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RATINGS: 1679   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomekk1978 (1164) - Ząbki, POLAND - JAN 5, 2016
Aromat: kwaskowy, lekko słodki, słodowy (karmel, melano, chleb, tosty, może lekka czekolada), wiśnie, suszone śliwki, rodzynki, goździki, pieprz oraz spora doza alkoholu. Bardzo intensywny., ale sprawia wrażenie nie do końca świeżego i to nie w sensie utlenienia tylko kwaskowości.

Wygląd: barwa ciemno czerwona, względnie klarowna. Piana jasno beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, dość obfita, ale umiarkowanie trwała. Redukuje się do niewielkiego kożuszka i obwódki wokół ścianek.

Smak: słodko- kwaskowa podstawa i wyraźnie owocowe (nieco winne) nuty owocowe, alkoholowe. Następnie słody karmelowe, ciastkowe, tostowe, melano. Trochę brak mi tu czekolady. Goryczka w stylu belgijskim, lekko zaznaczona, adekwatna, ale znowu w głowie siedzi mi tu kwaskowośc i spory alkohol. Krągła pełnia, umiarkowane do niskiego wysycenie i kwaskowo- alkoholowy finisz. A narzekałem na swojego belga, leżakowanego przez dwa miesiące w płatkach dębowych.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (1070) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 5, 2016
Butelka, warka z 06.02.2015. Bardzo ladne piwo - gleboko bursztynowe z rubinowymi poblyskami, wysoka, kremowa piana, bardzo powoli opadajaca i bardzo ladnie zostajaca na szkle. Aromaty najpierw bardzo mocno slodowe, chlebowe, moze nieco ciasta - w slodka strone. Do tego dochodza dosc intensywne owoce i swieze i suszone sliwki, rodzynki, wisnie. W tle troche nutek opiekanych, ziemisto-karmelowych, melasowych (to ostatnie po ogrzaniu sie piwa staje sie intensywniejsze). Aromat wyczuwalny z pol metra. W smaku wszystko zgodnie z aromatem, czyli jest ewidentnie slodko, czuc zarowno owocowa jak i slodowa strone tego piwa. Chmiele... jakie chmiele? ;) No dobra, po ogrzaniu pojawia sie lekka ziolowosc zmieszana z przyprawowoscia, ale faktycznie lekka i pojecia nie mam, czy na ile to chmielowe aromaty... praktycznie nie ma goryczki - jej role przejmuje alkohol, ktory niewatpliwie jest obecny - na tyle, ze z jednej strony rownowazy to piwo (mimo, ze tez jest slodki, a la porto) a z drugiej sklania do zastanowienia, jakie byloby za poltora roku czy dwa lata :) Calosciowo - trudno to piwo nazwac wywazonym czy zrownowazonym, niemniej strona w ktora szala sie przechyla bardzo mi odpowiada. Ciezkie, nieco lepkie, tresciwe, syropowe, dosc wysoko wysycone co2... Hamerykanie daja rade :) klasa piwo, degustacyjne, do saczenia.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (1145) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2015
A beautiful red/orange/yellow color and thin double layer of off-white head. Sweet balanced aroma, wheat, grass, floral, strawberries, cherries, banana. Flavor is bursting with a punch of fresh fruit, floral malt, grass, clove and yeast. Fantastic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (2677) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2015
Bottle at home. Aroma is malt, caramel, spicy herbal notes, ’kerststol’, cinnamon, yeast, brown sugar, a little chocolate. Flavour is sweet with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Body is medium to full. Rich and tasty, enjoyable sippin’ beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2016) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Great beer, with malty xmasi flavours. Long taste, with burnt notes. Alcohol well hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DW78715816 (119) - Kansas, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Lighter in color and flavor than I expected. Alcohol is masked well, plum and malt flavor. Quite smooth. Dangerously easy drinking. Not on par with its Belgian counterparts like Chimay Blue, but it is good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2015
Rating #1464 - 13.02.2015 - On tap @underground_yeg - Tap Takeover for North Coast hosted by @YEGbeergirl. Clear, dark brown pour, bubbly tan head. Aroma is yeast, brown sugar, orange zest, chocolate, coriander. Taste is alcohol, toffee malts, grains, mild spiciness. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flying_pig (1304) - SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2015
355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Wine & Beer (Ł3.50):
This one was quite a nice Belgian style beer that was quite sweet with plenty dark fruits & malts coming through on top of a smooth, medium body. It went down a lot easier than one might expect & was very enjoyable with a rich, complex taste & warming feel to it but it falls short of some of the better Belgian brewed beers of the style if I’m honest.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (11843) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus. Clear dark red, dark amber to purple color, medium sized off-white head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, sweetish, lightly iron, more sweetness. Taste malts, sweetness again, (Dutch) "taai-taai", slightly alcohol, some herbs or spices. Medium to full body, suitable carbonation. One of the best Belgian Strong Ales I’ve had I think, at least one of the best Belgian style beers from the US. Well done!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5275) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle @ benzai. Clear brown colour with a large off-white head. Quite the looker. Smells sweet, malts, herbs, slightly metallic. Tastes pretty herbal, cinnamon, gingerbread, taai taai, brown sugar- but not in a bad way. Full body, soft carbo.


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