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RATINGS: 1711   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
targhee (30) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2007
Given as gift (was purchased in CT). Thick brown head, remnants last to the bottom. Oaky and malty nose. Thick, concentrated malty initial flavor with oaky finish with slight hint of sweets. Very enjoyable for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2007
Rather enjoyed this. Poured a muddy amber, sort of a dirty brown color, with an OK head. Aroma was faintly fruity. Flavor was really nice, lots of fruit initially, mainly apricot, peaches, and plums. This was complemented by a smooth maltiness with notes of caramel and faint molasses. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2007
Pours a rich dark amber to ruby with a thin offwhite film of a head. The nose is rich and malty with nice caramel hints. Alcohol, dark fruits, creamy with a little acidity. Well balanced and subtle, while definitely rich. Creamy and viscous mouthfeel, but perhaps a bit too creamy. Big big malt. Rich caramel, raisin, and some significant diacetyl. Some herbal hops. Alcohol is very noticeable. Some acidity. A little less astringency and diacetyl and this would be a really very nice brew, oh well, it’s merely rather good. Creamy rich finish, acidic fruit and some toast in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2007
Murky brown body with a small off-white head. The aroma is fairly sweet, caramel, dark fruits, light banana and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is lightly sweet, candi sugar, plums, raisins and herbal. Medium body is smooth with soft carbonation and a bit warm on the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2007
Wow, talk about creamy! My goodness the palate was great. The texture was nice and smooth, and again was creamy. The color is a dark brown with a hint of red. I thought the aroma was decent. This beer had a nice caramel, and fruity smell to it. The beer has a nice caramel taste to it, but the flavor lacks depth. I only taste the caramel, and maybe some fruits, but the beer is not terribly complex. I also taste an unusual bitter aftertaste, not really anything that adds to the beer. Decent brew, but I have definitely had better Belgian Strong Ales before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 15, 2007
Pours medium red-brown with small tan head, no lacing on a tulip glass. Nose is Belgian candy sugar and apple, toffee. The flavor begins with a candied caramel that turns into a suprising bitter finish. Very, very sweet, almost cloying, but overall well balanced and pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 15, 2007
Draught at reBar. Dark brown with a frothy beige head. Spicy malt aroma with an mild updraft of yeast. Mostly sweet molasses and dark toffee malt flavors, with spice and maybe some orange zest in the background. Full bodied and sticky lipped. Pretty decently styled dark Amer. Belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
Mild dark fruit and brown sugar nose. Very molasses forward one-dimensional palate. Almost saccharine type sweetness with some mild malt astringency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2007
Dark brown and garnet color. Thin, but creamy tan head with good lacing. Dark fruit nose with lots of caramel and some cherry notes. Medium bodied with sweet caramel malts and ripe prunes. Biscuit and dough-like flavors underneath. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 13, 2007
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of IrishBoy. Beautiful, clear, warm, orangey brown with a creamy, light brown head leaving some lacework. Fat aroma of caramel and fruit. Medium body, sweetish, lightly burned caramel accents and a touch of hazelnuts. Very subdued bitterness. Quite lovely. 030407

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