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RATINGS: 1657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beachmaster (269) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 16, 2015
12 oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a dark brown, with a moderate tan head that persists. Nose is dark malt and kandi sugar, with some dark fruit. Taste is malt and dark fruit, with the typical Belgian yeast clove and banana notes. Well balanced, smooth, and delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tysongillmore (358) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1080) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (4933) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 11, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2011 A near perfect ale-dark malts, complex flavor, really good aroma, just an excellent ale, period.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Duntoyou (106) - Kr.sand, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2012
Mørke gylden, litt bunnfall. Nydelig aroma, søt balansert, karamell? Smaken er fyldig, fruktig, mye karbonering, men perfekt balansert, westvlteteren ligner den på. Flott fylde? Rettinn påt topp fem

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Englishatheart (10) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Super fantastic. It’s like they took one their Old Stocks and mixed it with an Old Raspy. Wonderful flavour.My new fav !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TorbenJensen (1396) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2015
Typical Belgian abbey beer, just the American way. That is to say that everything is exaggerated, but in a good way. The foam is rough and fairly durable. The aroma is dark chocolate as the main tone, and plenty of malt rich shades, including burnt malt and heavy fruit. The taste is really very rich and have a proper portion ripe fruit in the luggage, lots of malt sweetness with burnt tones, slightly bitter chocolate, a little smoke, a little tart citrus and hop bitterness that never takes over the whole.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetmaxx (839) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Poured from the 12oz bottle. Aroma started strongly of alcohol, but that tapered off and t he aromas of dried fruit came through. Flavour is similar, very tastey! Overall a fantastic b

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2151) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2011
When I saw this beer on the menu at the Craft Ale House in Limerick and I looked it up here on RB, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t tried it. The time finally came, and this beer didn’t disappoint! Brother Thelonious was absoutely delicious! The beer poured very dark; almost to the point where I thought it was black in color. I held the glass up to a nearby light fixture over the bar and finally saw that the beer was actually very dark reddish in color with a purple hue. The body was thick and beautiful and featured a bubbly and big tan head. The nose featured some wine-like qualities, with lots of fruits, tannins, red grapes, yeast and oak. The flavors were really strong, with notes of red grapes, alcohol, oak, bourbon, hard candy and yeast. I also got some black berries in the aroma and toward the finish of the beer. Absoutely fantastic!

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