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 +2.7%
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 -2.4%
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 -5.9%
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 +4.3%
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 -18.8%
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 +14.2%
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 -0.5%
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 +10.8%
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 -2.4%
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 -14.5%
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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