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RATINGS: 1528   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 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 (175) - 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 (745) - 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 (2031) - Limerick, 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 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdtucker80 (2) - Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2012 does not count
Perfect mouth feel with a meat and sauerkraut meal. Slight fruit taste. Thick with bacteria and yeast feel. Great Head. Place in freezer for 18 minutes for perfect temp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zenonymous (4) - twin oaks, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2012 does not count
This is just through and through a good solid beer. The color, taste,palate are all exactly my style. May not fit a classic profile, but its an outstanding example of exactly what it is. Good stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cristobal37 (262) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Nice thick, creamy, steamroller kinda beer. Not for the faint of heart. Similar to MONK himself, its complex but soothing. Fruity and lightly sweet but still packs a rich punch. Pairs well with Epistrophy at some time ’round midnight.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
firedog23 (73) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2012
This beer makes me want to sing long drawn out jazz songs. It makes me want to drink more of it. This beer is a great example of great Belgium Abbey Ales. Gonna sneak one back to England with me and share with other like minded friends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SoberDave (130) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2012
It has a perfect dark amber colour and a complex aroma, which is matched only by the complexity of the flavour. This beer combines the quality of an abbey ale with an easy drinking taste. This beer is so confusing in that the flavour makes several permutations inside your mouth and each sip is something new.

   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.

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