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RATINGS: 1590   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rock_Buffalo (23) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2014
Brother Thelonious is a rich Belgian style abbey ale. On pouring, it presents a deep copper hue and medium head, that breaks down rapidly to a small yet enduring head. The nose is light and full of promise but unfortunately doesn't linger as you would expect from a Belgian. On first taste, the ale is surprisingly mellow, with the flavour slowly mounting over time to a fine rich note of nuts, yet it's velvety smooth tone hides a deceptively high alcohol content. Frangimus

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (571) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2014
DATE TASTED: November 6, 2014... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... OCCASION: Browns get their one prime-timer tonight, so time to break out the bomber in celebration... APPEARANCE: effervescent off-white bubbles light up an otherwise dark-as-ebony-keys body; two-finger brown head is sudsy and substantial... AROMA: heavy plum and apple early; approximates a red wine with some astringent, brackish notes... PALATE: wow--full-bodied, raking the tongue with a dry finish that demands another sip; warming and hearty; thick and creamy....TASTE: plum indeed, and secondary fruits include apple, pear and lack currants--big and flavorful; stoutish at its finish... OVERALL: a BIG beer that warmly mellows--not as complex as Monk’s music, but no argument that it pleases as "Straight No Chaser" might on an autumn night...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HKdIPA (364) - HONG KONG - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle from Craft Brew & Co. Hazy brown-amber pour with thin head. Aroma is like burnt boozy root beer - but not all bad. Taste is similar - but with a warm spicy orange citrus too. Autumnal and Belgian-y, but not as raisiny as I remember. Boozy but the smoothness belies the 9.4% alcohol. Actually better than I remember - still not my favorite style but a good example of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CacheManyHose (310) - HONG KONG - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle at Craft Brew & Co. Very cloudy ruby-amber. Fluffy tan-orange head that disappears quickly. Smells of Belgian spiced fruit, syrup, candy, apple, apricot, figs. Tastes of spicy malt, sweet raisin, cranberry. Body is fizzy, thin, very bitter finish. Like fizzy spicy slightly musty cranberry juice. Appreciate that it's not overly raisiny and cloying, but perhaps a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (510) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2014
750 ml bottle purchased at Costco. Difficult cork action with an initial wine like scent. Mahogany in color. Aroma brings to mind almost a Belgian sour with a strong funkiness. Taste is also funky with a dash fruit, sugary sweetness coming to the foreground. As the sip continues, it fails to maintain those Belgian quad abilities. Ends rather average. Like an old man...smells kind of funky and unable to keep it up. That being said I would try it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonshawn (516) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Big corked bottle from costco. Enjoyed with commonmac. Mahogany. Off white tan head. Smells sour but with sugar cherry nose also. Taste is sour then sugary but then falls off to dry grain. Yeast and funk starts but doesn’t last. A bold attempt that is good but doesn’t quite hit the high standard of a Belgian ale of this style. Sometimes it’s not the notes you play but the notes you don’t play.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3179) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
Sample, draught, 4 ounces, during the Bacon and Beer Fest in New York with Luc Bourbonnière, savoured on July 26 2014; eye: brown, thin sheet of beige head, no lacing; nose: malt, fruity, candied sugar, alcohol; mouth: malt, fruity, candied sugar, alcohol, light acridness, toffee, malty finale with presence of plum, medium-full body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly liqueur-like texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, en fût, 4 onces, durant le Bacon and Beer Fest à New York avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 26 juillet 2014; œil : brun, mince couverture de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, fruité, sucre candi, alcool; bouche : malt, fruité, sucre candi, alcool, légère âcreté, toffee, finale maltée avec présence de prunes, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement liquoreuse; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fakebeersnob (206) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Ugh, I do not know how to rate this beer. Had a sample of it, and was unsure...so asked for a glass. I do like the style of beer. This did pour a darkish mahogony color. Even after half a glass, I was not quite sure if I liked it. It does not match up to a true Belgium Dubbel or Quad. It almost feels like a different style to me It has the caramel, dark fruit, malt smell that I expected. The carbonation was low. Alcohol had a warming feeling. Creamy in mouth feel. It is the taste. Something was just different in the taste. I don’t want to say bad, but it was different....and that is why I am struggling to rate this effectively. It has the malt, the dark fruit etc...but there was something else. Cloves? I am not sure. I think this will have to be a rerate if I try again. I know that if there is a true Belgium strong ale out there, I am grabbing that first...but don’t want to diminish this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (6583) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
Draft - Dark sugar and raisin with some dark fruit, clear copper with a nice beige head. Raisin, plum, dark sugars and a sweet boozy finish. Nice, especially for American made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Niksko (412) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2014
Pours a ruby red with a thin, fine, off white head. Nose is caramel, toffee, a little red wine must, some bread dough, some definite belgian spice. Flavor is rich, with plum, dark berries, port, fig sweetness. Finish is slightly sweet with a little more dark fruit. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. No booziness from the 9%.

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