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RATINGS: 1655   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TorbenJensen (1396) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2015
Typical Belgian abbey beer, just the American way. That is to say that everything is exaggerated, but in a good way. The foam is rough and fairly durable. The aroma is dark chocolate as the main tone, and plenty of malt rich shades, including burnt malt and heavy fruit. The taste is really very rich and have a proper portion ripe fruit in the luggage, lots of malt sweetness with burnt tones, slightly bitter chocolate, a little smoke, a little tart citrus and hop bitterness that never takes over the whole.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgajdaczewa (1129) - Katowice, POLAND - SEP 18, 2015
W aromacie po oszałamiającym początkowym uderzeniu śliwki ujawniają się nuty charakterystyczne dla... weizenbocka, przejrzałę banany, ziemistość, nawet goździk się przypałętał. W smaku podobnie, więcej bananów niż brzoskwiń, raczej wytrawne, pełne szlachetnych śliwkowych nutek, ale to trochę nie sprostało wysokim oczekiwaniom. Solidny weizenbock...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbuskirk (930) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Beer and music pair together wonderfully. North Coast and Belgian beers are another well-made match. Put all the parts together, and you’d think the results would be something special. Well, dear drinker, you’d be right. Even with the reasonably high ABV, Brother Thelonious is smooth, approachable, and pretty complex. Brown sugar, rich grains, fig, date, prune, plum, raisin, and a touch of vanilla. Why do jazz-inspired brews tend to be really solid? It’s a question to ponder over a full glass of this stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (3017) - 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 (1007) - - 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 (740) - 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 (6052) - 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 (1160) - 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 (8926) - 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 (15792) - 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 .

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