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RATINGS: 1615   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2006
On tap at D’s. Dark brown in color with hints of amber and a lot of carbonation. Aroma is very sweet... dark fruits, chocolate and molasses. Flavor is of raisins, plums, sticky molasses and is a tad acidic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2006
Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Clear reddish amber with a low dissapearing beige foam. Loads of dark fruit in aroma;; raisin, figs and black currant with notes of dark chocolate, almond, cocoa and yeast. Full flavour of raisin, nutmeg, figs and blackberries with notes of cardamonn, earth and yeast. Long warmong aftertaste of dark chocolate, almond, vanilla and nutshels.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
Clear medium brown body covered by an off-white ring. Annoying DMS disturbs a lot in the nose with its cabbagey and black beans nuisances. They’re fortunately not covering the rest, which is a rather malty blend with a profile not unlike the munich toasty, nutty and fruity flavour that we find in many doppelbocks. An array of belgianesque spiciness also emanates from the fermentation and anise is particularly evident in that regard. Pretty extreme sweetness level only uplifts the alcoholic strength. Coriander, earth and vegetal nuances feel rather vague in comparison. Quite filtered for a Belgian, its body feels remarkably thin though irrigated by adequate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Clear dark ruby body topped by a small tan head that quickly vanishes. The aroma is that of dark fruits, caramel, and some sweet almost floral notes. As it warms it devlops some tobacco like aromas also. Flavrowise it starts out medium sweet with plums and dried fruit giving way to some caramel. It never fully develops in the aroma or flavro department though it has potential. The palate is full with some warming alcohol, fairly attenuted. I really dig the label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
GadgetGeek (36) - Snellville, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Good first taste of this beer. I drank it while it was too cold but as the beer started to warm it developed some chocolate and fig tastes. Almost no head on this beer and little or no lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2006
This has a deep brown body with red highlights and a slender tan head. No lacing. It’s got a sweet, yeasty aroma with dried fruits (raisin, date, prune), dark brown sugar, sweet toffee, and a daub of chocolate. Lively carbonation in the mouth. The flavor is sweet and malty, now caramel, with all of the fruit, the sugar, some root beer, suggestions of milk chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. A good salute to Thelonius Monk.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Pours deep brown with orange highlights. Very fruity aroma--raisin and grape, fig, and a touch of something lighter and sweeter--with some underlying chocolate and toffee. A fair amount of yeast and a hint of alcohol, as well. The flavor is a big hit of brown sugar with some vinous notes and a jaunting caramel sweetness that speaks of cola. Thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Good effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam circles the burgundy-brown gown.
-Delicate chocolate emanates from the cold coffee, as roastiness whispers nearby.
-Vanilla and chocolate sweetness offering sufficient malty pleasures to keep the tastebuds interested.
-The expansive effervescence can’t overthrow the lusty maltiness.

What if you dig deeper?
-A vinous fruitiness swims underneath it all.
-A leveled sweetness smoothly finishes the sip, evoking caramel-covered raisins.
-A genuine Belgian Strong which could substitute a St.Bernardus Abt once in a while, but which simply isn’t jazzy enough to be considered as ingenious.

Bottle; no date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Translucent and fiery amber with blatant filtration and force carbonation. A brief, fuzzy, grayish tan head recedes to distant galaxy dust. Aroma is laden with brandied prunes, maple sugar and a touch of bubblegum. Some caramelized golden raisins, chestnuts basking in brandy Manhattan matter, and rummy apple butter over caramel laden grahams join sequential wafts as well. Large scale flavor profile hammers out honey coated hazelnuts and heavily caramelized golden raisins. Nutmeg, ginger and allspice droll up the spice patrol. Candied, light fruited figs and drippy, gooey grahams. Brown sugar bake casserole over a brandy figgy pudding. If coriander could be caramelized, North Coast did it. Tasty and amiable, with and escalating effervescence that keeps the stickiness and syrupy nature back. Honeycomb, apple butter, golden raisins and fig juice drip down the lane, eventually succumbing to a thicker caramel tract, which in turn creates a fruity-graham-toffee bark character in its stead. A touch of dry, candied cigar wrappers sees us out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11014) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2006
Reddish brown ale with a thin moka head. Sweet licorice malt, vanilla beans with molasse and vinous notes, and warming alcohol. In mouth, a sweet brown sugar with vinous notes, light belgian hops, and anis seed. Medium bodied and interesting. Enjoyed with the Mtl Crew Sept. 9, 2006.

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