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RATINGS: 1594   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2006
750 mL bottle. Dark brown with good head. Malty aroma with hints of chocolate and roast and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is very much like a dubbel. It’s pretty bready from the yeast and a bit sweet. Lots of chocolate flavor but well balanced by the yeast and alcohol. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2006
750 ml. bottle. Deep red mahogany pour, large light tan loosely structured head that settles to a fine layer in a few minutes. Brown sugar, raisins, earth, yeast,and alcohol evident in the aroma. Medium body and light carbonation give way to a mild astringency. Burnt caramel sweetness comes through early, supplanted by an ever increasing bitterness that is lasting, but never totally dominant over the fruity sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Dark copper body. Thin light tan creamy head. Very sweet and malty aroma with oxygenated vinous notes. Smells decent, but could get annoying (?). Taste is a little stale and sweet fruity. Like apple kringle. Okay beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2006
From a bottle. Clear brown body under a thin white ring. Prune, yellow apple and dry cocoa powder in the clean, fruity aroma. The flavor features a wide band of sweet plummy caramel in the middle bounded by stemmy hops on the bottom and a lemon acidity on top. Finishes with a certain fruity acidity, sort of like lemon-soaked cherries. There are lots of flavors in this guy but none that I can get excited about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle via Odeed. The beer pours to a dark red brown body with a foamy light khaki head. The aroma is sweet dark malts, light apples, black raisins. The flavor is sweet dark malts, with hints of raisins and other fruits, some candy sugars, light yellow apples, yeasts. Lightly dry yet creamy and semi-full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5454) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle - corked and caged. Pours a rich murky brown. Small manila bubbles spread upon the surface. Nose is caramel, brown sugar, raisins, plums (dark fruits, in general), cocoa, and soft yeast notes. The first sip reveals more dark fruits, raisins mainly, with brown sugar, dusty yeast notes, chocolate and soft alcohol. Sweet malt in abundance in this and there’s some hints of muted Whoppers candy in spots (not quite as rich malt). Body is lively and medium-full. Bubbly but dense carbonation. Finishes with cocoa, light cobwebby yeast, soft caramel and sweet malts, more dark fruits. Really nice beer. I’ll have to lay a couple of these down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Although I did really enjoy the beer, nothing about it seemed to be a Belgian Abbey style. It was a hazy brown pour with a small tan head, leaving very little lacing. Nose of chocolate and dark malts. Mouth more like a bock than an abbey, not sweet and heavy and syrupy. Taste of cocolate and sweet dark roasted malts, again more like a bock than an abbey, without the alcohol, sugar, or yeast of an abbey dubbel or tripel. Nice enough for what it was, although not sure what it was.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2006
750ml bottle: Pours a cloudy ruby brown with a medium off-white head, aroma has cherries, molasses and brown sugar, full bodied with an oily texture and mellow carbonation, starts and ends sweet,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Cold 750ml corked bottle: Pours a dark brown with a moderate tan head that dissolves. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Taste is of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate with some underlying bitterness. Ending is mostly sweet with some bitterness and alcohol to it. Full bodied and well carbonated. Oily texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 8, 2006
on tap, offered as a cask styke. A cloudy brown body with a thin white head. Cocca aroma wuth hints of fruits. A good mix of cocca notes and balancing hops with notes of alcohol. A small oak presence could be detected, but did not ad to the beer.

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