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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Photo of woodychandler
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I continue to rid myself of all bottles, old vintage beers come out of hiding. Nice to see you again, my friend!

From the bottle: "The five layers of malts create a complex, slightly sweet flavor balanced by five different hop varieties."; "12 Ingredients: Two Row Pale, Belgian Munich, Belgian Special B, [obscured], Amber Malts; Belgian Nobles, Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial, Summit Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast".

Upon opening the Oxygen Fixing Cap, I caught a whiff of dried, dark fruit (think raisins, prunes, even blueberries). There was also a good bit of alcohol evident on the nose. My initial, gentle pour, so as not to disturb any lees, still created a finger of dense, light-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep-brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose had some evidence of oxidation to accompany the other scents noted previously. Mouthfeel was big and almost creamy and it really tasted like a liquid version of the B&W Brown Bread that I ate over the course of the past week. It was prevalent with a molasses flavor, initially, followed by some heat and then a dark fruitiness. My my my. Patience is everything on some beers, this apparently being one of them. Finish was dry, thanks to the Pacman yeast having eaten everything in sight. It might have been able to age just a little longer, but I am glad that I caught it when I did.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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 fightingwords
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this tasting note in a folded page of my beer book...crazy cause I had a number of these bombers a few years ago and was sure I posted this.

A--deep unfiltered hazelnut brown appearance. Big fluffy taupe head. Strong lacing.

S--really malty nose. caramel and toasty odors. Fresh hop smells, not too floral not too earthy. Balanced as the printing on the bottle would suggest.

T--the hops take the back seat in this beer. The beer is a caramel sweet drink with just a touch of roasted flavors. The hops provide a bit of an herbal balance and a touch of bitterness.

M--medium bodied. Had a sort of oily finish. Smooth drinker.

D--tempting to keep going for a Strong Ale.

pretty sneaky strong ale. Flavors were balance and approachable. Slightly above average beer overall. It was worth the 15 bucks I spent on three of them.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber/brown color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is some caramel sweetness but mostly a hoppy wood. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. $6.49 for a 22oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: This one pours a darker amber/caramel color that is fairly clear. There was a finger's worth of a tan head on mine. Not much lacing, though. The aroma is pretty nice. There are definitely some Belgian characteristics to it. Some yeastiness and breadiness to go along with some molasses. Faint aroma of some dark fruits also. The flavor is quite interesting: there is a lot going on here. There are various flavors competing, yet they are well balanced. Some bitterness, some sweetness, even a touch of smokiness. Very Nice!

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Photo of magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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 CHADMC3
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper to almost ruby in body with a generous off white head which is fluffy and full of big carbonation bubbles that lingers for a while leaving a hearty trail of lacing in its path.

The sweet malt wafts from the glass with the hop presence hitting the senses upon second inspection with hints of pine and orange or grapefruit like citrus. Each time I revisit the aroma, I get hit with a different malt/hop combination.

What a varied flavor offering, some caramel, some hop bitterness, a slight roasted aspect, and even something woody or piney.

Medium body with generous carbonation and a lively palate that really offers the senses great variation, the mouthfeel is just as diverse as the aroma and taste.

While I may only be good for a bomber of this here and there, this is just a fun beer to drink, a crazy variation of hops and malts, just as the bottle promised. This is a cool beer, and one I hope to enjoy again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice ruby red color with a dense compact white head.

S: The nose brought about some sweet roasted caramel, warm muffins, and toffee.

T: The flavor was toffee and caramel with a dried piney hoppiness. The hopping was dried citrus with chinook and centennial hops give this a nice dry piney bite. The finish was smooth while finishing dry. Overall a decent attempt by style.

M: medium-full, soft and creamy with a light carbonation.

D: Moderate drinkability, would drink it but wouldn't necessarily seek it out.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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 fitzy84
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Still around for now I guess. Bought the 22 oz bomber at Spirit Haus. Pours a delicious brown amber color, creamy lacing and a decent, light coffee-color brown head. Strong caramel, coffee, toffee aroma, very sweet. Chocolate tastes wrapped in nuts flavors, however, I felt they could have been stronger in intensity. The mouthfeel hinders a bit some of the flavors. Dry finishes but a little too thin. Overall, pretty darn good.

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Photo of KeefD
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
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!

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
4.21/5  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.

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Photo of bort11
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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...

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Photo of baos
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
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!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 wonÂ’t give it a go again), but still another good brew by Rogue.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Monk Madness (JLS Release #18) from Rogue Ales
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