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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2007
Solid brown pour with a nice tan head. Complex aroma of dark fruit and malt. Flavor is caramel and fruit, but nothing distinct. Alcohol is hidden, but warming. Glad I grabbed this bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2007
Pours a deep rich ruby red color.Lots of fruit on the nose.Lots of different flavors here.I taste dates, prunes, caramel and cough syrup. The alcohol was hidden well at the beginning but it did creep in there at the end.The finish was alcohol induced, almost medicine like.Not bad tasting medicine the good stuff if there is such a thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2007
Shared with DragonStout. Pours opaque brown with a tan head. Has a real big taste of molasses from beginning to end. Has hints of cherrys, pears, apple and spices. Finishes with a sour fruit finish. Overall its worth every penny.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 4, 2007
Clear copper colour with a small beige head. Malty, fruity aroma with a light smoky note. Malty, fruity and light sweet flavor with hints of smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - APR 3, 2007
750ml bottle. Interesting aroma, full of dark, sweet malts, dried fruits, breadiness and faint milky chocolate, along with some light orange zest, yeast esters in the background and a certain dusty spiciness. Clear, deep mahogany color with a mostly subsiding, uneven, off-white head. The dark, rich sugary maltiness comes through rather strongly in the flavor as well, where it meets an undercurrent of warming, peppery alcohol and doughy, fruity yeast, finishing with some lingering anise, raisin and a slight berryish tang. Smooth and full on the palate with a suitably large body. Not one to be overlooked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2007
Pours a muddy amber. Sweet prune and malt aroma. Nicely sweet with vanilla and prune with hints of chocolate on the finish. Very malty aftertaste. Creamy coating mouth feel. A good drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jacobwennbom (357) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2007
Lots of bitterness and dark overly ripe fruit. Less sweet than I had expected. Lot’s of spicy notes as well. And yeah, in my opinon, the alcohol comes on too strong. Not my cup of beer really, allthoguh I might have had it served too cold. Very cool bottle however (including the name and the label), and that’s always something!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11403) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 1, 2007
Bottled. Beer no. 9 @ American Blind III. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma. Has light spicy and caramelly notes. Flavour of fruis, caramel, light alcohol and light spice. Is medium bodied. Light dry. Ends on a caremelly and spiced note. Quite easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5776) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2007
The aroma for this brew could be smelled from a distance as soon as it was uncorked. This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a hazy brown colored body with lots of fine particulate dark. The nice scrmptious aroma had brown malt caramel malt and dark malt notes. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish with a mellow vinous aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of caramel dark malt and brown malt and was mildly vinous . Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle: Rusty amber, moderate off-white head, foamy, decent lacing.   Rich smoked malt aroma.   It doesn’t come across as a smoked beer, but there is a huge smoked/campfire like tinge.   Dark pitted fruit takes a back seat in this one.   Biting smokiness and almost uber band-aid.   I waS sooo looking forward to this one but its proven to be difficult to swallow.   There is also a slight cheese funk to it.   No real sweet dark pitted fruit in this one.   I can honestly say this is one of the first times I am unable to finish a 750ml.   Damnit!

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