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RATINGS: 1522   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8398) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2007
amber with soapy big head, lace. Watery, sweet and spicey. A tad toasted malt. Thanks Derek.Big alcohol, not noticeable, but inefficient to the taste. Serviceable beer, not quite up to its style.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2007
On tap in Horse & Plow Pours Clear, dark amber with a good long-lasting tan head. Malty aromas with some banana and bubblegum. Slight touch of alcohol on the nose and flavor. Nice hop finish but light for a Dubbel. Not a bad beer but it could use a little more Umph to it.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4180) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2007
The aroma is heavy with molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toasted malt, yeast and caramel. The appearance is red brown with medium tan head. The flavor is like the aroma but not really that sweet. It has a little bitterness and dark fruitiness too. The palate is a tad thin but still smooth and sticky. Overall this is a nice beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2007
From a 750 shared with my parents. Pours a deep amber with a little soda-like head. Aroma is sweet dark malts, smoke, and alcohol. Flavor is very smokey and peaty (and quite unexpected), with molasses, and a yeasty finish. Alcohol well noted. An interesting take on the style, but I can’t say I’d seek this out again for personal consumption.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Did not live up to expectations. Mahogany with a bubbly off-white head. Solid aroma or malts, alcohol, and smoke. The peat, yeast, caramel, and nutty flavors are good, but really washed out. Good, but not memorable.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Dark amber, caramel color, lots of bubbles and large foamy tan head leaves a clean glass as it subsides. Sweet subtle malty caramel aroma with a raison and brown sugar flavorwith an alcoholic prune aftertaste followed by a slight alcohol burning in the throat area. Reminds me more of a barleywine that needs to age then of a belgian.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 20, 2007
Geeze. What to say about this beer. Bottle is a ton of hype, but I figured I’d give it a try since this brewery has treated me so well for so long. Pours a hazy brown with red and cherry tones. Head is slightly yellowed and tall. Aroma of cherry, vanilla, sherry, caramel, pipe tobacco and light lemon. Taste is extremely average though for a Belgian. I figured this might be a uniquely hopped or "bigger" West Coast version of a Belgian Strong. Instead, they went for the traditional approach. However, it seems they didn’t aim for the stars of Westy, Rochefort or even Chimay, and instead aimed right into the mid-pack likes of Maredsous or Pirate. For this money (i think I paid over $ 10 at Total Wine) they need to step it up, its not even imported.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (5641) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Brilliant red/brown color with a tan head. Has a musty wood and sweet caramel aroma. Smooth and full bodied. Decent taste is toffee sweet with black pepper and other spices. Has a nice spicy alcohol burn to finish. Worth a try i suppose. 3197

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Raisins on the nose, some clove, with a little molasses. Brown with very noticeable red hues. Medium head with minimal lacing. Seems the alcohol prevails more than the complex flavors in Belgian style ales. Certainly not bad, but better Belgian style ales out there--both American and from Belgium (of course).

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
logantownsend (15) - bonner springs, Kansas, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Pours dark amber and too clear for the style in my opinion. The head stays ok but has very little lacing. Strong caramel smell with raisins as well. Flavor delivers much of the same as the aroma. A bit buttery also. A little thin on the mouthfeel with a decent yet slightly bitter finish. Not much alcohol burn either for the abv.


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