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RATINGS: 1679   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2007
750. Beer is clear, dark, warm brown. Head is initially small, off-white, frothy. Diminishes quickly to a ring.<P> The aroma is warm and fruit-forward. Malty with a light note of molasses, moderate notes of toasted grain/toasted bread crust and caramel; Hoppy with a moderate note of herb, light note of resin; Yeasty with a light note of basement, trace of dough; Moderate-to-heavy notes of dried stonefruit and currents, moderate warm alcohol, traces of hairspray, underripe banana, oaky vanilla and cola.<P> The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic with a long, lightly-to-moderately acidic, lightly bittersweet finish.<P> The body is medium, the texture is watery-velvety and the carbonation is lively. Moderate alcoholic warmth and a slight astringency on the gums in the finish.<P> Not bad, but not arresting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5131) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours a clear garnet into a trappist glass. Tan head quickly recedes to skim rim. Alcohol and apricot aromas. Creamy and sticky with sharp alcohol and sweet pit fruit flavors. Lasting burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4294) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2007 I paid $6.35 for a 750 corked and caged bottle of this brew. Poured a rich ruby red color and left a nice tan head and nice rings of lacing as it slowly settled. Nose is of yeast, flowers, malts, and hops, with banana.. Palate is of alcohol, and flavor is sweet and light hops which makes it really clean tasting and easy to drink. Finish is stongly of alcohol. Very well done and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2007
dark dark, cherry red with a solid khaki head. Very sweet flvaor and smell. Lots of heavy, fermented fruit flavors with a heavy dose of sour cherry. Some dark chocolate note and a moderatly strong presence of alcohol. Not bad. Very true to the belgian ale style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2007
750 ml bottle. Aroma is sweet fermented fruit like most belgians are. Murky brown body with light tan head. Sweet domoinates the flavor of first glass. Second from bottle when yeast from bottom of bottle is poured in a good sweet apple flavor with some sourness. Good brew but has an alochol affect on body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Bottle Trappist glass. Dark color, very little aroma, almost unnoticible. Taste was very bland, especially for North Coast I was dissapointed with this one, considering the other great brews they make this one fell a little flat. Somewhat malty in profile but very one sided and with little character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Really nothing special in this on except for the presence of alcohol through out everything with this beer. Arrogant Bastard and Double bastard beats this hands down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - JAN 9, 2007
There are different kinds of bitters. Some are sweet/biiter some are astringent/bitter some are peppery/bitter some are metallic/bitter I would put this in the last category. I don’t know what ingredients create this type of bitterness, but I find it unappealling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Yellow-tan head above a deep brown hue. Rich nose, with hints of fresh yeast and tart fruit. Smooth, silky texture; lively carbonation, but not too lively. Wonderful elements of molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, fig, sour cherries and sweet raspberry. Nice level of bitterness to round things out. Dryish finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Poured a hazy dark mahogany with a fizzy off-white head which dissipated nearly completely. Aroma of raisins, grapes, alcohol, and a bit of ashtray. Flavor is extremely pleasant and balanced... dark fruits, brown sugar, dry alcohol. Alcohol has a bit of a burn going down with a retronasal effect. Body is average with a biting carbonation. Although the alcohol and some of its effects could stand to be toned down a bit, this still has a very refined flavor which makes it a quite enjoyable drink.

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