opinion. Rich in flavor and robust in nature, the alcohol is too apparent. Pours a reddish color with a non existant head. Just couldn’t get a feel for the drink the whole way through.Aroma is that of fruit. While not bad at all, I expected something out of this world and was let down.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
GadgetGeek (36) - Snellville, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Good first taste of this beer. I drank it while it was too cold but as the beer started to warm it developed some chocolate and fig tastes. Almost no head on this beer and little or no lacing.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Brilliant ruby. Sweet molasses aroma. HInt of celery and vegetal aroma. Medium-full bodied, rather sweet. Brown sugary notes, as well a touch of bitterness and some more of the same vegetal character as the aroma. Smooth and drinkable, but that vegetal note is distracting.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zootfinster (206) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2007
First I must say that even if this was no more then whizz in a bottle it would have received overall rating of at least 5 for the name. Any company hip enough to name its beer after Thelonius Monk must have something going for it. Fortunately it does . This is an eminently drinkable beer Pours a nice dark brown. Nice full tan head that dissipated=s a little too quickly. Exhibits a nice chocolate spicy flavor and leave a quite enjoyable aftertaste. Malty but not at all overpowering. While it might not rate the highest when compared with others of its category generally speaking it is a very satisfying and enjoyable beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8661) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2007
amber with soapy big head, lace. Watery, sweet and spicey. A tad toasted malt. Thanks Derek.Big alcohol, not noticeable, but inefficient to the taste. Serviceable beer, not quite up to its style.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2007
Bottle. [Blind tasting session @ Sk8viking] #9 Average fizzy white head that was mostly diminishing. Good lacing. Clear sparkling body with a ruby hue. Aroma was bread, caramel, toffee, nutty, fruit. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Flavor was light to moderated sweet with light notes of bitterness. Slight dry finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jacobwennbom (352) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2007
Lots of bitterness and dark overly ripe fruit. Less sweet than I had expected. Lot’s of spicy notes as well. And yeah, in my opinon, the alcohol comes on too strong. Not my cup of beer really, allthoguh I might have had it served too cold. Very cool bottle however (including the name and the label), and that’s always something!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2007
On tap in Horse & Plow Pours Clear, dark amber with a good long-lasting tan head. Malty aromas with some banana and bubblegum. Slight touch of alcohol on the nose and flavor. Nice hop finish but light for a Dubbel. Not a bad beer but it could use a little more Umph to it.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2007
The aroma is heavy with molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toasted malt, yeast and caramel. The appearance is red brown with medium tan head. The flavor is like the aroma but not really that sweet. It has a little bitterness and dark fruitiness too. The palate is a tad thin but still smooth and sticky. Overall this is a nice beer.


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