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RATINGS: 1695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
FatPhil (12797) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 23, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 355ml bottle (Systembolaget, Stockholm) - joint venture with Mirjukka - thanks!
Deep brown, fizzy head. Gluey alcohol aroma, toffee too. Pleasant carbonation, but a bit fizzy. Toffee taste too, some glue, some alcohol. Spicing is non-descript and stale. Messed up and mucky.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (12745) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (12692) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2006
750 ml bottle poured a hazy copper brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, spices and toffee. Palate was medium bodied and warming. Flavors of raisin, plum, spices and brown sugar with a sweet lingering warming finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12576) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (12456) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2010
12oz bottle, pours a dark reddish brown with a half-inch beige head. Aroma is caramel malts and molasses. Flavour is caramel malts, raisins, dark fruits with a smoky, alcoholic finish. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12402) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2006
Reddish brown ale with a thin moka head. Sweet licorice malt, vanilla beans with molasse and vinous notes, and warming alcohol. In mouth, a sweet brown sugar with vinous notes, light belgian hops, and anis seed. Medium bodied and interesting. Enjoyed with the Mtl Crew Sept. 9, 2006.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (12384) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus. Clear dark red, dark amber to purple color, medium sized off-white head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, sweetish, lightly iron, more sweetness. Taste malts, sweetness again, (Dutch) "taai-taai", slightly alcohol, some herbs or spices. Medium to full body, suitable carbonation. One of the best Belgian Strong Ales I’ve had I think, at least one of the best Belgian style beers from the US. Well done!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2006
GABF-on tap-pours a Aroma is strong, dark fruit. Taste is strong, dark fruit, secondary alcohol. Sipping.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11881) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2008
Bottle, bought at Systembolaget, Malmö. Thank you, myrup. Pours lovely deep amber red with a great, creamy, beige head. Great duration and fine lacing. Lovely fruity aroma. Some light tarty red berries mix with heavy plums, raisins and prunes. A little vinious as well, some spicy notes. Medium carbonation, fine oily mouthfeel. Flavour starts off with a tad of tartness, vinious, light chocolate. Dark Belgian sugars, light vanilla. Lots of plums, prunes again. Light dryness. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (11810) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2008
sourish, citruish aroma sort of lures me on.. what the f* is this?, very faint dark fruits and raisins. clear red, nice head. flavor is dark fruits, raisins(faint) , nutyish sweetish marcipanish flavor, nice.


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