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RATINGS: 1626   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2007
Pours a muddy amber. Sweet prune and malt aroma. Nicely sweet with vanilla and prune with hints of chocolate on the finish. Very malty aftertaste. Creamy coating mouth feel. A good drink.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jacobwennbom (356) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2007
Lots of bitterness and dark overly ripe fruit. Less sweet than I had expected. Lot’s of spicy notes as well. And yeah, in my opinon, the alcohol comes on too strong. Not my cup of beer really, allthoguh I might have had it served too cold. Very cool bottle however (including the name and the label), and that’s always something!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10801) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 1, 2007
Bottled. Beer no. 9 @ American Blind III. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma. Has light spicy and caramelly notes. Flavour of fruis, caramel, light alcohol and light spice. Is medium bodied. Light dry. Ends on a caremelly and spiced note. Quite easy to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5158) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 1, 2007
The aroma for this brew could be smelled from a distance as soon as it was uncorked. This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a hazy brown colored body with lots of fine particulate dark. The nice scrmptious aroma had brown malt caramel malt and dark malt notes. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish with a mellow vinous aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of caramel dark malt and brown malt and was mildly vinous . Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle: Rusty amber, moderate off-white head, foamy, decent lacing.   Rich smoked malt aroma.   It doesn’t come across as a smoked beer, but there is a huge smoked/campfire like tinge.   Dark pitted fruit takes a back seat in this one.   Biting smokiness and almost uber band-aid.   I waS sooo looking forward to this one but its proven to be difficult to swallow.   There is also a slight cheese funk to it.   No real sweet dark pitted fruit in this one.   I can honestly say this is one of the first times I am unable to finish a 750ml.   Damnit!


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grovlam (4167) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2007
Bottle. [Blind tasting session @ Sk8viking] #9 Average fizzy white head that was mostly diminishing. Good lacing. Clear sparkling body with a ruby hue. Aroma was bread, caramel, toffee, nutty, fruit. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Flavor was light to moderated sweet with light notes of bitterness. Slight dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Pours a deep brown color with a thick and substantial tan head that seems to stick around for quite awhile. Some lacing. Caramel aroma with hints of cinnamon and sweet molasses. Flavor contains enjoyable plum elements along with brown sugar and some lingering chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden but is present in the finish. With a fair price point and a solid taste, this could easily be my fallback belgian style beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Ruby/brown color,small tan head that faded quickly leaving little to nothing behind.The aroma was malty and fruity with maybe a slight red wine like aroma coming through as well.Nice malty fruity flavor up front with a smooth feel thoughout and in the end a mild finish of malt semi sweet and a bit of a mild alcohol burn in the tail end.My impression of this compared to the European counterparts for the style is that this brew is a bit on the weaker side.BUT it still manages to carry a pretty good flavor and smooth easy drinkability to it.Overall a good brew for the masses in this country but i could see this not having what the europeans are looking for in the style.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2007
Bottle. Ruby colour with a beige head. Malty, light dusty, fruity, yeast aroma and taste, sweet. Medium body with a sweet light dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rm0312 (36) - Idaho, USA - MAR 25, 2007
From the 750ml bottle to a Trappist glass - a rich ruby color with a marginal head. A malty citrus aroma as well as some caramel. The caramel came out in the flavor as well along with some vanilla and some fruitiness. I picked up the hoppiness at the end. Smooth and chewable. This is a very good beer - maybe a step below Chimay Blue.


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