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RATINGS: 1701   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5500) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43533) - 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]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4544) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (5101) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (6269) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 11, 2009
Bottle 0,33l. Dark ruby colored. A large creamy tanned head. Strong aroma of fruit: Plums dominating. Inviting. Sweet fruity flavor evoving into a sweet bitter aftertaste. Dry fruity bitter finish. Alcohol shines through with it’s warming effect. KI=7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (5805) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2009
330 ml bottle. It poured a dark reddish liquid with a medium foam that quickly dissapeared. Smelled of bread and raisin. It tasted of ripe fruit, raisin, bread, red berries, yeast and a hint of red wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Tap at Hop Leaf. Poured reddish brown with a full dark off-white head. Aroma consisted of a combination of molasses, caramel and brown sugar. Flavor was sweet with molasses and brown sugar notes. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2009
Bottle. Reddish brown colour with an off-white head. Fruity, vinous, a bit phenolic, lightly spicy, sugar, some alcohol.

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