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RATINGS: 1711   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Bottle. Very dark red/brown pour. Very sweet aroma. Very strong malt taste with a warm feeling in the mouth. Very solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beisen (90) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Very classic bottle. Pours reddish brown with a half inch tan head. Malty, bready taste with a fizzy mouthfeel. A little sweetness in it as well. Enjoyable, but a little pricey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slipstream (2480) - USA - AUG 14, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2007 Malty and sweet, rich taste, very nice on the palate, and the flavor develops in your mouth. The label is a classic - but unfortunately, the beer is not.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Nuts, caramel, malt, and brown sugar. That is the appearance, aroma, and flavor. Solidly blended and syrupy with a nice alcohol content. The finish is very smooth and very soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6713) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2007
Nutty, full of flavour, lots of good stuff packed into the bottle. Raisins, prunes, apricots, burned sugar. A little fizz that covers the alcohol warming. Great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Murky swamp water brown look. Caramelly, nutty, malt aroma. Pretty docile, malt and roasted nut flavor. Smooth, mellow and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
extremeicon (112) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Dark reddish brown with a thin (but initially very active) whitish head. Lots of malt and some fruits in the nose, though a bit weak. Flavors of dried fruits and malt with a bit of breadyness in the finish. I thought the flavor hid the alcohol well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (3420) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2007
Redish amber with a thick off-white head. Malty with some fruity notes. Malt sweetness, plums and alcohol strength. full body with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1748) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Pours a reddish amber with a thin light orange tan head. Aroma like a dry red wine with some pleasant sourness. Taste is treacle-like sweet malt, licorice, dark fruit, and earthy tones. This is complex and interesting stuff! Some alcohol warmth after the swallow and on my cheeks. Well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - AUG 1, 2007
a ruby brown with thin tan head. sweet fruity aroma (plums?) full thick body. tastes of rich toffee with a light bitter chocolate, with a fruity undertone of oranges and raisins and an alcohol finish. a little on the thicker sweeter side than i like, but its

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