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RATINGS: 1615   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingstoni (1710) - FINLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle. Deep amber color with a medium thin frothy beige head. Aroma of caramel, honey and yeast. Sweet and medium sour taste with a bitter finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trichoeg85 (34) - Sumrall, Mississippi, USA - MAR 5, 2015
12oz bottle poured to pint glass. Off white head one finger thick dissipated quickly with minimal lacing. Smells malty and of dried dark fruits. Rich deep amber near brown color. Notes of toffee and caramel accentuate the mild bittering of the hops. Has a boozy warmth to it finishes clean. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andrus86 (166) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2015
BOTTLE. (not corked - 9.4%) Poured red to brown with a quick disappearing off white head. Nose is intriguing, got a sherry boozy smell & sweet toffee. Caramel malt & toffee upfront that goes away relatively quickly turning into spices & malt, finishes with a bite almost like a spirit. Sourced Cellarbrations Capel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (3639) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle from Toft Vin, CPH - dark sienna brown pour with off white head. Aroma and taste comprises medium sweet caramel malts, doughy yeasty, dark dried fruit, brown sugar, treacle, medium subtle boozy warming, really liked this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (131) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Deep, dark red-brown pour with off-white head that quickly disappears. Aroma of sweet fruits and malt, translate well into the flavor with some alcohol, and as some have mentioned - a bit of red wine, especially on the finish which is dry. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
revolution2718 (345) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Pours a rich mahogany with a finger of head. Nose is figs, raisin, Belgian yeast, a bit red winey. Taste is very dark fruity, tons of fig, raisins, bit of spicy yeast character on the finish, effervescent. Medium to full body. It's borderline too sweet, but treads the line. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beachmaster (226) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 16, 2015
12 oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a dark brown, with a moderate tan head that persists. Nose is dark malt and kandi sugar, with some dark fruit. Taste is malt and dark fruit, with the typical Belgian yeast clove and banana notes. Well balanced, smooth, and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1046) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2015
Aroma is Belgian candy sugar, sweet malts, dark fruits and light yeast and banana. Taste is very nice sweet malts with plum, raisin and candy sugar. Light bitterness on finish and well balanced. Appearance is a clear amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly poorly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielyabu (1360) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - FEB 13, 2015
small frothy offwhite head. fair lacing. fully diminishing. flat thick dark amberish-brown body. aroma: heavy malty, wood, raisin and alcohol. if: heavy sweet light bitter. ff: moderate sweet light bitter; long duration. palate: light medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation, moderate alcoholic finish. Maravilhoso dulçor maltado lembrando frutas secas. Sem a explosão de lúpulo característica da escola americana, respeito ao estilo original. Lembra também vinho tinto seco (cabernet), inclusive com a acidez final (lembrando ameixas frescas). Amargor gredoso balanceia bem o suficiente para o dulçor não ficar enjoativo. Lembra a lendária gouden carolus classic, com seu perfil de frutas vermelhas e frutas secas. Cerveja complexa, maravilhosa – mostra que os americanos conseguem sair do quadrado. Final alcoólico lembra conhaque de boa qualidade. 180 s

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
willisread (723) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 13, 2015
12oz bottle from Liquor barn in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Poured into a shaker pint. Beautiful reddish brown color with soapy off-white head. Bready and dark fruit aroma present. Really feels like an authentic Belgian beer. Alcohol is masked well. Smooth and dangerously easy to drink.

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