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RATINGS: 1679   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
Cristobal37 (532) - Budapest, HUNGARY - 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 (177) - Escondido, California, USA - 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
Coolhandbrew (13) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Love this beer. High gravity and tasty. Malty and well balanced; good mouthful. Nice color and aroma.

   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 (632) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2016) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Great beer, with malty xmasi flavours. Long taste, with burnt notes. Alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1630) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Brother Thelonious has a medium, beige, creamy head and a dark, murkey brown appearance, with essentially no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of rich, strong, fruity malts (think dates and figs) and fruit cake. The flavor is the same, with an alcohol and brandy pick-up, raisin, sugar, and a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick, but not too thick, and North Coast Brother Thelonious finishes heavy, wet, cloying, and smooth. Drinkability is limited. Overall, this is an outstanding beer! RJT

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shot (339) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours a dark copper color with a huge head white head. Aroma is caramel malt, toffee and citrus. No discernible hop notes. Tastes are caramel, dried fruit, butter, raisin and citrus. Finish is malty, grapefruit, raisin and toasted almond. Big on the palate with light carbonation. Good mouthfeel and decent warmth from alcohol. Overall, this is a very nice beer. Fruity, but not overly so. Complex and nicely balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anthony850 (430) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2013
The best Belgian ale I've ha, fruity with strong alc. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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