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RATINGS: 1574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Pours a dark brown murky in appearance with a thin tan head. The aroma is brown sugar, cinnamon, cookies, vanilla, malty and fresh. The taste starts syrupy thick, with a pancake syrup sweetness balanced quickly with a bitter hop spiciness that is delicious. This is a quality brew but a little heavy on the sweetness needs more hop balance IMO but good brew overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Growler from the Drafting room Exton. Dark brown in color with slight red hue. Smells of dry fruits. Cherry, plum, raisin, and brown sugar make up the flavor. very sweet. Rich full body and mouthful gives way to mild alcohol burn. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2579) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2006
May re-rate this beer in a few years....but for now. Beer pours out a dark brown color with a small lacing head that quickly fades. Aroma is of some spices and some dried fruit. Nice mouthfeel, but the taste really needs some time. Flavors need to mature, but what was there were notes of dried fruit, spice, caramel and some chocolate here and there. A decent beer now, has potential to be good in a year or so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2006
This is literally like liquid bread with a bit of plum juice, and a bit of an alcohol bite. Really smooth, with a bit of cola in the mouthfeel, some great dark fruitiness on the palate, and a bit of bittersweet caramel maltiness. Tons of yeastiness, with lots of chocolate and a bit of caremelized brown sugar. Super tasty and relaxing!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Draft pint at the sunset grill 8/5/06. Pourw a flat dark brown color with a dull surface. Nose is dark fruits with some grape skin and some dates and chocolate. Palate is smooth but dull and lightly oily. Flavor is more of the dark fruits and hints of chocolate and dates. Light grape skin notes and a finish of oily chewyness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2006 Pours a very dark brown color with a thin, sparse head. Smell is nutty, spicy, and sweet. Nice feel to it and the taste is warm, slightly raisiny, slightly sweet, and has a nice dry finish to it. Very nice and gets better as it warms up a little.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Pours amber/copper, with a tan head. Aromas are fruit, malt, brown sugar, and nuts. Flavors are sweet malt, fruit, brown sugar, nuts, and spices. Medium body and not too much carbonation. Should age well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2006
On tap at TDR Exton... Appears a dark murky toned brown with red hue toned edges when held to the light. A lush, light tan head that starts off as a 3 finger cap slowly fades into a mild, rocky cap. Scattered lace is left around the glass. Smell is of sugary caramel, brown sugar, raisins, and Belgian yeast. Taste is of the aromas with a rich, maple syrup infused, malty, brown sugar, and bready yeast taste. Mouthfeel is of a boozy abv punch up front with a sugary candy presense that is enticing at first, leading to a Belgian, sugary yeast that blankets the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6850) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 6, 2006
This brown ale poured with a thin tan head, eliciting a malty aroma. The flavor is malty but a little harsh, with a carbonated mouthfeel - slightly sweet at first, with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ender (10) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 6, 2006
I liked it better than the cru dor or the pranqster. Nice dark brown...almost ruby tint. Thin head...diminished rather quickly. Mouthfeel was just right..not as heavy as youd expect from looking at it. Smelled of burnt caramel and bananas...a little bit of nuttyness. Same with the taste...roasted malt and belgian yeat dominate...little bit of the nuttyness and some banana...some plum. For a belgian style not comming from belgium this was quite good.

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