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RATINGS: 1590   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ncohafmuta (2) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2007 does not count
Milky chocolate color with a tan head. Aroma is domainated by burnt caramel with hints of orange fruits and yeast. Flavor is more caramel, molasses, malty with a spicy yeatiness. Palate is steely with a fairly long finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Botolph (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2007
A great example of one of my favorite styles. A bit o’ caramel o the nose. The flavor fills your mouth with some spikes of hops and a nice sweet malt character. Monk would be proud even though it costs a bit more than a five spot.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Burnt caramel color with ruby red highlights, very small head. Very fresh begian aromas. Apricot and almonds dominate, some malt, yeast and citrus undertones. Light bodied yet somehow full in the mouth. Nicely carbonated, as most belgians tend to be too fizzy in my opinion.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2007
A very nice brew from North Coast. Pours light with a very nice head. Aroma was sweet with rich malts. Flavor was very nice with distinct malt characteristics that were easy going.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Pours a cloudy maroon amber with a very thin white head. Sweet malts, light caramel, light sweet fruits. Very nice Belgian taste. Pretty sweet, Belgian candy sugar, and sweet malts are present. Nice thick molasses taste in the finish. Alcohol is masked pretty nicely and kind of goes down the throat syrupy smooth. Not extremely complex but solid nonetheless. Nice belgian style brew from an American brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 [137-20061209] Bottle. Light meaty steak aroma. Deep dark brown-red body with an off-white head. Meaty spicy flavour with nicely hidden alcohol. Medium body. Good togetherness, OK to repeat. (6/4/7/3/13) 3.3

[5005C-20121208] Tap. Heavy toasted malt yeast aroma. Clear, dark ruby brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Boozy toasted fruit yeast flavour has a sweet long-lasting aftertaste. Full body. Good. (7/3/7/4/14) 3.5
(@ Cole’s, Buffalo, NY)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 Tap. Pours with a nice copper to brown color and a medium head. Aromas of caramel and molassess. Flavors of sweet malts, caramel, a bit of Belgian influence with some hint of fruit such as citrus and banana. It is too sweet for a true Belgian though, it could use a bit of hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2575) - Finspång, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2007
Redish brown colour, rich head. "Belgian" yeast-fruity aroma with a light touch of liquorice. Sweet and fruity flavour, very Belgian. The alcohol brings warmth and bitterness to the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - FEB 25, 2007
Pours a light chocolate red with a tan head. Tastes of plums and other dark fruit. Lightly sour. Alcohol not very present.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
The wide range of flavors in this Belgian strong is made all the more impressive by how different each sip can be. To really enjoy this brew, sit somewhere quite and ponder each sip. Though the flavors here are every bit as rich and rewarding as, say, Chimay Blue, it does a lack a little in mouthfeel.


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