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RATINGS: 1641   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grovlam (4170) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3516) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2007
Blind rating at sk8viking´s. Pours a clear brown with a yellow head. Strong sweetness. Caramel, dark fruits and some smoked flavors. Mellow dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (30965) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2007
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin orange head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of hops, straw, and citrus. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of citrus and caramel, as well as a slightly alcohol burn. A bit simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Periander (50) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Pours beautiful reddish brown, quite clear for a belgian. Aroma is plum, yeast maybe caramel. Flavor is toffee sweet with notes of cola and wine. Clean, almost quaffable, but is that really what you want from a BSA?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (13659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2007
Draught, Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse, Snohomish, WA
Burgundy colour. Chocolatey, raisiny aroma. Sweet flavour with slight toffee character. Brown sugar finish. Far too sweet and tastes filtered...has a slick body rather than a full one and lacks complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2007
(bottle) Medium brown with generous tan head. Fruity aroma with hints of vanilla. Flavor is slightly sweet malt, yeast, dark fruits.

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