RATINGS: 1720   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pfriesen (113) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
12oz bottle bought October 2009. Served in a chalice at 12C Strong molasses scent rises from this dark brown pour. A bit of tan foam clings to the side of my glass A bit of overripe grape edges past the molasses Taste is much the same with some cherry and vanilla flavours swirled in, alcohol noticeable, but not overpowering. Somewhat lighter body than expected, with little carbonation, it leaves a lingering sherry like sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2011
aroma is a strong alcohol bite followed by a seep sweet curranty? grape slight soy saucy aroma, definately a BIG beer will be aging at least one from this four pack, appearance is a light brown, first taste is suprisingly roasty maltyish, then goes into a sweet grapey curranty taste, with some real dry alcohol bite lingering the entire time, a descent one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
extremeicon (113) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Dark reddish brown with a thin (but initially very active) whitish head. Lots of malt and some fruits in the nose, though a bit weak. Flavors of dried fruits and malt with a bit of breadyness in the finish. I thought the flavor hid the alcohol well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
chalicemaster (112) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Pretty solid effort, but also not completely worthwhile. For an abbey, it feels a little underwhelming - all the usual elements are dulled, and theres an unusual dusty finish. Dont get me wrong, its very drinkable but theres way better for less money.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EcnarM (112) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Malt forward in aroma and flavor. Poured a deep golden color with a thin white head from a 750 bottle. Not my favorite abbey style ale I have had, but still pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tommynh (112) - - OCT 15, 2015
Nice Belgian dark, a bit of a fruity taste and seems like a little fizz but not too noticeable, high ABV and a nice little buzz, smallish serving glass but still very nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Banksiz (111) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 10, 2016
Malty caramel raisin nose with hint of over-ripe bananas. Mid sweet with just enough bittering, no harshness, hint of raisins. Medium creamy body and a pleasant sweet finish with just a hint of astringency. A good, but not exceptional Belgian strong ale. But a bargain at $5.99 at Costco!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
A fantastically dense and sweet pour with a thin head and exciting effervescence. The aroma is reminiscent of Newcastle with a slight nuttiness with a hefty amount of malt. Flavor is intense with prevailing notes of toffee, whiskey, and a finish of malt with a lingering presence that simply begs for a young, flavorful gouda or medium-bodied washed rind cheese like pont leveque or saint nectaire for dessert.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
loseratheart (110) - USA - JUN 2, 2006
Heard this one being compared to or even better than the Chimay Bleu. I disagree. While still good, doesnt even come close in my opinion. Rich in flavor and robust in nature, the alcohol is too apparent. Pours a reddish color with a non existant head. Just couldnt get a feel for the drink the whole way through.Aroma is that of fruit. While not bad at all, I expected something out of this world and was let down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nebulor (109) - , California, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Fig and smokey roasted malt smell with caramel and molasses. Mahogany color with an off tan head and lots of action. Sediment was difficult to see and swirled a bit around and topped this off just in case. Lots of flavors including a buttery roasted malt, caramel, molasses, and some fig with a sweet tea finish. Medium to full bodied, buttery and resinous, lively soft carbonation, and an alcohol warming throughout. Yummy and the buttery effect suggest the sediment was liquified.

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