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RATINGS: 1492   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
BCTC 06 Pours a clear brown color with a thin offwhite head. Decent aroma of malt and candied fruits, there’s some yeast too but it’s subtle. Flavor of dark malt and candied fruits. The body is light to medium with an oily texture and soft carbonation. I’m not too jazzed about this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Cold 750ml corked bottle: Pours a dark brown with a moderate tan head that dissolves. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Taste is of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate with some underlying bitterness. Ending is mostly sweet with some bitterness and alcohol to it. Full bodied and well carbonated. Oily texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
rgfellow (100) - - DEC 22, 2012
Pours a beautiful amber with minimal lace. Aroma is harsh alcohol. Carbonation is spot on. Bitter, nutty taste. Decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
rangerred (859) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2013
12oz bottle into a goblet. Pours a nearly clear dark brown with really no head to speak of. Some very thin lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma of dark fruit and candy, caramel, along with some toast. There is definitely a brothy note as well. Lots more caramel and toast on the taste quickly followed by dates and plums. There is a strong sherry note along with more broth. Sweetness pervades throughout and becomes a little much at times. Another think that really strikes me is how thin the mouthfeel is. Overall, I’m not really impressed by this one at all. It lacks any real depth and the sherry/port sweetness is a bit overbearing. It does help out a good cause, though, so it does have that going for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (5021) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks kerenmk. 9.4%. Pretty clear deep amber. Aroma of caramel, fruits and a bit of cadny notes. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, fruitiness and a drier finish with a spicy note and a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied, alcohol is very well-hidden for 9.4%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 7, 2006
7/6/06. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, bought at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA 7/4/06. Pours a dark red-brown with cough syrup orange outlines. Luminescent but dark. Head is sadly lacking-- a fizzy, messy tangle of bubbles that begins to fade even before you’re finished pouring. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is an improvement but far from a revelation. Tangy with boring pseudo-Belgian yeastiness and dark fruit esters. And it’s pretty weak, to boot. Rotten apples and rotten bananas on the nose and tongue. Other featured flavors include leather, some dark bubblegummy sweetness and a very small amount of sourness that I actually sort of enjoy. Bubblegum and leather finish with slight vegetal quality and a touch of plummy, nutty malt. Mostly just sweet gummy leather with a slight tangy yeast glow. Reminds me a bit of a Unibroue beer, but not one of the better ones. Mouthfeel has a slickness and somewhat of an alcohol sting on the roof of your mouth to introduce the medium-full body, and there’s sudsy carbonation (from out of nowhere) that underscores the bubblegum notes, but it’s just not enough to save this one. The quasi-dryness is almost mealy and really not that enjoyable. Finish has a rotted fruit trail and a touch of soy sauce, traced with the tangy outline and a flabby sweetness of watered-down oatmeal with lots of brown sugar added. Quite a shame. I guess I could say that the alcohol isn’t all that crazy, but that’s like noting that the airbag worked when the car exploded in the crash. Really lacking in polish-- too sweet, messily conditioned and underattenuated, just not ready for release. The best thing about this beer is that it made me break out "Brilliant Corners."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Draft pint at the sunset grill 8/5/06. Pourw a flat dark brown color with a dull surface. Nose is dark fruits with some grape skin and some dates and chocolate. Palate is smooth but dull and lightly oily. Flavor is more of the dark fruits and hints of chocolate and dates. Light grape skin notes and a finish of oily chewyness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2006
A pour with no head in a Mikasa snifter of a Belgian style is a major downgrade, esp one packaged in a 750 ml caged bottle. Dark ruby red color. Molasses taste, slight orange, spices. Aroma of sweet malt and spices. Decent beer but I would like less of any charasteristic that would give this beer a semblance of a head.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2007
color is murky chestnut shade with only minimal tan head. aroma is sweet and yeasty with some leather and earth. estery fruit and sweetness are overtaken by spicy hops and some alcohol. a little tart with some cherry notes. good but not great

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dnoaksson (652) - , SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2009
En avgjort egensinnig öl med en närmast artsfrämmande karaktär. Vinner på sin originella smak, men är stundvis för mycket - och inte minst: för söt - för att vara en favorit.

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