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RATINGS: 1711   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, itís 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 Brewingís 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 ďDark Strong AleĒ, 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 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2007
25 ounce bottle. Trappist glass. Cloudy Mahogany with brown quickly diminishing head. Aroma was sweet malt and caramel. Taste was fairly complex with notes of dark fruit, brown sugar tobacco and sweet malts. Lightly spiced with a touch of bitterness on the finish. Bitterness increases as it warms. I should like this one more. An interesting mix of flavors, but it just didnít mix well for my taste. B for effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2007
Sampled on-tap at Blue Tusk, Syracuse, NY.

Reddish copper colored brew, could have been a bit darker for the style but still fine. The head retention wasnít that great, it died away to form a thin ring. It was served a bit cold.
Strange mix of smokey, spicy and acidic aromas that reminded me of those all dressed chips they sell here in Quebec, which made my friends chortle. Definately original. Did they use a Belgian yeast for this? Was it barrel aged? As it warmed, it developped more of a corky smell that I liked.
Carbonation in the low-to-mid range, the smokey flavors come more than anything else. No real sign of spicy yeast flavors, just a bit of acidity that didnít quite make my mouth pucker. Woody, corky flavors are the only characteristics that make it seem like a Belgian ale to me. Not my favorite from this brewery, but interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 10, 2008
i really like this belgian strong dark. nice rusted orange color with a generous head. airy mouthfeel that is delicately robust. good notes of nuts and molasses. on tap at the map room, chicago, il.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (4200) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Sampled from 750mL courtesy of Naka. Mild funky notes to this one, with caramel and toffee, light butterscotch and diacetyl. Mild fruity character and cherry skin. Light papery hops. Dark brown-amber clear, with a fairly good sized off-white foamy lacing head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts with a tangy fruitiness, like macerated raisins and plums, caramel and toffee, with a light oaky-acidic tang. Mild funkiness and light fruity hops. Overall, itís very sweet, and almost a bit cloying in the finish. Funky and woody, and just a bit watery in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goodgrief (2000) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Ruby red/brown pour, with minimal head and some lacing. A burned aroma left me feeling this was some sort of Belgian Scottish Ale (if that makes any sense at all). A taste confirms....really sweet, malt profile similar to a scottish ale... a fruity malt flavor with cherries. Kinda too sweet, but not horrible. A moderate to high level of carbonation. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Poured a nice clear copper color with little to no head. Aroma was yeast malt and dark fruit, plums and cherries. Flavor was interesting, almost like a slightly overcooked cherry cobbler, a little burned, a lot sweet, and a bit caramely. A lot going on here, and the 9% is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2008
pours dark red and clear with a frothy light brown head. Aroma is modratly malty, lightly hoppy and boldly yeasty of bannanna and bubble gum, rasins and cherrys. Flavor starts balanced twords sweet, dark caramel, cansy, dark fruit, rasins. Finishes much the same and dry. Medium bodied, watery and livley

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Deep brown and ruby poured with a nice fluffy head. Sweet aroma. No discernible aromas. Raisins, caramel, and other dark fruits in the taste. Some sweetness remains. A bit thick for my liking, but fits the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2008
bottle. Pours a deep, dark amber, with a small-ish off white head. Head clears pretty quick, leaves a nice layer and decent lacing. Aromas dominated by sweet dark raisins and figs, with some hints of yeasty tartness. Flavors follow the nose... smooth, dark fruity sweetness, plenty of sharp yeast notes, and a fair amount of booze. Palate is heavy, but clean, with very little lingering finish. Overall, a decent brew, though lacking in some of the depth often found in belgian dark ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - 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.

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