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RATINGS: 1655   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Sampled this at the Great Decatur Beer Tasting Festival. Red color. Very Chocolate aroma. Malt palate, lingering muchobitterness. Very balanced for a west coast Belgian Strong Ale, although I feel that it is more of a Scottish Ale with the dark, rich malt.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bp (838) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Bottle purchased at ABD in Brooklyn: pours a redish brown, strong aroma of cherries, caramel and maybe a litte cherry flavor. This is a really nice American Belgian. Well worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 [Bottled. Stockholm Beer Festival] Hazy brown colour, rocky beige head. Spicy aroma with dried fruits and chocolate - a bit Sottish over this one. Medium bodied. Big on caramel in flavour, and fruity esters.
Rerate 16.02.2007. Dark brown colour, with a tint of red. Big vanilla-coloured head. Dried fruits and yeast, caramel and light smokey aroma. Full mouthfeel, caramelly backbone, dried fruits, light smokey. Alcohol aftertaste.Exact the same numbers as in previous rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2464) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Thin head of fine bubbles. Excellent carbonation. Typical belgian strong with raisins, other dark fruits, some caramel and thick sweet malts. Color is a dark brown with a nice hint of red in the light. Flavor is a little weaker than expected. Light sweetness acompany the plethora of malts, plums and light spices. A hint of dryness gives way to a slick oily mouthfeel post swallow. For 9%, the alcohol is rather subdued and is cloaked behing the malty sweetness. Finishing thick and coating with a little lingering spice and prune. A pretty fine belgian strong. And even better since it was brewed here in the ole US of A.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Umm, this was a nice brew, lightly roasty up front, with some peach and plum sweetness in the finish. Lightly hopped just to balance with a great estery finish. Great body that brings out the sweetness on the palate but never feels cloying due to the higher carbonation that really makes the spiciness stand out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PSmith (35) - Kennewick, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle, Very nice beer, with just enough hops to keep the sweet maltiness "down". Beutiful brown-red color, nice head. A very good American Belgium. A nice warm finish and at 9%, no heavy alc. flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2006
750 ml corked bottle: Clear ruby red color with small light tan head. Aroma has notes of cherry, oak, vanilla, caramel, bananna, faint solventy alcohol notes. Flavor is malty, fair amount of caramel, bit of bananna, lemon. Finish is balanced a bit towards the sweeter side. A good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Bottle: Brown colored pour with a small tan head. Aroma had some molassas, spice, and a bit of dark fruits, some alcohol was present as well. Flavor, brown sugar, fruits, and a bit of alcohol. Very warming. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
Bottle sample at Union Beer Trade Tasting, NYC. Ruby orange with a tight off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, spice (cinnamon, corriander), soft malts. Nice body. Flavour is complex but not overwhelming, with notes of dried fruit, toffee, caramel, mild roast and a long, warm finish. Great way to finish the night!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11760) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2006
750 ml bottle poured a hazy copper brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, spices and toffee. Palate was medium bodied and warming. Flavors of raisin, plum, spices and brown sugar with a sweet lingering warming finish.

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