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RATINGS: 1528   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Did not live up to expectations. Mahogany with a bubbly off-white head. Solid aroma or malts, alcohol, and smoke. The peat, yeast, caramel, and nutty flavors are good, but really washed out. Good, but not memorable.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (5788) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Brilliant red/brown color with a tan head. Has a musty wood and sweet caramel aroma. Smooth and full bodied. Decent taste is toffee sweet with black pepper and other spices. Has a nice spicy alcohol burn to finish. Worth a try i suppose. 3197

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Raisins on the nose, some clove, with a little molasses. Brown with very noticeable red hues. Medium head with minimal lacing. Seems the alcohol prevails more than the complex flavors in Belgian style ales. Certainly not bad, but better Belgian style ales out there--both American and from Belgium (of course).

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
logantownsend (15) - bonner springs, Kansas, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Pours dark amber and too clear for the style in my opinion. The head stays ok but has very little lacing. Strong caramel smell with raisins as well. Flavor delivers much of the same as the aroma. A bit buttery also. A little thin on the mouthfeel with a decent yet slightly bitter finish. Not much alcohol burn either for the abv.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2008
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden brown with a semi fizzy tan head. Spice, berry fruity and malty aroma. Sweet malty with a solid roasted flavoured and spiced malt base. Lingering spiced and fruity flavoured, lasting into the finish. Slight sticky.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illidurit (2130) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Pours a clear deep reddish amber color with a beige head that leaves some decent lacing. Aroma is peppery alcohol, red and dark fruits, and a hint of mesquite. Light and fruity with not enough body or depth for the style. Astringent and thinnish. A textbook example of a poor American imitation of a Belgian beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - JUN 2, 2009
Bottle 0,355 l from System Bolaget. Clear brown, initially thick fading foam. Nose is beautiful, vanilla, marzipan, sweets, chocolate, caramel. Flavor is a bit boring, marzipanish, malty, caramel, alcoholic. A bit of a dunkelish feel to it. Not very big and the alcohol is up front.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2009
On tap. Smooth as can be. Great taste and vey good color. Slowly diminishing head but a taste that lingered sweetly in the palate. Grrrrrreat!

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vikingguy (800) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Pours a murky brown with small brown head. Weak aroma; notes of black licorice and sweet malt. Unique, complex taste. Notes of black licorice, candied sugar, toffee, caramel, cloves, vanilla, leather and raisin. Sweet, but not overly-so. Bit of an astingent aftertaste. Big and rich, but the taste profile is just a little off for me. Enjoyable because I’m a big fan of the style, but a little disappointing for me.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2010
12 oz. from Bottleworks. According to the score, I feel like I’m supposed to really like this, but for whatever reason, all I can taste (and smell?) is soy sauce. Super dark brown, but still barely light enough that you can see through it. Looks cool as shit. Not sure what I would do with 22 oz. of this stuff.


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