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RATINGS: 1691   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brian60625 (745) - 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 (1517) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Rich Chestnut coloring that can’t see through. Head is very small and goes quickly. Nice Belgian yeast however alcohol could be blended a touch better. The alcohol can be tasted away from the Malty dark fruity flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Bottle. Spicey, malty up front. Virtually no aroma. Finishes w/ a hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Pours a deep reddish brown with a 1/4 inch tan head. Head dissipates to a wisp and leaves no lacing on the goblet. Cherry and rich malty aromatics eminate from the glass. Hints of oaky vanilla. Taste is the same rich tones as the smell. Hint of alcohol, a bit of port. Lots of sour cherry and rich malt. A bit less body than you would expect. More medium bodied than heavy. The flavors don’t quite mesh. Maybe with age? Mixed feelings on this one but not a bad Belgian-style American ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2006
[bottle] Pours a slightly hazy brown color. Boozy, malty sweet aroma. Flavors are nutty malts, with some dark fruits (dates and prunes), light spiciness and alcohol warmth. Light to medium bodied. Overall, pretty sweet and kind of unbalanced. This might mellow out with some time, but for now this one is a bit sweet and one-sided for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Dark mahogany with a tannish head that dissapates quickly. Hot, sweet nose of caramel and bittering hops. Dark fruit aroma such as plum or red grapes. Woody almost. Earthy and rich malt flavors. Slight nuttiness to it with a ton of bittering hops. The fruits are back in full force with an almost sickly sweet prune flavor. There is a lot of alcohol present in this beer. The tongue is left a bit rough and sticky. The body is full and rich. The alcohol is a bit thick though. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2006
bomber. Aroma: Candi sugar, caramel, sour cherries, light spiciness, belgian yeast, raisins, and a light herbal floweriness. Appearance: Dark reddish brown and hazed. Light tan head was full and foamy, but dissipated rapidly. Some good lacing. Flavor: Medium sweet maltiness with some candi sugar. Raisins and dried cherries. Some lively spiciness and a good yeast character. Alcohol is strong right before the finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Good alcohol warming on back of tongue. Overall: A good Belgian style brew, but not a standout. Head was almost nonexistant. Carbonation was a little sharp. Not bad, overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (1990) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Pours with a ruby body beneath a compact head that becomes a thick halo. Aromas, weak at first, develop with yeasty fruitiness and turpentine-like esters along with tannins and subtle earthiness. Smooth bodied with a warming ABV, and a ripe, yeasty flavor that gets squelched by the very same alcohol. North Coast usually impresses me more.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2006
GABF 06. Aroma is dark malts, earthy yeast, and some fruit. Taste is the same, full bodied.

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