RATINGS: 1726   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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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Rich Chestnut coloring that cant see through. Head is very small and goes quickly. Nice Belgian yeast however alcohol could be blended a touch better. The alcohol can be tasted away from the Malty dark fruity flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Bottle. Spicey, malty up front. Virtually no aroma. Finishes w/ a hint of alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Poured a amber color okay head good lacing. Aroma was of dark fruits plums nutty Mouthfeel was medium. Not a bad beer just nothing outstanding about it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 8, 2006
on tap, offered as a cask styke. A cloudy brown body with a thin white head. Cocca aroma wuth hints of fruits. A good mix of cocca notes and balancing hops with notes of alcohol. A small oak presence could be detected, but did not ad to the beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1475) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Alcohol abounds. Little other than the usual suspects arise. To become jaded with a style has great drawbacks and being presented with a cool bottle festooned with the likeness of a jazz great, then not to care al too much for it is a shame. I like North Coast and feel they could have done this one justice. Its not a complete failure. Its not BAD, I just dont care that much for a beer screamiomg alcohol and sweetness. Tone it down or amp it in a different direction. Monk was a powerful player but he didnt hit me over the head.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7274) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle @ Decemberfest.
Pours light brown with strong, red ruby influences. Very fine tan top.
Warming aroma of alcohol, fruity touch. Good nose. Good balancing malt character.
Flavour and charcter: smokey with bitter fruit touch. Red apple .More of alcohol in the finish of average quality.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Deep rufous body with a fading, modest, frothy beige head. Smells like dark candy sugar, plums, toffee, faint smoke, cinnamon spice, and alcohol. Flavor has some caramelized sweetness with light esters, toast, and lightly acidic plum notes. Malt profile is somewhat stale. Fairly tasty and drinkable overall, but not special like I would hope. Doesnt come close to creative justice for its namesake. When did North Coast start mailing them in?

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - FEB 7, 2007
deep dark red/brown coffeeish appearance. off white head that doesnt last. THe aroma is not good. Smells like vinegar. Flavor is inconsistent, thankfully, with aromoa. Flavor is coffee with oddly sweet but bitter finish. Overall, its ok, but I wont buy again.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
Mild dark fruit and brown sugar nose. Very molasses forward one-dimensional palate. Almost saccharine type sweetness with some mild malt astringency.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2007
25 ounce bottle. Trappist glass. Cloudy Mahogany with brown quickly diminishing head. Aroma was sweet malt and caramel. Taste was fairly complex with notes of dark fruit, brown sugar tobacco and sweet malts. Lightly spiced with a touch of bitterness on the finish. Bitterness increases as it warms. I should like this one more. An interesting mix of flavors, but it just didnt mix well for my taste. B for effort.


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