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RATINGS: 1655   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours deep red brown with a modest khaki head. Complex dark fruits aroma. Flavours are sweet and fruity and with prominent smoked malts. Good carbonation. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Pours a dark ruby color with nice off white head that fades pretty quick. Smells of dark fruit and malt. Taste much the same. Pretty easy drinking for a big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6525) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 750 ml bottle. Deep, dark copper pour, with a long lasting khaki colored, sticky head. Sweet, syrupy aroma, with hints of brandy, cherry juice and cotton candy. Flavor is just as sweet with some hints of sweet whiskey (think Southern Comfort), candied sugar and maple syrup. Flavor is on the verge of becoming cloying as it warms near the bottom - could have done with only 12 oz of this. Nice silky smooth mouthfeel. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3584) - Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2007
750 ml Bottle. Pour is thick brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, malt and spice. Initial taste is tradition Belgian, with big malt flavor and orange peel, sugar and a warm alcohol. Body is not quite as thick as I would have expected for the taste. Finish has a bit of bite, though not bitter at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Furseth (2028) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 0,7L Bottle: Nice Label! Colour of deep red clear colour, with a flat head. Aroma of citrus, dark chocolate, sour too!, flowers and a dust. Sparkling nose. Flavor is coffee, citric, dark chocolate,lots of sweet maltyness, medium body, medium sweet/citric finish. Nice Usa made belgium strong Ale..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ncohafmuta (2) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2007 does not count
Milky chocolate color with a tan head. Aroma is domainated by burnt caramel with hints of orange fruits and yeast. Flavor is more caramel, molasses, malty with a spicy yeatiness. Palate is steely with a fairly long finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Botolph (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2007
A great example of one of my favorite styles. A bit o’ caramel o the nose. The flavor fills your mouth with some spikes of hops and a nice sweet malt character. Monk would be proud even though it costs a bit more than a five spot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Burnt caramel color with ruby red highlights, very small head. Very fresh begian aromas. Apricot and almonds dominate, some malt, yeast and citrus undertones. Light bodied yet somehow full in the mouth. Nicely carbonated, as most belgians tend to be too fizzy in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2007
A very nice brew from North Coast. Pours light with a very nice head. Aroma was sweet with rich malts. Flavor was very nice with distinct malt characteristics that were easy going.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Pours a cloudy maroon amber with a very thin white head. Sweet malts, light caramel, light sweet fruits. Very nice Belgian taste. Pretty sweet, Belgian candy sugar, and sweet malts are present. Nice thick molasses taste in the finish. Alcohol is masked pretty nicely and kind of goes down the throat syrupy smooth. Not extremely complex but solid nonetheless. Nice belgian style brew from an American brewery.

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