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RATINGS: 1696   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mysticbrew (110) - - OCT 24, 2015
Pours a copper brown with a lite tan head. Lacings line the glass. The aroma is malty with a hint of cinnamon. The flavor has pepper, orange and malt. This beer has a medium-full body with crispness to the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1705) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Bottle. Medium to dark brown with a nice head. Aroma had notes of spiciness, almost a fruity smell and toast. Taste was slightly sweet upfront with hint of Belgian spice and a smooth balance finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3864) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2015
Bottled. Pours opaque deep brown with an average beige head. Aroma of brown sugar, bread and cinnamon. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and with a hint of bitterness. Medium bodied, oily to syrupy texture and soft carbonation. A nice Ale inseed

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tommynh (98) - - OCT 15, 2015
Nice Belgian dark, a bit of a fruity taste and seems like a little fizz but not too noticeable, high ABV and a nice little buzz, smallish serving glass but still very nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
procraste (471) - FRANCE - OCT 12, 2015
C’est en effet trčs Belge et ça a pas l’air si strong que ça, mais lorsque l’on jette un oeil sur les ABV, ça l’est assez tout de męme ! Du belge de bonne qualité avec quelques arômes traînants caractéristiques un peu de banane aussi ... Mais au final, une bonne tenue, une allure certaine et un petit côté légčrement funky. Donc ainsi, męme si ce n’est plus mon style de prédilection, c’est tout de męme sympathique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Evolutionary (454) - Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Tap at Hyatt San Diego. Pour mahogany and dark white head that lingers. Malty and wine like with some cherry and dark fruit sweetness. Deep and delicious. Strong at 9%+.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cachobrewski (15) - MEXICO - OCT 4, 2015
Mild pour into Spiegelau Stout glass renders a crystal clear, mahogany brown liquid with an average sized creamy beige head, that becomes thinner but subsists to the end. Very delicate, soft caramel aroma, some higher alcohols, with a much deeper caramel in the flavor and a peppery yeast note that lingers to a long, balanced finish. Dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (4538) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2015
(North Coast Brother Thelonious) Bottle 355 ml at home, served into a tulip, ABV 9.4% Deep mahogany brown colour on the body, crystal clear, turning to ruby red when hold against the light. Small and thin beige head on top, with quite good retention. Aroma has caramel, light nuts, red fruits. Taste also of caramel, mildly sweet, with red fruits, marmalade, sugars, bubblegum on the finish, mild bitterness there too with long duration, hints of the high ABV. Medium body, good carbonation, sticky palate. Very good and highly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (642) - HUNGARY - SEP 26, 2015
A helyzet úgy alakult, hogy a nagybecsű italt éppen egy jellegtelen sörféleség elfogyasztását követően nyitottam fel, hogy az ízlelőbimbóim elhagyhassák tetszhalott állapotukat, s így utólag belátom, ez remek döntés volt. Mahagóni színének vizslatása már önmagában kielégítő élményt nyújt, s ha ehhez hozzávesszük az autentikusnak tekinthető, meggybefőttes, fanyar marcipános, öregedő gyümölcsök hangulatából eszkábált ódon illathalmazt, az eredmény borítékolható. Borszerű zamatai lenyűgöző teltséget biztosítanak a kortyoknak, valóban utánozhatatlan a szerkezet, melyet a meggymagos-élesztős karakter, a feketecseresznyés maláta remekül eltalált mértékben édeskés, szirupos textúrájú teste, valamint az alkohol háttérben megbúvó, mindenféle szájösszehúzó hatást nélkülöző jellege biztosít az italnak. Levezetésképpen némi sós karamella, kevés fekete ribizli és egy árnyalatnyi komlós kesernye körvonalai sejlenek fel és teszik még színesebbé a pillanatok alatt megkedvelhető ízvilágot. Valódi belga karakterisztika, hibátlan ízjegyek, kifogástalan kaliforniai főzet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (3255) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2015
12oz bottle, Rudat. Pours an appealing red mahogani, Dubbel style. Needs to warm up to release its honeybread aroma, clean pear syrup and caramel, some abv wafts, otherwise does not betray its abv with heavy Belgian yeast esters or phenols. Taste quite clean and engineered, mixing sweet liquorice adn Dubbel like suave malts (pear syrup, cassonade, raisin) with refreshing orange zest and distracting pine. Missing some Belgian yeast complexity, which on the other hand makes it very easy drinking.

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