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RATINGS: 1529   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Nugget (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2006
This beer tastes like lake water. I was expecting a hell of a lot more from North Coast. The Silver Jubilee was fantastic, this is just baloney.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2006
this was i very good belgian style beer. the colour to me is fantastic and the head stay around just enough. the nose was quite sweet, but had a dark fruit smell also it is very warming but the alcohol does not come out to much. not a belgian fan yet but i really love this beer cheers to north coast again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3755) - - SEP 3, 2006
this was strange. dark red amber colored. medium sized off-white head. diminish quickly. sweet, fruity, cidery, apple aroma. a very different flavored belgian. it has a chili pepper warmth to it. flavors of fruits, peppers, even cinnamon maybe. a light dry chili burn in finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10570) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2006
Bottle. Poured dark ruby color with a minimal fizzy off-white head that mostly diminishing with good lacing. Moderate toasted nuttty malt and spice aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Medium balanced flavor with a medium sweet bitter finish of moderate duration. With some age may have more character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Sampled at Rivers Bend in Cincinnati. Pours a reddish brown with a diminishing off white head. Plummy and yeasty aroma. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy. Flavor of vanilla, dark fruits, and some slight peat. Lots of residual sweetness. Spicy finsih with a tad amount of alcohol. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Pours a reddish brown in my St. Bernardus goblet. Modest head. Almost no lacing.Mild aroma of semi sweet malts,some dark fruit and a bit earthy. Semi sweet malt,dark fruit,almonds,hints of vanilla with a slightly spicey finish. Easy to drink and at $6.49 a cork top a decent value. ABV nicely hidden. Just which it had a little more "oomph" to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19322) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2006
[Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm] Deep ruby, brief head. No sediment. Evidently Belgian style aroma of almond, caramel and a surprising whiff of smoke. Sweet and solidly malty with fairly clean mouthfeel. Almond gets ever more evident, and woody smoke lingers throughout. Packed with interesting flavours, but the mouthfeel leaves something to be desired.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertime (23) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Bottle- Redish brown in colour with rapidly diminishing beige head. Aroma of dried plums and raisins with a little alcohol. Taste is very malty and has a sweet creamy mouthfeel. A lttile too sweet for me. I expexted more to this beer due to the fact North Coast is a solid brewery. Not very complex IMHO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6065) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2006
(Bottle, Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Colour is dark brown, almost mahogany, with beige head. Nose is malty with dried fruit, prunes and raisins, slightly wineous alcohol notes. Taste is malty and nutty with marzipan, bitter orange marmalade and dried fruit, slightly wineous alcohol character, nice finish with notes of spicey hops. Some sweetness lingering in the alcohol, but actually drier than expected. Not really ingratiating, but it definitely grows on you. Complex and very well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nhlbeerstud (1) - acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2006 does not count
One of the best belgina style abbeys I have had. Nice dark-burnt amber color, light tan head. Very slight yeast taste, also not overly sweet like some abbeys. Alcohol comes through about halfway through the bottle. Great beer from an already great brewery!!!!!

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