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RATINGS: 1643   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Poured brown on tap with a thick tan head. Good retention and a nice looking color. The aroma had Dubbel characterisrics to it. Aroma is dark fruits and candy along with caramel. Apple, dark fruits and brown sugar create well balanced flavors. The palate could have had a bit more punch. I liked this a lot though. I love Thelonious Monk so extra points for that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (24032) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2006
Bottle at Stockholm Beerfestival. Hazy brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of fruits, yeast and spices. Flavour of caramel, yeast, spices and fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2006
On tap at The Map Room. Pours a dark amber with a small rocky white head. Dark fruit and crawl space esters dominate this fine brew. I found the ABV to be well hidden. Only complaint was a mild metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6048) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Thanks to Alan at Coastal Wine Connection. Reddish brown, barley any head in a small pour. Beautifully rounded flavors ... pleasantly rounded, sugary roast. Lightly sweet. Lightly bitter. Vaguely buttery with a hint of spice. A beaut!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (1109) - USA - OCT 5, 2006
Dark brown with a fairly thick head which disappears after awhile. Aroma is of dark fruit. Flavor is strong on malt and alcohol sweetness. Also has a slight dark fruit flavor along with candy. Fairly strong alcohol presence but is more warming than overbearing on the overall flavor. I was pleased with this one, and it’s fairly drinkable for its strength.

   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 I’m 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, there’s some yeast too but it’s subtle. Flavor of dark malt and candied fruits. The body is light to medium with an oily texture and soft carbonation. I’m 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 don’t 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 (6507) - 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)

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