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RATINGS: 1492   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, itís 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 Brewingís 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 ďDark Strong AleĒ, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NJDevilz69 (28) - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2006
750ml bottle, dark toasty brown appearance, head didnt linger long but lacing was nice. For a american knock off of a belgian style the "spice is right". Of course the belgians do it better but it was one of the better american attempts I have had. The flavor has a hint of molasses and a nice nut characteristic kinda almond like, also slight caramel presence. Very malty but pleasant. Mouthfeel is full and rich. Over all I have to say its a very good attempt at a belgian style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Funknmilla (673) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Rich dark brown color...almost black... on the fresh pour, the head is thick and dense and it only diminishes to half of the height....out of a plastic cup, hard to get too much, but the aroma has a rich toffee presence.....the palate... i get some fruit mingled with malt and nuts....as I finish the brew I notice the lacing....its there...I see it...its good....u love it.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4356) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Reminds me more of a double for some reason than a strong. Smells nice and looks quite good. Funny idea behind this. I nice beer for number 900. the 9% really isnít that evident. A good beer from a good style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Dark brown pour with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of figs, cherries, brown sugar, roasty malt, some almonds, dark chocolate, and a tiny bit of urethane. The flavor is caramel malty at first, with some almonds, molasses, toffee, and brown sugar, but it quickly shifts gears and becomes tarter as it warms, with the cherry component coming out more. It gets a little tart and a little krieky as ir warms, but the caramel malt and brown sugary nuts remain throughout. This is a unique and very enjoyable style that I will buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Bottle. Deep copper in color with a medium thick tan head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Fruity and malty aroma. Raisiny and plums. Sweet and malty caramel flavor. Smokey fruity notes. Banana and clove notes. Finish is spicey. Medium bodied. Smooth and drinkable. Enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4084) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2006
A sweet belguim. Red/amber pour. Fruity, sweet, and belguim yeasts with some smokiness. Nothing great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2006
The deep red-amber body of this brew is topped by a thin to medium thick head with some lacing left on the glass. this beer is sweet and malty with a slight dark fruit note, a touch of banana and a little spice. Medium bodied, a touch warming, and smooth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
notalush (4635) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
[tap at barcade] - dark caramel color, with an odd aroma kind of like burnt bacon covered in maple syrup - cloyingly sweet flavor, yet still, the smokey, almost cured meat-like flavor manages to dominate - what the hell happened North Coast?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2006 On tap tonight at Barcade, Brooklyn...Dark mahogany body, with avery quickly fading head. Thick, smokey (much like Bacon) aroma - heavily laden with prunes, cherries and yeastiness, as well as some general spiciness. No particular flavor stands out other than the smokiness, however, thereís a maple-syrup like quality as well. In fact, the beer is very syrupy sweet. Itís an odd brew to call itself an Begain Strong Ale, and honestly, Iím not sure that it works that well. Just a brief update: Iím not going to change my rating at all, but I just want to note that this beer is much better in the bottle than it is on draft. It is much smoother and better balanced sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 7, 2006
7/6/06. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, bought at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA 7/4/06. Pours a dark red-brown with cough syrup orange outlines. Luminescent but dark. Head is sadly lacking-- a fizzy, messy tangle of bubbles that begins to fade even before youíre finished pouring. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is an improvement but far from a revelation. Tangy with boring pseudo-Belgian yeastiness and dark fruit esters. And itís pretty weak, to boot. Rotten apples and rotten bananas on the nose and tongue. Other featured flavors include leather, some dark bubblegummy sweetness and a very small amount of sourness that I actually sort of enjoy. Bubblegum and leather finish with slight vegetal quality and a touch of plummy, nutty malt. Mostly just sweet gummy leather with a slight tangy yeast glow. Reminds me a bit of a Unibroue beer, but not one of the better ones. Mouthfeel has a slickness and somewhat of an alcohol sting on the roof of your mouth to introduce the medium-full body, and thereís sudsy carbonation (from out of nowhere) that underscores the bubblegum notes, but itís just not enough to save this one. The quasi-dryness is almost mealy and really not that enjoyable. Finish has a rotted fruit trail and a touch of soy sauce, traced with the tangy outline and a flabby sweetness of watered-down oatmeal with lots of brown sugar added. Quite a shame. I guess I could say that the alcohol isnít all that crazy, but thatís like noting that the airbag worked when the car exploded in the crash. Really lacking in polish-- too sweet, messily conditioned and underattenuated, just not ready for release. The best thing about this beer is that it made me break out "Brilliant Corners."

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