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RATINGS: 1603   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Pours a deep amber brown with an average tan head. Fruity aroma, tart and plummy, touch of brown sugar malt. Flavor parallels flavors. Fruity, berrish hints, strawberry background, hint of sweet malt (brown sugar) with a consistant underlying fruityness. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 Blackened copper pour with a smallish, yet creamy head that dissolves into a thin film across the surface of the chalice. The nose reminds me of 3 Philosophers - deep malts with some bright cherries in the background. Dirty, earthy yeasts linger as well. The cherry tartness also shows in the finish. The mouthfeel is really superb. Lush and creamy, it literally expands on the tongue. Notes of molasses, burnt caramels, semi-sweet chocolates, plummy fruits and vodka-like alcohol fill the body. A nice beer, but it seems to lack some of the subtle flavors I’ve come to love in strong ales. Maybe some cellar time would quell the ethanol and let the malt profile continue to develop. Still a fine beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Pours dark amber with a thin mostly receding tan head. Taste is dark fruity Belgian yeast, but lacks some explosive fruity flavors and remains thick and sweet. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and sticky with lush carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6565) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2006
750. Well, it sure looks snazzy, and naming it after Thelonious is so cool that you can fairly well forgive the crummy "Monk" pun. Pours deep mahogany, and opaque at that. You can tell there’s some brown there, but from a distance it looks black. Some lovely tan head that walks away whistling, without leaving a trace. The nose is surprisingly bland: dust and cherries. It’s not even that cold, either. Beautiful rich thick mouthfeel, though--high-medium body, creamy, a little chewy, the appropriate velvety fizz carbonation. Caramel, toffee, cherry, plum, even a hint of almonds. *Great* flavor profile for the whole palate, with a gently sour cherry finish. Too bad about the nose. This one could really have been out of sight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
ruby brown color, light tan head. aroma is raisins sauteed in brine, some caramel malt and mild dark rum. flavor is very bold dark caramel rummy/raisiny malt, bready sweetness too. a little heat, and estery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2006
750ml bottle pours dark brown with a short tan head that fades quickly back to a ring but laces the trappist glass some as you swirl it. Aromas of raisins, caramel, candi sugar, and a little cherry. Flavor is caramel, raisin, candi sugar and some light hops on the finish... Good solid sticky palate and full body with the alcohol completely covered except the warmth on the finish.. This is a solid belgian strong brewed in California.. Sweet!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2006
750 ml bottle from Richard (irishboy) Thanks! Pours out a dark brown color with a pretty large tan head which goes away rather quickly. Smell is dark fruits, a little alcohol, some plums, and sweet sugar. Taste is smooth and rich, easy to drink, pretty authentic too, to not be a belgian beer. Very delicate carbonation too. Cork was a bitch to get out, had to get a wine opener, but the beer inside is what counts. Very nice stuff. NCBC doesnt make bad beer, period.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2285) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Draught at Map Room. Unique vinous aroma with a high alcohol aspect. Dark cloudy red, almost black body with a thin, tan head. Sweet, smooth and creamy. Flavors are somewhat subdued. Quite good. A very nice, flavorful and enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4350) - Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Sampled this at the Great Decatur Beer Tasting Festival. Red color. Very Chocolate aroma. Malt palate, lingering muchobitterness. Very balanced for a west coast Belgian Strong Ale, although I feel that it is more of a Scottish Ale with the dark, rich malt.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bp (820) - Queens, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Bottle purchased at ABD in Brooklyn: pours a redish brown, strong aroma of cherries, caramel and maybe a litte cherry flavor. This is a really nice American Belgian. Well worth a try.

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