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RATINGS: 1625   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Pours a dark cherry red. Thin khaki head. Fruity aromas. Malty, smells of tequila for some odd reason, nutty, sweet and smooth. Nice alcohol bite. Flavors of caramel, brown sugar, vegetables, hard liquor, tequila...odd. Pretty decent but definitely odd, maybe a bad batch? Has a solid flavor just a tad weird.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mellocello (43) - - JUL 5, 2012
Drank from a 22oz. bottle. It was kind of dark for an Abby ale but the overall taste was pleasant. It had a very nice creamy head and a burnt caramel aftertaste. It also has a slight taste of raisins.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (6049) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2012
The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of toffee malt, as well as quite a bit of dark fruit. The flavor is somewhat similar. I get a lot of toffee and grain notes, as well as some brown sugar and some dark fruit. Overall, the beer is fairly sweet. There is also some noticeable alcohol present in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bygers (992) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle 0,33l. Red dark brown appearance with a thin, mocha-colored head that disappears quickly. Aroma of caramelized malts, raisins, other dark fruits and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full, with subtle carbonation and a creamy body. The taste is dark malts, fruits, and caramel, with banana on the back of the tongue. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (3116) - 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,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fantti (796) - FINLAND - JAN 16, 2013
Kaatuu lasiin tumman punaruskeana, vaahdon ollessa nopeasti katoavaa. Haju on marjainen, jopa punaviininen, käyneen hedelmäinen ja lievää mausteisuuttakin on havaittavissa. Maku on marjainen, karamellinen, lievän hedelmäinen ja todella makea. Suutuntuma on kevyt. Kokonaisuutena tämä nyt ei kyllä meikäläiseen napannut, mutta mieluummin tätä joi kuin selkäänsä otti. Mieleen tuli belgeistä Rodenbach ja hapan ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
chalicemaster (111) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Pretty solid effort, but also not completely worthwhile. For an abbey, it feels a little underwhelming - all the usual elements are dulled, and there’s an unusual dusty finish. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very drinkable but there’s way better for less money.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaser (4147) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Had this on draft at bulldog. Very fruity and sour - I hate this style so can't complain much.

   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.

   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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