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RATINGS: 1695   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (33469) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2007
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin orange head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of hops, straw, and citrus. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of citrus and caramel, as well as a slightly alcohol burn. A bit simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Periander (50) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Pours beautiful reddish brown, quite clear for a belgian. Aroma is plum, yeast maybe caramel. Flavor is toffee sweet with notes of cola and wine. Clean, almost quaffable, but is that really what you want from a BSA?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (14844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2007
Draught, Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse, Snohomish, WA
Burgundy colour. Chocolatey, raisiny aroma. Sweet flavour with slight toffee character. Brown sugar finish. Far too sweet and tastes filtered...has a slick body rather than a full one and lacks complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2007
(bottle) Medium brown with generous tan head. Fruity aroma with hints of vanilla. Flavor is slightly sweet malt, yeast, dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (6479) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2007
Bottled. Amber with a small off-white head. Loads of grassy hoppiness in the aroma. Warm and malty flavour from sweet and dried fruits; figs, raisins, prune. Late and dry hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (6039) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Bought at the Whole Foods in West Bloomfield. I didn’t know North Coast did a Belgian. Ok beer. Not malty enough. Slightly flat in taste, but just above average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Very unique taste invloving complex dark fruits andyeast. I am enjoying this beer due to it’s unique appeal. I recommend trying this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (16926) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2007
Bottle. thanks to larsniclas for sharing. Amber color with an offwhite head. Malty vinous aroma with figs and some other fruits. Strong flavor, sweet fruitd, figd, malt, hops, vinous notes. Gives a warming feeling without letting too much alcohol show. Strong malty, finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2548) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours a murky dark red brown color with a monstrous creamy beige head. Aroma is dark fruity with banana hints and caramel malt undertones. Taste is complex with dark fruity sweetness,caramel,toffee,dough bread,malt and candied sugar. Very good, but slightly below par of some of the better belgian strong ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Sampled on 8/3/06: Pours a clear dark copper with a thin ring of wispy white head. Aroma has a sweet Belgian caramel malty and tart fruity cherry character. Body starts sweet and viscous with a toffee malty sweetness and fruity complex tartness. Well-balanced and unique, with authentic Belgian yeasty character throughout.

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