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Monk Madness (JLS Release #18) - Rogue Ales

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200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: weeare138 on 10-02-2006)
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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Plant. This is an american strong, not a Belgian at all. While some yeast, it is like a strong lager, at 7.4% abv. Hazy beige with some head.Something unexpected, with above average citrus hops and lots of malting.I could not drink too much of this when other beers available, but would take it again.

Sammy, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a prodigious head that retains well and leaves plenty of lacing all the way down

Smell: Plenty of pine and tropical/citrus fruit esters in the aroma along with an underpinning base of caramel

Taste: Starts out with a subtle blend of caramel and pine, with the piney and citrus flavors attempting to burst forward by mid-palate; after the swallow, the pithy fruit flavors explode and are joined by a metallic/herbal element that lasts for several minutes

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with plenty of prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A bit out of balance, and the metallic finish is a drawback; otherwise enjoyable and certainly different for a brown ale. Not sure why this is considered a brown as it neither looks, smells nor taste like one. Forget that its not a Belgian; it's also not a brown; I think northyorksammy got it right - this is an American Strong Ale

brentk56, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coppery candied cherry with orange juicy edges. I love beer that looks like a tropical sunset after a tropical storm. The semi-tacky head is roughly equal parts pale orange, ecru and gold. Despite less glass coverage than expected, what sticks looks pretty damn good. Note: much more lace ends up on the glass in the end.

I hope the nose comes into its own with warming because right now I can't appreciate much. Monk Madness smells like an American-hopped American brown ale (which is what it is), but that's where the specifics end. Although warming doesn't help a great deal, I can eventually appreciate iced tea with a twist of lemon.

This is yet another solid brew from the boys out in Newport, OR. I was a bit taken aback (and pleased) by the hoppiness until I remember what brewery I'm dealing with. A quick glance at the silk-screened bottle informs me that 68 IBUs are present. At least.

The only things Belgian about this beer are two types of malt and one type of hops ('Belgian nobles', whatever the hell they are). Otherwise, we have four rip roarin' Americans that go by the names Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial and Summit. It doesn't take a finely tuned palate to appreciate the citrus rind underneath all the malt.

In typical Rogue fashion, the use of their neutral PacMan yeast allows the quality ingredients to shine. And shine they do. The flavor profile consists of brown bread soaked with melted caramel and spread with thick layers of lemon, orange and grapefruit marmalade. This fine ale is at least as sweet as it is bitter, with spicy not far behind. I'm becoming more and more impressed as the ounces disappear.

Only Great Lakes delivers mouthfeels that are better (beer after beer after beer) than Rogue. Most brown ales would kill to be this lightly viscous, this silky smooth, this mouthfilling. How do they get bottled beer to feel like it came fresh off the tap?

Monk Madness deserves to be a regular release. It's one of the best American brown ales that I can remember drinking (Surly Bender notwithstanding). I now wish that I had snagged a handful of bombers instead of just this one.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Indybigtom: Poured a deep cloudy brown ale with a thick foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of West Coast hops is easily discernable with some huge caramel notes. Taste is also dominated by some bitter citrusy Pacific hops with some notes of caramel and toffee and some medium sweet malt. Full body with some average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I was expecting a Belgian style ale but instead I got this hybrid beer which is a frustrating and more or less successful experiment.

Phyl21ca, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scored a pint at Barley's, Knoxville TN. Instead of called Mad Monk, it was calle Monk Madness--somtin' scwewy goin' on hewe! Nevertheless, the beer turned out typically Rogue, which is quite good. Although, it lacked a lot of what maked Belgian beers Belgian-- the spicy, twangy, earthy yeast. Could have easily been mistaken for a strong ale. Very malty and lightly syrupy in the nose and flavors. Typical Rogue hopping, strong american bittering with a light floral flavor. A little heavy on the palate with a light, sweet, dry finish.

BEERchitect, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a very, very dark amber body with a tall, beige-colored head that provided some spectacular-looking lace.

Smell: A thichk, rich breadiness prevails in the aroma, with lesser notes of citrus and spice peaking out from behind the freshly-baked loaves.

Taste: By far, one of the most pronounced, clear cut toast-like flavors I have ever come across. Throw in some hints of brown sugar and cocoa, and it makes for one very complex malt profile. Plus, got a load of that spiciness! A crisp, citrusy hop flavor begins to creep in like an early morning fog just before you make your way to the moderately bitter finish. To credit of the brewers, this one wasn't resentfully hopped into oblivion. Reasonable! Responsible, even! Good job, Rogue.


Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but surprisingly chewy and creamy.

Drinkability: This was nice, and certainly very interesting. Heck, I may even purchase another bomber of 'Monk Madness'. No promises, though.

I've had a few people tell me Rogue managed to push the hop meter to "WAY 2 X-TREME" in regards to this release, but for me it was rather well-balanced. Go figure.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I missed Brewer by a few days at the Pizza Plant on Main wich bummed me out but I gave this a whirl and enjoyed it.Poured a chesnut brown not overly dark with a thinner slight off white head,aromas are not big and in your face but the hops are noticable in a drier earthy sense, well this is an American Pacific North West brown ale no doubt quite earthy and herbal overtop of a solid molasses-like malt base,the dryness is the dominat character to this brown ale.A big American brown wich I like staying true to the hop roots but not being overbearing,if a big earthy brown is for you this is it.

oberon, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Edgewater...

Pours a hazy auburn, with swirling velvety foam. Smell is floral and piney hops, some grain. First taste impression is strong floral hops up front, which linger through the duration of the glass. Bare essence of malt in the body, not as much as would be expected in a Belgian brown. Carbonation is strong and effervescent. Couldn't have more than one in a sitting...but it is a unique effort, and worth trying.

emerge077, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Rogue goblet.

Transparent dark brown/amber in color, good head retention despite the fairly mellow carbonation. Nice, but I remember it being darker on tap.

The nose is primarily very sweet and aromatic malts, with a bit of piney hops in the background. Very nice aroma, actually.

Sweet, malty entry, followed by dark roasted coffee, and then finally a bitter, hoppy finish. The finish is very hoppy and roasted, but it opens with big malty sweetness.

largadeer, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a burgandy/brown color with a fluffy white head. It leaves nice lacing.

S - It smelled of malt, pine and alcohol.

T - It was very malty with a little bitter kick.

M - It is fairly soft and creamy. It is a medium-bodied beer.

D - It is a good American brown with a good malt flavor.

zeff80, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me first say that I had no idea what this beer was when I ordered it. I assumed it was a Belgian-style tripel or dubbel, and when I poured it the hazy, deep mahogany body had me expecting a dubbel. The frothy tan head held well, indicating such, but the aroma had none of the associated characteristics. Instead, it offered piney hops over a soft, biscuity malt. I chalked it up to being a Rogue beer and tasted it only to find that there wasn't much Belgian there either. It was a touch spicy, and I questioned whether that was from yeast, or alcohol, or both. There is some alcohol there, and after a few more tastes I deduced that it was not the yeast. So what was Belgian about it? Apparently nothing. That only intrigued me more. I checked the bottle... 5 malts, 5 hops, some Belgian, but with a variety of Pacific Northwest hops. Cool! (But forget about all of that, what hooked me was the combination of malt and hops. I couldn't care what the beer was called or what style it might be, the flavor had a really nice, mineralish, caramelish, bready, and piney character. It was solidly bitter, and there was a touch of alcoholic spiciness that helped to keep it dry. I found it quite enjoyable and worked through my 22 oz. in about 45 minutes. Very nice! If it was a little less strong I might have had another.

NeroFiddled, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Jason, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, dark fruit, some hops and a touch of alcohol.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and honey. The malt character is very heavy and there are some fruit flavors in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides some balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, if you're in the mood for this type of sweet beer it's worth drinking for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a murky ruby brown hue with a large sized off white beige head leaves full bands of even lacing with each sip as I poured the beer the head floated at least an inch above the rim of the chalice. Aroma has deep pine, earthy hops and some bready caramel malts with traces of some sugary alcohol glazed fruit character as well. Flavor is upfront bitter with an earthy dirt hop character hovering across the palate some grapefruit rind as well mild sweetness to balance just a bit, caramel malts are soft well rounded with some mild fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with even carbonation hop oils are evident definitely streaks across my tongue and attaches to the enamel of my teeth. Drinkability is decent I could picture things blending better here very Rogue, very bitter, but just okay.

WVbeergeek, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark ruby with a thick head. Nose is sweet like a peach. Taste is slightly bitter, more so as time goes on. Even and consistent. Just a slight bit of sweetness to it and alcohol showing itself on the end. Feel is standard with a little bit more than the normal amount of carbonation. Highly drinkable. Nothing fabulous (I probably won’t give it a go again), but still another good brew by Rogue.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber pours deep caramel with an orange glow, plus a 1 finger deep sand colored head. Superior head retention & a little lacing

S: Sweet malt & earthy hops

T: Sweet malt then a citric/herbal hop smack up front. Then a little chocolate & dryness. Finishes earthy, rich & slightlty fruitty

MF: Soft with medium body & low carbonation, skews too hoppy IMO

Drinks pretty easy for the abv, but the huge hops profile would preclude this as a session ale unless I was in a big jonesing for hops mood. A very interesting & aggresive take on the ABA style. This was a pleasant suprise even thought maybe a dubble from looking at the bottle???

russpowell, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of Slatetank
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Slatetank, May 26, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Monk Madness Ale? Is this the latest beer named after me, I wonder?

Clear, dark crimson coloration, big, fluffy, lace-leaving head, long-lasting...

Sweetness in the nose, a malty thing, like a doppelbock, really...very grainy, a bit fruity, but really cereal rules the roost here. Resembles a barleywine for a minute, too...ripe cherries and berries, too. Delightful.

Lands on the palate sweet and fruity, big, beefy, malty...but plenty of hops swing into play the next thing you know, and a lot of my favorites, Amarillo, Centennial, Summit...and the malt bill checks some boxes, too...Special B, for one, ...toasty and caramel-y, semi-sweet cocoa, matched up with cherries and figs.
Wow, this is nice. A whisper of smoked salmon peeks in, ...another sip and I'm just enjoying the complexity of malt and hops here, and the delicious flavor. Gotta love it. Not too hoppy, just malty enough, long lasting finish, indefatigible flavor, bold and brimming over with taste...this was a well-spent bottle.
Had an import last night that cost more for less beer, and was not impressive. Thanks to the craft brewing greats like Rogue for keeping on keeping on...Rich, sweet, very rewarding and giving, this brew. I like it. I'll go back for more!

feloniousmonk, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice roasted malt scent that is quite toastey with hints of burnt toffee. The taste is decent. It has quite an intense bitterness that really breaks through the layers of roasted malt. It goes down easy and finishes with burnt toffee and loads of bitter hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent brown ale. I like the malt content, but the hops are a little much, even for a hophead like me.

WesWes, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown with a thin off-white head that soon becomes a thin covering, then a patch. Minimal lacing is left.

The smell is of roasted earthy grain and floral hop fruitiness. It's somewhat perfumy, but not in a bad way.

There is a slight malty sweetness balanced by a hop bitterness that becomes stronger as the drink progresses. There is so much going on that the flavors blend to create a unique taste. It is more complex than is typical of the style. It tastes like a pale ale and amber ale with a Belgian flair. Somehow it ends up as a brown ale - but not a typical one. Roasted grain is present, but restrained, and mixed in with the sweet malt and bitter hops. A delicate fruitiness is also mixed in, but subtle. It's all good, but going in so many directions that it borders overly-complicated. Slight alcohol notes are always present, but never dominate.

It is medium to full-bodied. The creaminess and smoothness make this easy to drink.

jwc215, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled March 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, ruby red, amber color that is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick tan colored head. Initially it is a touch fruity, yet there is a raw hop character that is fairly green, quite noticeable, yet not really all that dominating. There is some malt aromatics around the edges of the aroma here; mainly notes of caramelized bread crust, toasty biscuit malt and a touch of raisin like fruitiness around the edges. There are definitely some vegetal hop notes here as well; green onions or even a touch of garlic make up the aroma profile (looking at the label I see that it has Summit hops, which to me have green onion and garlic undertones to the more typically noticed fruity notes). Actually if you dig around a bit a nice hop fruit character (sweet citrus, tangelo, and apricot) as well as a fresh from the toaster whole wheat toast characters are quite noticeable as well.

Fairly sweet taste up front with a soft raisin like fruitiness and a caramelized grain note. It quickly picks up a touch of dark grain sharpness and lots of biting, herbal hop character. As the beer warms a bit the hop fruitiness becomes a bit more noticeable, in addition to the citrus notes a nice, soft berry note becomes apparent. There is a nice gripping bitterness here as well, though at times it can be a bit green and astringently herbal. A herbal / menthol character is evident but really quite well balanced by the fruity hop notes; neither is dominant, but both together certainly play the leading roles in this beer. I really like how the sweet citrus notes interlace with the sharper hop notes of garlic, green onions and (are you detecting a recurring theme here) the herbaceously, freshly cut green flavors here. Other than that initially noticeable malt character the malt tends to play a supporting role; it is not as subservient as one would see in a nicely balanced, yet hop focused IPA, yet instead has lots of fairly noticeable, interesting, malty notes that play a secondary role. Raisin character, concentrated plum, a touch of fig, caramelized brown sugar, molasses, lots of caramelized sweet bread notes, toasted malt and even a touch of cracker-like biscuit character.

The more I root around in this brew, the more I am coming to like it. The complexity is what really grabs my interest here; I certainly would not say this is the most balanced brew in the world, there are a lot of harsher, herbaceous notes here that don't quite jive with the malt or citrus hop character, but they do bring something to the table. These notes bring a sort of palate cleansing effect, without actually requiring a separate palate cleansing between each sip. I wasn't not expecting much from this brew, but it has nicely surprised me in the end and I am definitely enjoying it.

Gueuzedude, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, thanks to Joe at Walnut Liquorette, for giving me this bottle, free of charge, with my purchase,

A: Dark brown, the head has excellent retention, almost like a good tap beer.

S: Roast, lots of malt and caramel, candied sugar, and a fair bit of hop astringency.

T: Very malty, with lots of caramel and toffee, but with also a bit of a hop attack, with plenty of citrus fruits, along with lots of tropical fruits, like mango and papaya. From the label, I thought this would be a Belgain-style beer, it isn't, it seems like a cross between an American Brown, an English Pale Ale, and maybe a bit of a dubbel, but only slightly. It is a very interesting taste.

M: Thin, a little to thin for the style, but creamy and smooth, so it's not a total loss.

D: Very good, an interesting beer, to say the least, it seems like it's coming from all different places and directions, but they come together to make a truly quality beer. Definitely worth a try for the adventurous beer drinker.

Halcyondays, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy brown color with a 1/2" head that quickly falls to a surface scum. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: caramel sweetness and hop bitterness are detectable.

Taste: the malt profile is a bit sweet but counter balanced by a hearty bitterness. I noticed a bit of spiciness with this too.

Mouthfeel: very crisp throughout. Short aftertaste of the sweet / bitter combo. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: not one of the Rogue beers I would have again. This just didn't satisfy the tastebuds.

Gavage, Nov 16, 2006
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Monk Madness (JLS Release #18) from Rogue Ales
84 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.