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RATINGS: 1695   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, it’s 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 Brewing’s 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (717) - POLAND - MAY 27, 2016
Po przelaniu do szkła tworzy się spora, kremowa piana, niezbyt trwała, poprzestrzelana większymi bąblami, pozostaje jedynie jako pierzynka. Barwa burgundowa, klarowna, z pływającymi drobinkami drożdży lub chmieli. Aromat to składowa karmelu, suszonych i kandyzowanych owoców oraz toffi - bardzo przyjemny. W smaku półsłodkie, tu również na karmelowym podłożu wybijają się rodzynki, daktyle, figi i suszone gruszki, lekka pikantność na finiszu, toffi, może nawet mleczna czekolada w dalekim tle. Goryczka niska, ziołowo głogowa. Wysycenie średnie, lekko szczypiące, półpełne w odbiorze, rozgrzewający na podniebieniu likierowy alkohol.
BDSA na wysokim poziomie - ładnie ułożony, nie za słodki, nie za alkoholowy, całkiem pijalny. W tym przypadku idealnie wpasowuje się w klasyczne belgijskie piwa w tym stylu (choć cena zniechęca).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gangstergafje (554) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2016
The beer has a beautiful look. The color is a delicious ruby red, almost dark amber. A beautiful red/orange glow comes den the beer. The beer is quite clear. On top of the beer a nice layer of almond colored soft foam is formed. The bulk of the foam collapses, but a nice drape of foam remains on top of the beer. The smell of the beer is nice. It’s a nice Belgian quadruppel smell. There is a strong yeast aroma. The yeast gives the beer a nice raisin touch. It’s nice and sweet, a little fruity with some bananas and there is a nice bitterness. I clearly smell the alcohol. Very nice. I think the brewers created exactly what they’ve wanted. The taste is also nice. Again, there is a strong yeast flavor. This gives some banana and raisin flavors to the beer. I also taste some licorice and some touches of mint. There is also a nice almondy alcohol flavor. I love the yeasty touch. It really reminds me of Belgian beers and Trappists. They’ve truly succeeded with this beer. Good work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (3770) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2016
Draft @ Kompaan. Pours a clear darker amber beer with a small off white head on top. Aroma is very, very malty, sugary and rather boozy with hints of caramel. Flavor is sweet and strong, again loads of malts. Could almost be a barley wine, but the yeast makes it more soft. Silky mouthfeel, long, sweet aftertaste and strong alcoholic kick in the end. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Banksiz (78) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (1035) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2016
Aroma is light, dark fruit, raisins, caramel, toffee, booze. Appearance is dark brown red, light tan head. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, robust bitterness coming through from the malt, dark fruit, raisins, figs, booze, decent. Mouthfeel is medium body, light crisp carbonation, boozy caramel aftertaste. Overall, this one is better than expected but still not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luislara (8) - - APR 25, 2016 does not count
Malt and sweet aroma, caramel, raisin,nuts, orange. Taste heavy and sweet. Full body and thin texture. Overall fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
donandres (276) - , Washington, USA - APR 19, 2016
Tap to glass @ North Coast Brewing tap room@ Fort Bragg,CA Appearance brown, clear, minimal head, tan foam-quickly goes away Aroma: fruity, strong scent of alcohol Taste:medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: full body, thick feel, long finish, lively,average carbonation Overall: Very good beer, ok to repeat, buy Drank: April 13, 2016

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (290) - Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, GERMANY - APR 10, 2016
Sehr coole Idee dem Thelonious & dem Jazz im Allgemeinen ein Denkmal zu setzen. Tolles Etikett also. Aber, fast vorhersehbar, braucht sich auch der komplette Rest des Bieres nicht zu verstecken. Beeren, Kräuter, Malz, Vollmundigkeit, Barley Wine Charakteristiken und und und ..... da wird viel geboten und ich würde mich hier tatsächlich mal über eine große Flasche freuen. Komplex & Fett !!!!! 355ml Flasche für 1,50 Euro (einen Tag abgelaufen...Ich der Expensive Fox) aus den CRAFT BEER STORE HH. Bier 3/7.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (1028) - Xiamen, CHINA - MAR 26, 2016
355ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours dark brown with an off white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, toffee, malt and caramel. Sweet taste. Easy to drink for 9.4%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille, dégustée le 7/10/2013.
Visuel : Couleur : cuivrée foncée. Apparence : très légèrement voilée.
Arôme : Malt sucré, léger de levures fruitées et épicées, sucre brun, notes de houblon floral.
Goût : Entrée de bouche : Moyen goût de levures fruitées (cerises, notes de fruits foncés) et légèrement épicées. Une dominante de caramel est de sucre candi est présente avec une légère amertume de houblon herbeux et floral.
En bouche : Corps : moyen. Effervescence : moyenne. Texture : légèrement crémeuse. Finale : moyenne, composée d’une légère amertume de houblon herbeux aux avec des notes d’alcool réchauffant ainsi qu’un résiduel sucré et des notes de levures fruitées, épicées et terreuses.

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