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 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 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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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

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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.

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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 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.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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 TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 woodychandler
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
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 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 ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Slatetank
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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 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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of GClarkage
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

03/08/07- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, as usual, no freshness info prrovided my Rogue...or even abv for that matter. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Chestnut in color. 1/4 inch head, smooth, white and creamy looking. Leaves frothy rim for the entire beer. Small lace spots are plotted to and fro.

Smell- Mostly sweet carmamel malt with an aray of hops. I also sense some alcohol and also a weird chlorine like scent.

Taste- WTF is this? I didn't look before I tried it. Was assuming it would be some kind of Belgian style ale from the name "Monk Madness". After reading the style, it makes a bit more sense. There is some sweet caramel malt hidden beneath the hopped out main flavor. Is this Rogue's idea of an Imperial Brown? I also get some kind of weird dark cherry flavor. The most bitter brown ale I have had.

Mouthfeel- Pretty creamy, especially in the finish as the beer really warms to room temp. Medium carbonation and a hefty bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- I'm not sure it's just me, but I don't really dig 70 ibu's of hops in my brown ales. It was interesting, but I'll pass on this one in the future. Hop heads may really enjoy it though. To each his own.

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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.

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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.

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