RATINGS: 1726   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, its 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 Brewings 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 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
VueltaBirrista (88) - Murcia, SPAIN - DEC 8, 2016
Es una reinterpretacin americana de una Abada belga. Vierte por tanto rojo oscuro, prcticamente marrn y su espuma color beis es discreta pero acompaa bastante bien todo el rato. Aroma a caramelo y licor. Su sabor es dulce al principio. Te recorre la boca pasas, pltano y regaliz, pero su final estropea un poco la experiencia, ya que es algo spero y astrigente. En trminos generales es una birra agradable, pero no aguanta la comparacin con una autntica abada belga.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinfull (1576) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Brown color. Thin, beige head. Aroma of dried plums, bread , caramel and fruits. Rich taste with strong malty backbone and notes of fruits and yeasts. Full body, moderate bitterness at the end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (656) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2016
(Bottle) Cloudy muddy-copper body with medium-big tan head. Tart, fruity aroma; spices. Light to medium body. Spices, apple, mild alcohol, caramel malt, vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4922) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Everetts in South Beloit IL, consumed at cellar temp from a Leffe glass. Dark plum, translucent, with a small-to-moderate fast-diminishing off-white head....plummy-brandyish aroma, touches of caramel, some fairly strong yeasty notes coming through on the second nosing, light noticeable alcohol presence...front very very sweet and also really viscous and syrupy, like a soda with the syrupy settled to the bottom; on a second sip this is a little less noticeable, and its not quite so cloying-sweet; grapy characteristics dominate with a fair bit of soft murky yeast in the middle...dries out somewhat towards the finish but remains thicker and moister (if that makes sense) that Id like...alcohol presence is fairly subdued until its going down the gullet; it remains very thick and the carbonation being fairly low doesnt help. Not exactly terrible but kind of a soggy mess thats really mostly drinkable because I wanted a Belgian strong ale at the moment; alas this wasnt my best possible choice. Could have sworn Id rated it before also, I know Ive had it before. Well, its available in small bottles, thats one thing to say for it, but alas thats not enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftyHare (41) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2016
355ml bottle pours dark amber with slow forming tan head. Amazing hoppy aromas of dried fruit and bread. Tastes of dried apricot, peach, orange peel, brown sugar and yeast. The 9.4% alcohol is present but cleverly masked by the fruit and sweetness. Finish is nutty and with strong fruit characters. Amazing and unique Belgian-style strong ale. Love the branding and philosophy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TizzleJizzle (791) - Garland, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2016
12 oz bottle. Poured a brown color with a nice frothy tan head. Taste of caramel malts, dried fruit, fig with a sweet finish. Well carbonated, medium-full bodied. All hail Brother Thelonious

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
PanMarek (374) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Lots of malt in the nose, toffee, dark fruits. Dark brown pour with thin foam. Medium / heavy body, light fizz and slick on the tongue. There is some yeasty crispness in the middle, but it is dominated by the sweetness. Strong alcohol burn at the end reminds you that its 9%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (1389) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 1, 2016
355ml bottle served in a Rochefort Trappist glass. A: Pours a clear very dark amber to brown color forming a small and very creamy head with medium retention and tons of spotty and creamy lacings left in the glass. S: Sweet nose. Strong notes of dark dry fruits, caramel and nuts. Earth, spices and brown bread. Hints of grassy hops. T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of dark dri fruits (raisins and plums), banana cake, dry figs, candi sugar, toffee, caramel malts and nuts. Roasted malts. Finish is bitter. Great bittersweet balance. M: Full body. Medium carbonation. Very fruity aftertaste. Lots of raisins and caramel. Persistent bitterness. O: Great drinkability. Great Belgian style Ale made in USA. Great tribute to Mr. Thelonious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bawelt (746) - Lyon, FRANCE - SEP 27, 2016
Miam ! Nez trs gourmand, assez corpulent mais pas fort ou thylique. Du caramel, des fruits noirs (prune, mure), des fruits confits (pomme, poire), un fond fruits rouges. Avec lvolution et loxydation on trouve des notes de noisette. Bouche assez gourmandes mais pas trop sirupeuse, thylique ou lourde. Une jolie belge trs buvable, aromatique et gourmandes mais qui se fonde sur une jolie complexit trs quilibre. On retrouve les notes du nez avec une attnuation du fruit et plus de malt et de noblesse. La longueur porte sur la levure, le caramel et les pommes confites. Globalement du velour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cernjoh (183) - Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Poured a 2013 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a cloudy reddish brown with a medium golden amber 1 finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is that of bananas. Palate is a medium mouth feel with perfect carbonation for this style. Overall it feels great going down and was good either sipped or chugged :) Taste is far superior having aged 3 years from when it was fresh. i paired this with a salad that had a sweet dressing and this paired very well. Taste is of dark fruits, bananas and a nice level of booze. Overall, this is an excellent beer to let sit for three years. Glad I opened this today. If you have a 2013 I suggest you pour it today, because you wont be disappointed. Cheers!

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