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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 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 (4043) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 26, 2007
On tap at the SF Rogue Public House. Pours a dark amber with a thick yellow head. No aroma that I can identify. This is a thick beer. Has a huge smoke flavor at first- very peaty. Amazing smoke flavor with a quick finish. This seems like it is huge in alcohol, even for 9%!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2007
25 ounce bottle. Trappist glass. Cloudy Mahogany with brown quickly diminishing head. Aroma was sweet malt and caramel. Taste was fairly complex with notes of dark fruit, brown sugar tobacco and sweet malts. Lightly spiced with a touch of bitterness on the finish. Bitterness increases as it warms. I should like this one more. An interesting mix of flavors, but it just didn’t mix well for my taste. B for effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Deep, dark ruby in color. Sparkling in clarity with a lasting tan head. Complex fruity aroma. Thick, rich flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with some slightly reddish highlights. No real head to speak of. Aroma is Belgian yeast, dark fruits, banana and molasses. Flavor also holds onto the Belgian yeast, semi-sweet, dark fruits, yeast and a hearty dose of malts. Very drinkable. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Bottle. Brown-red in coloring. No head and very smooth pour. No carbonation or activity of any kind on surface or below - looks like a frozen, chilly pond. Sweet, sugary, faint yeasty scent. Very dry. Quick evaporation of lightly acidic flavoring hits the tongue and disappears. Pleasing and refined, esp given that the body isn’t heavy. Good show.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jdhunt76 (56) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with auburn highlights. This bottle had a strong pungent twinge at the beginning, with an aftertaste that improved as it lingered. As it breathed, it amoothed out a good bit, and the good flavors which were originally only in the aftertaste took center stage. Rich forest flavors of nuts ( especially hazelnut and dark walnut), toffee and bittersweet chocolate. The flavor is so full and robust that the alcohol is barely noticeable in the palate, though by the end of the bottle you certainly know you have been drinking a 9% Belgian. Overall, once the initial off-flavors had dissipated, a satisfying example of a Belgian brown. I would like to try this again some day and see if the off-flavors were perhaps just the result of a bad bottle. I also enjoyed the Thelonius Monk/ Monk brew play on words.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Bottle- Dark brown no head aroma is nicely balanced, flavor is balanced as well. Some dark fruit overall malty and sweet. Cool idea behind the brew too.

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