Golden Monkey is a Belgian-style Tripel by Victory Brewing Company that blends musty bread, yeast, floral hops, and booze.

The Golden Monkey is a Belgian-style Tripel that’s brewed by Victory Brewing Company. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a 12 oz. bottle.

Packaging art for the Golden Monkey by Victory Brewing Company

Packaging art for the Golden Monkey by Victory Brewing Company

What You Need to Know

Victory’s signature Tripel has been around for over twenty years and incorporates a Belgian yeast strain paired with imported malts and noble hops. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The Tripel pours a slightly hazy gold and is topped by a finger-thick head of white froth that bubbles down rapidly. Sediment is visible in the glass.

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Aroma

The aroma is strong with a scent of yeast, musty wheat, and booze.

Flavor

Its palate begins with a taste of floral hops that’s followed by flavors of bready malt and a sugary sweetness. The tasting finishes hotly with booze and yeast.

Label art for the Golden Monkey by Victory Brewing Company

Label art for the Golden Monkey by Victory Brewing Company

Mouthfeel

The feel has a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. The finish has a strong warming sensation from the alcohol.

Overall

The appearance of the Golden Monkey could be show better head retention and its feel could have more carbonation and be less hot with booze. The aroma and palate don’t have the complexity expected of the style. All that being said, the Golden Monkey has been around for a long time and is a nice Tripel for the uninitiated. However, once your palate becomes accustomed to the better Tripels from Belgium, this brew doesn’t quite compare.

Recommended Pairings

Victory Brewing recommends goat’s cheese and seafood food pairings with their Golden Monkey Tripel.

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