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RATINGS: 1492   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.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2006
This beer poured with a nice initial fizzy head, but it dissipated quickly to a trace amount of bubbles in the very center. Aroma is yeasty and spicy, with occasional hints of a smokey malt flavor. Very nice and ever-present. Taste continues those flavors, with a bit of nuttiness, and mellow roasty bitterness in the finish. Sounds very well and good, but the beer should be a bit thicker. This way all of the flavors can fully coat your mouth. Towards the end, I think the yeast flavors became a little strong for me, but overall I still found this beer enjoyable and worth trying. North Coast did a good job making a genuine abbey style ale, even if there’s room for improvement.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1154) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Bottle rating. Deep burgandy colored, with a smaller head than I would expect from this style of beer. Dark fruit aroma, belgian sugar, vanilla, and a smoked aspect too. I also can smell the alcohol here. The head almost completely diminishes, almost barley wineish in that respect. A very sweet taste immediately attacks the palate, with a spicy cinnamon like finish coating the palate. I also get slight hints of wheat/banana notes. Fairly complex, but nothing that is mind blowing. A good beer, just not exceptional.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Dark chestnut color with hints of ruby when held to the light. Smaller, but creamy looking head. Second bottle and I must admit the scents from this one are less pleasing than I remember from the first (granted the first was during a general set around and swill some brews). Woody caramel, stewed prunes, wild flowers, and light peat. No noticeable alcohol and nothing that incites any emotion. Full malty flavors. Now there is something to sink ones teeth into. Mild caramel, light cherry wood and dark candi sugar, some floral notes lighten this up. A very chewy brew. This somehow begs to be coupled with a thick maduro cigar. Just a few sips and a puff every five or ten minutes make this a long and interesting brew.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Nugget (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2006
This beer tastes like lake water. I was expecting a hell of a lot more from North Coast. The Silver Jubilee was fantastic, this is just baloney.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2006
this was i very good belgian style beer. the colour to me is fantastic and the head stay around just enough. the nose was quite sweet, but had a dark fruit smell also it is very warming but the alcohol does not come out to much. not a belgian fan yet but i really love this beer cheers to north coast again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3663) - - SEP 3, 2006
this was strange. dark red amber colored. medium sized off-white head. diminish quickly. sweet, fruity, cidery, apple aroma. a very different flavored belgian. it has a chili pepper warmth to it. flavors of fruits, peppers, even cinnamon maybe. a light dry chili burn in finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2006
Bottle. Poured dark ruby color with a minimal fizzy off-white head that mostly diminishing with good lacing. Moderate toasted nuttty malt and spice aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Medium balanced flavor with a medium sweet bitter finish of moderate duration. With some age may have more character.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Sampled at Rivers Bend in Cincinnati. Pours a reddish brown with a diminishing off white head. Plummy and yeasty aroma. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy. Flavor of vanilla, dark fruits, and some slight peat. Lots of residual sweetness. Spicy finsih with a tad amount of alcohol. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (623) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Pours a reddish brown in my St. Bernardus goblet. Modest head. Almost no lacing.Mild aroma of semi sweet malts,some dark fruit and a bit earthy. Semi sweet malt,dark fruit,almonds,hints of vanilla with a slightly spicey finish. Easy to drink and at $6.49 a cork top a decent value. ABV nicely hidden. Just which it had a little more "oomph" to it.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (18954) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2006
[Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm] Deep ruby, brief head. No sediment. Evidently Belgian style aroma of almond, caramel and a surprising whiff of smoke. Sweet and solidly malty with fairly clean mouthfeel. Almond gets ever more evident, and woody smoke lingers throughout. Packed with interesting flavours, but the mouthfeel leaves something to be desired.


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