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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 Gavage
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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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 Vancer
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

More of a brown ESB than any Belgium beer. Way to much hops and not near enough malt for balance. Without seeing this one, I would have gussed APA – muchas pine and citrus in there. Also slightly oily, crisp and sharp tasting. Ok as an APA, off the mark as any type of brown ale.

Pour was the high point, deep amber / oak with a massive frothy ivory head. Nice lacing. Average drinking.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

we seem to get a lot of Rogue out here in South Bend and im glad to see that we get some of the special releases like this one too. poured brown, clear dark earthy color. odor was a weird blend of grass and poop...a good smell mixed with a kind of gross smell. Taste was strange...bitter, actually, VERY bitter. the hops hit home too fast and obscure the tiny little brown ale flavor underneath. i think it would actually be a tasty brown if not for the hops. i dont really know how i feel about this one...not a great flavor really. a bit unbalanced too. its kind of like an overhopped homebrew of mine. i can drink it but i really want something more professional-tasting. im not sorry i tried it but i wont buy this again.

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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 goodbyeohio
2.26/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

22oz bottle, dude is dressed as a monk with a necklace bearing the #12. he is drinking his monk ale, inappropriately, out of a big mug. oh well. it's called a brown ale on BA, but all signs (and ingredients) point to belgian dubbel. although, the hops are weird. rogue is, essentially, weird.

the beer pours beautifully. ruby red with golden highlights, thick gobs of cascading tan foam. alot of creamy topper is left after time, and peninsulas of concrete lace make maps on the glass surface. bubbles, over time, dot the cream. the beer smells just like candied dates... which is a good thing, considering the direction this beer is going in. there is a bready maltiness to it as well, more like sweet uncooked gingerbread dough. yeast comes through in the nose a bit, sharply.

first sip is a disaster. waaay too bitter for the loosely fruity sweetness in the background. sourness from the yeast permeates all flavors and mingles dangerously with what seems to be the flavor of oxidation. although in this case, i think its just ill-conceived beer. the hops add nothing useful, and do so in a painful abundance. its very bitter in the finish, but the maltiness that gets no respect here prevents excessive dryness or chalky grit in the finish.. which i guess is a good thing. the off flavors limit any semblance of drinkability. this is a barely passable brown ale, and if it's a belgian (oh god help you rogue if it is), it is clearly one of the worst belgian ales i've ever had the misfortune to sip painfully into my fat face.

please oh merciful god of the kitchen sink, accept this offering as my thanks to you for grinding up all my little food bits and disposing of water (and monk's madness) in such a timely fashion. praise to the god of the sink! blessed be thy name.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger head that quickly disappears and not much lacing. Body is brownish copper.

Smell - hearty malt bread.

Taste - same as the smell. Strong, hearty taste of malt bread. Very straightforward, very simple, no real complexity, but nonetheless, a very good, very soild brown ale.

Mouthfeel - full, sometimes with a fluffiness.

Drinkability - this is a good brown ale, and could be sessionable.

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Photo of granger10
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish red color with a medium light tan head. Good lacing throughout. Smells malty and sweet but not sugary. Some spicy hoppiness in the aroma as well. Pine resin finishes the aroma. Taste begins with a spicy rye type character even though there's no rye in this. Some Belgian amber sweetness comes through underneath. Good amount of bitterness from the start but it never gets overwhelming. Yeasty and hoppy at the top. Finish is slightly sweet but moreso resiny and piney. Good body and mouthfeel on this which seems to be true with all Rogues. Easily drinkable even though it's higher in abv and ibu. Once you get past the fact that this is only about a quarter Belgian, maybe a third, you'll learn to really enjoy it.

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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 Stimack
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this brew on tap last evening. I was poured to a nice brown color with ruby highlights. Had a fair sized head that left some lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma was very upfront with a strong hop presence and a nice sweet malt scent that mixed very nicely reminding me of a fruity smell. The taste was dominated by the hops, but I was able to pick up a strong malt presence that lead to a sweat caramel flavor as well as a yeast flavor that was very muted. The hops tended to be more floral than citrus like to me. Over all I enjoyed this brew, with it being as strong as it is as well as with this hoppiness I do not feel I could have many of these in one setting.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle

Pours a mildly hazed chestnut brown with a small tan head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Biscuity aroma with a lightly toasted nuttiness and hints of cocoa with a very nice herbal hop aroma woven in.

Biscuity and nutty taste upfront that leads into a herbal hop flavor and much bigger bitterness than expected. There is a slight hint of cocoa at the finish, but it's really railroaded by the bitterness that lingers on and on.

Medium body, moderate carbonation.

It's drinkable, and I will definitely finish it due to the cost of the bottle. But, the promise of the smell is canceled out in the taste by a very unbalanced bitterness. This would be a delicious brown ale if the IBUs were cut in half, if not more. Disappointing.

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Photo of budgood1
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Monk Madness Ale.

pours out of the 22 oz. bomber bottle a hazy, cloudy opaque brown colour...very little head or residual lace. smells like a souped up brown ale; a bit yeasty and spicy behind a sugary sweet malt aroma. enough hops to perk up my nose, too. upon tasting, i was surprised by the layered sweet maltiness and subdued hop profile. although the hops end up playing the star in the flavour profile, it seems a more balanced offering from rogue. no true belgian yeast and the striking american hop varieties makes this another twist on the brown ale style. earthy choco and caramel/toffee maltiness is complimented nicely by the all the different hops used. there is an alcohol twinge and a definite warming in the belly after a few sips. just how i like it.

the mouthfeel is good...fairly velvety and smooth. the body is medium...seems just right for this beer and the "rogue twist" on the style. it's very good and drinkably delicious.

although maybe a "lesser" offering from the fine folks at rogue, it still shines as a very fine beer. there's lots going on in this brew to ponder over.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was clear dark brown with yellow hues and a big light tan head that was present for the entire glass. The smell has some piney hops, a little floral hop and not much else. The taste started bitter and ended bitter with a little coffee and earthy hop flavor in the middle. I did pick up some toasted malt. It was highly carbonated with a medium - light body. Overall a little too bitter and didn't get much of the malts.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap at The Village Draft House with my lunch and the Patriots game on October 22.

What is this? Thought it was some sort of Belgian brown ale. Thought this maybe was a mistake? Was not digging this beer. Took me over half the game to finish the beer.

Pours a ruby brown in color. fairly flat looking but with a slight brown head that vanishes altogether. Aroma has a slightly sour candy (butterscotch and toffee) tone.

Flavor was just way off for perhaps any style but a thin Belgian dark ale. Malts were overpowered by unripe green grapes and bananas. Slight hops bittnerness but just not enough to beat down the unripe fruit and help bring out any sweetness from the malts. Medium body that was in desperate need of thickening up a bit. Really struggled to finish this beer but it did improve as it warmed closer to room temperature.

I am not at all sure this is even close to being an American brown ale. Perhaps mis-styled?

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really excited to try this. Poured a gorgeous hue of cocoa brown with a soft head carpeting the surface. Very nice to look at and pretty close to what I want the style to look like. Sadly, it's here where the good things stop and the mediocre begins. The nose isn't complex at all. There's a bit of sweet malt and hops and that's about it. There isn't much going on flavor wise either. Rich caramel and hops appear and then the flavor calls it a day. No spice, no dark fruits ... no complexity. Mouth is ok, but lacks the velvety texture I associate with a good Belgian. Under another label that didn't suggest anything remotely Belgian this would be more enjoyable but still far from a world class brew.

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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 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 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 NiceGuyMike
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've recently developed a taste for hoppy beers. This beer proves to me that it is not that I did not like hoppy beers in the past, I just didn't very bitter beers.

a: nice brown ale with decent light tan head.
s: smells of sweet floral hops. Very nice.
t: sugar sweet (touch of brown sugar) along with some malt sweetness. Light alchole flavors present as wel. Very bitter. Not so much hop flavor, just a lot of bitterness. Very minimal belgian fruitiness.
m: full body with light creaminess which, in my opinion, was cancelled out by the bitterness.
d: once finished, I was ready to move on to something new.

This beer didn't do it for me. It kind of reminded me of the Santa's Private Reserve, but not as flavorful. Too bitter.

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Photo of veech
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I spoke with Jason from Rogue during set up for the Brewer's Jam while he was waiting for his beer to arrive and he said that he brought a brand new beer with him: Mad Monk which he called a strong brown Belgian Ale. I'm not sure about ABV but I think it would qualify as strong. I'm also not sure if it will be brewed year round or as a seasonal. It was a nice smooth brown ale with nutty flavors and a little alcohol kick to finish. It was very flavorful on the nose and the palate. A nicely done ale that comes as no surprise from Rogue. Sorry about the lack of total info.

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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 jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Phatz
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille in Exton PA.

The server said it is a "Belgian Style Brown Ale" but what does that mean? To me is was a hoppy American brown Ale with Belgian yeast and malt.

Appearance: Served a dark amber brown color with a head that had faded to a frothy halo.

Smell: Earthy malty aroma with hops spices and Belgian spices.

Taste: Brown ale flavors, of earthy malts, nuts and hops meet a Belgian base (almost). You have to know this is called Monk's Madness or you might just find it a unique Brown Ale. (not much Belgian about it.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full feel smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: I really enjoy a brown ale and this was a very unique and tasty one that I found easy to drink.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of weeare138
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Firewaters in Atlantic City...
Since the bartender couldn't tell me anything about this and they were too busy to grab me a sample, I decided to order this one in hopes that it emulated some Belgian style with the name "Monk Madness".
Appears a dark brown color with effervescent CO2 bubbles rising to the top. The small, off-white head slowly fades out and leaves streaks of lacing around the glass.
Smell is earthy, flowery, and definitely hoppy. There was also the trademark pacman yeast with it's doughy, Northwest Ale character that let me know that this wouldn't emulating a Belgian Ale. There weren't really too many other characteristics to pull from this one.
Taste was of the same aromas with a subtle hop punch that reminds me of an Americanized ESB.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied, mildly spicy, and sweet, with the yeast and hop profile taking over in this brew.
After reading what John was shooting for on the Rogue website, I understand what he was going for. Basically, an American Ale with a large base of Belgian Malts and a truckload of hops. This one just didn't do much for me. Maybe it was the name that deceived me?

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