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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, 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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 7, 2006
7/6/06. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, bought at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA 7/4/06. Pours a dark red-brown with cough syrup orange outlines. Luminescent but dark. Head is sadly lacking-- a fizzy, messy tangle of bubbles that begins to fade even before you’re finished pouring. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is an improvement but far from a revelation. Tangy with boring pseudo-Belgian yeastiness and dark fruit esters. And it’s pretty weak, to boot. Rotten apples and rotten bananas on the nose and tongue. Other featured flavors include leather, some dark bubblegummy sweetness and a very small amount of sourness that I actually sort of enjoy. Bubblegum and leather finish with slight vegetal quality and a touch of plummy, nutty malt. Mostly just sweet gummy leather with a slight tangy yeast glow. Reminds me a bit of a Unibroue beer, but not one of the better ones. Mouthfeel has a slickness and somewhat of an alcohol sting on the roof of your mouth to introduce the medium-full body, and there’s sudsy carbonation (from out of nowhere) that underscores the bubblegum notes, but it’s just not enough to save this one. The quasi-dryness is almost mealy and really not that enjoyable. Finish has a rotted fruit trail and a touch of soy sauce, traced with the tangy outline and a flabby sweetness of watered-down oatmeal with lots of brown sugar added. Quite a shame. I guess I could say that the alcohol isn’t all that crazy, but that’s like noting that the airbag worked when the car exploded in the crash. Really lacking in polish-- too sweet, messily conditioned and underattenuated, just not ready for release. The best thing about this beer is that it made me break out "Brilliant Corners."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2006
(750ml bottle) Pours a deep burgundy with a small fizzy beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, leather, and a hint of soy sauce. Flavor of dark fruits (plums, dates) and toasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10803) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Slightly sour aroma, along with a sweetness. And yeast. Beautiful amber color, with reddish tone. Starts with sweet caramel, moves on to plummy tones. Finishes with toasty malt and a bit of candy sweetness. Maybe some coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Took a chance on this one and must say very suprised. Pour was nice brown with a light head. Aroma was strong with spice and yeast. Flavor was full and complex with dark breads and plums and a touch of alcohol.It finished sweet and longl

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Body is brown with a thin bubbly tan head. Aroma is yeasty with caramel, a bit mettalic, bit of plum also. Taste is alcohol, yeast, toffee, caramel, dried fruit. Bit differant. Body is average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. Rucy-mahogony beer with a light beige head. Sweet malt, spice and plum aroma. Rich malt, stone fruit (plum/cherry) and yeasty flavor. Alcohol slightly warming, but very drinkable. Flavor is great but the finish is slightly lacking. Still - very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
I saw Thelonius monk on a bottle and i knew this was a beer worth picking up for sure since i admire the mans music. Color is a tea like brown with red tint. The nose is mild with light aroma of caramel malt and weak yeast. Flavor is strong with spice and malt and a yeast that reminds me i’m not drinking an authentic Belgian strong. Still a decent ale though and besides i prefer the darker Belgian ales even if they are imitated here in the states.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
750 ml bottle, pretty sweet label too. This poured a rich, deep red with a nice froamy (frothy & foamy) off-white head. Good yeasty aroma with notes of fruit. Great full-bodied flavor with notes of chocolate, fruit, caramel maltiness and spices. Good lingering mouth feel, this should get better with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Poured a deep mahagany to brown color with a full light tan head. This beer is a mix honey topped sweet biscuits, candied cherries, dried apricots, brown sugar, and molasses. It has a sweet slightly thin palate and no real bitterness or hop flavor. Very enjoyable post meal beverage, similar to a rich scotch ale with belgian yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Dark copper colored- white frothy head- peaches, malts - sour maple syrup, light hops, prunes, tart red fruit taste - bubbly medium body- nutty sweet aftertaste with hint of acid

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