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RATINGS: 1642   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (2865) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
Bottle. Hop Hideout, Sheffield. Clear, copper colour. Dense, lasting, pale tan head. Dried fig and raisin on the nose. Hints of vanilla and cinammon. Banana and yeasty esters. Chocolatey, toffee malts. Smells lovely. Taste is light, spicy sweet. Hint of spicy dry. Palate is smooth, although a tad thin. A little slick and sickly, maybe. Finishes with some savoury, saline notes. Sets off good, then gets a bit odd really.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (949) - - SEP 13, 2015
Bottle. Dark fruit aroma with Belgian yeast, banana and clove notes. Pours dark golden colored with ruby hues with a thin white head with little retention and no lacing. Starts with sweet dark fruit flavors as well as some banana. Finishes very smooth with the sweetness permeating through to the end with Belgian yeast and clove spiciness. Excellent Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hman43 (695) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2015
It pours amber in color. The aromas contain sweet Dark fruits, floral aromas with a bit of lemon and hints of yeast. It has a yeast, bread, sweet floral flavors with hints of lemon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (5930) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2015
Dark amber colur with a nice off white head. Good lacing. Nice toffe, dried fruits and some roasted notes in the aroma. Mellow sweet and an ok bitterness. Medium to full body and a pleasant carbonation. Kind of oily texture. Well balanced stuff. Flavor does not vanish. Dark malt, toffee, dried fruits and mild roasted. Lovely evening sipper.
[Bottle from Systembolaget in Sweden]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (1039) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - SEP 12, 2015
Bottle. A- Raisins, spice, rubbing alcohol. A- Mahogany color, clear liquid, off white head. T- Raisins, dark fruits, tootsie rolls, malty, alcohol. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, strong finish. O- Part of me felt this was really complex and another part of me felt it was a little one dimensional. Had some raisin and dark fruit notes and a bit of alcohol burn but otherwise smooth and pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8860) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2015
(bottle, 35.5cl) Dark and slightly ruby amber colour with a beige and short foamy head. Dark and leathery, mildly roasted malty aroma with notes of caramel, candy, dried fruits and shades of alcohol. Moderately sweet and mildly bitter flavour, full bodied with a smooth carbonation. Robust dark and slightly roasty malty base with notes of caramel, fruit punch, spices and dark chocolate; moderately sweet and roasty malty finish with notes of dried fruits, dark chocolate and spices. Complex and flavourful. 04.V.15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15665) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle from gbbf 2015 and drunk at home. Ester aroma dark brown malts some raisin. It’s a quad I guess. Up against the best of the Belgians it holds up pretty well a touch boozy . Decent dark fruits some sour dark cherry even. Dates and prunes. It’s decent .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scanman (150) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 29, 2015
This is a once-in-a-while treat that has a great amount of flavor. Pair with burgers, fish and chips or brunch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (2201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle bought at GBBF 2015, drunk at home out of an Orval glass. Pours cola looking brown, clear, off white head which dissipates to nothing quickly. Aroma is pretty stunning. Big floral, fruity Belgian yeast, prune, raisin, plum, caramel, candy sugar, slight herbal. Taste, is tangy slightly bitter earthy hop, caramel, prune, raisin, fig and dark dried fruit, candy sugar. I often like American versions of Belgian beers, because of the clean lines. They are always big, very well thought out, perfectly brewed, sometimes lacking the blurred funky bombastic edges of Belgian beers, but you can pick out each flavour exactly. It’s all perfectly showcased. On the finish there’s some really tangy earthy slightly bitter hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (2364) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2015
355cl bottle home, poured a light brown amber colour with a off head. nose of sweet malts, caramel, and a hint of raisins, some red fruits in the back, bread, and a slight cacao note. fairly sweet

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