I’ve been drinking a lot of IPAs and stouts lately, so I decided to pick up something different. I had some vague recollection of previously drinking Golden Monkey, a tripel from Victory Brewing Company, and enjoying it, so I decided to give it another go.
Golden Monkey is bright yellow with a slight orange tint and it’s quite clear with minimal haze. It pours with an average amount creamy, off-white head, but retention was fair at best and there was almost no lacing.
The nose is reminiscent of a Hefe, but a bit more harsh. There is a lot of yeast, spice, and barley in the aroma. There is also a bit of fruitiness present as well. I would call it tangy, citrus scent.
Golden Monkey boasts an excellent balance of sweet citrus, spices, and hops. The initial taste reminds me, again, of a Hefe, but it is much more aggressively hopped and much more spicy. The yeast flavor is strong, but not overwhelming. True to style, this beer is highly alcoholic (9.5% ABV), but is hidden devilishly well behind the balancing act of other flavors. There is very little burn from alcohol, but the hops give this beer a bit of a dry finish.
The initial sweetness makes this a very drinkable beer, and the dry finish leaves you wanting more. At 9.5%, that’s a dangerous, (or perfect, perhaps) cycle. This isn’t an extraordinary beer, but it is a very good beer and pretty true to style. If you like tripels give it a shot, and if you’re new to tripels, this might be a good place to start.