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RATINGS: 1565   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2010 Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joes in Pittsburgh this beer poured a dark mahogany color with a small tan head. The aroma is faintly sweet with light ripe fruits. The flavor is sweet caramel, ripe fruits and molasses. Sugary finish. Hint of alcohol burn..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - - OCT 8, 2006
750 ml brown Belgian style bottle. Corked & caged. No freshness date seen. Barely a pop when uncorked. Poured out a deep ruby color, with garnet highlights. Served in a chalice. Under carbonated, especially for the style. Points off for that. Aromas are of dried dark fruits, caramel malts, & burnt sugar. Flavors are of dried plums, raisins, toffee, slightly roasted quality also. Earthy hops round out the flavors. Medium body & mouthfeel. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Poured brown on tap with a thick tan head. Good retention and a nice looking color. The aroma had Dubbel characterisrics to it. Aroma is dark fruits and candy along with caramel. Apple, dark fruits and brown sugar create well balanced flavors. The palate could have had a bit more punch. I liked this a lot though. I love Thelonious Monk so extra points for that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21533) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2006
Bottle at Stockholm Beerfestival. Hazy brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of fruits, yeast and spices. Flavour of caramel, yeast, spices and fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2006
On tap at The Map Room. Pours a dark amber with a small rocky white head. Dark fruit and crawl space esters dominate this fine brew. I found the ABV to be well hidden. Only complaint was a mild metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Thanks to Alan at Coastal Wine Connection. Reddish brown, barley any head in a small pour. Beautifully rounded flavors ... pleasantly rounded, sugary roast. Lightly sweet. Lightly bitter. Vaguely buttery with a hint of spice. A beaut!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (954) - USA - OCT 5, 2006
Dark brown with a fairly thick head which disappears after awhile. Aroma is of dark fruit. Flavor is strong on malt and alcohol sweetness. Also has a slight dark fruit flavor along with candy. Fairly strong alcohol presence but is more warming than overbearing on the overall flavor. I was pleased with this one, and it’s fairly drinkable for its strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Draught @ Isaac Newtons (in Chimay trappist glass). Very dark in color with light head. Aroma is fruity - dark cherry and some strong malts, almost porter-ish. Taste is strong, sweet & cherry candy-like. A bit heavy on the alcohol taste. This one shows alot of promise, but I’m guessing that a year or more of aging would help it along. Still a nice selection.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
BCTC 06 Pours a clear brown color with a thin offwhite head. Decent aroma of malt and candied fruits, there’s some yeast too but it’s subtle. Flavor of dark malt and candied fruits. The body is light to medium with an oily texture and soft carbonation. I’m not too jazzed about this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2006
On draft at the tasting room in Ft Bragg and from 75cl. (draft & bottle compared favorably). Big aromas of rising bread dough, peppery spices, and fruit. Nice malty flavor with bitter chocolate, a little piny bite, and an herbal finish not present in the aroma of very faint dried Italian herbs. I don’t think there were any herbs in the beer, but the combination of yeast and hops lent a nice herbal quality. More than just a "gimmick" beer meant to attract jazz fans, as I have heard some comment.

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