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RATINGS: 1708   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 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 (6516) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (11177) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2007
amber with soapy big head, lace. Watery, sweet and spicey. A tad toasted malt. Thanks Derek.Big alcohol, not noticeable, but inefficient to the taste. Serviceable beer, not quite up to its style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Dark ruby body topped by a small tan head. Sweet, yeasty with dried fruit aroma. Dark cherry flavor stood out above the malts and othher fruit and left just the right amount of tartness on my palate. Very enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2007
bottle. mahogony pour with nice tan head. apricot, raison, roasted malt and fresh hop aroma. medium body with a lively palate that becomes milder as it warms. plum, raison match rich malts and ends with a nice hoppy bitterness. enjoyed this by the fire pit and love every second of it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2007
750ml. beautiful dark mahogany pour with a nice little head. complex aroma: bittersweet fruit, maple sap, caramel malts, and a hint of alcohol mixed w/brown sugar. bitter caramel/sugar syrup and hoppy taste. also, orange peel, hints of grape, tanginess, and spice. not as much finish as i hoped for, but well rounded all the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5858) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Pours deep brown with a reddish hue with a short lasting fizzy brown head. The aroma has caramel malt, earthiness, 7-up, grapes and anise. Medium / full body with a good amount of semi-sharp carbonation. Flavor starts with earthy toasted malt, raisins, some sourness and moderate spiciness. The finish has lots more spice, anise and some astringency. More of a dark fruit presence comes in as the beer warms. This is an okay Belgium style ale. I may have to try this again down the road, but it just just lacked something special to really capture my interest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2554) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Pours a two-fingered light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy red/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Raisin nose. Starts as sweet raisin/maple, hints of the high ABV with a prickly finish. 750ml bottle gift from Boston, MA area.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2007
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 Bottled. Hazy brown pour with 2 finger thick brown head. Aroma was of malty, banana and sugar notes. Taste was like a mild cherry sweet maltiness with a yeast finish. Belgian spices were detected. This was a decent brew in my opinon and I am not a huge belgian fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Bottled. Poured dark brown with a tawny, foamy head. The nose was sour and vinous and the flavor had notes of chocolate, raisins, currents, and malt. The finish had subtle alcohol notes and a bit of hops. Good stuff!

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