Drinking on a Monday is a short column where I share that one bottle that I open after the most dreadful of all weekdays.
Up until 2013, my fiance (then girlfriend) was not a beer drinker, but I’ve slowly been able to ween her onto certain styles. Her love of sours began with a Leifman’s framboise, and easily transitioned to Duchesse de Bourgogne and Petrus Old Bruin. More recently she’s developed a taste for Russian Imperial Stouts and other strong, barrel-aged beers. At this point, if its boozy and layered, she’s willing to give it a try. Convincing her to come to (mostly IPA-focused) breweries around California was a tough process but luckily for me, we can always swing by Monkish in the South Bay, which currently brews one of her favorite beers – Feminist.
While the bottle describes Feminist as a ‘belgian tripel with hibiscus’ I don’t know if that description really does this beer justice. Its really in a realm all its own. The beer pours an amber orange color with a bit of pink, that is reminiscent of a rose wine. The aroma is sweet with a subtle backbone of the belgian yeast mixed with citrus and the beautiful floral notes of the hibiscus. The head is a little foamy and quickly dissipates into a film rimming the glass. The first sip is sweet with lemon and tart apple and evolves into a spicy oakiness that is not unlike a good chardonnay. The hibiscus adds a great complexity, with the bready belgian yeast holding everything together. At close to 10%, its surprisingly smooth, and could easily replace a shared bottle of wine on a quiet night in.
This weekend is Monkish’s 2nd birthday, where they are tapping a cask of their Shaolin Fist (dubbel w/ sichuan peppercorns) with thai basil & sriracha on Saturday, and a cask of Shaolin Fist with fatali & ghost peppers on Sunday. They’ve got a great space that always has some food options provided by excellent food trucks make sure you stop by and congratulate Henry & co for 2 years of pushing the envelope.