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RATINGS: 1620   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, 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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Dark brown/amber with a small beige head. Aromas of candy sugar, alcohol, dark fruits and a little yeast and roast. Flavor of candy sugar, dark fruits and alcohol. Strong carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Dark mahogany with a tannish head that dissapates quickly. Hot, sweet nose of caramel and bittering hops. Dark fruit aroma such as plum or red grapes. Woody almost. Earthy and rich malt flavors. Slight nuttiness to it with a ton of bittering hops. The fruits are back in full force with an almost sickly sweet prune flavor. There is a lot of alcohol present in this beer. The tongue is left a bit rough and sticky. The body is full and rich. The alcohol is a bit thick though. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2006
[bottle] Pours a slightly hazy brown color. Boozy, malty sweet aroma. Flavors are nutty malts, with some dark fruits (dates and prunes), light spiciness and alcohol warmth. Light to medium bodied. Overall, pretty sweet and kind of unbalanced. This might mellow out with some time, but for now this one is a bit sweet and one-sided for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Brown pour that light travels through, has a minimal beige head. Nose is muted with a sugary sweetness apparent. Palate is a tad thin with a fair amount of carbonation. Flavor is, as expected, nice and malty with almond and walnut drenched in sugar and digested with plum and fig. Warming, strong, and enjoyable, this Belgian falters by a too thin body and lack of variation. The homage to T.S. Monk is preserved, nonetheless, in this ’nutty’ brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 22, 2006
750ml bottle., courtesy of Secret Santa. Not great looking, a clear medium brown with not much head, even though it seemed very carbonated. Sweet, esthery, with clove and brown sugar, with enough carbonation to whisk away the sweet fruitiness.

   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.

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