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RATINGS: 1701   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (4466) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2012
355 ml bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours dark amber with a big fizzy caramel brownish white head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet with caramel, pears, plums, raisins, dark bread bread, yeasty esters, lemon zest, very ripe apples and hints of alcohol. Taste is very sweet and tiny bitter with sweet fruits, especially pears, in sugar syrup, dark bread, hints of spices, hints of metal, some alcohol, wood, plums and very ripe grapes. Mouthfeel is round, medium to full bodied and almost without carbonation. Finish is sweet and tiny sour with pears, plums, grapes, caramel and lemon zest. Too flat to really suit me but still solid and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2012
Beautiful in color this beer is a clear red brown in color. The nose has hints of cookies and liccorish. The palat is rich and sweet with a slight hint of sour on the back palate. It does have characteristics of a belgian abbey but not neccessarily totally within that catagory. A bit more of a bite than your traditional belgian abbey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (5184) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bohemian Cavern, DC draft ($7): I suppose that a jazz club is an appropriate place to try this brew. It was also cheap and poured into a full size pint glass, which, of course, is not the right glass for this brew. In any case, it pours a light brown with a beige head. Aroma got some Belgian yeast, but mostly plenty of fruitiness. Taste was a little disappointing. Nothing that complex. Alcohol was very well-covered (it seemed like I was drinking a much lighter beer). Very mild hop bitterness. Mild sweetness. This was kind of a run of the mill BSA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bright amber, a layer of foam lingers and delivers a fruity smell up until you drink the last drop. It has a pretty typical Belgian ale taste. Pleasant but a little one dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhamp9 (1637) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pours reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aroma is yeast, dark fruit, and molasses. Taste is syrupy, figs, and bread.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2012
12oz bottle. Terrible aroma, just terrible. Pours a delicious-looking brown color. Weird that is looks awesome and smells bad. Taste is really good, definitely a strong beer, full body, thorough taste. Aftertaste is present and a little skunky. It’s really good but I don’t think it’s worth $3 a bottle off the shelf.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2012
36cl, at 9.4%Vol, American brew, from Systembolaget Göteborg, complex brew, malty/sweet and slightly spicy/vinous, balanced, hazy, small head, good brew, yet expensive

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syzzer (633) - Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Light brown in color with a tan head. thick mouthfeel while not being too syrupy. It is good, but just below an elite beer I believe. A nice belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gramity (1601) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2012
Pours a clear, reddish brown appearance with a light brown head. Rich dark/caramel chocolate, rich dark fruity, plum, a touch citrusy, sweet malty aroma that superb. Tons of dark fruit, plum, raisin, rich chocolate malty flavor with some toffee, caramel, and tangy notes. A touch of booze on the finish but not bad. Nice Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iguanodon (139) - Bountiful, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Pours a deep reddish brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel with a hint of banana and faint booze. Taste is caramel, stone fruit and booze.

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