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RATINGS: 1565   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2006
A pour with no head in a Mikasa snifter of a Belgian style is a major downgrade, esp one packaged in a 750 ml caged bottle. Dark ruby red color. Molasses taste, slight orange, spices. Aroma of sweet malt and spices. Decent beer but I would like less of any charasteristic that would give this beer a semblance of a head.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark chestnut brown. Almost black. Tan head quickly turns to thin layer of lace. Aroma of sweet alcohol and ripe dark fruits. Plum, grape, raisons. Taste is smooth and diverse with dark fruits, spices (nutmeg?), breadiness, and even a hint of nuts in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2006
draft at maproom. all dark fruit and alcohol. pretty sweet, but very alcoholic. seemed less complex than old stock ale, and a good bit maltier.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - SEP 23, 2006
On tap.
Pours a clear, dark rich mahogany with thin white head possessing medium staying power. Tempting aroma of raisins, dried cherries, hints of dried grain and smooth, soothing alcohol. Said soothing alcohol hits right up front upon first swallow, followed by a rich but not overly sweet malt presence. Dried grain dances around in the background along with a moderate hop kick and spice that starts out too aggressively when this beer is served too cold (as mine was) but eventually settles down into a more ideal balance. Thick solid palate is sweet without ever becoming cloying. A pretty well-crafted beer that I had almost written off until my better judgment told me to let it warm up a little before making a final determination.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3590) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2006
750ml bottle - This North Coast ale has a yeasty aroma with a little alcohol noticeable. The taste is mainly malt and yeast, some nuttiness, and then some alcohol in the finish. Carbonation is light for a Belgian ale. It’s medium to light bodied and easy drinking for 9% ABV with a nicely warming finish. While tastey, I was hoping for something a bit more robust and better displaying its complexity in this style.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Dark brown/amber with a small beige head. Aromas of candy sugar, alcohol, dark fruits and a little yeast and roast. Flavor of candy sugar, dark fruits and alcohol. Strong carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Dark mahogany with a tannish head that dissapates quickly. Hot, sweet nose of caramel and bittering hops. Dark fruit aroma such as plum or red grapes. Woody almost. Earthy and rich malt flavors. Slight nuttiness to it with a ton of bittering hops. The fruits are back in full force with an almost sickly sweet prune flavor. There is a lot of alcohol present in this beer. The tongue is left a bit rough and sticky. The body is full and rich. The alcohol is a bit thick though. Not too shabby.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2006
[bottle] Pours a slightly hazy brown color. Boozy, malty sweet aroma. Flavors are nutty malts, with some dark fruits (dates and prunes), light spiciness and alcohol warmth. Light to medium bodied. Overall, pretty sweet and kind of unbalanced. This might mellow out with some time, but for now this one is a bit sweet and one-sided for me.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Brown pour that light travels through, has a minimal beige head. Nose is muted with a sugary sweetness apparent. Palate is a tad thin with a fair amount of carbonation. Flavor is, as expected, nice and malty with almond and walnut drenched in sugar and digested with plum and fig. Warming, strong, and enjoyable, this Belgian falters by a too thin body and lack of variation. The homage to T.S. Monk is preserved, nonetheless, in this ’nutty’ brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1522) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 22, 2006
750ml bottle., courtesy of Secret Santa. Not great looking, a clear medium brown with not much head, even though it seemed very carbonated. Sweet, esthery, with clove and brown sugar, with enough carbonation to whisk away the sweet fruitiness.


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