1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Monk Madness (JLS Release #18) - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.
Monk Madness (JLS Release #18)Monk Madness (JLS Release #18)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

200 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 200
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Monk Madness (JLS Release #18) Alström Bros
Ratings: 200 | Reviews: 186 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of KeefD
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint. Very nice beer. This a dark Belgian style ale. Not sure if this one qualifies as an "American Brown Ale," however. Nice, rocky head, chunky lacing, and little floaties in the glass - obviously unfiltered and delicious. Good smell and taste. Ultra hoppy and malty at the same time. This is one of the most well-balanced beers I've had. This should be a regular from Rogue. A favorite!

KeefD, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Magnum's in early November for $5.49.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a nice off white head leaving much lacing behind. Nose is quite pungent, of dark fruits, malts, and floral hops. Taste is somewhat unique, it has hints of belgian malts, dark fruits, finishing with a blast of hops. Mouthfeel is the trademark Rogue, very smooth and fairly heavy. Drinkability is good. This has a number of different stlyes of beer in one bottle (barleywine, belgian, brown). It was very fun to try this one!

arizcards, Apr 12, 2008
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 illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Poured into my Rogue pint glass. Ruby brown in color, modest head, decent lacing. Earthy, musty aroma, with some wheaty breadiness and leafy hops. Taste is malty and grainy, with a medicinal hop character and a metallic note. The flavors don't really mesh well. Dry finish, high drinkability.

illidurit, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The liquid doth bursteth forth from beneath the seal's oppresseth internment upon the struggle to dislocate the guardian fiend of the cap. Or more like this stuff bubbled up and frothed all over the place, even though it had been sitting stationary for days. Wow, points for carbonation....

Was poured hastily into a 22 oz mug, a deep opaque nutty brown. I would call it cloudy as well, but opaque over-rides that. Tall chunky beige head that retains well and leaves staccato-like traces of lacing behind it.

Intense nose, could almost fool you into thinking you were dealing with a barley wine. Strong vinuous notes, molasses, brown sugar, figs and date and black currants, then a strong earthy caramel malt reaches up from the depths and establishes its place.

Very aggressive flavour for a brown ale, could once again have fooled me into believing this was a junior version of a barley wine. Toasted, roasted and smoked malt, punctuated by pockets of alcohol, burnt wood, dry figs. Dry grassy, herbally hops on the finish. Dry smokey finish, more akin to campfire than ashtray.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily, medium-bodied but not full, compatible with the intensity of the flavour, helps make it all a bit more user-friendly.

Well then, this beefed up brown ale certainly leaves an impression. Dry and smokey throughout is my lasting impression, plus big and bold. Yet another notch carved out by Rogue.

IronDjinn, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp dark copper almost brown with a beautiful frothy head that lasts and leaves great lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of burnt caramel, chocolate and some dried fruits. The taste is a good blend of dark malts, burnt caramel and some subdued earthy hops. The beer is rather light bodied and possesses that expected Rogue smoothness. This is certainly one of the better beers that Rouge sells in anything other than a ceramic bottle.

atsprings, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of bort11
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Creamy light tan head that is quick to recede. Not a lot of lacing. color is a dark mahogany brown with chestnut highlight.

Smell is a little weak, but there is some nice hops presence. Taste is an interesting mix of malt and hops. It kind of changes it's character with each drink. A little confused.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. It's an interesting beer. I was expecting something a little more Belgian in style with a name like Monk Madness. Oh well.

bort11, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical Rogue bottle purchased from Oak Tree in South Plainfield... A very unique, different, flavorful brew, one of Rogue's greatest in my opinion... nice dark-brown, mahogany hue with minimal frothy head that soon dissipated... smell was loaded with brown sugars, caramel, vanilla, and candies... great malty, thick, rich, sugared flavor with extreme and rich thickness complete with butterscotch, cream, malts, and nuts... a very different beer from the typical Rogue brew... you can consider this a "super" American brown ale with its relatively high 7.4% ABV and supreme thickness and richness... good, creamy flavor with a nice mouthfeel and very good drinkability... difficult to detect any traces of alcohol behind a rich cornucopia of intricate,thick flavors...really enjoyed this one... Definitely recommended...
As a side note, the bottle complements the extreme flavorful characteristics, stating that, "The five layers of malts create a complex, slightly sweet flavor balanced by five different hop varieties" - nice combination...

dsa7783, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of baos
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drinking whilst typing

22 oz into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber with a Brobdingnagian head that sticks around for you.

S: This is a beer to learn from with the ingredients listen on the side. I smell oily citrus zests of grapefruit and orange and that beeswax-orange smell and taste i get from many of a Rouge beer.
Pine tree forest and look down and kick up some of the earth under all those pine needles that smell as well. There is an underlying candy honey smell in there too.

T: That Pine-resin-orange-beeswax-honey-clover-hop taste that I get from my friends at Rouge. Bitter then malts come to rescue, but just for a sec, then bitter again. Bitterness changes from grapefruit at the get-go to orange at the finish. Leave a dry almost alkaline-mediciney aftertaste. Very strong stuff here. If you don't like beers that believe in excess (albeit a balenced excess) don't drinkie! But you should try it no matter what take your time with it. It's the asomatous nectar.

M: Divine.

D: Very strong and bitter, but it's a very good-strong and a good-bitter. But I guess if you are divine it doesn't matter how many bottles you have, it'll just keep getting better!

baos, Jan 09, 2008
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Rogue Dead Guy Ale pint glass a cloudy dark brown color, nice carbonation, two-finger foamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, bitter, slight nuttyness, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty, bitter, and lots of caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a slight twist on a brown ale, well at least to the one's I've had in the past, tasty, recommended.

Wasatch, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of timmy2b
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark colored ale with a very nice thick dark tan head
interesting mix of scents with this one, first thing i smelled was the slighness of the hops in the background (drinking too many ipas i think) mixed with a nice contrast of caramel and something else
Full flavor of hops that were slightly fruity mixed with caramel, and maybe some chocolate
Heavy beer that was nice to sip on for a while, but the whole bomber made my wishing it was only a 12 oz bottle that I had.
First two glasses were nice to drink, but the final was a slow go, but still kept the nice taste and flavor the whole way through

timmy2b, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1 finger foamy tan head with good retention and lacing. Hazy dark brown body.

S: Loads of bready and roasted malt with caramel & molasses - all sharply contrasted with a nice floral hop aroma.

T: Citric, bitter, and fruity hops over sweet caramel and bready malt. As the smell, an interesting mix - belgian strong dark ale meets IPA ? No, wait, less yeast & spice. Dopplebock meets IPA? I don't know - it's odd, but it's good.

M: Medium body with soft carbonation. Quite smooth with a clean, slightly dry finish.

D: There's a little something for everyone to enjoy here, plus the alcohol is hidden very well, so it's quite drinkable.

OKCNittany, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue has been pretty hit or miss for me on the whole.
This fellow is closer to a hit than a miss but it feels like it could have been out of the park.
Something nearly 8% alcohol should be more fragrant than this. I didn't get much scent out of this until it was piss warm. Even then I didn't get a whole hell of a lot out of it. Typical brown ale scents. A bit of coffee, a bit of caramel, some chocolate, some nuts.
The flavor delivers those characteristics much more clearly. Drinks almost like a stout but manages to be just shy of that land. The look of the brew gives you that hint, as well as a certain lack of heaviness, and well, stoutness. There's a nice creamyness to be found in here. It is a noteworthy characteristic. Bitterness is there but controlled.
As far as big brown ales go, I'll take Dogfish Head's Indian brown first... but this is worth a taste.

ommegangpbr, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of Freshie
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber color with tan head.

Aroma is spicy with a bit of sweetness.

The taste is hoppy up front. Grainy malt backbone. Sweet, almost candy like sugar.

Mouthfeel is good. A bit sticky, but it works with this ale. A bit of a sipper, but goes down easy.

Freshie, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of AylwinForbes
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having found it ranked in the top ten hop-heavy beers in the Chicago Tribune, we were quite surprised to find this more of a brown ale: a sort of brown ale IPA fusion. Darker chestnut brown with a nice creamy head (not too much carbonation). Yes the hop character is certainly there, but it is off-set by a malty, chocolatey taste. We liked it but were not overwhelmed by it.

AylwinForbes, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - murky, reddish iced-tea color. A pale mocha head starts at a finger+, then drops back to a patchy cover with a clumpy, thick collar. A nice pattern of lace, a thin blanket with a network of small holes like coral.

Aroma - mild raisin and yeast, a little buttery. On the lighter side but quite good.

Taste - a roasted caramel at first, a hint of doppelbock-like sweetness. For such a beer, the ensuing hops are a bit of a surprise. Of course, this *is* Rogue, but still, the change of direction mid-palate is cool. Some light alcohol presence as it warms along with some interesting spiciness and general citrus flavor. Finishes dry and piny. An intriguing beer and entertaining to drink, but a little medicinal on the palate after a while.

Mouthfeel - lots of bubbles, a sweet smoothness, solid body.

Drinkability - good stuff, but the medicinal bit is a downer. Still, the mix of flavor is engaging and I find myself drawn to this beer.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Trueant1
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark redish brown with a nice tan head. The head is thick and sticks around. Great lacing!

Tastes of sweet malts. I think the hops overpower any flavers in there. Hops are oily with a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry. Too much carbonation for my taste. Nice bitter bite.

This beer drinks good. Drinks more like an Ipa than a brown ale. I would never know this is 7.4% abv

Trueant1, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its release from the 22 ounce bottle appears a deep hazy brownish-red with a portly light tan head that has a creamy texture, it evaporates slowly and the residual lace forms a tight skirt around the glass. Nose has a nice grassy hop presence with a sweet malt backing, and seems to me to have a bit of fruit, reminds me of a “Granny Smith Apple”. Start has a nice malt presence with a moderate feel at the top. Finish has a delectable hop bite, moderate acidity and a dry long lasting aftertaste that leaves a bit of sweet and sour on the palate, I enjoyed this beer, as I do most Rogue Brews.

Gusler, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of July2Nov
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A hazy brown, chestnut color with a constant lace.
S: You can smell the hops a mile away o this one.
T&M: Stringent upfront, then it smooths out with a hoppy taste in the vein of an IPA. Aftertaste is bitter then finishes with a smooth smokey bite.
D: One and done.

July2Nov, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark cloudy brown with a large frothy head and scattered specks of lacing.

S - Malty, coffee malt, dark fruit, dates, woodsy and earthy hops, smoky molasses.

T - A slightly smoky coffee malt with a mild coffee and hop bitterness. Woodsy hops and a bit earthy too.

M - A bit acidic, thin, pretty refreshing.

D - Not bad. Worth a try. I don't think I will have again, but I might if found on tap.

mrasskicktastic, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Floydster
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber from Cooke's Market in El Segundo

Very excited to see this here after hearing it was only brewed once and was very limited

Pour was dark brown into my pint glass with a thick vanilla head, about an inch

Tasted like a brown ale meets belgian type thing

It had a nice bitter finish which was my favorite part, very hoppy for a brown ale

Very drinkable, drank both of my bottles in one night, wish I had one more lying around know because they have been sold out for weeks now

Floydster, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was thinking this was some sort of Belgian brew, but that's OK. This beer pours a perfect brown with a big hoppy, lacy and stick three fingers of head. Pungent floral hops dominate the aroma with small amounts of cocoa and caramel from the malts also there in the background. Taste is a true bittersweet with the hops dominating this sweet somewhat brew. Probably a little overhopped for this style (it's a little out of balance), but it's more a unique brew than it is a bad brew. Very bitter in the aftertaste with a little sweetness lingering.

An interesting brew I would have again, but I'd rather have a more maltier version of this particular style.

saintwarrick, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a large foamy perfect tan head at 3 fingers a on top of a deep brown body with ruby amber notes in color when held to light. Leaves a bit of lace. Nice hoppy malt balance on the nose is very attractive, dare I say doutle bastard. Soft hoppy sweetness has a distinctive even malt backbone. Refreshing and not to heavy. Nicely balanced but could be a bit more rich for the style. Bitter lengthens on the end of the palate and becomes the mouthfeel. Super enjoyable beer to drink and maybe one of my Rogue favorites.

SPLITGRIN, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of GreenWBush
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I first heard about this beer, I got very excited…only when I found out they weren’t using Belgian yeast the interest sort of waned. But once it showed up I gave it a shot anyway…leave the ingredient inspection to the homebrewers, I’m a taster…even if this is basically Belgian only in the malt department (and a few aged Belgo hops).

Appearance is deep and Bing-cherry red. Spaced out lace adhesion. Cheese-ball bottle design, too.

Nose has a somewhat factory-issue Rogue-iness, IPA aroma with mild suggestions of Orval-like earth-hops. Creamy. Spicy hops coming up through a girthy malt-base.

Taste is interesting. The label’s semi-sweet description is somewhat right-on, a dry malt-foundation with slight peaks of chocolate and mouth-drying multi-layered hop attacks. More IPA than BSPA, clearly and obviously. Hints of the latter come despite the yeast, but this does show how yeast is the Belgo-secret.

The chameleon nature of this beer seems to serve it, in at least that it seems versatile and well-advised for food pairings. Hops add fruit; malt makes meaty and pithy. Training wheels “hop” beer. I think this really would have benefited from Belgian yeast, though.

GreenWBush, Aug 21, 2007
Monk Madness (JLS Release #18) from Rogue Ales
84 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.