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RATINGS: 1697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (1136) - Xiamen, CHINA - MAR 26, 2016
355ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours dark brown with an off white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, toffee, malt and caramel. Sweet taste. Easy to drink for 9.4%.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille, dégustée le 7/10/2013.
Visuel : Couleur : cuivrée foncée. Apparence : très légèrement voilée.
Arôme : Malt sucré, léger de levures fruitées et épicées, sucre brun, notes de houblon floral.
Goût : Entrée de bouche : Moyen goût de levures fruitées (cerises, notes de fruits foncés) et légèrement épicées. Une dominante de caramel est de sucre candi est présente avec une légère amertume de houblon herbeux et floral.
En bouche : Corps : moyen. Effervescence : moyenne. Texture : légèrement crémeuse. Finale : moyenne, composée d’une légère amertume de houblon herbeux aux avec des notes d’alcool réchauffant ainsi qu’un résiduel sucré et des notes de levures fruitées, épicées et terreuses.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (4190) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2016
Bottle at home. Clear amber pour, thin off-white head. Aroma of spicy malts, caramel, licorice and toffee. Flavor is sweet caramel malts, quite spicy bitter and with a huge body. Clearly an American beer, but very well made.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Turboninja (468) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle@home, from Heinen’s, Cleveland, USA. Strong, sweet aroma with cherry, plum and some alcohol. Dark red color with no/minimal naturally white head and clear liquid. Strong, balanced, not so sweet taste with berries, some plum and a hint of sweet malts. Medium taste spectrum and short aftertaste with sweet malts and a hint of plum. Medium body with low/medium carbonation. Overall, way too simple taste and a bit artificial. Aroma promised much more.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsporrer (582) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Sample @ PGH Beerfest. Deep caramel color. Nice aroma of light spice. Decent tasting ale with some light Belgian spices. Pretty good but not great.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShivanDragon (3155) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 29, 2016
nice copper red with a white/yellow head. aroma of Belgian yeast, caramel, grain, raisin, plum, alcohol, wood, berry, fruity. Taste pretty sweet, alcohol, licht bitterness, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, firm, soft/smooth, oily, above average body, long alcoholic finish, nice beer to enjoy

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dal9000 (479) - Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2016
Pours deep Amber with a fast fading tan head. Initial caramel aroma with raisins?! Sweet caramel taste with a creamy mouthfeel. Lingering sweet malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (750) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2016
Aroma: caramel, Belgian yeast, raisin, Appearance: clear amber with a beige head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Delicious

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4471) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2016
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/22/2015. Pours clear dark reddish brown color with 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of yeast spiciness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, cherry, date, banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from yeast spice as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Criz (347) - - FEB 6, 2016
Small 10oz draft. Deep Amber in color minimal head. Aromas of caramel, raisin, yeasty finish. Sweet malty Belgian, faint yeast notes.


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