Monk Madness (JLS Release #18) | Rogue Ales

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Monk Madness (JLS Release #18)Monk Madness (JLS Release #18)

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by weeare138 on 10-02-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 185
Reviews by lifeboyq:
Photo of lifeboyq
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Being a homebrewer, I was interested in the ingredient list but a little sceptical of the high alpha hops used and the number of hops used. I was also interested in how all the malts would come together with the pacman yeast. It turns out that the flavor is dominated by the grapefruit flavor that is common from using too much and too many of high alpha hops. Unfortunately it ruins the potential of the flavor combination that would come out the Munich, Special B, Amber, etc. malts . This beer would be better with time as the hops settle down. The monks wouldn't be impressed as most belgians are very conservative with the amount of hops and the acidity in them. I surely wasnt impressed.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's got some age on it. I think, about 3 years.

Deep amber pour with quite a bit of fine sediment suspended and a frothy tan head.

Aroma is earthy, woody hops, caramel, and the yeast that lets you know it's Rogue.

Well balanced flavors between caramel and chocolate malts and a woody hop character.

This is actually pretty good considering the age. The hops still taste good, no real off flavors and very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

What do you get when you throw five malts, five hops, water and yeast together? You get another crazy Rogue beer: Monk Madness Ale. It's fermented with their house yeast, so make no mistake: this is not a Belgian-style Ale, just more Rogue goodness.

The hefty foam leaves a trail of sticky lace most of the way down the glass. The clarity of the garnet-colored brew is stunning when held up to the light. Insane, pine-like, mango, tangerine and orange blossom hop aroma, with levels of complex malt underneath. Smooth, front to back, with a full and lush body. Intricate malt flavors lock together to form this multifaceted flavor. Roasted, but not burnt. Malty, but not sweet. Toasty, but not grainy. Just amazing. The hops aren't shy, and they wrap around the malt and spike with a bitterness at the middle. Lots of hop fl avor. Mangoes and tangerines, piney and herbal. Alcohol was hidden during the first few sips, but then preceded to warm the mouth and show off a bit of fruitiness. The malty finish has a long, lingering hop flavor that the taste buds just can't shake. Good brew. Try with some aged, dry cheddar for a great pairing.

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Photo of blitz134
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown body. Tan fizzy head that reduced to a random thickness layer on the top. Heavier towards the edges and just a skim in the middle. Lace covers much of the glass with small bubbles.

Aroma has a lot of caramel malts in it followed with a big dose of citrus hops. I can pick out the amarillo hops in there too, they have that certain twang to them that I have yet to really be able to describe. Alright aroma overall, average strength maybe, definately not really strong.

Interesting flavor. A good bit of toasted malts in there and a rye bread like touch to it. Citrus rind and pine resin hops finish it out. Flavors are alright together, but it seems like a random concoction of ingredients was tossed into this one. Doesn't meld together great. Has a decent hop bitterness finishing it out too.

Mouthfeel is just alright too. A little thin really. Flavor coats the mouth well and lingers just a bit. Overall the drinkability is alright. Its fairly easy to put down but not outstanding enough to pick up again if it were available.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle. Pretty deep red/brown color with a coffee-colored head that retained well. A little lacing. Sweet, fruity aroma, with a malt presence. Very hoppy, as well as some fruit in the taste. I thought it was more tangy than bitter. I enjoyed this beer, even though it's not one I'd want a lot of in one sitting.

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

typical Rogue bomber, nice/wierd looking monk kind of guy, no freshness info, Pours a nice wam dark honey amber, clear with a typical tannish fine bubble head that leaves fine and nicely knitted lacing. Doughy nose. Fairly non-descript ale, tastes like they were trying for some sort of Belgian brown kinda thing and ended up with a pretty tame and easy drinking American style brown. Nothing really wrong with it, just a middle of the road type take on a bland style. (IMHO) In this age of mega beers (double this and Imperial that), this is a tame, malty little brew. Tastefully done, but tame. I wouldnt reach for this one for myself, but probably would be a crowd pleaser, for most normal beer drinkers. Would work as an all evening sessioner.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown pour with a frothy tan head. Smells like a yeasty Belgian with hearty malt and some sourness. Expected a Belgian Ale with the name, and was surprised to be hit with a dumptruck of hops on the first taste. The hops eventually gave way to a smooth malt and yeast finish. Creamy mouthfeel was pleasant and didn't detract from the beer. I really don't know what to make of this. Its like a IIPA with yeast.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

served into a tulip glass froma 22oz brown bomber with crimped cap.

Off-white head towrads tan a mirky reddish/orange with a slight brownish hue.
Good retention,streams of tiny bubbles rising,leaving rings of lace down the glass.

Complex dark fruit aromas,raisin/fig/dates,a bit of spice,very earthy and woody,some chocolate with a hint of citrus.

A very woody,earthy taste,lots of Chinook hops in this beer. Not any real fruit taste as in the aroma. Chocolate with some burnt carmell taste. Finishes with a sharp,tart,citrus rind bite. Expected some Belgium tastes with the name of the beer,not the case just an American Brown Ale.

A medium mouthfeel,some cloyingness,a bit grainey,a little rough on the palate.
Not a lot of drinkability as with most beers from Rouge,Don't know if I want more or not. Not a bad beer,but not one of my favorites from Rigue either.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A-This beer has a nice warm pecan brown body that is clear but is a bit dense. There is a thick spongy light tan head that last and last with a good bit of lacing after each sip. There is a sea of micro bubbles racing around in the glass.

S- This beer has a slight sweet caramel malt smell with hints of white sugar almost like fresh iced sugar cookies in the background, but it is very light. The malt smell is the main aroma.

T- the slight sweet toasted malt flavor has a faint hint of chocolate malt and more of a caramel malt note as it warms. The big juicy hop finish has notes of pine resin and a grapefruit rind bitter finish. The hops really dominate the malt flavors.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat but a little tight fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has some very nice malt flavors and complexity but they are buried under the hops. I think with a year under its belt this would be a totally different and much better beer.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Ales tend to be known for their over-the-top hop content. Usually, I don't mind that too much, but in this particular case, I wonder if the hops aren't instead covering up what's underneath a really tasty brown ale.

Still, it's a good brew. Deep brown with a hint of red. Hops and a bit of sweetness on the nose. Hops and more hops on the taste, though there's a tiny bit of malt down there somewhere. Definitely not boring. More a session beer though, not drinkable enough for my standard beer rotation. Give it a go.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich ruby red with a giant tan foamy head. The head leaves great lacing that lasts forever. The smell has citrus hops, roasted malts, and coffee. A very full hop fruit aroma. The taste is full of citrus hops, roasted malt,coffee, and bread yeast. A rich flavor,but hoppier than other brown ales. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. A very tasty beer that won't disappoint.

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Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typically interesting bomber from Rogue, poured into a Duvel tulip for a change.

Appearance: A dark and slightly hazy amber color, some drops and spots of lacing around, though the head fades fairly quickly, leaving a decent outer ring around the top of the beer.

Smell: An aroma of hops, like my recently reviewed bomber of Santa's Private Reserve, ends up taking over even as it warms. This isn't a bad thing, but then again, this has 10 ingredients in it as they say, so I was hoping for more complexity because of that. I suppose in there I can sense some dark fruits and sweetness too, but as I said, maybe too many ingredients ended up making black instead of a wide variety of colors.

Taste: What's the deal with Rogue and overpowering hops lately? Pretty bitter, though tasty, with a citrus edge, but again, color-wise it's black instead of spanning the spectrum and bringing complexity to the table with the malt. I'm especially disappointed with the lack of Belgian flavors, which I'd hoped would be there from the bottle and the name. Not bad certainly, just one-dimensional, though certainly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chalky and yeasty, at least to me. Carbonation is a bit biting and not very smooth, and the body seems to be light to medium.

Drinkability: Not sure I'd buy another one. Where does the monk come in regarding this brew? And is this really a brown? Had I known this wasn't a Belgian I wouldn't have bought it probably. But man, come on Rogue, let's get going here, especially with these JLS brews...

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle is labeled Monk Madness Ale, not Mad Monk as initially entered on this site. Logo features one of the Rogue usual suspects wearing a monastic robe and a medallion with the number 12 on it.
Pours a a pretty brown color with dark orange highlights, topped by a smallish creamy tan head that recedes to a wispy layer in a couple of minutes. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, spicy Belgian malts, and tangy floral hops. Notes of pine and black pepper linger in the background. Palate is sweet caramel malt up front before quickly being overtaken by a bitter combination of Belgian malt and floral hops. Bitterness lingers on the fairly dry finish. Body is substantial and a touch creamy, but the carbonation isn't up there like it should be in a "real" Belgian ale. Not my favorite Rogue offering.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown in color with a large and creamy one finger light tan head. Citrusy hops dominate the nose. There is a slight amount of toasted malt present in the aroma, but the hops steal the spotlight. The taste much like the aroma is dominted by the hops. Behind all the hops there is a simple but good malt backbone. Who says there is any such thing as too much hops? Rogue doesn't and neither do I. Overall, this is another heavily hopped but very tasty brew from Rogue.

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Photo of prototypic
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's dark brown and has a creamy tan, one-finger head. Head had good retention and laced the glass nicely.

Smell: Initially, it has a very good toasted nut aroma. Also features strong caramel and toffee malts. Hops are certainly present. Smells like a mix of pine and floral hops. Neither seems to overpower the other. Very good smelling brew.

Taste: It's pretty straight forward. Tastes like a great blend of caramel-toffee malts and toasted nuts. It also has a bit of hop bitterness on the tail end and a light yeasty/biscuity taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, well carbonated, and easy to drink. Pretty typical for a Rogue offering. Certainly could be a session beer. Overall, it's a good beer. I'll drink it again.

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Photo of tempest
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Blue Tusk. For some odd reason the tusk was coy about which beer this actually was, but I'm pretty certain it was Monk Madness. I'll change the review if I'm proved otherwise.

This has to be a nitro pour. The head is oh-so-creamy, with great lacing and low carbonation. Smelled and tasted of toffee and walnuts with a hint of hops in the aroma. The taste start slightly sweet, but slowly gives way to big citrus and apple hop and bitterness. This beer sure has a kick, but on nitro its very drinkable. I had to make myself slow down on this one. Still, the taste could have been a bit richer at first, I was almost underwhelmed before the hops kicked. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of EveL
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving was a 22oz bottle

Color is a deep red. Head was about an inch.

Smell is earthy with lots of malt

Taste is complex with sweet malt immediately followed by what can only be described as a burnt malt taste lead into the long dry and hoppy end. Unfortunately nothing really seems to shine through and it is difficult to remember where one part ends and the next begins. Kudos for the complexity though

Mouth feel is thick and moderate carbonation. Maybe a bit too much carbonation as I feel a little less could help this beer shine more.

Overall this is an interesting brew. I feel it's only fault is that it tries to be way too much and this ends up taking away from the individual parts.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

THis was a dark brown poured into a nice tulip. the head was not exceptionally frothy, just enough to stick around after some sips.

Right from the first sip you just got this big impression that this was a hop lovers beer. There was not hiding the extreme piney hop flavor, the acrid sharpness on the tongue obscured everything for the first three sips. As the beer mellowed and settled a bit, it was clear that this had a malty undertone, but not enough to counter act the bitter top. It lacked obvious balance. I will say that it was interesting to have so much hop flavour on top of a belgian/german underlayment, instead of the typical IPA maltiness or the occasional extreme stout under the hops.

If you love extreme hoppiness and want to try a new experience, go ahead, but my suggestion is to not just a book by its cover, or a beer by its label, or title.

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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???

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, light brown in color. Two finger rocky tan head that settles, yet maintains a consistent 1/4 inch throughout. Massive sticky lacing. The nose contains sweet malts, fresh cherries and juicy hops. The body is slick, creamy and complex--leafy Chinook hops are blended with biscuity malts, an earthy malt-based backbone. There are traces of smokey flavorings and a nutty palate. Finishes with a twinge of carbonation and oily hops. A highly drinkable hopped-up brown ale. Another unique and great offering from Rogue Ales.

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Monk Madness (JLS Release #18) from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 200 ratings