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RATINGS: 1695   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (4337) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2012
355 ml bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours dark amber with a big fizzy caramel brownish white head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet with caramel, pears, plums, raisins, dark bread bread, yeasty esters, lemon zest, very ripe apples and hints of alcohol. Taste is very sweet and tiny bitter with sweet fruits, especially pears, in sugar syrup, dark bread, hints of spices, hints of metal, some alcohol, wood, plums and very ripe grapes. Mouthfeel is round, medium to full bodied and almost without carbonation. Finish is sweet and tiny sour with pears, plums, grapes, caramel and lemon zest. Too flat to really suit me but still solid and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2012
Beautiful in color this beer is a clear red brown in color. The nose has hints of cookies and liccorish. The palat is rich and sweet with a slight hint of sour on the back palate. It does have characteristics of a belgian abbey but not neccessarily totally within that catagory. A bit more of a bite than your traditional belgian abbey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (4949) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bohemian Cavern, DC draft ($7): I suppose that a jazz club is an appropriate place to try this brew. It was also cheap and poured into a full size pint glass, which, of course, is not the right glass for this brew. In any case, it pours a light brown with a beige head. Aroma got some Belgian yeast, but mostly plenty of fruitiness. Taste was a little disappointing. Nothing that complex. Alcohol was very well-covered (it seemed like I was drinking a much lighter beer). Very mild hop bitterness. Mild sweetness. This was kind of a run of the mill BSA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brian60625 (746) - 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 (1538) - 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 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2012
12oz bottle. Terrible aroma, just terrible. Pours a delicious-looking brown color. Weird that is looks awesome and smells bad. Taste is really good, definitely a strong beer, full body, thorough taste. Aftertaste is present and a little skunky. It’s really good but I don’t think it’s worth $3 a bottle off the shelf.

   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.

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