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RATINGS: 1625   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (4063) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at Appellation Comely Bank tasting. I think this was from allmyvinyl. Appearance - deep copper and clear. Some head. Nose - dried fruits, booze, plus a background soapy note which was unexpected. Taste - more of the same. Redcurrants too. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a dry yet boozy finish. Overall - a solid citizen considering the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6751) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at Appellation. Pours clear brown, nose is raisins, caramel, taste is rich, malty, fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (6578) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle at tasting. Pours clear red-brown, off-white head. Aromas of caramel, red fruit, light spicy yeast tingle. Tate is more of the same. Solid, if not that exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3068) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle. Red with off white head. Aroma of fruity caramel, some soap, berries. Tatse of berries and caramel. Clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
dambor (179) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2014
Pours dark ruby with little head, disappearing very fast. Aroma: candy sugar, malt, caramel, honey. Taste: pretty dry in the beginning, followed by some sweet elements (apple pie?) and bitterness (hops with cinnamon). It is not as sweet as I would expect from a Belgian style abbey ale with over 9% ABV, which makes it very drinkable. Alcohol well hidden, although a slight warming effect is present in the palate.

   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 (648) - 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 (463) - 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 (396) - 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 (694) - 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.

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