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RATINGS: 1614   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Corked bottle and served in my Duval snifter: Pours a deep ruby brown hue with a small but lasting frothy off-white head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of fig, plum, star anise, coriander, Turkish tobacco, herbal hops, and earthy yeast esters. The taste is sweet but I never found it cloy, lovely fruit and pumpernickel bread overtone followed by a mild spice and yeast component. The finish displays a very subdued smoky and woody note along with a smack of walnut. The mouth feel is sticky and lush with only a slight alcohol bite. Overall it is good now and should easily improve with some aging...need to get more. (THX CLARKVV)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Pours with a ruby body beneath a compact head that becomes a thick halo. Aromas, weak at first, develop with yeasty fruitiness and turpentine-like esters along with tannins and subtle earthiness. Smooth bodied with a warming ABV, and a ripe, yeasty flavor that gets squelched by the very same alcohol. North Coast usually impresses me more.

<font size=-4>750ml from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/frankf Liquors, Frankfort, IL 60423</font>

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Pours a dark mahogany, head settled down pretty fast, great lacing. Aroma is pretty heavy on malt and sweetness. Slight bit of alcohol in the nose as well. Flavor is heavy on the sweetness again, but balanced enough.

   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 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 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6670) - 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1491) - 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 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.

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