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RATINGS: 1655   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2007
750 mil bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a medium off white head. Aroma of roasted malt, hops, caramel, yeast and spices. Taste of malt, yeast and a nice light hop presence. Flavors are well balanced and compliment each other well. My favorite Belgian Ale to date.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 20/20
thebeerdoctor (3) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2008 does not count
I had this in a four pack twelve ounce format. One bottle is plenty. A great ale that (I repeat) should not be served cold! Forget comparisons with its Belgian brethren, this is a unique American tribute to a unique American musician. Very complex, dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, plum. A jolt of alcohol in the finish, as it should be: Straight No Chaser.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pijiuduzi (8) - Beijing, CHINA - MAY 3, 2008 does not count
I have found this beer is best when drank while listening to the man himself, Thelonious Sphere Monk. Much like listening to Monk tunes, it leaves you with satisfied palate and puts you in uniquely delightful mood. And anyways what can be better than listening to Thelonious, and drinking good beer. Best when drank ’Round Midnight. -Bye-ya!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4271) - Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Aroma is very enticing, more fruity than malty; I get hints of both apple and banana, as well as a touch of yeast. It pours a rich, clear, dark chocolaty brown with a thick beige head that persists. Flavor is fruity with some malt and a fair amount of hop bitterness, as well as a hint of burnt caramel. Texture is smooth and lively, and this dubbel goes down very pleasantly. This is a brew for sipping slowly and appreciating.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AJofDenver (71) - Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2010
The appearance of this beer is a dark brown with traces of a burnt brick color. The aroma of this beer starts with roasted malts and finishes with an earthy sweetlike finish. The taste of this beer starts sweet and ends with a touch of sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
FatTony (177) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2011
12 ounce bottle- poured out a beautiful, translucent, ruby/auburn with a moderate, well formed cola head. Minor sediment in the bottom of the bottle as is proper for this ale. Aroma was all dark fruit, not cloying, but pervasive. Dark, candied fruit and a sweet caramel taste with a Champagne-like carbonation, damned near perfect. Palate was thick, smooth and pleasing. A new number 1 for me. Well done, North Coast!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetmaxx (831) - 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 (2150) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fatm78501 (1) - Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2014 does not count
Excellent Belgium style beer with a nice aroma and full body. Smooth beer with no bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkleu357 (599) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Beautiful ruby red pour. Small big bubble head. Semi sweet bread yeast aroma. Very tasty. Tastes like a real Belgian beer. I usually get this fake taste in American Belgian style beers, but this one tastes authentic. Sweet thick, but not that sticky, malty taste. Similar to a caramel banana dessert. Mild fruit raisin taste. Really enjoy it.

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