RATINGS: 1730   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
PanMarek (417) - 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 (1418) - 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 (860) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PugUglyBrewer (559) - - SEP 23, 2016
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a a tulip glass. The head is thin and off white. The appearance is dark brown with a ruby hue. The aroma is yeast, clove, banana, some fig and toasted malt. On the tasting I get raisin and caramel. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and oily. The 9.4% abv is covered deftly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (1943) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2016
Pours an amber-brown with a big, rich, long-lasting light khaki head. Brown sugar and custard nose. Metallic flavor is, unfortunately prominent. Brown sugar, custard, and ripe red fruit flavor. Full, soft mouthfeel with a bit of alcohol heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zuko (16) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Pours a dark hazy brown with a mild off white head. One of my favorites, but not quite as great as I remembered. Leads with a strong caramel malt, but finishes a little too sweet. Carbonation is just right. You can taste the high abv, not as bad as it could be though. Overall great beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mariuspoenari (2555) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2016
35cl bottle. Dark caramel pour with a medium height tan head and visible carbonation. Notes of caramel, dried fruit, figs, red grapes, a bit of rosemary, prunes, subtle chocolate and a metallic bitterness. Medium body and carbonation and a bitter-sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (3259) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - SEP 2, 2016
Bottle at catraio. Copper to brown color. Medium beige head. Medium sweetness and medium bitterness. Aroma is malty, dried fruits, fruit, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (1090) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2016
355ml bottle. Pours a clear ruby with a small, fizzy, tan head that diminishes to an outer ring which laces. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit and spice. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, spice and alcohol in a dry finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation.

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