Golden Monkey

Tripel Victory Brewing Company

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Golden Monkey, a Belgian-style Tripel by Victory Brewing Company

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Golden Monkey is a Belgian-style Tripel brewed by Victory Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.

Packaging art for the Golden Monkey by Victory Brewing Company

Packaging art for the Golden Monkey by Victory Brewing Company

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.

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.

Mouthfeel

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

Label art for the Golden Monkey by Victory Brewing Company

Label art for the Golden Monkey by Victory Brewing Company

Overall

The appearance could be improved and its feel could use more pep. The aroma and palate are somewhat simple and a little too hot with booze. 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 complex Tripels from Belgium, this brew doesn’t quite compare.

Recommended Pairings

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

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About the Tripel

The Belgian Tripel originated at the Trappist monastery Westmalle. Its color ranges from deep gold to copper with good clarity and effervescence. Its feel should be around medium with high carbonation and high attenuation for a seemingly dry finish. Though high in alcohol, the booze should be masked well. Its palate and aroma are spicy, fruity, with a well-rounded malt character and moderate bitterness. Comparatively, the Tripel is darker and fuller than the Belgian Strong Pale Ale with more pronounced phenols than esters. And it’s not as strong or full as the Belgian Strong Dark Ale or Quadrupel.