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RATINGS: 1537   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Really nothing special in this on except for the presence of alcohol through out everything with this beer. Arrogant Bastard and Double bastard beats this hands down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2007
Bottle. Ruby colour with a beige head. Malty, light dusty, fruity, yeast aroma and taste, sweet. Medium body with a sweet light dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle: Rusty amber, moderate off-white head, foamy, decent lacing.   Rich smoked malt aroma.   It doesn’t come across as a smoked beer, but there is a huge smoked/campfire like tinge.   Dark pitted fruit takes a back seat in this one.   Biting smokiness and almost uber band-aid.   I waS sooo looking forward to this one but its proven to be difficult to swallow.   There is also a slight cheese funk to it.   No real sweet dark pitted fruit in this one.   I can honestly say this is one of the first times I am unable to finish a 750ml.   Damnit!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fatehunter (1205) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2012
750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Copper, almost opaque, almost an inch of dirty white head. Smells of rich smell of wet malt. Tastes malty, sort of sweet at first. Alcohol, slight bitterness. Very sweet ending. The taste is one dimensional unfortunately. Light body, moderate carbonation. Drinkable, but lacking the complexity and head that an abbey ale ought to have.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beelsebob (35) - Cupertino, California, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Pours a dark amber colour, with nearly no carbonation and very little head. Smells roast with a bit of a nasty acetate edge to it. The palette is thin, and watery, with not much spark to it. Taste is inoffensive, with sweet caramels and a pleasant aftertaste. Wouldn’t be my first choice of beer, but passable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MSBrindbergs (328) - Solna, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2014
Delad flaska med @mrhult Väldigt vacker med en körbärsröd färg och liten gulbrun krona. Dofter av typ juldadlar och lakrits. Speciell smak som är både söt och salt, men lämnar inte något större intryck.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DonutSeducer (34) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 7, 2014
nice color, faint hint of fruits in the nose. The taste has notes of malt and very mild fruit notes. Balanced/decent

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chrisdb (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2014 does not count
Heavey syrupy and raisin- color is right, carbonation is low and taste.... well-I don’t agree with the high marks given this beer considering the aspirations ( Abbey Ale) and the price (close to $90 in PA) for those who would discount my opinion feel free to disregard it - but let me say that I have been a hobby all grain brewer for decades and have taken the road trip through Belgium and Northern France and been to many abbey breweries and craft breweries in that world. The best abbey beers a are very different in taste and appearance but they all have something in common and that is balance. An Orval that is available at the local tavern and the Westvleteren that is nearly unobtainable anywhere share this quality although they are completely different beers. I’ve enjoyed both. The North Coast Thelonius IMHO is a high alcohol, syrupy attempt at the Westy 12, and in that is a total failure in the attempt... it has the right color and is high gravity but is not clean or balanced like a Westvleteren. I’m sorry I bought a case because I really don’t even want to drink it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jerseyjohn71 (182) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AbbeyRoade (314) - Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Alcohol is strong but not as strong as you’d think for a 9.something% ABV. Good abbey brew but not too much on the yeasty side. A good malty note and definitely a strong ale. Not bad. Not ideal either.

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