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RATINGS: 1701   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2551) - 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 (2724) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2007
Bottle, 75 cl. Ruby colour with an off-white head. Fruity & spicy aroma, maybe some apples & cherries. Flavour is indeed "Belgian style", with a spicy tone. Finish is a bit short but otherwise it’s a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3215) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Bottle sampled with stegosaurus. Pours a deep amber brown with a tan head. Aroma is malty with some raisins and alcohol. Flavor is of dried fruits,light chocolate and a nice herbal bitter finish. Nice american belgian strong ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2007
(from notes). Bottle. Nose is alcohol and malt. Banana peels and cherries. Sweetness is prevalent but subtle. Pours with a huge brown head which quickly reduces to nothing. BEAUTIFUL ruby appearance. Gorgeous. Thin and smooth on the palate. Glides smoothly across the tongue. Taste is cherries, alcohol with a subdued alcohol presence. Almost no carbonation but somehow its thinness doesn’t feel weak or lacking. Crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Deep copper pour with a light tan foamy diminishing head. Nose is spicy – clove like, and fruity. Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor is fruity, spicy and sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - FEB 7, 2007
deep dark red/brown coffeeish appearance. off white head that doesn’t last. THe aroma is not good. Smells like vinegar. Flavor is inconsistent, thankfully, with aromoa. Flavor is coffee with oddly sweet but bitter finish. Overall, its ok, but I won’t buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Great beer for a really great cause. Very low on the bitter end of things. Sweet and warming. Overall, a pleasant ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Bottle from the Blue Max. Pours mostly clear amber color with a 1/2 inch of head. Nothing special considering this is anmed after on of the greatest musicians of all time. Sure,yeah some spices are present along with some very ripe fruits but in the style.. this was a sour note.

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