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RATINGS: 1584   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3154) - 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 (201) - 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 (6340) - 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 (402) - 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%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopmaestro (301) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2014
This rascal gives away an aroma from the lower registers, heavy malt, ripe mandarins, apricots and some yeast. A little bit of wet bread also. The taste is sweet, almost a little too sweet but also round and soft just before a small sting from the alcohol at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jamesthebrit (313) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Aroma is dry. Grape cherry cranberry. Shouted holy shit as I poured this beer. Cabernet color. Dark dark ruby. Thick. Tan bubbles contrast. Epic. Taste is.... Not As subtle as other Belgians. Lots of hops. Rose note. Maybe like lavender.. Fruit notes are subtle in the taste. Palate is heavy and dry. Really this beer lacks where it counts most: in the taste. Hops are a little over powering which the dry palate exacerbates. Very very wine like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"solid abbey ale, slightly thick and robust, full of spicy character in the nose and taste. mouthfeel is ok...a little tightly carbonated, but the flavor makes up for that."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackflag321 (539) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Enjoyed from bombers and 12oz bottles. Shiny brown. Nice example of a Belgian strong ale that is not too strong and nothing outstanding or complex but is pretty good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bengibbs6 (54) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2014
12 oz bottle. Deep ruby, little gray head. Aroma is grass, fig, honey and mustard. Flavor is essentially a mass produced Belgian ale. Nothing spectacular when up against Belgians, but impressive as an American ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1898) - - OCT 9, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-2-14- Poured from bottle into a chalice glass Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a ruby red shine and a two finger head of a thick cream colored foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a decent level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of darker dried fruit smells composed of raisin, fig, and prune. Along with these smells are some candied aromas and a good level of banana and bubblegum. Some brown sugar and light cherry are there as well and mix with a bit of yeast and clove to produce a nice sweet Belgian strong dark smell. Taste – The taste begins with a sweet darker fruit flavor of raisin, fig, and cherry along with some flavors of bubblegum. A bit of a lightly roasted bready flavor is also present upfront with it getting slightly stronger as the flavor advances to the end. A yeasty taste develops right after the initial taste, with it gaining intensity toward the end, only to fade again. Around the middle of the flavor profile some clove and cardamom spice as well as some banana come to the tongue. Around this time the taste of the beer sours a bit with it taking on flavors of some tart cherry. Some of the sweetness fades at the end with a bit of an alcohol flavor coming to the tongue. This with a little bit of a grassy taste and more spice, end up leaving one with a somewhat unbalanced, slightly drier, bready and fruit flavor to linger on the tongue Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation that is average as well. The combination of a medium body and carbonation are rather appropriate for the dark fruit, bready and spice/yeast flavors of the brew. Overall – A decent but nothing too exceptional Belgian strong dark ale. Worth a try, but one I wouldn’t take over most other Belgian strong darks that are readily available.

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