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RATINGS: 1711   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Deep rufous body with a fading, modest, frothy beige head. Smells like dark candy sugar, plums, toffee, faint smoke, cinnamon spice, and alcohol. Flavor has some caramelized sweetness with light esters, toast, and lightly acidic plum notes. Malt profile is somewhat stale. Fairly tasty and drinkable overall, but not special like I would hope. Doesn’t come close to creative justice for it’s namesake. When did North Coast start mailing them in?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 750mL corked bottle, no date. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a one finger beige head. Aromas of candied and powdered sugar, figs, yeast, spices, a little mustiness, sweet caramel maltsand a little tart pear and apple. The flavor is much like the aroma with some alcohol and toastier malts showing up. A little tart up front, but turns more sweet and toasty through to a dry, slightly bitter finish. The body is a bit thinner than expected--medium bodied but slightly watery--with moderate carbonation. Was pretty happy with the turnout of this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
Bottle (750ml). at Decemberfest 2006 - IPFreely’s bottle. A deep refractive clear ruby with an average tan head. Boozy sweet malt aroma, fruity, spicy, yeasty, yep - Belgian strong all right. The aroma carries right on into the flavour, yet it seems oddly muted, I was expecting a thick malt/spice treat and this was not quite all that - nice enough, with nice floral hop bitterness and warming alcohol in the finish. Slightly weak and watery body and the mouthfeel wasn’t as lively as I’d like, but quite acceptable and a nice herbal/alcohol linger - pretty nice, but I’d like more body to back up the aroma and booziness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7278) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2006
Bottle shared with the gang at Decemberfest 2006 -- courtesy of IPFreely. Pours a cloudy ruby-brown with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, alcohol, dark fruit and spices. Flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, alcohol and a hint of smoke and spices. Medium to full bodied. Pretty good but I found the aroma and flavour a little boozy but that would improve with some aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seamus77 (31) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2006
norhtcoast brewers must be fans of trappist rochefort. while not expecting much, this ale surpassed my american-copycat expectations. rich warm creamy belgian worthy of "note" (pun intended)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
750ml Bottle @ Decemberfest 2006; thanks to IPFreely: Pours cherry in colour, no head present. Rich aroma of smoke, cherries, pepper, and alcohol. Lots of cherry in the flavour, plum and black licorice following. Very robust, very interesting, quite tasty. Loved this one, thanks Tim!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle @ Doug’s. Thanks to Tim. Deep ruby. Nose is caramel, sugared fruit. Flavor is caramel, strawberry rich fruits. Rich malty finish with a bit of alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle @ Decemberfest.
Pours light brown with strong, red ruby influences. Very fine tan top.
Warming aroma of alcohol, fruity touch. Good nose. Good balancing malt character.
Flavour and charcter: smokey with bitter fruit touch. Red apple .More of alcohol in the finish of average quality.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Crimson brown without much head (slightly tan). Not much on the aroma, maybe a soft roasted, earthy scent. Belgian and abbey are not good descriptors. This is a glorified brown ale. Chalky, acidic, and flimsy body. I guess it’s more about the charity than the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Clear amber/red and very still looking. Tart aroma with melanoidian malt, cherry and some burnt and chocolate notes. Rather sour, a little earthy, somewhat chalky, with some astringency. Not rich enough in body for my tastes. I hope I got a bottle that is bad because I don’t particularly like this one.

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