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RATINGS: 1611   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2008
12oz bottle from jessup plaza. dark borwn pour with a nice big fluffy head. Aroma of sweet candy sugar, dark fruit and caramel. Taste of strong dark fruit and alcohol. Not bad at all.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle and draft. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Sweet caramel malts, light belgain yest, citrus pine and a light alcohol warming. eh.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (38496) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2009
<b>Bottle 355ml.</b>
Clear medium to dark amber color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, burnt caramel, raisin. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [260908]

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 19, 2009
Initially I found a plum-like fruitiness with round, sweet malts in the nose but this was undercut by a sour cherry-like acidity. Clear ruby brown body is topped by a generous if large-bubbled tan head that recedes rapidly to a partial cover. Flavour offers a nice blend of malt sweetness and fruity esters with a bit of acidity that puckers the cheeks a bit. Medium body is surprisingly light perhaps due to very strong carbonation that is a touch too prickly. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Aug-08.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2009
12 oz bottle. Interested in this after a friend tried it and said it was decent. Pours a dark reddish color with a small off white head that disappates quickly. Smells of a little bit of hops, a lot of raisins (and other dried fruit), and some caramel malt. Tastes of raisins and caramel, but with very little hop presence. Has a little bit of an alcohol bite (though only 9%), but otherwise quite smooth. Pretty good, but nothing special.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4761) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 27, 2009
(750ml bottle) Purchased at Brewery Creek in November 2008.Pours a large frothy, almond-coloured head atop a deep mahogany body. Nose is very boozy, wet wood and cherried-malt. Flavour is of burnt brown sugar, veinous red wine, caramel and mild malts. Good. 7/4/6/3/13

3.2
   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!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1447) - 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 (12033) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6649) - 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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