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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (882) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2016
355ml bottle. Pours a clear ruby with a small, fizzy, tan head that diminishes to an outer ring which laces. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit and spice. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, spice and alcohol in a dry finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ozzy70 (855) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 11, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark amber, thin off white head. Aroma of raisin, herbs, fruit, figs. Taste was sweeter, some alcohol, slight spicy/pepper finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tjeerd (314) - GERMANY - AUG 9, 2016
Dark and strong beer but not with the playfullness and fruity complexity of the belgian abbeys. Full taste but too much abv-domination. Mouthfeel and aftertaste reasonably good but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
geologyguy (1354) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2016
smell is complex, deep and tasty but have to wait for it to sit a while to gain enough to smell....not very aromatic otherwise...taste is dark fruits and light banana... heavy medium sweetness, finishes drier and more straightforward toasty malt...lightly hot alcohol, touch of oak taste in there too...smooth and good complexity

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (2321) - New York, TURKEY - JUL 22, 2016
Bottle. Clear dark amber with small creamy beige head, caramel aroma, slightly sweet caramel taste, low carbonation, thin body, long bitter caramel finish. A bit like an ESB, caramel/malt dominated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (3452) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 6, 2016
Brown color with an off-white head with good retention. Aroma has notes of toasted and sweet malts, some dry fruits. Flavor is slightly sweet, good presence of alcohol, spicy and some yeast with caramelish notes. Mild alcoholic final with smooth aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (988) - POLAND - MAY 27, 2016
Po przelaniu do szkła tworzy się spora, kremowa piana, niezbyt trwała, poprzestrzelana większymi bąblami, pozostaje jedynie jako pierzynka. Barwa burgundowa, klarowna, z pływającymi drobinkami drożdży lub chmieli. Aromat to składowa karmelu, suszonych i kandyzowanych owoców oraz toffi - bardzo przyjemny. W smaku półsłodkie, tu również na karmelowym podłożu wybijają się rodzynki, daktyle, figi i suszone gruszki, lekka pikantność na finiszu, toffi, może nawet mleczna czekolada w dalekim tle. Goryczka niska, ziołowo głogowa. Wysycenie średnie, lekko szczypiące, półpełne w odbiorze, rozgrzewający na podniebieniu likierowy alkohol.
BDSA na wysokim poziomie - ładnie ułożony, nie za słodki, nie za alkoholowy, całkiem pijalny. W tym przypadku idealnie wpasowuje się w klasyczne belgijskie piwa w tym stylu (choć cena zniechęca).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gangstergafje (698) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2016
The beer has a beautiful look. The color is a delicious ruby red, almost dark amber. A beautiful red/orange glow comes den the beer. The beer is quite clear. On top of the beer a nice layer of almond colored soft foam is formed. The bulk of the foam collapses, but a nice drape of foam remains on top of the beer. The smell of the beer is nice. It’s a nice Belgian quadruppel smell. There is a strong yeast aroma. The yeast gives the beer a nice raisin touch. It’s nice and sweet, a little fruity with some bananas and there is a nice bitterness. I clearly smell the alcohol. Very nice. I think the brewers created exactly what they’ve wanted. The taste is also nice. Again, there is a strong yeast flavor. This gives some banana and raisin flavors to the beer. I also taste some licorice and some touches of mint. There is also a nice almondy alcohol flavor. I love the yeasty touch. It really reminds me of Belgian beers and Trappists. They’ve truly succeeded with this beer. Good work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (4019) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2016
Draft @ Kompaan. Pours a clear darker amber beer with a small off white head on top. Aroma is very, very malty, sugary and rather boozy with hints of caramel. Flavor is sweet and strong, again loads of malts. Could almost be a barley wine, but the yeast makes it more soft. Silky mouthfeel, long, sweet aftertaste and strong alcoholic kick in the end. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Banksiz (94) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 10, 2016
Malty caramel raisin nose with hint of over-ripe bananas. Mid sweet with just enough bittering, no harshness, hint of raisins. Medium creamy body and a pleasant sweet finish with just a hint of astringency. A good, but not exceptional Belgian strong ale. But a bargain at $5.99 at Costco!

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