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RATINGS: 1641   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (14425) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2011
Clear dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma is quite sweet malty, caramel, yeasty and dark sugar. Flavor is quite sweet. Sweet finish. Too sweet. 070811

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (13757) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Mahogany color with a khaki head. Sweet caramel, banana, clove, and yeast. Toasted bread, sugar, and a touch of alcohol. Nice raisin, plum, and maybe some nutmeg. Sweet caramel and fruit flavors. Tons of banana, plum, raisin, and dates. A fair amount of alcohol, some clove, yeast, and brown sugar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (13659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2007
Draught, Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse, Snohomish, WA
Burgundy colour. Chocolatey, raisiny aroma. Sweet flavour with slight toffee character. Brown sugar finish. Far too sweet and tastes filtered...has a slick body rather than a full one and lacks complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (13132) - DENMARK - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle. Clear brown with small beige head. Flavour is malt, yeast, caramel, dark fruits, sweet, hops, bread and a little bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (12984) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle at Patricks Pub Kristiansand. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruit, raisin, alcohol. Flavour is fruit, raisin, dried fruits, hop , alcohol. Balanced easy drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12758) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Slightly sour aroma, along with a sweetness. And yeast. Beautiful amber color, with reddish tone. Starts with sweet caramel, moves on to plummy tones. Finishes with toasty malt and a bit of candy sweetness. Maybe some coffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 9, 2006
(750ml bottle) Minimal beige head that vanishes quickly, atop clear ruby body. Aroma is medium sweet, plum, some perfume, alcohol astringency. Taste is moderately sweet, plum, light caramel, vinous, some alcohol. Soft, medium-full body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2006
(750ml bottle) Pours a deep burgundy with a small fizzy beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, leather, and a hint of soy sauce. Flavor of dark fruits (plums, dates) and toasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12231) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2006
Bottle. Poured dark ruby color with a minimal fizzy off-white head that mostly diminishing with good lacing. Moderate toasted nuttty malt and spice aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Medium balanced flavor with a medium sweet bitter finish of moderate duration. With some age may have more character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (11863) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle. Frothy white good mostly deminishing head. Red-amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy and powerfull yeasty aroma. Dark fruits present. MOderate bitter fruity flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Prune notes. Oily palate and a little too fizzy.

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