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RATINGS: 1594   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1368) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2007
bottle. mahogony pour with nice tan head. apricot, raison, roasted malt and fresh hop aroma. medium body with a lively palate that becomes milder as it warms. plum, raison match rich malts and ends with a nice hoppy bitterness. enjoyed this by the fire pit and love every second of it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2007
750ml. beautiful dark mahogany pour with a nice little head. complex aroma: bittersweet fruit, maple sap, caramel malts, and a hint of alcohol mixed w/brown sugar. bitter caramel/sugar syrup and hoppy taste. also, orange peel, hints of grape, tanginess, and spice. not as much finish as i hoped for, but well rounded all the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4499) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Pours deep brown with a reddish hue with a short lasting fizzy brown head. The aroma has caramel malt, earthiness, 7-up, grapes and anise. Medium / full body with a good amount of semi-sharp carbonation. Flavor starts with earthy toasted malt, raisins, some sourness and moderate spiciness. The finish has lots more spice, anise and some astringency. More of a dark fruit presence comes in as the beer warms. This is an okay Belgium style ale. I may have to try this again down the road, but it just just lacked something special to really capture my interest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2449) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Pours a two-fingered light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy red/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Raisin nose. Starts as sweet raisin/maple, hints of the high ABV with a prickly finish. 750ml bottle gift from Boston, MA area.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2526) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2007
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 Bottled. Hazy brown pour with 2 finger thick brown head. Aroma was of malty, banana and sugar notes. Taste was like a mild cherry sweet maltiness with a yeast finish. Belgian spices were detected. This was a decent brew in my opinon and I am not a huge belgian fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Bottled. Poured dark brown with a tawny, foamy head. The nose was sour and vinous and the flavor had notes of chocolate, raisins, currents, and malt. The finish had subtle alcohol notes and a bit of hops. Good stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2007
Bottle, 75 cl. Ruby colour with an off-white head. Fruity & spicy aroma, maybe some apples & cherries. Flavour is indeed "Belgian style", with a spicy tone. Finish is a bit short but otherwise it’s a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2860) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Bottle sampled with stegosaurus. Pours a deep amber brown with a tan head. Aroma is malty with some raisins and alcohol. Flavor is of dried fruits,light chocolate and a nice herbal bitter finish. Nice american belgian strong ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2007
(from notes). Bottle. Nose is alcohol and malt. Banana peels and cherries. Sweetness is prevalent but subtle. Pours with a huge brown head which quickly reduces to nothing. BEAUTIFUL ruby appearance. Gorgeous. Thin and smooth on the palate. Glides smoothly across the tongue. Taste is cherries, alcohol with a subdued alcohol presence. Almost no carbonation but somehow its thinness doesn’t feel weak or lacking. Crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Deep copper pour with a light tan foamy diminishing head. Nose is spicy – clove like, and fruity. Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor is fruity, spicy and sweet.

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