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RATINGS: 1529   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5312) - 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 (2410) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2491) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Bottled. Pours a dark ruby/brown color with minimal head. Strong sweet aroma. Some dark fruity qualities. Some sweet candy. A little bit of a yeasty/banana aroma as well. Rich dark fruity flavor right up front. A bit of roasted maltiness. A hint of bubblegum. Finish is slightly grainy and bitter. Overall I would say that this is good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NJDevilz69 (28) - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2006
750ml bottle, dark toasty brown appearance, head didnt linger long but lacing was nice. For a american knock off of a belgian style the "spice is right". Of course the belgians do it better but it was one of the better american attempts I have had. The flavor has a hint of molasses and a nice nut characteristic kinda almond like, also slight caramel presence. Very malty but pleasant. Mouthfeel is full and rich. Over all I have to say its a very good attempt at a belgian style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Funknmilla (677) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Rich dark brown color...almost black... on the fresh pour, the head is thick and dense and it only diminishes to half of the height....out of a plastic cup, hard to get too much, but the aroma has a rich toffee presence.....the palate... i get some fruit mingled with malt and nuts....as I finish the brew I notice the lacing....its there...I see it...its good....u love it.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Reminds me more of a double for some reason than a strong. Smells nice and looks quite good. Funny idea behind this. I nice beer for number 900. the 9% really isnít that evident. A good beer from a good style.

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