601. Rogue Monk Madness

601. Rogue Monk Madness

I purchased this at Downtown Wine and Spirits last night along with a few other beers. This is a Belgian recipe fermented with Rogue's Pacman yeast, albeit more highly hopped. The result is a decidedly non-Belgian tasting beer. Stan Hieronymus talks about this over at Brew Like a Monk. Its taste is closer to an American Brown Ale, which it is classified as on Beer Advocate. I served this in one of my Ommegang chalices at around 45ยบ F.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Rogue Ales Brewery
Alcohol: 7.40%
Serving: Bottle, 22 oz.
Style: American Brown Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (3.5): Pours a hazy, ruby-brown with a one-finger, beige head that fades to a film leaving sheets of lace. There are small particles floating around the beer that detract from its otherwise excellent appearance.

Smell (3.0): The smell is mostly hoppy, with some light malts.

Taste (3.5): Lightly sweet malts upfront, it's hard to discern any malt flavors. The finish is nutty with strong hop bitterness. It's well attenuated with little residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Medium-bodied, low carbonation with a husky dry finish.

Drinkability (3.5): Pretty easy to drink, though it could use a bit more maltiness.

Overall (3.4): An odd beer. It does really illustrate the difference that yeast strains can make.

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