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RATINGS: 1601   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Caramel, malt, sweet aroma, a hint of spice maybe. Pours an amber brown. I must say i feel the flavor’s missing something, its alittle too timid. Its got some brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, some hop spice, smooth, but i gotta say their Cru’dor is better. But this one does benefit a good cause! and i love the label!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1440) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2006
This beer really need to warm up to 55 degree plus before rating. Beer pours dark mahogeny with a totally dissipating off white head. Aroma is malty with some raisins and alcohol. Flavor is malt with figs and a bit too much alcohol. My big complaint with this beer is that the alcohol is too apparent.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11960) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of banana, raisin, plum, clove. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Second try, and still the same outcome: Not bad, but somewhat vague in character...pretty run of the mill strong Belgian brown.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Pours a dark mahogany, head settled down pretty fast, great lacing. Aroma is pretty heavy on malt and sweetness. Slight bit of alcohol in the nose as well. Flavor is heavy on the sweetness again, but balanced enough.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Pours a deep brown with a very quickly dissipating head. Aroma is spicy; cinnamon, anise, vanilla, quite sweet smelling, caramel and chocolate with a touch of banana. Body is med. and sweet with ls CO2 than I would expect. The flavor is enjoyable but singular. Caramel and belgian esters; mainly banana. The finish, while fairly dry is overpowered by a lingering sweetness. They do a good job of hiding the alohl but man this is sweet and it does lak the complexity of the great Belgians.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Dark ruby red in color. Spicy yeast aroma. Tastes of alcohol and sugars overpower this one for me. Too sweet for my tastes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (13272) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 4, 2007
Clear copper colour with a small beige head. Malty, fruity aroma with a light smoky note. Malty, fruity and light sweet flavor with hints of smoke.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jdhunt76 (56) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with auburn highlights. This bottle had a strong pungent twinge at the beginning, with an aftertaste that improved as it lingered. As it breathed, it amoothed out a good bit, and the good flavors which were originally only in the aftertaste took center stage. Rich forest flavors of nuts ( especially hazelnut and dark walnut), toffee and bittersweet chocolate. The flavor is so full and robust that the alcohol is barely noticeable in the palate, though by the end of the bottle you certainly know you have been drinking a 9% Belgian. Overall, once the initial off-flavors had dissipated, a satisfying example of a Belgian brown. I would like to try this again some day and see if the off-flavors were perhaps just the result of a bad bottle. I also enjoyed the Thelonius Monk/ Monk brew play on words.


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