Monkish Brewing Co.

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3.83 | pDev: 10.18%
Monkish Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: Tripel with hibiscus.
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nicely done Belgian beer - great flavors and balance. 3/24/20 date printed on can. Pours a clear medium dark pink-rose color with just a little white head and very scant lingering lacing. Smells of nice Belgian yeast and wheat, banana and clove, some bubble gum, bready malt, light floral hops. Taste follows the nose, quite flavorful and balanced but not too heavy. The floral hibiscus must have been very subtle because I couldn’t quite detect it. Much easier to drink than some other Belgian higher ABV beers I’ve tried. Smooth mild mouthfeel with good carbonation, no real aftertaste. Good stuff!

Apr 27, 2020
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A cult classic from Monkish and I can see why. You get the dry fruit mixed with white wine, yeast, and subtle wheat in the finish. Heavy but powerful with the floral notes coming in the back. A fantastic beer, but I'd love to see an even more potent hibiscus presence.

Aug 17, 2017
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crob3888 from California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The most impressive aspect of the beer was the beautiful pinkish-red appearance with the lavender head. Aromas and flavors were a basic tripel: yeast, some white wine like qualities, floral, but didn't pick up the hibiscus flavors anywhere. Could have used more carbonation as well in my opinion, to make it more drinkable.

Jun 06, 2016
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ssam from California

3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this at the bar the other night. Served in a wide tulip... if there was any head it completely dissipated on the way to my table. No head docks some points off the 'look' but otherwise it was a beautiful ruby red, perfectly clear, pretty sexy beer. Mostly malty smell with some spiciness. Its got a deep malty taste. Kind of earthy with some herby spiciness. Nice moderate level of carbonation so it doesn't reinforce the spiciness.

Drinkability wise I agree with some other reviewers that this went down more easily than you'd think for a 9.4% that said, I didn't want to get another one. Its a big beer and while it handles itself pretty well, you still feel it.

I haven't had many belgian tripels so this was a decent experience on the whole. Not my favorite but not too shabby.

Sep 30, 2015
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep auburn draft pour with off white head. Spicy nose. Spicy start, followed by banana clove. Slightly tart finish. Crisp mouthfeel; floral/hibiscus younger coating. Surprisingly lite and refreshing for a 9.4% beer.

May 08, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a fine one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bready malt, overripe light stone fruit, hint of cherry and lighty floral. Flavor follows with lots of overripe stone fruit and citrus, light apple juice, bready malt, light coriander and clove; lightly floral. Finishes with a dry, almost astringent woody bitterness and citrus rind. Medium bodied with great active carbonation. An intresting domestic take on the tripel style, much maltier than traditional and more fruit oriented than Belgian spice forward. Initial flavor leans in the direction of a traditional tripel, but the quite dry, mildly tart and astringently bitter finish is a bit unbalanced. The floral notes from the hibiscus and light and well integrated. I liked this quite a bit except for the finish, which seemed to have too much unsupported bitterness and tartness. Well made, and different. My second ale from this brewery and intriguing enough to bring me back.

Mar 22, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real deep ruby red, hints at faint brown on the edges, but glows bright. Head is creamy picking up a bit of red body with some pink to it mostly off white. Three finger head and very nicely together and even. Gorgeous red color, and settles leaving a good creamy thin puck.

Slightly floral notes, but also some bile aromas that hit in the back. Mild tartness, and a faint cough drop sense of cherry as well on the nose. Interesting mix of cream and spicy fruit, but there's a little bit of off putting character just slightly.

Palate is a bit unexpected. Big creamy malt body, thick and almost vanilla. Large hot acid tartness, filling with floral and cherry like sour slightly in the mid palate. Malt gets thick with some vanilla sweetness. There is a bit of fighting clash between malt thick sweetness of classic tripel and some puckering fruit floral tartness. Bit of heavy carbonation with a spritzy and quinine feel and flavor too.

Overall a real interesting tripel.

Jul 19, 2014
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travolta from California

3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very hazy apricot and strawberry color. Minimal head retention. Very nice lacing all around the glass.

Nose: Sour farmhouse cherry and strawberry with kiwi. A tiny bit of banana and herbs at the end. Some fresh watermelon as well.

Taste: Tart with a sweet undertone. watermelon, strawberry, and slightly herbaceous, A fresh hibiscus finish.

Notes: very fresh and fruity. Very nice and unique for a triple.

Jun 23, 2014
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mactrail from Washington

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Quite dark red amber in the tulip, in fact it's the darkest Tripel I've ever seen. Very brief flirtation of foam, so fragile it's gone before you can take a sip. A little fruity aroma. Flat mouthfeel with a serious lack of carbonation.

Taste is warm, fruity, and a little woody. Starts off sugary but finishes dry and bitter from the Belgian yeast. Slightly tangy, like Hawaiian Punch with tonic water. Hot with alcohol. Winey, grapey, and a little tannic.

Not much yeasty flavor, just the drying sensation. Not much pleasure in this stuff. On tap at Local Habit in San Diego.

Feb 16, 2014
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AgentMunky from New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a footed glass at Ale Arsenal. From notes. Reviewed 15 November 2013.

Very dark orange. Light head. Pretty. Smells lightly fruity, but also complex, malty, almost even...meaty? Not quite. Must be malt and fruit. The flavor is excellent, hints of the Belgian yeast and spicy grain. Clean spicy finish. Probably my favorite Monkish.

Nov 19, 2013
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silentdonkey from California

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brix in Sunset Beach, CA.

A: Pours a beautiful amber/orange with a hint of pink. Small half finger creamy off white head that quickly settles to a film.

S: Sweet smell of malt coupled with a nice floral juiciness from the hibiscus.

T: A nice balance of maltiness and citrus tart. The hibiscus works really well. There is a slight funk and peppery note from the yeast.

M: Medium carbonation and body.

O: A nice tart beer. The hibiscus and citrus slight sourness balance well with the maltiness of the beer.

Oct 30, 2012
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womencantsail from California

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A golden color with a tall white head, maybe a light haze to it. Sweet bread and caramel notes with quite a bit of floral aroma from the hibiscus. Light citrus peel and apple tartness. Maybe a little pepper and spice. Flavor is enjoyable with a light tartness to it which balances the sweetness nicely. Bread and light caramel with pronounced hibiscus character, citrus peel, lemon zest, and mild spice.

Aug 04, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Monkish Brewing Company in Torrance, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy biege head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, and floral aromas but there is a slight funky aroma that I am also picking up. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness and a spice finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but it seems off somehow in the aroma and flavor.

Jul 31, 2012
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