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RATINGS: 1656   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, itís 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 Brewingís 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 ďDark Strong AleĒ, 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2007
On tap at Taco Mac, very good strong belgian ale out of CA. It was served a bit too cold so I had to wait a bit to enjoy it... but once it warmed up, the flavors were unleashed. I sensed a bit of banana and apricot. Wonderful palate and aftertaste... dark amber color. Recommended, but there are better ones out there... I would like to get a 750 ml bottle of this and pour it myself into a trappist glass and see how I like it then...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 7, 2007
A fizzy caramel brown head sits atop a darker brown body with unfinished cherry wood hues. Quick to fade, the head leaves behind thick gobs of lacing. The aroma is a rich blend of caramel and sugar malts, raisins, banana, dates, plum and some notes of fresh glazed donuts. Alcohol is somewhat concealed. The flavor is overly sweet, luckily it isnít sickening. Light bitterness coupled with moderate to heavy acidity canít stand up to pummelling caramel sweetness and sugary notes. The finish is sweet, then dries quickly and leaves gooey caramel residue behind. From first whiff to last sip this seems muddled and rushed, under-attenuated as well. The mouthfeel steers just to the light side of medium and is a quizzical mix of watery texture and sticky syrups. Carbonation is medium to high, fizzy explosions popping in all corners of the mouth. I really love this brewery and will continue to if the other staples remain relatively unchanged, but I had hoped for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2007
On Draught at Washington Brewers Festival. Aroma is malty, sweet caramel forward with a strong dark fruit current. Beer is a solid brown with a light tan head. Flavor is malt forward again, followed by dark fruit, yeasty notes and no hop character. Palate has solid carb bite and medium body. Overall a lot of interesting complexity here, have to try it in larger quantity when I can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blklab2007 (2108) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 3, 2007
pours a red brown in color with some nice lacing. smells of malts, some brown sugar sweetness, some fruits. taste is big on the malts and sweetness that almost sticks on the lips. the beer itself has some good ingredients but it does not blend together the way i would want.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2007
Corked Bottle
Dark amber color to mahogany. Aroma of malt and the esthers; ripe plums, maybe apricots. Good malt flavor, dry, but the body could be stronger, at the end itís quite thin; flavors of caramel and sweet liquorice; good bitterness level. Not impressive, but professionally brewed anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2007
750 ml bottle - pours clear and deep reddish brown; thick and sweet aromas are fruity, malty and spicy; the alcohol has some bite at first, but smooths out as the richness of the flavors sink in

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Beautiful ruby color, with a small tan head. Sweet an yeasty aroma. Flavor is yeasty at first, and gets sweet and tart with a slight bitterness at the end. Medium-thick body, and a dry finish. Pretty good, jazzy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2679) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Iím very pleased with this deep ruby red color. Medium tan head, thick but faded fast. Pleasing fruity aroma, with raisin, also bubblegum, and then a higher alcohol giving it a layer of sweetness. Doesnít seem real sweet at first but a lingering stickiness on the lips feels nice. Molasses soaked raisins. Quite fizzy, causing the finish to lack in depth, then an unwelcome bitterness rises to say goodbye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aquilo (596) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 18, 2007
This one has a nice thick head, and is rather dark, with red tones if you hold it up to the light. Pours a bit watery though. Smells like champagne with hints of cinnamon french toast. (I always love a glass of champagne with my french toast.) Taste is winey like the smell, but with more of a caramel and cinnamon flavor as well. A bit watery on the palate, but not bad overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5123) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2007
2007 - Washington Brewers Festival Ė Kenmore WA
Deep brown color with a very thin head. This was with a molasses aroma and a deep fruity nose. A strong Belgian brew this was a very good beer. Need to let this warm up not a drink fast beer. Good beer never the less. Liked the flavors the spices and the dry finish.

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