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RATINGS: 1529   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Pours a deep brown with a very quickly dissipating head. Aroma is spicy; cinnamon, anise, vanilla, quite sweet smelling, caramel and chocolate with a touch of banana. Body is med. and sweet with ls CO2 than I would expect. The flavor is enjoyable but singular. Caramel and belgian esters; mainly banana. The finish, while fairly dry is overpowered by a lingering sweetness. They do a good job of hiding the alohl but man this is sweet and it does lak the complexity of the great Belgians.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2006
From a 750 ml. caged corked bottle with a short blurb along the left side of the label, the Man in a belgian monk outfit, no bottling/freshness date. Sampled at cellar temperature in a chalice. Poured a rich looking Belgian ale brown with a frothy, foamy pale tan/beige head that settled into a thin lacing. Nutty aroma (this is Monk after all) with coffee and candied sugar, raisins mingled with pears fruitiness, spices and cocoa, and small whiffs of straight with no chaser alcohol. Good, even, slightly out of time carbonation and a crisp, velvety smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel, almost perfect for the style. Spicy, nutty, just delicious taste, a toasted nuttiness, caramel and coffee, again the raisin and pears fruitiness with a touch of apple, a light sugariness, just a enough spiciness to tame the nutty flavors, hints of cocoa towards the end, the alcohol mixes the spices and malts and provides a warming presence in the palate, and a toasted nutty grain, cocoa finish. Right now, my favorite brew from North Coast, easy to see the inspiration from an American musical giant, if you don’t know Monk, you know nothing. (Music: Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall, November 29, 1957)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9597) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2006
750 mL caged and corked bottle. Pours a lightly cloudy reddish brown with an average frothy light brown head, somewhat diminishing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, roasted), average hops (perfume, flowers, grass), light yeast (dough) with notes of banana, dates and vanilla. Long duration, heavy sweetness, harsh bitterness and acidity. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, lively carbonation and bitter finish. I suspect that this beer will benefit greatly from sitting in the cellar for a few years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4815) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Poured a ruby near brown amber with a frothy tan head. Smells of yeast, berries, alcohol and fruit. Nice flavor, sugary and malty. Thankfully the flavor isn’t dominated by yeast. Alcohol hits on the end and warms the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2006
GABF-on tap-pours a Aroma is strong, dark fruit. Taste is strong, dark fruit, secondary alcohol. Sipping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2006
750 mL bottle. Dark brown with good head. Malty aroma with hints of chocolate and roast and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is very much like a dubbel. It’s pretty bready from the yeast and a bit sweet. Lots of chocolate flavor but well balanced by the yeast and alcohol. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2006
750 ml. bottle. Deep red mahogany pour, large light tan loosely structured head that settles to a fine layer in a few minutes. Brown sugar, raisins, earth, yeast,and alcohol evident in the aroma. Medium body and light carbonation give way to a mild astringency. Burnt caramel sweetness comes through early, supplanted by an ever increasing bitterness that is lasting, but never totally dominant over the fruity sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Dark copper body. Thin light tan creamy head. Very sweet and malty aroma with oxygenated vinous notes. Smells decent, but could get annoying (?). Taste is a little stale and sweet fruity. Like apple kringle. Okay beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2006
From a bottle. Clear brown body under a thin white ring. Prune, yellow apple and dry cocoa powder in the clean, fruity aroma. The flavor features a wide band of sweet plummy caramel in the middle bounded by stemmy hops on the bottom and a lemon acidity on top. Finishes with a certain fruity acidity, sort of like lemon-soaked cherries. There are lots of flavors in this guy but none that I can get excited about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle via Odeed. The beer pours to a dark red brown body with a foamy light khaki head. The aroma is sweet dark malts, light apples, black raisins. The flavor is sweet dark malts, with hints of raisins and other fruits, some candy sugars, light yellow apples, yeasts. Lightly dry yet creamy and semi-full mouthfeel.

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