RATINGS: 1720   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
welho (93) - FINLAND - JUL 17, 2009
355ml bottle from Systembolaget. Dark brown color with white head. Smells fruits. Thick very sweet taste, some alcohol. Would suite much better those chilly autumn nights than this summer night I enjoyed this one. I like it!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BluePhish (93) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2010
pour is a nice dark ruby to umber. Mediun head falls quickly. lots of big fruity malts in the nose. Candied raisin, cinnamon, toasted macadamia, a hint of banana as wel, definitey very belgian. taste is huge baking spices, ckove, cinnamon, and raisin fruits. Prune, molases, french toast. palate is a tad sticky but not overly so. Arb is solid, alcohol also in balance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Yummy. Pours a dark deep mahagony color, with a supple light brown head. Tastes of wheat and well balanced by carmalized malts. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2006
750ml- Pours a nice dark reddish-orange with a small off-white head. Scents of dark fruits and tastes similar with a touch of spiciness.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beisen (90) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Very classic bottle. Pours reddish brown with a half inch tan head. Malty, bready taste with a fizzy mouthfeel. A little sweetness in it as well. Enjoyable, but a little pricey.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2008
pours a nice brown tan head rich sweet malt character prune dates and other dried fruit flavors aswell as chocolate nice palate good aroma. I lean more toward the hophead pale ales but do enjoy the change of pace a nice belgian dubble or abbey provides and this one does the trick great flavors and aromas warms the soul good stuff. Doesn’t hurt that it supports a cause.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Amber in color with a good sized light brown head with very good lacing. The aroma is dominated by dark fruits with a hint of molasses and a strong hops backbone. The flavor is of dark fruits with a little raisin, molasses, oak, and a hint of apples. The texture is creamy. Overall its a very good abbey ale with a very complex and relaxed flavor; very enjoyable

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Unm4rk3d (86) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2013
dark amber pour. Sweet raisin, licorice, toffee aroma. Light sweet taste and slightly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2009
Large corked bottle served slightly chilled. Shared with my good friend Kyle and many other friends on the night of his wedding. This is a dark red amber colour in the glass with a half inch off-white head. The aroma is nice and complex: raisin, vanilla, sugar, other dark fruits, yeast. Medium mouthfeel. I taste more dark fruits, plum perhaps, dark sugar, raisin, some more distant green hops.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2007
On tap in Horse & Plow Pours Clear, dark amber with a good long-lasting tan head. Malty aromas with some banana and bubblegum. Slight touch of alcohol on the nose and flavor. Nice hop finish but light for a Dubbel. Not a bad beer but it could use a little more Umph to it.


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