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 Freshie
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber color with tan head.

Aroma is spicy with a bit of sweetness.

The taste is hoppy up front. Grainy malt backbone. Sweet, almost candy like sugar.

Mouthfeel is good. A bit sticky, but it works with this ale. A bit of a sipper, but goes down easy.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having found it ranked in the top ten hop-heavy beers in the Chicago Tribune, we were quite surprised to find this more of a brown ale: a sort of brown ale IPA fusion. Darker chestnut brown with a nice creamy head (not too much carbonation). Yes the hop character is certainly there, but it is off-set by a malty, chocolatey taste. We liked it but were not overwhelmed by it.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - murky, reddish iced-tea color. A pale mocha head starts at a finger+, then drops back to a patchy cover with a clumpy, thick collar. A nice pattern of lace, a thin blanket with a network of small holes like coral.

Aroma - mild raisin and yeast, a little buttery. On the lighter side but quite good.

Taste - a roasted caramel at first, a hint of doppelbock-like sweetness. For such a beer, the ensuing hops are a bit of a surprise. Of course, this *is* Rogue, but still, the change of direction mid-palate is cool. Some light alcohol presence as it warms along with some interesting spiciness and general citrus flavor. Finishes dry and piny. An intriguing beer and entertaining to drink, but a little medicinal on the palate after a while.

Mouthfeel - lots of bubbles, a sweet smoothness, solid body.

Drinkability - good stuff, but the medicinal bit is a downer. Still, the mix of flavor is engaging and I find myself drawn to this beer.

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Photo of Trueant1
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark redish brown with a nice tan head. The head is thick and sticks around. Great lacing!

Tastes of sweet malts. I think the hops overpower any flavers in there. Hops are oily with a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry. Too much carbonation for my taste. Nice bitter bite.

This beer drinks good. Drinks more like an Ipa than a brown ale. I would never know this is 7.4% abv

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its release from the 22 ounce bottle appears a deep hazy brownish-red with a portly light tan head that has a creamy texture, it evaporates slowly and the residual lace forms a tight skirt around the glass. Nose has a nice grassy hop presence with a sweet malt backing, and seems to me to have a bit of fruit, reminds me of a “Granny Smith Apple”. Start has a nice malt presence with a moderate feel at the top. Finish has a delectable hop bite, moderate acidity and a dry long lasting aftertaste that leaves a bit of sweet and sour on the palate, I enjoyed this beer, as I do most Rogue Brews.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A hazy brown, chestnut color with a constant lace.
S: You can smell the hops a mile away o this one.
T&M: Stringent upfront, then it smooths out with a hoppy taste in the vein of an IPA. Aftertaste is bitter then finishes with a smooth smokey bite.
D: One and done.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark cloudy brown with a large frothy head and scattered specks of lacing.

S - Malty, coffee malt, dark fruit, dates, woodsy and earthy hops, smoky molasses.

T - A slightly smoky coffee malt with a mild coffee and hop bitterness. Woodsy hops and a bit earthy too.

M - A bit acidic, thin, pretty refreshing.

D - Not bad. Worth a try. I don't think I will have again, but I might if found on tap.

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Photo of Floydster
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber from Cooke's Market in El Segundo

Very excited to see this here after hearing it was only brewed once and was very limited

Pour was dark brown into my pint glass with a thick vanilla head, about an inch

Tasted like a brown ale meets belgian type thing

It had a nice bitter finish which was my favorite part, very hoppy for a brown ale

Very drinkable, drank both of my bottles in one night, wish I had one more lying around know because they have been sold out for weeks now

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was thinking this was some sort of Belgian brew, but that's OK. This beer pours a perfect brown with a big hoppy, lacy and stick three fingers of head. Pungent floral hops dominate the aroma with small amounts of cocoa and caramel from the malts also there in the background. Taste is a true bittersweet with the hops dominating this sweet somewhat brew. Probably a little overhopped for this style (it's a little out of balance), but it's more a unique brew than it is a bad brew. Very bitter in the aftertaste with a little sweetness lingering.

An interesting brew I would have again, but I'd rather have a more maltier version of this particular style.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a large foamy perfect tan head at 3 fingers a on top of a deep brown body with ruby amber notes in color when held to light. Leaves a bit of lace. Nice hoppy malt balance on the nose is very attractive, dare I say doutle bastard. Soft hoppy sweetness has a distinctive even malt backbone. Refreshing and not to heavy. Nicely balanced but could be a bit more rich for the style. Bitter lengthens on the end of the palate and becomes the mouthfeel. Super enjoyable beer to drink and maybe one of my Rogue favorites.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I first heard about this beer, I got very excited…only when I found out they weren’t using Belgian yeast the interest sort of waned. But once it showed up I gave it a shot anyway…leave the ingredient inspection to the homebrewers, I’m a taster…even if this is basically Belgian only in the malt department (and a few aged Belgo hops).

Appearance is deep and Bing-cherry red. Spaced out lace adhesion. Cheese-ball bottle design, too.

Nose has a somewhat factory-issue Rogue-iness, IPA aroma with mild suggestions of Orval-like earth-hops. Creamy. Spicy hops coming up through a girthy malt-base.

Taste is interesting. The label’s semi-sweet description is somewhat right-on, a dry malt-foundation with slight peaks of chocolate and mouth-drying multi-layered hop attacks. More IPA than BSPA, clearly and obviously. Hints of the latter come despite the yeast, but this does show how yeast is the Belgo-secret.

The chameleon nature of this beer seems to serve it, in at least that it seems versatile and well-advised for food pairings. Hops add fruit; malt makes meaty and pithy. Training wheels “hop” beer. I think this really would have benefited from Belgian yeast, though.

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Photo of Night
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crimson with an slight orange tone – light haze. Large, foamy, tan head with a lightly creamy center. Nice sticky seafoam lacing leaves spots and small arcs all over. Aroma is fresh and hoppy: a grassy, lightly herbal quality dominates with an undertone of fresh-bread buttery malts. A hint of grapefruit throughout. Mouthfeel is mildly creamy, medium-bodied, and light on the carbonation. Malts are grainy, nutty, and up-front in the flavor – some light toffee or hazelnut; bitter herbal and floral hops round out the background. Finish is a bit soapy and bitter with a nice sweet-buttery note; a touch of saltiness. Aftertaste is easy and softly bitter.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- About a 2" tan head on a cloudy brown body with few amber hues.
S- Sweet malt body underneath a bunch of hops. Light spice in the hops along with grapefruit and light grass.
T- A very different blend of flavors. It's sweet yet spicy. Grapefruit, grass, light pine, and some kind of spicy hops. Does have a really big bitterness to it. You can taste the malts underneath and gives it a big malty body.
M- Full/medium body with medium carbonation and a dry and bitter finish.
D- It is very different and seems like they couldn't make their mind up on what they wanted to do.

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Photo of kdog630
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich copper color in a snifter. Decent head with plenty of lacing. Complex but balanced aroma. The bottle says 60 IBU, but the hops are not overwhelming.

Flavor is as complex as the aroma and becomes richer as the brew warms. Really fills the mouth and has an excellent finish. I would love to see how this ages. I'll have to show some will power and cellar a bottle. Would definately add warmth to a cold Midwestern winter night.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, thanks to Joe at Walnut Liquorette, for giving me this bottle, free of charge, with my purchase,

A: Dark brown, the head has excellent retention, almost like a good tap beer.

S: Roast, lots of malt and caramel, candied sugar, and a fair bit of hop astringency.

T: Very malty, with lots of caramel and toffee, but with also a bit of a hop attack, with plenty of citrus fruits, along with lots of tropical fruits, like mango and papaya. From the label, I thought this would be a Belgain-style beer, it isn't, it seems like a cross between an American Brown, an English Pale Ale, and maybe a bit of a dubbel, but only slightly. It is a very interesting taste.

M: Thin, a little to thin for the style, but creamy and smooth, so it's not a total loss.

D: Very good, an interesting beer, to say the least, it seems like it's coming from all different places and directions, but they come together to make a truly quality beer. Definitely worth a try for the adventurous beer drinker.

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Photo of jettjon
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml capped bottle, decants with an unexpected cascade of foam. Into my crystal mug, it’s a deep reddish-brown with no carbonation evident. One finger brown head fades quickly to a cap and heavy ring, with good sheetlike lacing. Good retention. Nose is bready and of toasted malt, semi-sweet malt, and a touch of tea. Tastes of tea-like hops, middle-sweet malt, burnt toast, with a sticky, lightly bitter finish. Mouth is full and semi-creamy with gentle carbation. Exceptionally smooth and refreshing. Drinkability is excellent; it’s easy going and smooth. A bit stout at 7.4%, but very drinkable nonetheless.

Overall: A good, mellow, very drinkable brown. Recommended.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Kendo
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Into a pint glass from the bomber. The result -- a 2.5 finger bubbly tan head settles over a mahogany-brown body. A good amount of splotchy lacing on the way down the glass.

S: Nice mix between sweet malty stuff and hops. Caramel, molasses and brown sugar all weigh in on the malt side, with those grapefruity, piney hops there in strength as well. Nice on the nose if you're a fan of west coast IPAs.

T: Follows the nose pretty well -- sweet caramel malt, sugar and brown bread. Grapefruity juice and a surprisingly dry finish.

M: Medium-bodied, maybe a tad bit too carbonated, especially at first.

D: Very good.

Notes: Reminded me of a Pacific Northwest Altbier, if you can imagine such a style. I'm a big fan of Brown Ales that have a real hop presence, so this was a nice find. I will definitely get it again.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is dark amber, inch thick off white head on top, nice lacing beautiful look. Nose is light and fruity, pears, malts. Sort of brown sugary even. Really appealing.

Taste starts off with a tangy grapefruit hopping, then washes into some malted goodness which has some of those brown sugary aspects. The hops continue to swirl around, very tangy even after it's been sitting in your mouth for a bit. Crisp. Finish leaves a strong hop presence on your tongue. Pretty darn good stuff, not as tasty as the nose would have made me hope, but interesting things going on here with the hops.

Mouth, not thick, but good bitters in all of the right places. Drinkability, just average. It's not hard to drink, but it doesn't refuse to be set down either.

Overall: A different brew by the folks at Rogue, and good stuff. I agree with the posters who feel that this is something to reach for if you're in the ESB mood rather than the Belgian though. The label is somewhat misleading in that regard.

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Photo of horshack7
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark amber more towards the red side the spectrum. Nice head rentention about two fingers worth. The head on it is very foamy witha tan hue.

Aromas: Slight caramel notes. Light cinnamon notes and other dried fruits.

Taste: A very nice yet slight hop bitterness a little crisp on the pallate medium to full bodied. A very slight hint of chocolate. A little malty yet balanced between hops and malts. The hop bitterness in this one is nicely unique.

Notes: This one is drinakable yet it packs a little hop punch to it a very tasty brew nice laceing from start to finish. Cheers

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Photo of mnj21655
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby brown with a nice, pillowy 2 finger head with decent retention and sticky lacing. Smells predominantly of nice piney hops with caramel and biscuity maltiness in the background. Taste is ever-present piney hops with a nice caramel malt backbone. Bitterness from the hops hits you upfront before the piney hop flavor follows. Nice medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Good drinkability, looks great, smells great, tastes pretty damn good, and hides its alcohol well. I think this may be just a bit too hoppy for the style but this is thoroughly enjoyable none-the-less.

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Photo of icemonkey908
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another interesting brew from Rogue. This one, called Monk Madness, doesn't really taste like any Belgian sytle beers I have sampled. Oh well, it is still a very impressive beer.

Pours a deep amber, brown with a couple finger head that sticks to the glass. Aroma is rich carmel maltiness with some hints of roastiness. The taste is very surprising since the hops present up front without hesitation. It would be hard to gather this from the aroma. Nevertheless, a very complex beer, well worth sipping and pondering.

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Photo of Dansting
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured a cloudy purplish-brown color with a medium light-brown head. Sweet aroma of alcohol, malts, and toffee. Flavor is a bitter blend of grapefruit, toffee, and pine. Not one of my favorite strong brown ales, but not bad. Might not buy again for the price.

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Monk Madness (JLS Release #18) from Rogue Ales
3.72 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
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