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RATINGS: 1708   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (1166) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2007
an almost pinot red w/ a slight ephemeral head. I feel the alcohol heat with the first swallow. aroma of a spiciness I cant define in the aroma, along with dried cherries, brandy, orange peel, molasses. the fruity smoothness of the flavor, light malt , w/ a slight roasted note at the end. I only know there’s hops cause the sweetness would be unbounded.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Dark ruby red in color. Spicy yeast aroma. Tastes of alcohol and sugars overpower this one for me. Too sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Raisin and prune aromas with a malty sweetness. Some spice is noticeable. Light alcohol aromas with an almost sherry like aroma. Light tan head dissipates quickly, No haze is noticeable, with a ruby tones to a deep brown beer. Flavors up front are of prune, and raisins, a sherry like feel to the beer. Malt sweetness is noticeable ending with a noticeable amount of carbonation making the beer finish lighter in mouthfeel that I think it really is. No hop flavors noticeable and bitterness is only there for balance. Overall a very interesting and drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Bottle. One of my favorite beer styles. Large tan very, very fizzy head that mostly diminished, virtually no lacing, transparent, visible carbonation, and a ruby hue. Nose was malty, semi-sweet, dark fruits, plum, hint of caramel and cinammon. Flavor pretty mimicked the nose, but tasted watered down and thin. Alcohol at 9% was fairly well hidden. Mouthfeel was tingly, watery and thin. Light body. Decent brew, but would have received a little higher overall rating if it wasn’t for the watery feel and thin taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (3791) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Bottle pours a clear rich dark redish brown with a small light tan head. Lots of sweet plum and fruity aromas. Flavor is again pitted fruit, sweet, and malty with plenty of the calssic Belgian yeast twang. A bit strong on teh ABV and plenty of Belgian flavor. Tasty. Thanks Jordan

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Did have a long-winded rating for this great brew, but that all went down the shitter when I had some minor computer issues that caused a restart. At least I remembered my numerical rating though. I’m just too lazy to try and rehash the rest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle: Pours a amber mahogany color with light tan head and nice lacing. The nose is bright and rich with plum and alcohol, thick belgian dark malts and sweet pastries. The flavor is chewy and a touch medicinal but comes off like candied plums and maltose. The finish is smooth and balanced, a bit of grassy earthy character in the tail that keeps this a bit separated, but it’s still quite good for a BSA from the CA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Deep purplish red; medium-sized, half-creamy, half-fizzy, light brown head. Sweet and yeasty aroma, including malt, dark fruit, rotting vegetable, overripe banana, cherry, and maybe the tiniest hint of caramel. Flavor is less descript but nice and strong; quite sweet with malt and vegetables and a barely bitter finish; alcohol is only noticeable in the finish. Medium to medium-thick body; barely fizzy and a little frothy; not quite silky. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Nice reddish/amber color. Aromas of malts and dried fruits. Flavor full of caramel, fruit, molasses finishing with a mild alcohol warming. Medium bodied, full flavored. Mr. Monk would approve.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2554) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Thelonious Monk supposedly said that there are no wrong notes in jazz. It seems the only "wrong" notes for Monk were the ones you expected. So I expected somdething edgy in this beer — something that followed a standard line and then deviatied right to the edge of the cliff. But that isn’t part of the profile of this enjoyable, but straightforward Belgian ale. Dark ruby with beige head that reduces itself to pools of small bubbles. Sweet aroma of overripe plums, banana, caramel, earthy peat, dough. Flavor is very sweet - fruits, caramel, hazel nuts, vanilla - with only a hint of bitterness and a hint of wood. Alcohol warming in the finish. Full body, sticky mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. In the end, the sweetness overwhelms everything. And there is nothing unexpected.

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