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RATINGS: 1538   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, 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 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Bottle. Deep copper in color with a medium thick tan head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Fruity and malty aroma. Raisiny and plums. Sweet and malty caramel flavor. Smokey fruity notes. Banana and clove notes. Finish is spicey. Medium bodied. Smooth and drinkable. Enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4359) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2006
A sweet belguim. Red/amber pour. Fruity, sweet, and belguim yeasts with some smokiness. Nothing great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2006
The deep red-amber body of this brew is topped by a thin to medium thick head with some lacing left on the glass. this beer is sweet and malty with a slight dark fruit note, a touch of banana and a little spice. Medium bodied, a touch warming, and smooth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
notalush (4855) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
[tap at barcade] - dark caramel color, with an odd aroma kind of like burnt bacon covered in maple syrup - cloyingly sweet flavor, yet still, the smokey, almost cured meat-like flavor manages to dominate - what the hell happened North Coast?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2006 On tap tonight at Barcade, Brooklyn...Dark mahogany body, with avery quickly fading head. Thick, smokey (much like Bacon) aroma - heavily laden with prunes, cherries and yeastiness, as well as some general spiciness. No particular flavor stands out other than the smokiness, however, thereís a maple-syrup like quality as well. In fact, the beer is very syrupy sweet. Itís an odd brew to call itself an Begain Strong Ale, and honestly, Iím not sure that it works that well. Just a brief update: Iím not going to change my rating at all, but I just want to note that this beer is much better in the bottle than it is on draft. It is much smoother and better balanced sweetness.

   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 youíre 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 itís 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 thereís sudsy carbonation (from out of nowhere) that underscores the bubblegum notes, but itís 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 isnít all that crazy, but thatís 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 (11942) - 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 (11070) - 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.

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