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RATINGS: 1628   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Draught @ Isaac Newtons (in Chimay trappist glass). Very dark in color with light head. Aroma is fruity - dark cherry and some strong malts, almost porter-ish. Taste is strong, sweet & cherry candy-like. A bit heavy on the alcohol taste. This one shows alot of promise, but Iím guessing that a year or more of aging would help it along. Still a nice selection.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
BCTC 06 Pours a clear brown color with a thin offwhite head. Decent aroma of malt and candied fruits, thereís some yeast too but itís subtle. Flavor of dark malt and candied fruits. The body is light to medium with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Iím not too jazzed about this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2006
On draft at the tasting room in Ft Bragg and from 75cl. (draft & bottle compared favorably). Big aromas of rising bread dough, peppery spices, and fruit. Nice malty flavor with bitter chocolate, a little piny bite, and an herbal finish not present in the aroma of very faint dried Italian herbs. I donít think there were any herbs in the beer, but the combination of yeast and hops lent a nice herbal quality. More than just a "gimmick" beer meant to attract jazz fans, as I have heard some comment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2006
GABF 06. Aroma is dark malts, earthy yeast, and some fruit. Taste is the same, full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6474) - 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.

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