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RATINGS: 1696   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Pours a cloudy maroon amber with a very thin white head. Sweet malts, light caramel, light sweet fruits. Very nice Belgian taste. Pretty sweet, Belgian candy sugar, and sweet malts are present. Nice thick molasses taste in the finish. Alcohol is masked pretty nicely and kind of goes down the throat syrupy smooth. Not extremely complex but solid nonetheless. Nice belgian style brew from an American brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8425) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 [137-20061209] Bottle. Light meaty steak aroma. Deep dark brown-red body with an off-white head. Meaty spicy flavour with nicely hidden alcohol. Medium body. Good togetherness, OK to repeat. (6/4/7/3/13) 3.3

[5005C-20121208] Tap. Heavy toasted malt yeast aroma. Clear, dark ruby brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Boozy toasted fruit yeast flavour has a sweet long-lasting aftertaste. Full body. Good. (7/3/7/4/14) 3.5
(@ Cole’s, Buffalo, NY)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 Tap. Pours with a nice copper to brown color and a medium head. Aromas of caramel and molassess. Flavors of sweet malts, caramel, a bit of Belgian influence with some hint of fruit such as citrus and banana. It is too sweet for a true Belgian though, it could use a bit of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2774) - Finspång, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2007
Redish brown colour, rich head. "Belgian" yeast-fruity aroma with a light touch of liquorice. Sweet and fruity flavour, very Belgian. The alcohol brings warmth and bitterness to the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - FEB 25, 2007
Pours a light chocolate red with a tan head. Tastes of plums and other dark fruit. Lightly sour. Alcohol not very present.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
The wide range of flavors in this Belgian strong is made all the more impressive by how different each sip can be. To really enjoy this brew, sit somewhere quite and ponder each sip. Though the flavors here are every bit as rich and rewarding as, say, Chimay Blue, it does a lack a little in mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Tap at the Drafting Room. Deep mahogany with a large head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar and sweet malts. Alcohol warmth. Full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Draught: Moderately sweet aroma of chocolate, coffee, and malts. Poured black with a larger, dark-brown head that lasted throughout. No lacing. Opaque. Flavor was sweet and malty. Tasted of chocolate and coffee. Soft carbonation. Fully body. Thick texture. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Corked bottle. Pours deep brown with a nice beige head and intricate lacing. Notes of tangy citrus and hops abound in the melody being played out in the glass. A nice trio of yeast, raisin, and strawberry jelly come together to form a melodious and enjoyable tune. The mouthfeel plays like a smooth trumpet played by a lonely man on a low-lit street corner in Big City, USA. Enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (6396) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2011 Bottle (35 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear read dark copper color with big but quickly diminishing beige head. Some complexity in the aroma with caramelly malt, dark bread, died friuts and oranges, earthy hops, and a clear yeast note. Some notes of aceton. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Well integrated sweetness and alcohol, and a dry and bitter finish. Quite mediocre.

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