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RATINGS: 1708   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 11, 2007
750 mL bottle. Murky brown with light tan fluffy head. Aroma of raisins, yeast, and spices. Bright palate. Taste of raisin bread and spice with a slightly alcoholic finish and a lingering caramel apple taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Pours dark amber with light minimal head. Tastes like a barleywine IMO. Good balance and I found the 750 ml bottle on sale for 6.99 at at whole foods! What a deal heading back for a couple more to cellar

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkMagus (504) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 9, 2007
750ml bottle. Dark reddish-brown color, minimal head with almost no remaining bubbles. Overall mild aroma of dried dark fruits, malts, sugar. Flavors were of roasted malts, dark brown sugar, caramel, cola, alcohol, and finishes with some bitterness. Not very balanced, a bit of a strange mixture of flavors. Palate was overall pretty thin, but did have some syrupy stickiness. Not that bad, but better beers of this style can easily be acquired. Although I like the fact that they donate money to a good cause...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2007
750ml, cellar aged about 1 year. pours reddish brown with off white head. flavor of toasted nuts, odd combination of fruits with slight vegetable, caramel, apples, pears, plums, and bananas. a real odd mesh of flavors and perhaps some age has muddied this thing. i remember it was drinkable when it was fresh but this is a drain pour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Dark amber, caramel color, lots of bubbles and large foamy tan head leaves a clean glass as it subsides. Sweet subtle malty caramel aroma with a raison and brown sugar flavorwith an alcoholic prune aftertaste followed by a slight alcohol burning in the throat area. Reminds me more of a barleywine that needs to age then of a belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Appearance: What a beaut! Crimson red hue capped with a rather sturdy tan-colored head. Smell: Suitably rich, yeasty aroma consisting of bananas, cherries, and spice layered with a pleasing malt presence. Taste: Hefty malt sweetness upfront with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, almonds, and more cherries (providing just a tinge of tartness). Ends with just a soft touch of pepper in the otherwise sweet, lingering finish. Never really delivers any substantial hop bitterness or flavors. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and surpassingly soft on the palate. Drinkability: Are you up for a decent American attempt at a Belgium style? This can be that beer. It will be that beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2011 First rating
750 ml bottle from Systembolaget
Labeled 9.4% ABV.
Clear brown color, fluffy tan head. Sweet and metallic scent. Spicy sweet raissin taste. Full mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Much of much things, nothing really grabbing hold of you though. You can sense the high alcohol.

Bottle thanks to thomat! January 15, 2011
Hazy dark copper color, tan head. Sweet, spicy, alcohol scent. Lactic, sweet, spicy, alcohol taste. Sort of thin and flat mouthfeel. Low bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
believeUme (17) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Dark ruby with a thin head. Aroma is of sherry, sweet malts, and yeast. Flavor is of dextrinous roast, carmel, and yeast phenols. A bit under attenuated leaving a cloying sweetness. Otherwise, a good American interpretation of a Belgian Dark Strong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Did not live up to expectations. Mahogany with a bubbly off-white head. Solid aroma or malts, alcohol, and smoke. The peat, yeast, caramel, and nutty flavors are good, but really washed out. Good, but not memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4046) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2007
From a 750 shared with my parents. Pours a deep amber with a little soda-like head. Aroma is sweet dark malts, smoke, and alcohol. Flavor is very smokey and peaty (and quite unexpected), with molasses, and a yeasty finish. Alcohol well noted. An interesting take on the style, but I can’t say I’d seek this out again for personal consumption.

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