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RATINGS: 1583   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1140) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Pours a nice ruby hue with nice thick light brown head. Aroma is belgian spice, dark fruits, candied sugar and caramel malt. Taste of dark fruit, spice, caramel, sugar, yeast and a hint of toasted grain in the finish. This beer is pretty incredible and one of the finer american recreations of a belgian strong ale. Moderately carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is slightly noticeable. Excellent!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours rbonze\brown with a large light tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, spices, bread, and some toastiness. The flavor is yeast, bread, caramel, slightly sweet, smooth, some toast. Nice body, Good brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
legion242 (2302) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Lost just a bit in the sink upon opening. A nice beer, but nothing really stands out and shouts at you. And maybe this is a good thing, but I was so excited to be able to get my hands on it and it was just above average.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2007
750 mL bottle. Pours a dark ruby brown with big khaki head. The aroma is spicy with clove, anise, and some perfumy floral notes, and then a surprising hint of mocha. The flavor has the spiciness of a typical Belgian ale, with clove, licorice, and a hint of zest. But the finish has a very interesting mocha note that makes me think more of a doppelbock or imperial stout. It’s a nice touch, though. It works really well with the spicier flavors. A light hoppiness emerges in the front of the mouth. Alcohol is detectable in the finish. The mouthfeel is robust with prickly effervescence. I enjoyed this beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2007
750. Beer is clear, dark, warm brown. Head is initially small, off-white, frothy. Diminishes quickly to a ring.<P> The aroma is warm and fruit-forward. Malty with a light note of molasses, moderate notes of toasted grain/toasted bread crust and caramel; Hoppy with a moderate note of herb, light note of resin; Yeasty with a light note of basement, trace of dough; Moderate-to-heavy notes of dried stonefruit and currents, moderate warm alcohol, traces of hairspray, underripe banana, oaky vanilla and cola.<P> The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic with a long, lightly-to-moderately acidic, lightly bittersweet finish.<P> The body is medium, the texture is watery-velvety and the carbonation is lively. Moderate alcoholic warmth and a slight astringency on the gums in the finish.<P> Not bad, but not arresting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4640) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours a clear garnet into a trappist glass. Tan head quickly recedes to skim rim. Alcohol and apricot aromas. Creamy and sticky with sharp alcohol and sweet pit fruit flavors. Lasting burn.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (3534) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2007 I paid $6.35 for a 750 corked and caged bottle of this brew. Poured a rich ruby red color and left a nice tan head and nice rings of lacing as it slowly settled. Nose is of yeast, flowers, malts, and hops, with banana.. Palate is of alcohol, and flavor is sweet and light hops which makes it really clean tasting and easy to drink. Finish is stongly of alcohol. Very well done and enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
19Ei8hty (1167) - Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2007
dark dark, cherry red with a solid khaki head. Very sweet flvaor and smell. Lots of heavy, fermented fruit flavors with a heavy dose of sour cherry. Some dark chocolate note and a moderatly strong presence of alcohol. Not bad. Very true to the belgian ale style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2007
750 ml bottle. Aroma is sweet fermented fruit like most belgians are. Murky brown body with light tan head. Sweet domoinates the flavor of first glass. Second from bottle when yeast from bottom of bottle is poured in a good sweet apple flavor with some sourness. Good brew but has an alochol affect on body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Bottle Trappist glass. Dark color, very little aroma, almost unnoticible. Taste was very bland, especially for North Coast I was dissapointed with this one, considering the other great brews they make this one fell a little flat. Somewhat malty in profile but very one sided and with little character.


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