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RATINGS: 1523   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, 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Bottle. Spicey, malty up front. Virtually no aroma. Finishes w/ a hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Rich Chestnut coloring that canít see through. Head is very small and goes quickly. Nice Belgian yeast however alcohol could be blended a touch better. The alcohol can be tasted away from the Malty dark fruity flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1415) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2006
This beer really need to warm up to 55 degree plus before rating. Beer pours dark mahogeny with a totally dissipating off white head. Aroma is malty with some raisins and alcohol. Flavor is malt with figs and a bit too much alcohol. My big complaint with this beer is that the alcohol is too apparent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2006
22oz bottle. Poured a clear reddish-brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of raisins, toffee, other dark fruits, and lightly spicy. I was also getting a little nuttiness in the aroma. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, and light spices. Lively body with a light alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5275) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Poured an orange ruby color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices, yeast, dark fruits, sweet caramel, some dough, and faint alcohol. Taste of more dried fruits, with grapes and cherries, cinnamon, all spice, with caramel malts, and light alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Caramel, malt, sweet aroma, a hint of spice maybe. Pours an amber brown. I must say i feel the flavorís missing something, its alittle too timid. Its got some brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, some hop spice, smooth, but i gotta say their Cruídor is better. But this one does benefit a good cause! and i love the label!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pfhyde (56) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Because I just got back from Belgium and Germany, where I sampled many a beer, and also because Iím so fond of Belgian ale, I was excited to find North Coast Brewing Companyís bottle conditioned Brother Thelonious at a local beer shop. Unfortunately, I found this offering rather inauthentic and unpalatable. Itís cloyingly sweet and spicy, according to my palate, and hasnít any balance: the most salient flavors compete too much with each other. And for a bottle conditioned beer, the pitch of its effervescence is not where it could/should be. Itís a poor knockoff of a tripel, with a strange, displeasing, carrot juice finish. Despite my criticism, Iím very happy that NCBC is branching out in this direction, and Iím confident theyíll produce something worthy of accolades, but this isnít it. I give them props, also, for the fundraiser associated with this beer. Iíll keep my eye out for the next installmentt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2006
BCTC prefest. Pours a moslty clear deep copper with a nice fluffy off white head and high carbonation. Aroma is caramel malts, fruity esters, raisin, along with lighter herbal phenols and spicy yeast. Flavor is also yeasty, caramel and toasted malts, light fruit, light chocolate, and a nice herbal bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit airy at first due to the high carbonation but mellows out towards the end and finishes nice and dry. Nice american Belgian Strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2006
750ml. corked bottle at the NYRBG. Light brown color with a small tan head. Sweet, spicy aroma with lots of baking spices(cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander) and some bready yeastiness. Sweet malty flavor with lots of the aforementioned baking spices and some dark dried fruits. A bit over the top and quite sweet. Hopefully it will mellow a bit as it ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2368) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 Bottle provided by Jimmack at the NYRBG. Poured brown (of course) with some lacing Its a spiced dubbel, I got coriander and a fishiness. Its too young IMO. Glad Jim brought this, so I could age my bottle for a bit.7/3/6/3/14.

Re-rate (12/21/07):. Aged about 1.5 years, itís definitely improved. It pours a dark brown color, itís absolutely muddied, looks the dregs of apple cider darkened brown. The head is small and quickly fades into nothing. Aroma is strong with aged sweet prunes, sweet rum soaked black bread, and a dose of alcohol. Age is showing in a good way with some aged malts. Taste is still a bit too watery but has positive aspects of aged malts and sweet bread. Finishes watery sweet. It has a medium light body. It got better but since it wasnít all that good to start there is definitely a ceiling effect. 8/3/7/3/15.

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