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RATINGS: 1492   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimaybier (70) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
750 ML corked bottle purchased at the Liquor Barn in Redding, CA. I had tried this beer when it first came out, and to be honest, I was not impressed. At the time, I found the flavor profile to be off, too hoppy, thin mouthfeel, and sorely needing further development. It’s been about 2 years since I had BROTHER THELONIOUS ABBEY ALE, so I thought I would try it. And for a 750 ML bottle for only $6.99, the price was good... I was pleasantly surprised on a few aspects. Here is my rating: APPEARANCE / THE POUR- Served at 58 degrees C in an open mouthed trappist goblet. Pours a deep burgundy color, with a off-white, rocky head that collapses somewhat quickly. The meniscus rises a bit too quickly for my liking. AROMA / BOUQUET- Has a better bouquet to it- you can smell the corkiness from the bottle (a plus) also a black cherry, slight toasty maltiness. There is also a fresh herbal scent to it as well- that is in the undertone. THE TASTE- Raisiny, treacle toffee, and slight burnt toast. THE PALATE- This is where I feel the beer STILL needs development. I found the beer to have a thin mouthfeel, however the carbonation level and how that sensation fills up the olfactory senses is a bit better this time around. OVERALL- BROTHER THELONIOUS has improved in its aroma and taste, but is STILL lacking in proper density in mouthfeel. I feel that the head collapses a bit too quickly, and does not leave a heavy enough Brussels lacework on the side of the glass as it is consumed. But, this is a better effort than before. It’s a good abbey ale, it can be better, and I am sure it will be. I would enjoy this with steak, Mexican food, blue cheeses, moule en frite, and even with dark chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OPIE788 (261) - Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown color with an off white head. Slight fruity aroma. Sweet dark fruit flavor. Alcohol isn’t as prevalent as it should be. Untill it warms.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (181) - Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2014
Tap. Pours dark amber color. Nice sweetness in the flavor. Hides the alcohol well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkSanta410 (182) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown, solid head. Aroma is spicy, peppery, hints of yeast and sweet caramel notes. Taste is spice, molassses and caramel with slight bitterness. Palate is medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat oily texture. Pretty good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehoff (585) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2014
Dark brown ale. No head. Smells of hops and molasses. Honey. Rye bread and good floral notes. Lighter than i thought it would be. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ohpooratlas (14) - USA - APR 7, 2014
New beer rater, but I will try. Beer looked appealing, but head was very short. Relatively light to medium feel on my tongue. Okay going down, but aftertaste was much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlimHabib (24) - California, USA - APR 7, 2014
Clean crisp taste, however taste is not long lasting. Appearance starts strong, but is short lasting. Not a bad beer, but far from a favorite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (872) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
From bottle to glass. Complex, rich aroma of roast, dark fruit. Pours brown with red highlights. Limited taupe head. Flavor is sustained dark fruit and chewy yeast, bready malt. Multiple layers of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2586) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
bottle. brown with small head. very sweet malty body, with some mild booze and light fruit.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ramboraffe (107) - SWEDEN - APR 2, 2014
330 ml bottle. Clear brown with little head. Fruity smell. Taste is very malty and mild. Very sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gendv138 (349) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Draft at ChurchKey poured into a tasting snifter. Pours a dark ruby color with half a finger of off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit, Belgian yeast. Tasting notes of dark fruit, yeast, caramel, candied fruit, light dark chocolate. Medium body with a dry finish. Thin mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Fairly smooth.

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