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RATINGS: 1601   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 29, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a light brown head of considerable duration. The aroma is spicey, fruity, and malty. The flavor has a fruity touch along with a spiciness and a bit of an acidic quality. Finish has a nice bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of banana, raisin, plum, clove. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Second try, and still the same outcome: Not bad, but somewhat vague in character...pretty run of the mill strong Belgian brown.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2006
Tasting at goldtwins 9/20/06 - Aroma is nutty malt, yeast, cherry and maple. Pours cloudy brown with a nice medium brown head and good lacing. Flavor is smokey with cherry, bread dough and raisin. Palate is tart and crisp turning creamy as it warms. A very tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2006
bomber. Aroma: Candi sugar, caramel, sour cherries, light spiciness, belgian yeast, raisins, and a light herbal floweriness. Appearance: Dark reddish brown and hazed. Light tan head was full and foamy, but dissipated rapidly. Some good lacing. Flavor: Medium sweet maltiness with some candi sugar. Raisins and dried cherries. Some lively spiciness and a good yeast character. Alcohol is strong right before the finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Good alcohol warming on back of tongue. Overall: A good Belgian style brew, but not a standout. Head was almost nonexistant. Carbonation was a little sharp. Not bad, overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1018) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2006
pours very dark brown aroma is sweet dark fruity.very drinkavle smooth with a little alcohol burn, spiced up a bi, lightly malty which adds well to the texture. wish I would have aged more tho

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1472) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Dark caramel in color. No lacing and little head. Aromas of dry wheat, caramel, and plum fruit. Flavors develop the fruit a bit more, with a sour cherry, plum, prune flavor. Yeast presence is lacing, and the palate is not as deep or as developed as other belgian strongs. This beer hides its alcohol well, though. Tasty and fruit-forward.

   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.

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