beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2006
On tap at the hood river hop fest. I was expecting a belgian style brew, but got packman instead. Just tasted like a hoppy brown ale. Light roastiness with a touch of fruit, but not spice. The hops in the finish overpowered any complex malt flavors they might have hoped to have, if only it had less hops and a belgian yeast strain. Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Draft at blue dog. Almost two different beers in one. The first mouthful had a subltle sweetness that was like a belgian ale. The finish was extremly hoppy and bitter like an IPA. Good but not great. haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 6, 2006
On draft at RFD. Deep amber pour with little to no head. Very bland beer. Must have been a bad keg. Roasted malt aroma, with a hint of some fruit and a little hops. Blah flavor. Mix of fruits, malt, hops, but not very distinct. Not the greatest beer from Rogue. egajdzis (6589) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Poured a dark amber color, with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, cherries, light citrus fruits, roasted malt, and chocolate as well. Taste was somewhat bland... roasted malts, toffee, nuts, tobacco, with light banana, more dried fruits, and a fair amount of hoppiness in the finish. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2006
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?
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2006
On Draft. Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head. Looks great! The aroma is pretty light. A bit of the hops come through, and some of the sweet malts. The flavor is interesting. An initial taste of the malts, and of course that PacMan yeast, but then the hops come blasting through. The body was surprisingly light for the darkness of the beer. My only gripe with this beer was the abundance of hops. I like hops, but not this many in this style of beer. I would be curious to see what the IBU on this was. adamnfineman (53) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2006
I was one of the first to try this brand new Rogue brew, and it was a solid beer, slightly above average, but nothing that blew me away. I would recommend it for someone who doesn’t want something too dark. Great red color, though.