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RATINGS: 1493   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtdewa1 (211) - rome, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle. Cloudy pour, copper red color. Aroma is dark fruits and malt. Taste is malty raisan and plum. Carbonation is high. Smooth

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcclainc50 (135) - New York, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Pours an Amber color with a thin head leaving little to no lacing. Aromas of currants and some malt. Very carbonated for a Belgian. Currants and fruit flavors with some malty notes in the aftertaste. Very pleasant easy to drink ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BiffNilsson (168) - Perstorp, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2013
Mörkt rödbrun färg med ljusbrun krona som upplöses till ingenting nästan omedelbart. Doften är kraftig av jäst och vissa toner av choklad. Överraskande pigg kolsyra. Smaken är syrlig med toner av jäst choklad och kaffe. viss bitterhet både i smak och eftersmak. En ganska välbalanserad brygd som inte faller mig i smaken personligen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (2826) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
Une petite bouteille partagée avec mon frère Stefan. Une robe acajou. Une mousse crémeuse qui se retire proprement. Un nez qui tourne autour d’une levure très fruitée. Des parfums de noix, de sucre brun, de malts roux et d’alcool complètent sa compétence olfactive. En bouche, je goûte à des cerises, des prunes et à d’autres fruits secs. Un sucre candi roule sur ma langue. Les malts parlent beaucoup. L’alcool possède une force florale. En bouche, le corps du liquide est visiblement sur le style. Sa texture est légèrement collante tandis que ses bulles ne font que le nécessaire. La finale, qui est chaude, propose des notes surettes qui proviennent de la levure et des notes épicées qui proviennent des houblons utilisés.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (800) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2013
Tap at Burgr Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas. Pours a dark brown reddish colour. Nose had plums, dark fruits and raisins. Brown sugar is burnt on the nose too. Taste is all about the raisins. Sweet brown sugar like syrup coats the palate. Booze is well hidden. A toned down version of abt 12 in my opinion. Great stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Funkatrocious (84) - - DEC 9, 2013
Pour from bottle. Deep brown in color with substantial light brown head. Smooth inoffensive sweet Belgian. Hides the 9.3% well. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (130) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2013
355ml bottle into a tulip glass. Dark brown with ruby tinges, minimal head. Aroma caramel, stewed plums, soy. Taste is dark fruits, cherry, caramel & charred meat in the finish. Really nice thick & oily mouthfeel. Quite good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anthony850 (210) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2013
The best Belgian ale I've ha, fruity with strong alc. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tstamba (214) - Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2013
From a bomber, dark brown pour with minimal head. Solid malt presence with hints of plumb and raisins, warm alcohol to finish ... A good Belgian style ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GoufCustom (620) - HONG KONG - NOV 22, 2013

355 ml bottle bought at Craftissmo in Tsim Sha Tsui East.

Cloudy hazy dull dark amber colour with no yeast sediments; Very thin head and off white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Moderate sticky lacing with notable slight carbonation; Smell of light prunes, alcohol, sugar, raisins, light floral, thin malt; Sweet taste of malt, with strong raisin, prunes, alcohol, light toffee, yeast, light cloves, light liquorices and herbal hops; Mid to light body, thin and slightly slick palate; Taste profile is prune and dark fruit in a thin, somewhat lacking BSA body. Fairly few taste elements, and pretty boozy from the get go. Bel-yeast taste is sub-standard; Hoppiness is slight glass nose, light liquorices and herbal taste. Bitterness is low but getting along with further sips for abrupt finish; Slightly after taste, easy and slightly boozy to mouth.

Comments: A disappointing one: almost no head and carbo, aroma and taste is pretty dire, very thin body - which leave you not much but alcohol. Very empty as a BSA, an analogue to what Grimbergen has done to its Dubbel (Ambrée). North Coast has some good hits, but this one is a definite miss.

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