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RATINGS: 1701   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 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 (2751) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
I’m 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. Doesn’t 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 (621) - 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 (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2007
2007 - Washington Brewers Festival – 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2007
color is murky chestnut shade with only minimal tan head. aroma is sweet and yeasty with some leather and earth. estery fruit and sweetness are overtaken by spicy hops and some alcohol. a little tart with some cherry notes. good but not great

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 15, 2007
NorCal tasting June ’07 - While this is one of the cooler names for a beer that has come out in awhile, the beer inside might just be one of North Coasts biggest let downs in awhile. An aroma of sweet bubblegum, with a sugar blast of a nose. There are subtle molasses notes too. Appearance was a dark reddish/brown in color, mostly clear. Mouthfeel had an unpleasant harshness about it. Flavor was a sugary malt bomb with a soapy, burnt sugar character and old/cheap chocolate. Truly a disappointing beer from my boys at North Coast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Big malty mess...roasted caramel, dried fruits (prunes, dates, figs), molasses, brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, and, strangely enough Carl, root beer. Some surprisingly robust carbonation to liven things up a bit. Alcohol was pretty well hidden, until I tried to find my keys. Good brew on every level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2007
(750mL bottle): Pours a dark brown color, some head but diminishing. Light tannish head, fine bubbles. Strong belgian alcoholy aroma, dark fruit, sweet smelling. Some earthy smells. Clean, not too strong a taste surprisingly. Malty sweet with clean finish. Not alcoholy taste. A little tempered on the taste, though. Sweet tasting. Malty aftertaste. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeinDahlem (1448) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 13, 2007
Love the label. Deep brown color, but beige head could have stuck around longer. Malts and fruits are strong in the aroma and flavor, but the whole package is a bit too sweet from start to finish. Easing back on the sugar would have brought out more character. Nice, lively palate. Does a decent job of honoring the abbey ales, but in the end it’s out of balance.

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