RATINGS: 1720   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, its 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 Brewings 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thefederalist (307) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours ruby brown with a generous off-white head. Aroma is very phenolic and distinctively yeasty. Flavor is a bit sweet but not cloying, just a bit too much caramel malt, or perhaps it is under attenuated. The alcohol is there, but the robust yeast character and phenolic bite overpower it. Any hop aroma is overpowered as well. From the brewery that makes the best stout Ive ever had, comes a dissapointment. Perhaps they should ferment cooler, or use a cleaner yeast strain.

   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 wasnt 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 didnt 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (7375) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2007
Small light beige head. Deep ruby red body. Deep sweet malty aroma with peppery spicy notes. Intense sweet earhy licorice and malt taste with banana, fruit, spice, and pepper notes. Sharpish mouthfeel. Alcoholic notes. The alcohol heat is hidden a bit by the carbonation. Dry roaste licorice aftertaste. Very nice! (0.75l bottle from gr0ve.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Pours a deep, cloudy brown - kind of dark - with a medium-sized, persistent, tan head that laces the glass heavily. The aroma is pleasant: lots of malts and yeast. It is quite fruity, too (mostly raisins, with some citrus and acidity in the aroma, too). The flavor is dominated by sweet malts and toffee. There is also a distinct spiciness - mostly cloves. The middle of the tongue gets some other funky, Belgian flavors (like bubble gum and identifiable fruit flavors). The finish is full and tingly from a hefty bit of carbonation. The flavor on the back of the tongue is sweet with just a touch of bitter hops. The mouthfeel is thick and full, but lightened nicely by the abundant (though not too much) carbonation. Overall, surprisingly good (especially compared to the last North Coast brew that was supposed to be Belgian: organic Cru DOr)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2007
On tap at Taco Mac, very good strong belgian ale out of CA. It was served a bit too cold so I had to wait a bit to enjoy it... but once it warmed up, the flavors were unleashed. I sensed a bit of banana and apricot. Wonderful palate and aftertaste... dark amber color. Recommended, but there are better ones out there... I would like to get a 750 ml bottle of this and pour it myself into a trappist glass and see how I like it then...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 7, 2007
A fizzy caramel brown head sits atop a darker brown body with unfinished cherry wood hues. Quick to fade, the head leaves behind thick gobs of lacing. The aroma is a rich blend of caramel and sugar malts, raisins, banana, dates, plum and some notes of fresh glazed donuts. Alcohol is somewhat concealed. The flavor is overly sweet, luckily it isnt sickening. Light bitterness coupled with moderate to heavy acidity cant stand up to pummelling caramel sweetness and sugary notes. The finish is sweet, then dries quickly and leaves gooey caramel residue behind. From first whiff to last sip this seems muddled and rushed, under-attenuated as well. The mouthfeel steers just to the light side of medium and is a quizzical mix of watery texture and sticky syrups. Carbonation is medium to high, fizzy explosions popping in all corners of the mouth. I really love this brewery and will continue to if the other staples remain relatively unchanged, but I had hoped for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2007
On Draught at Washington Brewers Festival. Aroma is malty, sweet caramel forward with a strong dark fruit current. Beer is a solid brown with a light tan head. Flavor is malt forward again, followed by dark fruit, yeasty notes and no hop character. Palate has solid carb bite and medium body. Overall a lot of interesting complexity here, have to try it in larger quantity when I can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 3, 2007
pours a red brown in color with some nice lacing. smells of malts, some brown sugar sweetness, some fruits. taste is big on the malts and sweetness that almost sticks on the lips. the beer itself has some good ingredients but it does not blend together the way i would want.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19824) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2007
Corked Bottle
Dark amber color to mahogany. Aroma of malt and the esthers; ripe plums, maybe apricots. Good malt flavor, dry, but the body could be stronger, at the end its quite thin; flavors of caramel and sweet liquorice; good bitterness level. Not impressive, but professionally brewed anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2007
750 ml bottle - pours clear and deep reddish brown; thick and sweet aromas are fruity, malty and spicy; the alcohol has some bite at first, but smooths out as the richness of the flavors sink in

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