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RATINGS: 1642   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Clear amber/red and very still looking. Tart aroma with melanoidian malt, cherry and some burnt and chocolate notes. Rather sour, a little earthy, somewhat chalky, with some astringency. Not rich enough in body for my tastes. I hope I got a bottle that is bad because I donít particularly like this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3266) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Thanks to Suttree for sharing this one at our recent tasting. Starts with a large creamy head of off-white over a clear dark brown body. Complex aroma that is lightly bready with strawberry, banana and yeast. Smooth and full bodied palate delivers a lightly sweet brew with a spicy gingersnap tang in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2006
On tap at Hopleaf. Poured a dark brown with some brilliant ruby hints around the edges. A creamy lacing head. Aroma was a bit subdued by the temperature and the smoke in the air, but I could detect a nice spiciness. Hops seemed evident in the flavor upfront but gave way to a rich spicy dark fruity brew with a potent taste and palate. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidwel (7) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2006 does not count
Wow. Liike a complex jazz tune, this beer has a lot going on. There are rhythms and tempos and chords that at first seem chaotic, but soon the beauty of the whole emerges. With elements of West Coast Micro-Brew and Belgian Abbey, this will find fans of both traditions of brewing. Like Monkís own bands...This is a great combo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2006
750ml- Pours a nice dark reddish-orange with a small off-white head. Scents of dark fruits and tastes similar with a touch of spiciness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5535) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Thanks Suttree for the chance. A deep cherry brown pour. A rasiny fruity aroma with a hint of spice. A tick of a bitter taste that is hard to put a finger on. A flavor much like the aroma. Alcohol eases in as well. A tad on the fizzy side but not a bad beer at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Nice brown color, fairly light on carbonation. Malty, alcoholic flavor with fruity and spicy overtones. Bready, yeasty sort of flavor as well. Hops make their presence a bit toward the end. Overall, a nice Belgian double.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5644) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Clear brownish mahogany, thin head. Spicy, cinnamon aroma. Bready, toasty flavor. Subtle fruity noes - rasisna nd prune, crisp woodsy hop bite at the end. Nice earthy flavors as it warms, perhpas a hint of ginger, too. Body seems a bit on the thin side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2006
(Bottled, 0.75l, thanks, Markku!) Dark ruby color wiith a medium-large, foamy head. Caramely-syrupy aroma with red currant and some wineous oakiness. Rye-pudding is also present, slightly Samichlaus-style. Grainy, sugary-syrupy, berry jelly flavor with some alcohol in the finish. Vinous, medium to full-bodied, very syrupy, sweet and thick palate with medium carbonation. An extremely sweet, quite straightforward and not very balanced dessert brew. Somewhat reminds me of the German "Stšrktes bier der Welt", although itís not nearly as thick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Alcohol abounds. Little other than the usual suspects arise. To become jaded with a style has great drawbacks and being presented with a cool bottle festooned with the likeness of a jazz great, then not to care al too much for it is a shame. I like North Coast and feel they could have done this one justice. Itís not a complete failure. Itís not BAD, I just donít care that much for a beer screamiomg alcohol and sweetness. Tone it down or amp it in a different direction. Monk was a powerful player but he didnít hit me over the head.

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