A 1/2lb wedge. Cheeses like the rustic, stinky Mont originated in monasteries across Europe and were traditionally washed in brine or beer. This one is finished in Monnik Beer Company’s His Dark Materials stout to enrich its funky, pungent flavor with a sweet, smoky finish. The semi-firm, extra fine texture of this cheese is perfectly matched to its hearty flavor and beefy nose.
“I know “ said one cheesemonger, that if monastery cheeses “were anywhere near as good as this musky, barnyardy Mont St. Francis, it might be enough to tempt me toward the monastic life.”
Mont St. Francis is a big-hearted cheese and can go to the extremes of either sweet or savory—or both. Try :
- pumpkin soup with garlic, ginger, and a Mont gratinée
- roasted cauliflower risotto finished with grated Mont
- Bruschetta with Mont and Bacon Chutney
- Charcuterie, Mont, and hot, sweet pickles
- Fondue with fruity wine like Riesling
Pair with these drinks: Red Burgundy, Oregon Pinot Noirs, Moscato d’Asti, German Riesling, Alsatian Pinot ris. Virtue Cider Percheron, Monnik’s His Dark Materials, Lagunitas Russian Imperial Stout, 3 Floyds Dark Lord, sour ales, Rye Manhattan, Bourbon.
Pair with these condiments: Fig jam, Pear or Pumpkin Mostarda, Spicy Apple Butter, molasses cookies, caramel.