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RATINGS: 1528   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6851) - 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 (2145) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3821) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Crimson-amber with a decent beige head. Aroma of malts and plums with a small banana note. Plummy malt taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
pours a deep brwon/amber hue with a frothy tan head. Aromas of mint, dark fruits (dates, prunes) and a hint of banana. Flavors of the same with a light alcohol burn and substatial sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
loseratheart (110) - USA - JUN 2, 2006
Heard this one being compared to or even better than the Chimay Bleu. I disagree. While still good, doesn’t even come close in my opinion. Rich in flavor and robust in nature, the alcohol is too apparent. Pours a reddish color with a non existant head. Just couldn’t get a feel for the drink the whole way through.Aroma is that of fruit. While not bad at all, I expected something out of this world and was let down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 31, 2006
750ml bottle from lee’s liquor: pours a deep reddish amber with a quickly disappearing head. aroma of fruits spice and plenty of other wonderful smells that can’t quite be identified. from the taste, it would seem that this ale would greatly benefit from more aging as i think the dark malts may need more time to mellow, but still very excellent today. this one is worth buying a case and cracking a few every now and then.. see how it changes with age, i predict it will improve greatly ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown hue. Thin to almost non existent head. Aromas of banana, cloves, bubble gum and other spices. Bananas follow up in the taste, as well as some tobacco, dark fruits and malt. Medium body. Silky and creamy. Alcohol is well hidden. Malty finish. Not bad.

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